Class Catalog

There’s a class for everyone.

Long-time writer or just getting started? Writing an epic poem or a short story? Whoever you are and wherever your passions lie—if you want to write, there’s a Hugo House class for you. Explore our catalog and find yours.

When we say we want our classes to be for everyone, we mean it.

Nonfiction, Memoir

Making Meaning in Memoir

Instructor: Kimberly Dark. This generative workshop will open a number of creative doorways to mine meaning from memories, connecting students' unique perspectives to culture, history, and zeitgeist.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 8, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Claire Keegan and the Art of Brevity in Prose

Instructor: Beth Slattery. Study the work of award-winning Irish writer Claire Keegan's concise language and rich storytelling, exploring her style and efficiency using her novella Foster and other stories. 

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Level: Intermediate, Introductory
Length: 2 sessions
Start: July 9, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Wounded Little Liars

Instructor: Sonora Jha. In this one-day deep-dive into your characters' truths and lies, we will read and write layers and nuances into your characters and render them fragile, funny, fallible, and ultimately unforgettable. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 9, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Storytelling in a Flash

Instructor: Margot Leitman. Come with an open mind and leave class with a polished autobiographical story. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 9, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Poetry, Memoir, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes for 9-12th grade

In this exploratory camp, students will engage with artistic activities, embark on field trips in-person and virtually, and write to creative prompts all designed to ignite their imaginations. The camp will culminate with a reading and/or presentation of student work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 10 sessions
Start: July 10, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Short Story, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Creative Writing Scribes at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture for 5-6th Grade

In partnership with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, students will explore exhibits at the Burke Museum, participate in creative activities, and write to prompts inspired by materials the Burke Museum offers.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start: July 10, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction

Comics & Graphic Novels Scribes for 7-8th grade

Learn the fundamentals of making comics and graphic novels in this half-day, week-long camp, focusing on a different theme or genre each day. The week will culminate with a reading and/or presentation of student work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start: July 10, 2023 , 1:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Writing for McSweeney’s

Instructor: Jeff Bender. This class will take students through converting pet peeves and bizarre thoughts into short satire pieces like the ones seen in McSweeney’s.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 10, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Review Your Memoir Like a Developmental Editor

Instructor: Beth Jusino. This class teaches how a professional developmental editor evaluates memoirs for readability and reach, with discussions around theme and concept, plot arc, relatability and more.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 10, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction

Mastering the Scene

Instructor: Katherine E. Standefer. Through writing exercises and readings, we'll explore how scenes develop characters, seed tension, build deeper themes in a story/essay, and more!

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: July 10, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction

Creating Suspense

Instructor: Bella Bravo. Unpack craft techniques key to the suspenseful delivery of information, and generate new work while we read from contemporary masters of mystery.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 11, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry

Poetry & Publishing

Instructor: Jeanine Walker. Students will read and write in response to a wide array of contemporary poets, participate in a mock editorial committee, and submit work to a literary journal for publication.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 11, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Query Letter Bootcamp

Instructor: Lindsay Newton. Appropriate for any writer with a complete manuscript or proposal, this course will examine successful letters and in-house acquisitions materials; students will walk away with a ready-to-send query letter.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 11, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

TikTok for Writers

Instructor: Theo Nestor. Learn the essentials of creating and sharing TikToks and explore the ways writers are connecting with readers on the app.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: July 11, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Your Favorite Poet’s Favorite Poet

Instructor: Emily Sernaker. This class will demystify the idea that poetry is for the select few and explore the art form through the lens of legacy and community.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 12, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading

The Subversive Power of Crime and Spy Novels

Instructor: Kate Raphael. Read and discuss crime fiction that challenges genre conventions to expand concepts of justice and embolden resistance.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 12, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Get Invited to Read Your Work at Literary Conferences

Instructor: Lyzette Wanzer. This workshop offers information, guidance, and strategies for writers ready to present their work at a professional writers' conference.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 12, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story

Carry On: A Post-Yearlong Workshop Craft Studio

Instructor: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum. For writers who have completed a yearlong workshop in prose and are developing manuscripts, with focused discussions on issues of craft and a casual tour through Charles Baxter's Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 12, 2023 , 6:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction I

Using generative writing, reading, and an introduction to the workshop model, we will investigate our own personal stories. We examine and explore the true topics of our pieces through points of view, scene, reflection, and form.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 12, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Novel, Short Story, Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir

Faves & Frenemies: Learning from Books You Love & Hate

Instructor: Rachel Sobel. In this workshop, we'll discuss how to learn from books you love, books you hate, and everything in between, with close attention to the technique on the page.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 13, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction

Sentences ARE the Story

Instructor: Mary Lane Potter. Learn to build sentences that grip the reader, evoke tone, deepen mood, reveal character, advance plot, and help a narrative breathe.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 15, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Reading

To Love the Abyss I Am: Reading Clarice Lispector

Instructor: Andrew Zawacki. Dive into the work of radical midcentury Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, widely recognized for the volatile strangeness of her writing, which pushes language, genre, sexuality, and the experience of self to their limits.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 sessions
Start: July 15, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Tarot for Character Development

Instructor: Kris Waldherr. Learn Tarot-based techniques to develop backstory, character arcs, and more.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: July 15, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Fiction

What Happens After You Write? Understanding Your Publishing Choices

Instructor: Beth Jusino. Take an unbiased, unvarnished look at current publishing options and how to approach them, examining the pros and cons of each choice, realistic costs, income potential and more.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: July 15, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person