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, The Writing Life

How to Get Your Essays and Articles Published

Instructor: Sabra Boyd. Whether you're working toward your first byline, or you want to improve your acceptance rate, this class will help you develop strong pitches, build relationships with editors, and negotiate contracts. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 27, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Let’s Write a Poem

Instructor: Holly Day. Designed specifically for beginners, this class explores basic poetic forms and styles, including structure, time, place, and more.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 27, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Hermit Crab Forms for Poets & Prose Writers

Instructor: Dilruba Ahmed. This mixed-genre class will explore "hermit crab" forms for our poems, prose, and prose poems, using the language and architecture of borrowed forms.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: February 28, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Place Based Poetics: Writing with the Duwamish River

Instructor: Simon Wolf. Part Seattle history, part eco-poetics, we will read excerpts of history texts and discuss poets that engage rivers, industry, and pollution in their work, and students will leave class with two river poems of their own.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 28, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
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.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 28, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Digging into the Details

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. This generative workshop will explore the power of detail and description in prose.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 28, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Ancestors Calling

Instructor: Darien Hsu Gee. As writers, our ancestral history breathes through our bodies and appears on the written page; this class will explore ancestors both known and unknown through micro narratives and prose poems.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 4, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

AWP Prep for First-Timers, Introverts, and the Intimidated

Instructor: Paulette Perhach. Prep for AWP with a guide to networking, using the AWP app, and developing a personalized a game plan to enjoy the programming.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 4, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Creating Character

Instructor: J. Ryan Stradal. This class will explore the components and utility of memorable characters, focusing on character’s desires, behavior, and limitations that create and evolve plot. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: March 5, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

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: March 5, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Leaps and Swerves: Creating Surprise in Poetry

Instructor: Dilruba Ahmed. This class examines how writers can use craft strategies to establish an interplay between stabilizing and destabilizing forces in their work while engaging the reader in a journey of discovery.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 7, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading

Reading and Writing with CAConrad

Instructor: Leigh Sugar. Using CAConrad's Ecodeviance: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness we will examine process, content, form, and product and practice writing poems in the borrowed style.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start: March 12, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Get Messy: Push Past Perfectionism & Procrastination

Instructor: Dilruba Ahmed. Get past the writers' block with this whirlwind session of poetry prompts to help you crank out a new batch of draft material.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 14, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Reading

On Reading, Revolution, and the Classics

Instructor: Elaine Castillo. Revisit the classics in ways that are novel, galvanizing, and reparative. With a short lecture, class time will be devoted to a generative writing workshop and discussion. 

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 17, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Mixed Tapes, Playlists, and Soundtracks: Music in Fiction

Instructor: Michael Overa. From first dances, road trips, and karaoke, this class will investigate the role that music plays in fiction and how it can help us develop characters, settings, and scenes.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 18, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Nonfiction, Poetry

Cross-Pollination: Poets Writing Memoir

Instructor: Jessica Gigot. This workshop will look at the work of contemporary poets who also write memoir, exploring the opportunities and potential obstacles in writing effectively across genres.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: March 18, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
The Writing Life

Create A Writing Routine That Works For You

Instructor: Melanie Figg. With a mix of writing exercises, small groups, lecture, and discussion/Q&A, learn practical ways to build a sustainable writing practice that works for you.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: March 18, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Writing About Real People

Instructor: Katherine E. Standefer. Explore the craft of building nuanced characters while considering the legal, ethical, and logistical implications of your storytelling.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 18, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Safety for Writers

Instructor: Sabra Boyd. Review tools and resources to develop strategies that preserve your privacy and develop self-care tools for writing and building a network for community care.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 19, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life

Reaching A Readership: Submitting Your Poems To Journals

Instructor: Dilruba Ahmed. This class will discuss cover letters, simultaneous submissions, and where to submit, while also exploring strategies for reaching a broader audience.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 21, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

Concept, Character, and Construct in Story Crafting

Instructor: Bethany Morrow. In this one-session class, we'll focus on the three C's to write and revise cross-genre stories—concept, character, and construct.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: March 25, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story

Writer’s Welcome Kit (ASYNCHRONOUS)

This asynchronous course features online workbooks, including ten essential templates in Word and Excel to kickstart your writing life, and resources professional writers use to get published.

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Level: Open to all levels
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Start: April 9, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Essay

Freelance Going Pro (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Through guided and practical exercises, this course will give you the confidence to turn your art into a long-term, successful business.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 12 sessions
Start: April 9, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Fiction I

Instructor: Susan V. Meyers. This course will introduce students to the workshop model focusing on three key elements of fiction: description, conflict, and character.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 10, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online