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.

Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit

FREE Big Feelings: Writing Realistic Teen Characters

Instructor: Ray Stoeve. In this class, we'll read and discuss excerpts from YA novels that illustrate their characters' inner narratives in action, then use writing exercises to connect with our characters and their internal beliefs by connecting with our teenage selves. 

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 23, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Our Stories to Tell: A Memoir Writing Workshop

Instructor: Peter Bacho. This class is for students who wish to write—or are already writing—a memoir. Students will read memoirs by established writers, and study the techniques used in memoir, including the use of effective dialogue and tense shifts.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 23, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Poetry

A Workshop of Weird for 7-8th grade

Instructor: Tina Tocco. If you'd like to write some stories about strange situations, wacky images, and other oddities, this is the workshop for you. Students will use prompts to jumpstart the weirdness of their imaginations, then share their work (totally optional) and receive positive feedback.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 23, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Ghosts & Apparitions: Writing About What Haunts Us

Instructor: Allison Ellis. The ghost story is among the oldest and most ubiquitous literary narratives, crossing nearly every culture and genre. In this course, learn a variety of techniques for building a ghost story, obtain peer and instructor feedback, and leave with a new draft for a chapter, short story, or essay.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 24, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Writing for Kids: Polish That Prose

Instructor: Tina Tocco. Are you ready to go deeper with your kid-lit writing? This workshop will help you get feedback on your work-in-progress from other writers who, like you, are devoted to children's literature.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: October 26, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Memoir, Nonfiction

Comedic Memoir

Instructor: Margot Leitman. Join the author of the comedic memoir Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase, Margot Leitman, as she guides you through refining what is funny, specific, unique, and timely about your story.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 28, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Feast of Forms: 3-Day Intensive on Poetic Forms

Instructor: Dilruba Ahmed. Looking for a feast of form-related prompts to help you shape your poems? Re-energize your writing with a 3-day intensive on forms such as epistolary poems, elegy, villanelle, pastoral/ecopoetry, and odes.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: October 28, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Writing a Second Act

Instructor: Heidi Seaborn. Designed for people who've had another career and are now pursuing writing, students will act on their dreams by setting writing goals and gaining the insights, techniques, and tips to establish their craft.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 29, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction

What Do We Have in Our Pockets?

Instructor: Greg November. This generative one-day workshop is all about inventory. Things, stuff, items. Creating a world on the page through objects and learning the power of ordinary items to evoke passions, fears, dreams, and all manner of big ideas.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 29, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction

Fiction I (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Instructor: Peter Mountford. Whether you're looking to write stories or a novel, this course will introduce key elements of fiction (character, plot, voice, setting, and point of view), and provides a practical and straightforward foundation in craft that will help writers take their fiction to the next level.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 1, 2022, 12:00am
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction

Desire as Craft

Instructor: Corinne Manning. Desire is the experience of possibility, the burn of anticipation. This generative class will explore desire as a craft element to bring more intimacy, urgency, and possibility into your prose.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 2, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Visual Inspiration: Writing from Assemblages & Collages

Instructor: Anca Szilágyi. In this one-day class, we will explore generating new writing from the visual art forms of assemblages and collage by looking at contemporary works available in the Henry Art Gallery's permanent collection.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 3, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

The Nest: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Parents

Instructor: Rachel Werner. In an attempt to fill a career development gap and provide professional peer support for writers with children, this in-person, two-day retreat will include writing time, story mapping, group discussions, query exercises, and one-on-one consultations.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: November 4, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Little Experiments on the Way to the Horizon for 9-12th grade

Instructor: Meredith Arena. In this workshop, we will experiment with forms and be open to any genre. We write with a creative form in mind, but in the genre each of us chooses. We will experiment with a few existing, and a few invented forms as we work our way to the horizon.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 5, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Inspired by Images: Ekphrastic Writing

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. Ekphrastic writing has been described as “taking the visual and transforming it to the verbal.” In this generative workshop, participants will engage with imaginative prompts, exploring images as a source of inspiration.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Writing About Nature

Instructor: Gail Folkins. Taking cues from writers such as J. Drew Lanham, Ana Maria Spagna, Rick Bass, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, we'll read and write essays with a nature and environmental focus, as well as explore literary tools along with research methods such as personal observation and interviews.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing to the Moon & Back

Instructor: Sierra Nelson. Looking toward our moon (and other moons) anew, this generative class, open to all genres, features eclectic writing experiments inspired by scientific, esoteric, and mythological ideas, to jump-start our creativity and playfully upend clichés.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Advanced Short Story

Instructor: Becky Mandelbaum. In this course, we'll explore how to make a manuscript publication-ready, addressing a range of questions that typically arise during writing and revision, as well as workshop student writing and discuss how to submit work and enter contests.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Inheritance of White Silence

Instructors: Ansley Clark & Hannah Brancato. How can storytelling help us recognize and resist the covert ways we inherit white supremacy culture? Using Tema Okun's white supremacy characteristics as a framework, this two-part antiracism workshop is an arts-based excavation.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Pitching & Publishing 101: What to Do When You Want to Get Published for 9-12th grade

Instructor: Sabra Boyd. Do you want to write for magazines, newspapers, and other publications? This workshop will guide you through the steps of how to pitch essays and articles to editors, and the many paths to publication.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

The Truer Version of Your Story

Instructor: Aimee Christian. In this course, we'll discuss what it means to meet our own gaze and see what's really looking back and why it's worth facing that truer version of yourself.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 7, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Lyrical Texture: Generative Strategies for Poets

Instructor: Laura Da'. The focus of this class is lyrical texture, which may include developing sonic patterns, tactile landscapes, and compelling juxtapositions. Students will generate new poems and incorporate strategies to revise existing work.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: November 7, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

How Stories Get Told: Voice, Narrative Distance, & Psychic Distance

Instructor: Scott Driscoll. In this class, we will discuss how to recognize voice and manage shifts between author and character voices, manipulate narrative distance, and recognize levels of psychic distance in order to control how emotionally close we feel to the character.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 7, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Motives, Means, & Opportunities for Mystery

Instructor: Wendy Kendall. Three key elements drive all mysteries: motives, means, and opportunity. In this class, you'll learn how an author exploits these three elements to build suspense, increase action, and flesh out characters.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 12, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person