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, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing in the Military Gaze

This workshop course offers a supportive environment for writers of all genres who create in the military gaze–writing about war, its impact, and military service. This class is offered with pay-what-you-can tuition.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: June 14, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction

Fiction I

This class will introduce students to workshopping, the craft of fiction writing, and how to build a writing practice. We'll read and discuss published work with guided writing prompts that correspond to our discussions.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: June 15, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction I

This class will explore the nonfiction story through points of view, scene, reflection, and form. Using generative writing, reading, and an introduction to the workshop model, we will investigate our own personal stories.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: June 15, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Nature Is All of Us: Decolonizing Nature Writing

Nature writing has roots throughout global majority cultures. In this class, we’ll read nature-centered poetry, essays, and fiction with writing prompts derived from practices that attune us to the more-than-human world.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: June 15, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Awaken into Infinite Blue: Writing with Vishnu

A prominent god in the Hindu pantheon, Vishnu, the preserver, maintains cosmic balance. This generative and analytical class turns to key texts from the mythology and uses them to fuel our own diverse, electric pieces.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: June 15, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Essay, Nonfiction

FREE Telling Your Story: A Personal Essay Workshop

Our stories are a means for connection—part reportage and part reflection, personal essays reveal hidden truths about ourselves and our societies. This interactive workshop includes discussion and individual writing sessions.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 16, 2022, 12:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Wait a Minute, What About Dialogue?

In this class, students will learn about effective dialogue–natural conversation that advances plot and character depth. With small group exercises and text discussions, students will practice writing a short, dialogue-intensive scene.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 18, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Agents, Editors, and the Publishing Industry (for BIPOC)

For BIPOC, this class offers an overview of the publishing business. We'll discuss subverting the "white gaze", building networks of support, and writing query letters with agents and editors working to change the industry from within.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 18, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Novel

Desire & Need

In this two-session workshop, we’ll do lots of exercises relating to desire and need that serve to strengthen relevant character backstory as well as organic forward motion in your novel or memoir.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: June 21, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Reading

Notes from the Field: Aimee Liu’s Ethnographic Novel, Glorious Boy

Glorious Boy makes motherhood as far-flung a destination as a remote archipelago. In this class, we'll discuss points of craft in each week’s reading and compile field notes from our own lives in a series of optional prompts.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: June 21, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry I

Whether you are a beginning poet or lover of the art, this class explores the beauty and complexity of writing and reading poetry, as well as the basics of the workshop model.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: June 22, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

R Words: Poetry and Performance for Social Change

This class will explore the elements which open our eyes and create new narratives. Through the power of poetry and performance, together we will write the change we want to see in the world: Revolution, Reparations, Restoration.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: June 22, 2022, 6:30pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story

Short Story Revision Workshop

This course will offer a variety of focused techniques designed to isolate and revise different elements of your writing. Each week we will focus on a different craft element such as plot, setting, and character.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: June 22, 2022, 12:00pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Demystifying the Submission Process (for BIPOC)

Submitting to creative writing opportunities—literary journals, residencies, or grants—can be daunting. First, students will develop an artist statement and project proposal, then we'll celebrate with an interactive submission party.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: June 23, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

FREE Breaking the Seal: Finally Submitting Work

This class will cover submission portals, rejection trackers, and personal goals. With discussions including examples of cover letters, students will walk away with the foundational tools to start submitting.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 25, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Hybrid Forms: A Generative Workshop

This workshop will explore different hybrid forms of writing based on the language we encounter in our interactions with the world around us–the loci where poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction meet.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 25, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Novel

Writing Across Cultures: Taking an Imaginative Leap of Empathy

In this discussion class, we’ll examine strategies for researching and portraying lives unlike our own. We'll work on writing exercises and discuss texts and interviews with authors who write responsibly and respectfully across elements of identity.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 26, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Novel

Writing About the Ones You Love

The people we love have a way of showing up in our fiction and nonfiction. How do we tell our truths and stay compassionate to theirs? This class will navigate the ethics and perils of writing uncomfortable truths.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 26, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes, 5-6th grade

This exploratory camp fosters creative writing development through an engaging mix of prose and poetry readings, craft exercises, and artistic activities. The week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: June 27, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Poetry

Spoken Word & Poetry Scribes, 9-12th grade

This camp immerses students in the diverse world of poetry. Examining form and technique, students will participate in writing activities, poetry readings, and imaginative exercises. The week will culminate with student presentations.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: June 27, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Radio Drama Scribes with Jack Straw, 7-8th grade

In partnership with Jack Straw Cultural Center, this camp teaches the art of radio drama. From script writing to audio mixing, students will work with a lead writer, audio engineer, and vocal coach to craft and present original projects.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: June 27, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
The Writing Life

FREE Promote Like a Pro: A PR Cheat Sheet for Writers

This workshop teaches writers how to promote published work(editing, beta reading, book reviews). We’ll discuss which digital platforms to utilize; how to simplify content creation; and marketing via book events and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 27, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

From Page to Stage

In this workshop, participants will craft personal experiences into a compelling and captivating story and read them aloud, examining how the written and spoken word differ with performance as another element of craft.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: June 29, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Miss You: Let’s Open the Portal

What if we turned missing into a form–a portal of joy, curiosity, and sorrow? This class will use the form of a "Miss You" to deepen our memories and boundless ability to make the present moment bloom into the extraordinary.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 29, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online