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

Writing About Other People

Instructor: Kristi Coulter. This class will give you new skills for navigating the creative, ethical, and personal issues that arise when other people become characters in our own stories.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 18, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry

The Trees of Our Lives

Instructor: Claudia Castro Luna. In this class, we will engage with a variety of texts (letters, essays, mostly poetry) to examine our relationships to our arboreal neighbor: how they inspire, heal, protect, anchor, and orient us—and what we in turn offer them.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 7 sessions
Start: January 18, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing Historical Fiction

Instructor: Elise Hooper. Explore the balance between fact and fiction by diving into history. Students will examine research strategies, and participate in class writing exercises and discussions.

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Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 19, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading

Reading Poetry, Writing Prose

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. In this reading-focused course, we'll take an in-depth look at work by six poets, and explore how their craft decisions might influence and inspire our own writing across genres.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 19, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Queer Erasure

Instructor: Cass Garison. This class will explore the concept of erasure poetry as a fundamentally queer practice, one with the capability to subvert and redirect power structures.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 19, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Nonfiction

Winter Flash Warning!

Instructor: Gabriela Denise Frank. Explore the myriad forms of flash essays, discussing sample works and generating new writing inspired by the winter season.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 19, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

How to Write a Modern Love Essay

Instructor: Theo Nestor. Students will read and discuss example columns with a focus on structure, with writing prompts to begin their own Modern Love essays.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: January 19, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading

Storytelling in Calvino’s “Next” Millennium

Instructor: Cara Diaconoff. This course will read and examine Six Memos for the Next Millennium and offer students the opportunity to write their own pieces in response (or in productive resistance) to Calvino's ideas about literature's key qualities.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 19, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
The Writing Life

Applying for Fellowships and Residencies

Instructor: Piper Lane. Students will workshop successful personal statements, from grad school to residency applications, with attention to audience and authenticity.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: January 21, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Essay, Nonfiction

Feeling Your Way Into the Essay

Instructor: Christine Hemp. Delve into the possibilities and opportunities of a compelling essay, generating work in and outside of class with a focus on language, humor, and form.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: January 21, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading

Plot for Poets and Writers of Short Fiction: Writing alongside Lydia Davis

Instructor: Deborah Woodard. With weekly prompts, instructor feedback, and discussion, students will examine the stories of Lydia Davis.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 21, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry

Documenting the Times: Graphic Journalism, Nonfiction Comics, and Visual Poetry

Instructor: Nhatt Nichols. Students will create works of graphic journalism, documentary comic, and visual poetry and leave with the skills to create nonfiction comics that say something true about the world as they understand it.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 21, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Reading

Can Fiction Teach us To be Good?

Instructor: Kascha Semonovitch. Students will read and discuss philosophical theories and fiction that explicitly address the ethical issues of utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, and theodicy.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 21, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Poetry

[FREE] Ways of Seeing: The Image and The Imagists (for BIPOC)

Instructor: Marguerite Harrold. Students will read and discuss how images are used in various forms, including haiku, tanka, and short-form poetry and create poems that capture what they've learned.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: January 21, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Global Citizen Poetry Class

Instructor: Emily Sernaker. Inspired by Ilya Kaminsky’s Poets in the World series, this class will examine the work of living poets based outside of the United States.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 21, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Fantasy & Sci-Fi Novel Workshop

Instructor: Lish McBride. For adults writing for an adult or young adult audience, this class will follow the workshop-style format as students learn to constructively critique and discuss each other's work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 22, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Writing the Avant-garde Lyric

Instructor: Noah Zanella. In this generative course, students will experiment and play to expand their ideas about the possibilities of language, composition, and form of the lyric poem.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 22, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

When the Color Blue Was Born

Instructor: Sierra Nelson. Taking inspiration from science, art, and literature, students will participate in generative writing prompts using color as the prismatic approach to create a portfolio of new work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 22, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life

Poet Tea: Making and Writing about Tea

Instructors: Yasmine Ameli & Saba Keramati. In this interactive, generative poetry workshop all about tea, we will consider poems at the intersections of ritual and sensory experience and engage in writing prompts to explore image, memory, culture, and narrative.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: January 22, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading

Sheila Heti’s “Motherhood”: Writing Against Patriarchy

Instructor: Kaelie Giffel. In class, we'll close read and discuss the novel, Motherhood, then turn to writing prompts to develop our own autofictions.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 22, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

What We Really Mean to Say: Utilizing Poetic Techniques in Prose

Instructor: Joe Wilkins. In this craft workshop, students will read selections from prose writers utilizing poetic techniques, identify four ways to attend to language, and practice using these techniques in their own writing.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: January 22, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Reading and Writing the Long Poem

Instructor: Laura Da'. Students will read, discuss, and create new works informed by long poems including sequence poems, epic poems, and book-length poems.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 22, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Nature Is All of Us: Decolonizing Nature Writing

Instructor: Jennifer Perrine. Students will read nature-centered poetry, essays, and fiction by Black, Indigenous, Asian American, and Latine writers and generate drafts of poems or prose inspired by nature.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Submissions Support Group

Instructor: Gracie Bialecki. This course is designed for writers new to submissions who want to familiarize themselves with the process while learning from, and sharing experiences with, their peers.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 2 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online