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, The Writing Life

Writing(,) Noticing

Instructor: Molly Schaeffer. This class will examine elements of attention, drawing from various media: writing, film, music, and the natural world, and experiment with generative exercises, freewriting, and discussion.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction II

Instructor: Beth Slattery. This class will build on fundamentals in Creative Nonfiction I with additional focus on structure and narration, investigating traditional and nontraditional forms, including memoir, lyric essay, and more.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 24, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction III

Instructor: Gail Folkins. This class will be a mix of craft discussion and workshop to hone your essays with a focus on the key elements of structure and narrative. 

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Level: Advanced
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 25, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Storied Mothers

Instructor: Bella Bravo. Each week students will discuss a story about motherhood and freewrite on experiences of mothering, being mothered, or matrilineal loss. 

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Level: Introductory
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 26, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction

The 16-Week Prose Workshop

Instructor: Beth Slattery. Deep-dive into the revision and workshop methodology while creating a strong community of writers, with extensive opportunity for feedback and generation of new work.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 16 sessions
Start: January 26, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

What Is Love? Writing Queer Love Stories

Instructor: Kamala Puligandla. In this generative workshop, we’ll discuss the craft components that make a compelling, contemporary, queer love story, including narrative arc, perspective, and the kinds of love that don’t get enough attention.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: January 29, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing Care and Vulnerability

Instructor: Leora Fridman. This generative workshop will look at contemporary writers considering the body in various states of need to write into our own reckonings with care and vulnerability.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: January 29, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Essay Collection or Memoir?

Instructor: Katherine Standefer. In this 6-hour intensive, writers will identify potential "centers of gravity" in their material, and pinpoint their work's central questions, considering narrative arc, repetition, and more.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 2 sessions
Start: February 4, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Essay, Nonfiction

The Philosophy of Writing the Future

Instructor: Charles Mudede. This class introduces writers to philosophical ways of thinking and writing about what is always arriving: the future.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 6, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry

Poet as a Botanist

Instructor: Kate Lebo. This class considers how writers today imagine the voices of plants to reach for new language, insight, and emotion. We'll read plant-voiced poems and write our own poems or essays.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 7, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Essay, Nonfiction

Hybrid Moments: Exploring the Lyric Essay

Instructor: Sasha LaPointe. This class will radicalize our approach to the personal narrative, intertwining poetry and memoir. We will write lyric essays and explore the braided form that celebrates both personal story and the lyricism of poetry.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start: February 11, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading

GRATIS El microrrelato, lo pequeño que habla de lo grande

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: February 11, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, The Writing Life

Writing the Body

Instructor: Meghan Lamb. This course will examine the methodology of writing about bodily experiences and explore the merits of engaging deeply and precisely with sex, aging, illness, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 12, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Reading

Writing the Workplace

Instructor: Kristi Coulter. This generative class blends seminar-style lecture, weekly readings, informal feedback sessions, and flexible prompts as a portal to writing about the workplace.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 12, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Not Exotic: Poetry on Asian American Identity (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Instructor: Aimee Suzara. This class will focus on poetry by Asian American writers in the United States, engaging with and considering themes of belonging, otherness, homeland and loss, racism and immigration, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 13, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

The Micro Prose Chapbook: Archetypes

Instructor: Darien Gee. This generative workshop will focus on archetypes with the goal of creating a finished chapbook draft.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 14, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Research Tools for Historical Fiction and Nonfiction Writers

Instructor: Holly Day. Learn how to compile a bibliography from sources including online and physical collections of newspaper archives, library special collections, photo banks, and more, with info on tracing source material and tips for staying organized.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: February 19, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Write Your Story: Writing to Heal

Instructor: Ingrid Ricks. With individual coaching sessions, learn how to identify structure and tap into the healing power of writing personal narrative.

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Level: Intermediate, Introductory
Length: 5 sessions
Start: February 19, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

We, You and I: Collective First Person

Instructor: Piper Lane. In this generative course, we’ll examine practical issues of the collective first person and narrative distance, with short discussions, writing prompts, and writing time.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 22, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Exploring the Surreal and the Strange in Prose Poetry

Instructor: Jose Hernandez Diaz. This workshop explores surreal and strange prose poems, with readings, sample prompts, and insight into the improvisation and editing process.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 23, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Writing Memoir to Understand Your Family: Finding Your Voice, While Honoring Theirs

Instructor: Elizabeth Mayorca. This class explores familial memoir, with readings and guided prompts for in-class writing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: February 25, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Visual Inspiration: Writing Prose from Art

Instructor: Anca Szilagyi. This workshop will explore the creative process and examine the relationship between writing and visual art.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 26, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
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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December 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

December 6: Member registration opens

December 13: General registration opens

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Level: Open to all levels
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