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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, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

How to Explain Anything

Instructor: Geraldine Woods. In this class, learn how to explain anything, in any genre, clearly and effectively. After analyzing examples from various writers, students will write their own explanatory passages.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 20, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Short Story, Essay

Utilizing Poetic Techniques in Prose

Instructor: Joe Wilkins. In this craft workshop, we will discuss four techniques for attending to language and crafting evocative prose.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: April 20, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Writing about Work

Instructor: Kristi Coulter. This generative class will pair close analysis of published writing about workplaces with writing exercises designed to explore the weird, inspiring, infuriating, complicated place.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 20, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Essay, Writing for Performance

Unlocking the Vault: The Personal Archive

Instructor: Molly Schaeffer. Mining our own notes and fragments for use in writing prompts, we'll recycle and experiment with our own words, utilizing techniques including collage, mapping, poetry, and memoir.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 24, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Essay

How to Be an Author for Hire

Instructor: Rachel Werner.  Learn the benefits and opportunities of navigating the "lesser-known" paths to becoming a published author working with educational institutions, businesses, publishers, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 25, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Descriptive Writing: An Introduction

Instructor: Jaye Viner.  In this class, students will study and discuss different approaches to descriptive language through craft lectures and generative writing prompts.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: April 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Exploring Non-Human Perspectives

Instructor: Meghan Lamb. This class will include readings, exercises, and conversations to explore how non-human perspectives can help us access the most essential elements of our humanity.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 27, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir, Short Story, Essay

Write Your Story: Writing to Heal

Instructor: Ingrid Ricks. Tap into the healing power of personal narrative and learn how to identify, structure, and develop your story, with writing assignments and individual coaching sessions with the instructor.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 5 sessions
Start: May 1, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Book Reviews for Beginners

Instructor: Asa Drake. In this generative workshop, we'll cover essential elements of long and short-form reviews and address practical aspects of writing criticism.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: May 4, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Reading, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Essay

Creative Nonfiction I

Instructor: Beth Slattery. Using generative writing, reading, and an introduction to the workshop model, we will investigate our own personal stories, exploring craft elements such as points of view, scene, reflection, and form. 

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 7, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

For the Fun of It: Recapturing Joy in Writing

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. For beginner and seasoned writers alike, this generative workshop will serve as a safe haven for exploration and self-expression with engaging prompts designed to awaken your imagination.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 8, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel

The First 50 Pages: Backstory & Beyond

Instructor: Jennifer Haupt. Students will workshop the first ten pages of their book, learning to balance backstory, present action, and foreshadowing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 8, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Pop Culture in Personal Essays

Instructor: Catherine Carmody. Read and review example essays to learn and apply how writers combine pop culture, cultural criticism, and personal narrative into personal essays.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 15, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

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: May 18, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Present-Tense Memoir

Instructor: Kristi Coulter.  This technique-focused class will examine the benefits and application of present-tense in memoir, including lecture, close analysis of published examples, practice time, and the opportunity for informal sharing and feedback. 

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: May 18, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Unstuck: Strategies & Meditations

Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. In this workshop, we'll use guided meditation, visualization, and writing exercises to identify and soften our own particular versions of resistance and to reconnect with the parts of us that use language to create. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 18, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

What Do We Have in Our Pockets?

Instructor: Greg November. This generative one-day workshop is all about things, stuff, items—creating a world on the page through the power of ordinary items that evoke passions, fears, dreams, and all manner of big, big ideas.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: May 18, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Short Story, Essay

The Writer’s Journal as Creative Practice

Instructor: Noah Zanella. This class will look at the potential of the journal as a crucial component of a writer's practice, reading from the journals/diaries of Franz Kafka, Joanne Kyger, George Oppen, and more, engaging in various journaling practices and using this material to generate stories, poems, or essays.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 23, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Co-Writing: Keep the Drama on the Page

Instructors: Midge Raymond, John Yunker. For all writers who wish to collaborate on prose writing, learn to research, write, edit, and pitch as a team.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 25, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

This Actually Happened: Writing Real Life (Sliding Scale Tuition)

Instructor: Alli Parrett. Explore elements of craft that translate real life moments into captivating stories on the page, examining excerpts from Brandon Taylor’s Real Life and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: June 1, 2024 , 1:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Writing for Performance

Narrative Reclamation: The Self & Community

Instructor: Zain Shamoon. This class is dedicated to the role of storytelling in finding relief from distress; students will learn how to use storytelling for personal and communal reclamation.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start: June 5, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Story Fundamentals in Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Nicole Treska. This class will dive into the craft of story structure, examining the construction of scenes and stories, the components of a chapter, and narrative throughlines in book-length work. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: June 14, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

Writer’s Welcome Kit

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: September 30, 2024 , - PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Essay

Freelance Going Pro

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: September 30, 2024 , - PT
Format: Online Asynchronous