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.

Poetry

Ecopoetics: The BIPOC Experience

Instructor: Leonora Simonovis. In this workshop, we will read and discuss poems written by Black and Indigenous writers of color about the nonhuman world to understand how their work brings to life the complex relationship between land, history, language, and self, and then generate work inspired by these poets.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 20, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Welcome to the Conversation! Poet to Poet Poetry for 9-12th grade

Instructor: Kathryn Petruccelli. What we read can excite us, anger us, or stir new ideas. Did you know you can talk back to other writers through your own poems? Poets do it all the time! In this workshop, we'll look at a variety of poems that use other writing as their point of inspiration.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 20, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Labors of Love: Writing with Silvia Federici

Instructor: Amanda Montei. Each week we will discuss essays by Silvia Federici and write through somatic prompts based on the concepts we study. Our reading and writing will be inspired by housework, mothering, creative production, witchcraft, sexuality and more.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: November 21, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Find (and Write) Your Missing Poems

Instructor: Tess Taylor. In this class, we'll develop actionable strategies for dreaming and writing the poems that are missing from your manuscript-in-progress. Engage in reading, generative exercises, and collaborative editing, with the goal of completing the book of poems inside you.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: December 2, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, The Writing Life

Bird’s Eye View: Strategies for Close Reading & Revision

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. How can we delve deeper into texts that feel mysterious, thorny, or complex? In this class, we’ll experiment with hands-on practices—annotation, structural mapping, and more—that open up new understandings of what’s on the page and what might come next.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: December 3, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Listening to What Your Heart Longs to Write

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. This exploratory workshop is designed to help writers determine their personal thematic by distinguishing which topics resonate most. We’ll engage with imaginative prompts, including an exercise in which participants will analyze their film favorites.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: December 4, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story, The Writing Life

Writer’s Welcome Kit (ASYNCHRONOUS)

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 Date: December 31, 2022, 12:00am
Format: Online Asynchronous