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.

Young Adult/Children's Lit

Yearlong in Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction

Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock. Open to those writing in any genre of fiction intended primarily for a younger audience. Develop and polish the teen voice, pace your storylines, and write the engaging characters that readers have come to expect.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story

Writing the Vignette

Instructor: Jeff Bender. Vignettes are fun and satisfying "blips" of writing, which are generally considered prose but tend toward poetry. This workshop examines and celebrates this small, vibrant unit of fiction.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story, The Writing Life

Building Your Collection: Advanced Yearlong Workshop in Short Fiction

Instructor: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum. This yearlong workshop in short fiction focuses on intensive craft study, identifying and making progress toward individual writing goals, and undertaking the construction of a collection of short fiction.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 6:30pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry

Character Studies

Instructor: Lauren Camp. Explore the idea of character through a number of lenses you won't expect—sometimes celebrating ordinary concerns, sometimes finding incredible wisdom outside of ourselves.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Devotions: Reading & Learning from Mary Oliver

Instructor: Gracie Bialecki. Designed for writers of all levels interested in exploring the poetry and poetic teachings of Mary Oliver. We’ll discuss and collectively define craft elements and techniques that reoccur in her work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Field Trips & Hidden Portals: Finding Writing Inspiration in the Everyday

Instructors: Allison Ellis & Amy Bowers. We dream of productive writing sessions but the reality is that tasks often overshadow. (Re)learn to open our eyes, go on local outings, and build a toolkit that turns the world into a dreamy writing office.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Letters of Love

Instructor: Naa Akua. Set your intentions to engage love as a "practice," through writing epistolary poems, journal prompts, and mini memoirs, as well as incorporating meditative techniques and breathing exercises into your routine.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction I

Instructor: Beth Slattery. 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: September 19, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

The Universe of the Long Poem

Instructor: Jay Aquinas Thompson. Long poems create a cosmos for the reader: bigger life, more vulnerability, and grander designs. In this generative and reading class, you’ll plumb principles for shaping long works and workshop material with group discussion.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: September 20, 2022, 6:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Yearlong in Science Fiction

Instructor: Nisi Shawl. In this craft-focused class, we’ll dive deep and work through methods of writing a speculative fiction story or novel of high quality, covering a wide variety of topics, writing exercises, and workshopping.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 20, 2022, 6:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Fiction I

Instructor: Susan Meyers. Whether you’re looking to write stories or a novel, this course will introduce three key elements of fiction: description, conflict, and character.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Advanced Young Adult & Middle Grade Manuscript

Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock. This yearlong course will offer a booster of support and instruction to writers who are working toward completion of a young adult or middle grade manuscript.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

Book Lab with Tara Conklin

Instructor: Tara Conklin. Book Lab is a year-long intensive class for writers seeking to revise, restructure, rethink, and finalize a book-length manuscript. Students form a small cohort of writers all working toward the same goal.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 6:30pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry I

Instructor: Jeanine Walker. Designed for any poet ready to take their poetry understanding to a new level, Poetry I will introduce or reintroduce you to poems from many different eras while providing a rich foundation for writing new poems.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing for Procrastinators

Instructor: Beth Slattery. Weekly writing and reading assignments and instructor feedback help us explore why we procrastinate and how to break the cycle. Establish a writing practice and navigate the murky waters of their own procrastination.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

Writing the Ghost

Instructor: Jennifer Haupt. In this two-session workshop, we'll look at the ghosts in popular movies and novels, and do exercises to find your protagonist and antagonist's ghosts, the thing they are most afraid of and are often unaware of themselves.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Writing for Kids 101

Instructor: Tina Tocco. This class is geared towards writing for ages 8–12, with in-class prompts—everything from starter sentences to images, magical objects to inanimate objects—and discussion in a low-pressure atmosphere.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Yearlong in Poetry with Bill Carty

Instructor: Bill Carty. This yearlong poetry class will set students up for future poetic endeavors, including developing a short collection of poems, discussing submitting work for publication, and creating a long-term writing practice.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 22, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction

Yearlong in Narrative Storytelling

Instructor: Sonora Jha. Sometimes you have a story to tell, and you don’t know yet the genre in which it wants to be told. In this yearlong course, you will find your voice, your story, your form.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 22, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Telling Our Stories: Narrative Forms in Poetry

Instructor: Carolyne Wright. Whether you're contemplating a voyage or already underway, learn to tell your stories through narrative poetry, exploring strategies to get started and keep the story going.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 23, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Poetry

Unpacking the Prose Poem

Instructor: Maya C. Popa. A favorite of the French symbolists and contemporary poets alike, the prose poem is an enigmatic, hybrid creature that wields the techniques of poetry but foregoes its line breaks.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: September 23, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Writing Urgent Scenes in Memoir

Instructor: Christine Hemp. This class is for those who want their memoir to have a novel’s urgency, with all the turns and surprises of a narrative arc.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: September 24, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
The Writing Life

How to Organize Your Projects & Time

Instructor: Beverly Aarons. Learn how to create a personalized organizational system that can provide a flexible structure for finishing projects and reaching goals.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: September 24, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Nonfiction

Truth or Fiction?: Writing Life Stories

Instructor: Susan Meyers. Writing about real life can be tricky. This class explores memoir and autobiographical fiction to examine how "true" your life stories should be.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: September 25, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online