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Summer 2024 Digital Class Catalog

Summer 2024 Digital Class Catalog

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, Reading

Advanced Poetry Workshop

Instructor: Yuki Tanaka. How does your work fit into the landscape of contemporary poetry? Learn to expand upon your themes and engage with trends while standing apart as you broaden your understanding of poetry beyond the US model. 

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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 sessions
Start: July 2, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Essay

Writing for McSweeney’s

Instructor: Jeff Bender. Do you laugh at your own jokes? Us, too. Turn your pet peeves and weird thoughts into satirical pieces of 600-900 words. Meet guests from the humor-writing world and leave with 1 or 2 full humor pieces and premises for more. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 2, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

Establishing a Writing Practice

Instructor: Rachel Sobel. Struggling to write? Learn to plan and finish projects, cultivate a regular writing habit, and improve your writing in a way that works for you! Leave with a sustainable weekly writing practice and tools to get unstuck. 

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: July 3, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Writing Multidimensional Characters

Instructor: Beth Slattery. Take your characters from cardboard cutout to fully realized creature in this three-hour generative seminar. Leave with three character sketches and a toolkit for bringing your characters to life.  

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: July 6, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Writing for Performance

Writing Short Humor & Telling Big Jokes

Instructor: Mayur Chauhan. Got feelings? Channel them into jokes and short humor pieces in this highly supportive workshop. You'll leave with three polished pieces and a funnier, more creative perspective on the world. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 9, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life

Poetry & Publishing

Instructor: Jeanine Walker. Ready to send your poems out into the world? Learn to research journals, choose publications for your work, and track submissions, all while generating new work. Leave with new poems, a cover letter, and a submission! 

Course Status: Full
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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 10, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Build Your Author Platform

Instructor: Theo Nestor. Need to market your book but unsure of how to build your audience? Learn easy and manageable ways to approach email lists, social media, and websites. You'll leave with concrete skills to put into practice right away. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: July 10, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Poets Going Prose

Instructor: Taneum Bambrick. For poets curious about or already working on a prose project. We'll approach prose writing through poetics: shape, form, syntax, and narrative scope. You'll leave with a solid grasp of prose fundamentals. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 10, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Let’s Write a Ghost Story

Instructor: Holly Day. For those who love a good scare! We'll read and write stories based on haunted places, objects, and time periods. Leave with four starts to your own ghost story. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 11, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Character Between the Lines

Instructor: Rachel Sobel. Take a character from idea to fleshed-out being by diving into the essentials: physicality, point of view, relationships, dialogue, internality, growth, and more in this craft intensive. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 11, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

Beside Ourselves with Joy

Instructor: Jennifer McGaha. Dive into joy! We'll read and write joyful works, gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves and others in the process. Leave with several starts, prompts, and additional resources to return to again and again. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 13, 2024 , 1:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

The Language of Flowers

Instructor: Christie Valentin-Bati. Let's explore how our approach to nature shapes the way we talk about our experiences. We'll read and write in response to writers like Dillard, Zukofsky, Kapil, and more. You'll leave with several fresh-cut poems. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 13, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Writing Alongside the Black Aesthetic and the Black Arts Movement

Instructor: Marguerite Harrold. Learn the cultural context through which Black Aesthetics were formed, then experiment with the sounds and images from these movements. Leave with ideas around your personal aesthetics and new possibilities. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 13, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

To Joke or Not to Joke: Balancing Humor and Pathos in First Person Narrative

Instructor: Beth Slattery. Balancing the serious and the humorous is one of the best, yet trickiest, tools to hook your readers. Learn to hit that sweet spot – bring a scene to work on and leave with revisions. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 13, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Imagined Realities: Speculative Fiction Survey

Instructor: Evan Ramzipoor. Speculative fiction is play: breaking narrative forms to create something new. We'll study how the masters do it, then write our own. Leave with several starts and a new sense of ease toward your writing as a whole. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 10 sessions
Start: July 13, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, Essay

She Who Bodies the World: Writing the Goddess

Instructor: Shankar Narayan. Dive deliciously into the divine feminine via the ten aspects of the Hindu Goddess. We’ll read ancient texts, absorb vibrant artwork, poetry, and film, and create our own explosive writing in response. Leave transformed. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start: July 13, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Road Narratives: Choosing Your Own Adventure

Instructor: Gabriela Denise Frank. Experiment with narrative and lyric forms while practicing artistic vulnerability. Leave with several starts to new writing and a new perspective on journey, movement, and adventure in your own life. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 16, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir

Write Your Memoir’s Overview

Instructor: Theo Nestor. A great memoir overview forms the foundation for query letters, book proposals, and marketing materials. Learn how to draw your readers in and leave them hungry for more with your own memoir overview. 

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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: July 17, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Reading, Writing for Performance

How to Read a Play

Instructor: Miriam Tobin. Plays are pieces of literature in their own right. You'll study, write, and learn the basic craft elements of playwriting, then write your own play! Leave with a better understanding of playwriting anatomy and a draft. 

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: July 18, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Writing for Performance

How to Read a Poem

Instructor: Jeanine Walker. Learn the art of performing poetry aloud in this one-day craft-focused class. We'll study readings by contemporary poets and hone our ears for sound and rhythm. This class includes an invitation to read at a class reading.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 20, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Introduction to Technology for Writers

Instructor: Grace Bialecki. Learn about and practice with commonly used writing tools and programs such as MS Word, Scrivener, and Submittable. Perfect for writers working past tech-phobia or who want to organize their writing with nifty new tools. 

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

Short But Mighty: Crafting Flash Nonfiction

Instructor: Kate Carmody. Writers can pack a punch in less than 1000 words. We'll study a variety of flash nonfiction pieces by masters of the form then write our own short work. Leave with several starts to a flash nonfiction essay. 

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: July 20, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Introduction to Poetic Form

Instructor: Tiana Nobile. Find liberation in constraint! Through close reading and writing, learn to use poetry forms as a space for exploration and discovery. Leave with a deeper understanding of poetic forms and several drafts of new poems.  

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 27, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Ver para crear

Instructor: Rosario López. Tener una mirada particular es muy difícil, pero no imposible: es algo que se entrena. En el taller, exploraremos fuentes inagotables para encontrar nuestra mirada y darle voz y luz, contarla. 

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: August 24, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online