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, The Writing Life

Research Tools for Historical Fiction & Nonfiction Writers

Instructor: Holly Day. During this session, students will be walked through the process of finding old books and textbooks that have been archived online, and the proper way to credit them, if needed, in a bibliography.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: November 30, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
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: December 2, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry

Love Poems

Instructor: Matthew Olzmann. This generative love poem workshop will explore risking vulnerability without being crushed under the weight of sentimentality, why so many love poems are so very sad, how abstract experience of a specific emotion can be made tangible, and so much more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: December 3, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
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: December 3, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction

Deglazing Our Prose

Instructor: Meredith Arena. "Deglazing" is using an acid to dilute sediment from fats left in a pan to make a gravy or sauce. Sometimes we've worked on something too long or can't figure out what the piece wants to be. Sometimes we need to "deglaze" our work and start with a new sauce as our guide.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: December 3, 2022 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Essay, Nonfiction

Making Meaning in Memoir

Instructor: Kimberly Dark. Memories aren’t enough to make a memoir. In this generative workshop, we’ll open a number of creative doorways (and windows and portholes and tunnels) into discovering meaning and discuss how and why they work.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: December 4, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
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.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: December 4, 2022 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading

Speaking Fiction to Power: Narrating Resistance

Instructor: Kate Raphael. What makes a more powerful story than real people’s struggles to change their world? In this class, we will analyze successful social justice stories and create narratives that bring our passions to life through complex characters and compelling conflicts.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: December 4, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

The Architecture of Place

Instructor: Katie Kitamura. How do we render place on the page? Study how writers create vivid, multi-dimensional settings, looking at examples from writers including Shirley Jackson, Sam Selvon, and George Saunders.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: December 9, 2022 , 1:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Seeing Beyond Stereotypes

Instructor: Michele L. Simms-Burton. Avoid the pitfalls of stereotypes by practicing seeing diverse people in their full humanity. Examine examples of writing that successfully present unique, fully drawn, non-stereotypical characters.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: December 10, 2022 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Riding the Rails of Time: Disrupt Linear Time in Personal Essay

Instructor: Minda Honey. Learn to hop across multiple timelines by flashing forward and back to show the connection between the personal and larger cultural narratives at play.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: December 11, 2022 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Essay, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Freelance Going Pro (ASYNCHRONOUS)

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: December 31, 2022 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
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: December 31, 2022 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Poetry

Poetry III

Instructor: Ed Skoog. Build upon a foundation of craft and elements of poetry. Students will participate in workshops, examine contemporary poets, and generate and revise new work.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Elements of the Short Form: An Introduction to Flash

Instructor: Becca Yenser. Explore the fundamentals of flash (both fiction and nonfiction) while reading, generating writing, and workshopping with peers.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 5 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Lit Witches: Crafting Spells and Rituals for Subversive Narratives

Instructors: Allison Ellis, Amy Bowers. Delve deep into the lore and canon of witches, examining themes such as feminism, domesticity, power, and social change. Students can expect to craft their own witchy narratives and generate new stories, essays, or longer scenes.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Structure & Design

Instructor: Rachel Sobel. Through writing exercises and class discussion, students will delve deep into the craft element of structure and come away with a solid toolbox of strategies for thinking about design in their own writing.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Nonfiction

The Most Personal Essay

Instructor: Nicole Hardy. Focusing on structure, narrative voice, and scene, students will draft, workshop, and revise first person essays. Participants will receive one-on-one editorial advice and leave with a polished essay.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Writing for Kids 101

Instructor: Tina Tocco. With optional take-home exercises and in-class writing prompts, students will generate and workshop new work focused on writing for ages 8-12.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing About the Women in Your Family

Instructor: Darien Hsu Gee. We’ll explore the roles of women in our lives and how they’ve shaped us by generating micro narratives of 300 words or less.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Fiction I

Instructor: Ramon Isao. This course will introduce students to the basics of the workshop model, with in class writing prompts and readings, and focus on key elements of craft such as character, plot, and setting.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 18, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Novel Immersion

Instructor: Elise Hooper. Start off the new year by jumping into the novel you've been wanting to write, with a focus on plotting, character development, setting, point of view, and structure.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 18, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

The Visual Essay: Experiments in Form

Instructor: Gabriela Denise Frank. In this generative course, we’ll experiment with different models and create image/text hybrids, concrete poems, and docupoetic essays. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 18, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

The Art of Food Writing

Instructor: Sabra Boyd. In this hybrid course, students will workshop a draft, craft pitches for publication, and strategize finding an editor. We will also discuss the politics and ethics of food writing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 18, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online