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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‚ÄĒif you want to write, there‚Äôs 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.

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
Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading

“Cc Me!” Exploring Epistolary Poetry

Instructor: Cate Lycurgus. This generative class explores the letter poem and its opportunities for connection, social commentary or critique, catharsis, and discovery. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 23, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry II

Instructor: Michelle Pe√Īaloza.¬†This class aims to explore poetic structure and craft in more detail through readings, prompts, discussions, and workshops of your poems.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 23, 2024 , - PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
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
Fiction, Writing for Performance

Playwriting: Diving into Dialogue

Instructor: Danielle Mohlman. Shape the dialogue of your play by building and creating compelling characters, exploring voice, and driving your plot forward through your characters' behaviors and choices.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 24, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Reading, Writing for Performance

Discovering the Play in Playwriting

Instructor: Miriam Tobin. Through a combination of readings, interactive conversations, and generative writing exercises, students will explore playwriting elements such as structure, characters, setting, action, and style.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 25, 2024 , 7:10 pm PT
Format: In Person
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, The Writing Life, Reading, Short Story

Writing about Disgust

Instructor: Olivia Cheng. In this generative seminar, we will discuss "unlikeable" protagonists, look at how readers are kept on the page despite or because of disgust, and write our own pieces exploring horror, dread, and disgust.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 25, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Artist Statements for Creative Writers

Instructor: Lyzette Wanzer. Open to writers of all genres, students in this workshop will read, craft, and revise through several drafts of their artist statements for practical application with grants, author websites, residency and funding applications, and more.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: April 27, 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, Reading

Devils Unmasked: Monsters in Horror Fiction

Instructor: Jasmine Griffin. In this class, participants will discuss four subgenres of horror and analyze four short horror fiction pieces, learning how to apply techniques from the texts to their own work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 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
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Get Unstuck Fiction Bootcamp

Instructor: Tina Tocco. For adult, middle grade, or YA fiction writers,  this generative fiction workshop will use images, lists, sounds, brainstorming, and other prompts to help get your mind whirling and fingers flying.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Submitting Short Work: Toward a Book Deal

Instructor: Alle Hall. Learn about the evolving publishing industry‚ÄĒmoney, queries, agents, and more‚ÄĒand generate fiction using writing exercises, peer and teacher feedback, and more. Leave with a solid draft of one piece, two query letters, and a system for tracking submissions.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 27, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Reading, Short Story

The World in a Flash: Intro to Flash Fiction

Instructor: Tara Campbell. Explore the genre of flash fiction and create your own compact masterpieces, with reading and discussions around the definition of flash fiction, fundamentals of storytelling within the constraints of flash, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry

Writing Mary Oliver: A Generative Workshop

Instructor: Lauren Davis. Participants will explore and write to prompts inspired by Mary Oliver's writing advice and craft.

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Level: Introductory
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
Poetry

Poetry I

Instructor: Naa Akua. Designed for writers looking to immerse themselves in diverse forms of poetic expression and techniques, this class will explore craft essentials, read and write alongside great poets, and provide an introduction to the workshop model.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 2, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading, Writing for Performance

Not Exotic: Poetry From / About Asian American Identity

Instructor: Aimee Suzara. Engage with poetry and spoken word by Asian and Asian American writers identifying themes of belonging and otherness, homeland and loss, as well as the current climate of anti-Asian sentiment and how we challenge it by telling our stories. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 3, 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
The Writing Life, Memoir, Essay, Writing for Performance

Comedic Storytelling for the Stage

Instructor: Margot Leitman. Students will learn to dig inside their own lives to find humorous and relatable material that unifies an audience, with additional focus on getting through the fear of being judged for candor.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 4, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Poetry, Memoir, Short Story

Museum as Muse: Writing Alongside Exhibits

Instructor: Deborah Woodard. Visiting local museums, we'll write poems and/or short prose in response to the art we observe, with weekly prompts, class read-arounds, and instructor feedback.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 4, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Real Talk: Pacing & Punctuating Dialogue

Instructor: Grace Bialecki. Through close readings and sharing their work aloud, students will practice hearing dialogue and identifying techniques to keep their writing emotive and original.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: May 4, 2024 , 10:00am 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