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.

The Writing Life

Writing a Second Act

Instructor: Heidi Seaborn. Designed for people who've had another career and are now pursuing writing, students will act on their dreams by setting writing goals and gaining the insights, techniques, and tips to establish their craft.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 29, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction

What Do We Have in Our Pockets?

Instructor: Greg November. This generative one-day workshop is all about inventory. Things, stuff, items. Creating a world on the page through objects and learning the power of ordinary items to evoke passions, fears, dreams, and all manner of big ideas.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 29, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction

Fiction I (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Instructor: Peter Mountford. Whether you're looking to write stories or a novel, this course will introduce key elements of fiction (character, plot, voice, setting, and point of view), and provides a practical and straightforward foundation in craft that will help writers take their fiction to the next level.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 1, 2022, 12:00am
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction

Desire as Craft

Instructor: Corinne Manning. Desire is the experience of possibility, the burn of anticipation. This generative class will explore desire as a craft element to bring more intimacy, urgency, and possibility into your prose.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 2, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Visual Inspiration: Writing from Assemblages & Collages

Instructor: Anca Szilágyi. In this one-day class, we will explore generating new writing from the visual art forms of assemblages and collage by looking at contemporary works available in the Henry Art Gallery's permanent collection.

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

The Nest: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Parents

Instructor: Rachel Werner. In an attempt to fill a career development gap and provide professional peer support for writers with children, this in-person, two-day retreat will include writing time, story mapping, group discussions, query exercises, and one-on-one consultations.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: November 4, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Little Experiments on the Way to the Horizon for 9-12th grade

Instructor: Meredith Arena. In this workshop, we will experiment with forms and be open to any genre. We write with a creative form in mind, but in the genre each of us chooses. We will experiment with a few existing, and a few invented forms as we work our way to the horizon.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 5, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Inspired by Images: Ekphrastic Writing

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. Ekphrastic writing has been described as “taking the visual and transforming it to the verbal.” In this generative workshop, participants will engage with imaginative prompts, exploring images as a source of inspiration.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Writing About Nature

Instructor: Gail Folkins. Taking cues from writers such as J. Drew Lanham, Ana Maria Spagna, Rick Bass, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, we'll read and write essays with a nature and environmental focus, as well as explore literary tools along with research methods such as personal observation and interviews.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing to the Moon & Back

Instructor: Sierra Nelson. Looking toward our moon (and other moons) anew, this generative class, open to all genres, features eclectic writing experiments inspired by scientific, esoteric, and mythological ideas, to jump-start our creativity and playfully upend clichés.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Advanced Short Story

Instructor: Becky Mandelbaum. In this course, we'll explore how to make a manuscript publication-ready, addressing a range of questions that typically arise during writing and revision, as well as workshop student writing and discuss how to submit work and enter contests.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Inheritance of White Silence

Instructors: Ansley Clark & Hannah Brancato. How can storytelling help us recognize and resist the covert ways we inherit white supremacy culture? Using Tema Okun's white supremacy characteristics as a framework, this two-part antiracism workshop is an arts-based excavation.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Pitching & Publishing 101: What to Do When You Want to Get Published for 9-12th grade

Instructor: Sabra Boyd. Do you want to write for magazines, newspapers, and other publications? This workshop will guide you through the steps of how to pitch essays and articles to editors, and the many paths to publication.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

The Truer Version of Your Story

Instructor: Aimee Christian. In this course, we'll discuss what it means to meet our own gaze and see what's really looking back and why it's worth facing that truer version of yourself.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 7, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Lyrical Texture: Generative Strategies for Poets

Instructor: Laura Da'. The focus of this class is lyrical texture, which may include developing sonic patterns, tactile landscapes, and compelling juxtapositions. Students will generate new poems and incorporate strategies to revise existing work.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: November 7, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

How Stories Get Told: Voice, Narrative Distance, & Psychic Distance

Instructor: Scott Driscoll. In this class, we will discuss how to recognize voice and manage shifts between author and character voices, manipulate narrative distance, and recognize levels of psychic distance in order to control how emotionally close we feel to the character.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: November 7, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Motives, Means, & Opportunities for Mystery

Instructor: Wendy Kendall. Three key elements drive all mysteries: motives, means, and opportunity. In this class, you'll learn how an author exploits these three elements to build suspense, increase action, and flesh out characters.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 12, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Nonfiction

Weaving Science into Story

Instructor: Madeline Ostrander. In this class, we’ll discuss how to weave science into personal stories and explore what is at once beautiful, vital, and occasionally monstrous about the search for answers.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 12, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Poetry

Poem Revision Bootcamp

Instructor: Janée J. Baugher. Though the revision process can feel overwhelming, it's necessary that you know your work before you aim to publicize it. In this class, you'll learn ways to evaluate all aspects of your work, such as word choices, line breaks, imagery, figurative language, and structure.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 12, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction

The What If of Spec Fic(tion) for 9-12th grade

Instructor: Cassidy Dyce. In this introductory workshop, students will explore spec fic texts, engage in journaling exercises and conversations, develop their own stories, and will gain a better understanding of the healing possibilities of speculative fiction.

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Start Date: November 12, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Poetry

Creating Nonhuman Characters

Instructors: Elizabeth Beechwood & Katherine Quevedo. Nonhuman characters bring depth to your story not achievable with human characters. This lively workshop explores not only animals but also landscapes, mythical creatures, and inanimate objects, such as toys and appliances.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 13, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Adventures in the (Poetic) Second Person

Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. The poetic you can be notoriously slippery—pointing to speaker, reader, or beloved; to “one" or the other. Together we'll read, write, and experiment, exploring the many possibilities (and a few pitfalls) of the second person.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 13, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Talking & Texting: A Modern Dialogue Intensive

Instructor: Carolyn Abram. The way people speak now is often mediated by technology, so the way we write dialogue needs to adapt. This generative class will look at the craft of dialogue—whether the conversation is happening out loud or in a text thread.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: November 15, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: In Person
The Writing Life

FREE Meditation for Writers

Instructor: Paulette Perhach & April Dávila. By sharing scientific research and personal experience, this class will explore how secular mindfulness practice helps artists deal with challenges both big and small.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 19, 2022, 12:00pm
Format: Online