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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, Reading

Reading Virginia Woolf & Shirley Hazzard

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. This class will examine Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse in conversation with Shirley Hazzard's The Transit of Venus, particularly in respect to character arcs, politics, and sentence-level syntax.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 31, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Short Story, Essay

Decolonizing Nature Writing

Instructor: Jennifer Perrine. This generative class will read nature-centered poetry, essays, and fiction by Black, Indigenous, Asian American, and Latine writers. With writing prompts derived from forest bathing, bird noticing, and more.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 1, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Start Writing Right Now

Instructor: Tina Tocco. This generative class offers a low-stress, supportive environment for those eager to experiment with fiction writing, with imaginative prompts such as music, sounds, images, and more.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 1, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, Essay

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: 6 sessions
Start: February 1, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Reshaping & Retelling Classic Tales

Instructor: Lish McBride. Learn to write your own take on classic tales and creatures in this class includes lecture, generative writing, peer feedback, craft discussion, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 1, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Essay

For BIPOC | Revolutionary Mothering: At the Intersections

Instructor: Aimee Suzara. This class is inspired by the anthology Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. We will read, discuss, and write at the intersections of identity, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 2, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry

For BIPOC | Ecopoetics: Through the Lens of Brown & Green

Instructor: Marguerite Harrold. In this class, we will explore the ways in which people of color write about the natural world, including relationships to the land, traditional cultural practices, herbal healing, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: February 3, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Fiction II

Instructor: Anca Szilágyi. Building upon craft lessons from Fiction I, this generative class will dive into point of view, scene construction, and dialogue; with workshops, in-class reading, and more.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: February 3, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Weirdly Ordinary

Instructor: Greg November. This generative one-day workshop is all about learning how to create credible weirdness in fiction. 

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: February 3, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person

Digging Deeper: A Nod to the Other Hand

Instructor: Teré Fowler-Chapman. Using the power of storytelling and the curiosity of creative writing, participants will engage in a deeper connection with their inner child(ren), developing a practice of fostering grace, compassion, and a more profound sense of self.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 5, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Fiction I

Instructor: Scott Driscoll. This generative course will introduce students to the craft of fiction, exploring essentials such as character development, setting, scene building, dialogue, and more.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 5, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Language, Beauty, & Truth

Instructor: Noah Zanella. This generative seminar examines the various relationships between language, beauty, and truth, responding to questions such as, "Can beauty save us?", and "Is the truth beautiful?."

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 6, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

The 5 Elements of A Scene

Instructor: April Dávila. Explore each of the elements of a scene (setting, plot, character, point of view, and prose) by studying the work of award-winning writers and practicing with writing prompts.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: February 9, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story

The Art of the Hook

Instructor: Wendy Kendall. Learn and practice the art of creating different types of hooks and understand how they work in story structure and marketing.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: February 10, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing the Body

Instructor: Meghan Lamb. This course will examine body-centered prose and explore the merits of engaging deeply with illness, bodily change, and bodily difference.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 10, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

The Love Poem to the Self

Instructor: Lauren Davis. In this generative poetry workshop, participants will write love poems to the self.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: February 12, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Writing for Performance

Intro to Playwriting

Instructor: Danielle Mohlman. This lively and imaginative class is perfect for adventurous writers working on their first play. Examine scenes from contemporary plays and explore topics like character, dialogue, plot, worldbuilding, and more!

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 13, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Beyond the Book Form: Text, Image, Etc.

Instructor: Molly Schaeffer. Looking at a range of work that combines writing and visual art, we will challenge the idea of the book while also creating and discussing our process, investigating alternative forms such as chapbooks, artist books, zines, and more.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 15, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Writing with the Furious Flower Poets

Instructor: Anastacia-Reneé. This generative class will explore the work of poets from Furious Flower, the nation's first academic center for Black poetry, engaging with each poet's voice, interrogating format and structure, and much more.

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Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 15, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir

Letters of Love

Instructor: Naa Akua. In this class, we will set our intentions to engage love as a "practice," through writing epistolary poems, journal prompts, and mini memoirs.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 15, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir

Midwinter Memoir Intensive

Instructor: Theo Nestor. This memoir intensive includes craft lessons on scene, narrative modes, structure and more with in-class writing prompts and Q&A portion.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: February 17, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Venturing Beyond the Hero’s Journey

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. This class will investigate the narratives that go beyond the traditional hero's journey—the heroine's journey, the journey of integrity, the seeker's journey, the healing journey, and others—through their appearance in literature, film, poetry and more!

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 5 sessions
Start: February 20, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Escribir el duelo (en español)

Instructora: Rosario López. En este taller, estudiaremos el duelo en la literatura, veremos las maneras en que lo abordaron otros autores y aprenderemos modos para crear arte con lo perdido.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: February 24, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

Truth or Fiction?: Writing Life Stories

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

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: February 24, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online