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

Fiction III

Instructor: Scott Driscoll. Building upon craft learned in Fiction I and II, students can expect advanced readings, regular workshops, and feedback from their classmates and instructor.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry I

Instructor: Michelle Peñaloza. Whether you're a beginning poet or a lover of the art, this class will introduce students week by week to elements of poetic craft.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Poetry

Poetics of the Haunted House

Instructor: Hannah Schoettmer. In this class, ghosts of all types will be invited in and engaged with. Students will examine and learn from poems utilizing the mechanisms of haunting, and generate new work.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Queering Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Cara Stoddard. Students will generate and share their own new nonfiction that spotlights the uniquely queer aspects of familial intimacy.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Writing(,) Noticing

Instructor: Molly Schaeffer. This class will examine elements of attention, drawing from various media: writing, film, music, and the natural world, and experiment with generative exercises, freewriting, and discussion.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction II

Instructor: Beth Slattery. This class will build on fundamentals in Creative Nonfiction I with additional focus on structure and narration, investigating traditional and nontraditional forms, including memoir, lyric essay, and more.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 24, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Writing a Feature-Length Screenplay: Structure and Character

Instructor: Marissa Flaxbart. Through weekly exercises and assignments, we’ll study screenplay structure and how to develop intriguing protagonists and supporting characters. Students will plan and begin to write their own feature screenplay.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 25, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction III

Instructor: Gail Folkins. This class will be a mix of craft discussion and workshop to hone your essays with a focus on the key elements of structure and narrative. 

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Level: Advanced
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 25, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry II

Instructor: Lydia Valentine. In this supportive workshop environment, students will learn by closely reading and responding to each other's poems, and practicing the art of revision.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 25, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Fiction II

Instructor: Alma García. Building upon craft learned in Fiction I, students will read, lead discussions, and workshop each other's work with a focus on elements such as point of view, setting, scene, pacing, and dialogue.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 26, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction

Storied Mothers

Instructor: Bella Bravo. Each week students will discuss a story about motherhood and freewrite on experiences of mothering, being mothered, or matrilineal loss. 

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Level: Introductory
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 26, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction

The 16-Week Prose Workshop

Instructor: Beth Slattery. Deep-dive into the revision and workshop methodology while creating a strong community of writers, with extensive opportunity for feedback and generation of new work.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 16 sessions
Start: January 26, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

What a Powerful Sentence Looks Like

Instructor: Omar El Akkad. This workshop will focus on constructing unforgettable sentences–how to put together a single thought, a string of thoughts, or in some cases an entire constellation of ideas and emotions in the space between two periods.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: January 28, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

A Little Weird Can Go a Long Way

Instructor: Tara Campbell. This generative class will explore three ways of unlocking new stories: crafting narratives from common expressions, gleaning horror from unfinished business, and using deliberate paradoxes.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: January 28, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

What Is Love? Writing Queer Love Stories

Instructor: Kamala Puligandla. In this generative workshop, we’ll discuss the craft components that make a compelling, contemporary, queer love story, including narrative arc, perspective, and the kinds of love that don’t get enough attention.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: January 29, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing Care and Vulnerability

Instructor: Leora Fridman. This generative workshop will look at contemporary writers considering the body in various states of need to write into our own reckonings with care and vulnerability.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: January 29, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit

The Art and Craft of Picture Book Writing

Instructor: Kendra Levin. This workshop offers a hands-on introduction to writing picture-books for readers aged 0-7.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 4, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry

Writing in Persona: Language, Lipstick, and a Mirror

Instructor: Heidi Seaborn. In this class students will examine powerful dramatic dialogue and persona poems, generate and share new persona poems, and discuss what it means to assume another’s identity.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: February 4, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Essay Collection or Memoir?

Instructor: Katherine Standefer. In this 6-hour intensive, writers will identify potential "centers of gravity" in their material, and pinpoint their work's central questions, considering narrative arc, repetition, and more.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 2 sessions
Start: February 4, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Essay, Nonfiction

The Philosophy of Writing the Future

Instructor: Charles Mudede. This class introduces writers to philosophical ways of thinking and writing about what is always arriving: the future.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 6, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

I Don’t Get it: Reading “Best American Poetry 2022” Together

Instructor: Sally Ashton. Take a guided tour through this year’s edition of the renowned, sometimes controversial, anthology, with discussions about poetry, craft elements, about "bests" and who says so, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 6, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry

Poet as a Botanist

Instructor: Kate Lebo. This class considers how writers today imagine the voices of plants to reach for new language, insight, and emotion. We'll read plant-voiced poems and write our own poems or essays.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 7, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Workshop for Weirdos

Instructor: Carolyn Abram. Focused entirely on weird stories, this workshop discusses elements of crafting the bizarre, from world-building, genre expectations, publication, and more.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 7, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry

Assembling a Chapbook for Publication

Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. This workshop focuses on structuring, ordering, and creating a chapbook manuscript to submit to publishers or self-publish.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 9, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online