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.

Essay, Nonfiction

Hybrid Moments: Exploring the Lyric Essay

Instructor: Sasha LaPointe. This class will radicalize our approach to the personal narrative, intertwining poetry and memoir. We will write lyric essays and explore the braided form that celebrates both personal story and the lyricism of poetry.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start: February 11, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading

GRATIS El microrrelato, lo pequeño que habla de lo grande

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: February 11, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, The Writing Life

Writing the Body

Instructor: Meghan Lamb. This course will examine the methodology of writing about bodily experiences and explore the merits of engaging deeply and precisely with sex, aging, illness, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 12, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Reading

Writing the Workplace

Instructor: Kristi Coulter. This generative class blends seminar-style lecture, weekly readings, informal feedback sessions, and flexible prompts as a portal to writing about the workplace.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 12, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Review Your Own Novel Like a Developmental Editor

Instructor: Beth Jusino. Guided by a professional editor, this class offers questions and exercises each week to apply a developmental editing perspective to students' works in progress, including tips to tackle revision.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 13, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Not Exotic: Poetry on Asian American Identity (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Instructor: Aimee Suzara. This class will focus on poetry by Asian American writers in the United States, engaging with and considering themes of belonging, otherness, homeland and loss, racism and immigration, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 13, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

The Micro Prose Chapbook: Archetypes

Instructor: Darien Gee. This generative workshop will focus on archetypes with the goal of creating a finished chapbook draft.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 14, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Writing for Kids: Polish That Prose

Instructor: Tina Tocco. This class is geared towards writing for ages 8–12 and offers opportunity for writers to workshop, analyze published work, delve into the revision process, and participate in in-class writing.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 14, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction

First Impressions: Fine-tuning the Opening of Your Novel

Instructor: Gracie Bialecki. This course is designed for writers of fiction who want to fine-tune the first chapter of a longer work of fiction.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: February 15, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Reading

Reading the Craft of Toni Morrison in “Beloved”

Instructor: Michele L. Simms-Burton. This class will delve deep into the structure of Toni Morrison's masterpiece, Beloved, focusing on themes of loss, violence, memory, and healing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: February 18, 2023 , 1:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Complicating the Poem

Instructor: Mark Doty. This generative workshop will utilize a series of writing exercises to take a single image from memory and view it from many perspectives, accumulating a rich body of material that explores layers of experience.

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Length: 1 session
Start: February 18, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Poetry

The Poetic Series: A Seminar

Instructor: Melinda Ruth. For students who have completed a collection of poem drafts, this workshop offers craft discussion, peer revision, and close readings of contemporary poems.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: February 18, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Research Tools for Historical Fiction and Nonfiction Writers

Instructor: Holly Day. Learn how to compile a bibliography from sources including online and physical collections of newspaper archives, library special collections, photo banks, and more, with info on tracing source material and tips for staying organized.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: February 19, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Write Your Story: Writing to Heal

Instructor: Ingrid Ricks. With individual coaching sessions, learn how to identify structure and tap into the healing power of writing personal narrative.

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Level: Intermediate, Introductory
Length: 5 sessions
Start: February 19, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Dreams as Portals for Liberation

Instructor: Ansley Clark. This workshop explores how translating dreams into poems helps us access subconscious, creative energies. Participants will develop their own at-home, dream-based writing rituals to generate poems.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 22, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

We, You and I: Collective First Person

Instructor: Piper Lane. In this generative course, we’ll examine practical issues of the collective first person and narrative distance, with short discussions, writing prompts, and writing time.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 22, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Expanding the Elegy: Reading and Writing from Victoria Chang’s “Obit”

Instructor: Melanie Figg. This class offers a close reading of Victoria Chang's powerful collection, Obit, with writing prompts based around themes of loss.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 23, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Exploring the Surreal and the Strange in Prose Poetry

Instructor: Jose Hernandez Diaz. This workshop explores surreal and strange prose poems, with readings, sample prompts, and insight into the improvisation and editing process.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 23, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

FREE Root Words: Etymology and Poetry

Instructor: Laura Da'. This class examines etymology as a source of creative fascination. Students will create their own etymologies, consider the nature of word connotation in poetry, and explore the narratives and lyrical possibilities within words.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: February 25, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Retellings in Speculative Fiction

Instructor: Stephanie Brownell. Students will develop new or existing work through prompts and exercises and brainstorm new ways of finding inspiration, including the benefits of allegory, and more.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: February 25, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Writing Memoir to Understand Your Family: Finding Your Voice, While Honoring Theirs

Instructor: Elizabeth Mayorca. This class explores familial memoir, with readings and guided prompts for in-class writing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: February 25, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry

The Five Stages of Ecological Grief

Instructor: Jessica Gigot. Students will learn from contemporary ecopoets and investigate their interior and exterior landscapes in order to craft new poems that probe and illuminate their experiences around ecological grief.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 2 sessions
Start: February 25, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Visual Inspiration: Writing Prose from Art

Instructor: Anca Szilagyi. This workshop will explore the creative process and examine the relationship between writing and visual art.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 26, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Where to Begin: The Art and Craft of the Poem Title

Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. In this three-hour workshop, students will explore the relationships between poems and their titles, discuss several intriguing examples, then play with techniques for titling their own work.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: February 26, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online