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, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Query Letter Bootcamp

Instructor: Lindsay Newton. In this supportive workshop environment, participants will work with a "Big Five" editor and publishing consultant to learn the pitching process and generate a strategic, ready-to-send query letter to their agent of choice.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Advanced
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Finding Your Form in Nonfiction

Instructor: Kate Lebo. When we're struggling to begin a work of nonfiction, how do we find the right form? In this class, discover how other writers make and break forms, try on different forms you admire, and maybe even invite your own.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

How to Turn Your Obsessions into Awesome Prose (A Workshop for Democracy)

Instructor: Steve Almond. Most good writing—fiction or nonfiction—arises from a writer’s obsessions. In this intensive session, we’ll discuss how to explore our obsessions on the page, without falling prey to self-absorption or sentiment.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 6:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Writing Short Fiction: From Blank Page to the Last Page

Instructor: Holly Day. This class will examine craft techniques such as character formation and development to creating vivid scenes. By the time this class is over, you’ll know how to get started writing and keep on writing.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading

Unreliable Reliability with Henry James’ Turn of the Screw

Instructor: Michael Shilling. Dive into Henry James' Turn of the Screw and examine how James creates reliability from a deeply unreliable narrator, while mapping in detail this fascinating mirror-maze of a plot.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

The Writer’s Notebook

Instructor: Molly Schaeffer. Combining generative exercises, workshops, and notable examples, this course will investigate the relationship between writers/artists and their notebooks—how notebooks can feed our creative work, even be the creative work itself.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Entangled: Composing and Revising Poetry Together

Instructor: Emily Wolahan. In this class, generate a new poem while posing revision provocations to poems generated in previous weeks, writing and revising in tandem to practice putting on different hats within one writing session.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Dream Language: Expanding Imagery and Metaphor

Instructor: Matt Gano. In this workshop, we will explore the "allusionary" magic and imagistic "dream language" of surrealism and look into the idea that poetry and metaphor don't always require logical connections in order to "make sense." 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 4, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Embodied & Mindful Writing

Instructor: Jennifer Perrine. By combining writing prompts with skills derived from embodiment and mindfulness practices, we'll bring our awareness to sensation and emotion, for the benefit of both our writing and our well-being.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 5, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Creative Vulnerability: Getting Started

Instructor: Gracie Bialecki. Inspired by Brené Brown, this course explores ways of moving through artistic fear to get writing. In addition to discussing vulnerability in our work, we'll use exercises to visualize and approach our projects from new perspectives.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 5, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Poems of the Historical Moment: Writing with Eve Ewing’s 1919

Instructor: Melanie Figg. Eve Ewing's 1919, a poetry collection about the Chicago race riots, will be our guide as we write poems about cultural moments that may focus on historical events or spring from primary sources—or we may use collective events as backdrops for our personal stories.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: October 6, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Not Exotic: Poetry on Asian American Identity

Instructor: Aimee Suzara. Engage with works by Asian American writers with 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. This class especially invites people of Asian backgrounds to participate.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 7, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Graphic Humor for 5-8th grade

Instructor: Greg Stump. From parodies to gag cartoons, we'll explore a wide range of forms as we explore graphic hilarity through a mix of writing prompts, drawing instruction, and close examinations of work by some of the funniest comics artists of all time

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 8, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Pitch Your Book So Publishers Pay Attention

Instructor: Beth Jusino. Agents and publishers are flooded with more queries than ever before. How can you cut through the noise and get noticed? In this class, we'll step back and look at your fiction or nonfiction work with fresh eyes and get publishers to pay attention.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 8, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Fiction

Setting The Stakes, Hooking the Reader

Instructor: Jami Attenberg. How to get a reader instantly invested—an irresistible character, suspenseful plot, or a string of gorgeous sentences. Students will submit the opening of their book for class workshop and we’ll investigate the stakes of your story.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 8, 2022, 12:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life

Think Like an Editor, Publish Your Poetry

Instructor: Natasha Moni. Thousands of journals and markets are flooded with unsolicited submissions. How does your submission stand out? Develop publication strategies. Leave with tips, links, and a handout on how to nail the right markets.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 9, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Ghostwriting: The Art & Science of Being Someone Else’s Voice

Instructor: Beth Jusino. What's involved with writing for someone else? This class will explore what it takes to be a ghostwriter or collaborative writer (and what the difference is), and talk the business aspects of writing another person's book.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 9, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Writing Alongside Eirin Moure & Fernando Pessoa

Instructor: Deborah Woodard. Together we’ll explore the work of the postmodern-before-his-time Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa, who, utilizing heteronyms (alter egos) to pen his texts, gives the lie to the notion that poetry is the simple act of being yourself on the page.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: October 9, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Thrilling Stories

Instructor: Dedi Feldman. This one-day workshop will help you develop your mystery, thriller, or horror TV pilot or film. We'll cover the essentials of each genre and the various subgenres, including how to create your own unique mash-up.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 9, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Brilliant Openings: How to Grab Agents & Editors on Page One: A Workshop for Democracy

Instructor: Steve Almond. Writing’s all fun and games until the rejections start piling up. In this intensive (though informal) workshop, we’ll aim to make sure your stories or essays draw the reader in, rather than leaving them in the dark.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 10, 2022, 6:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Aliens, Androids, Animals, & Other Alternate Narrators

Instructor: Carolyn Abram. Most fiction seeks to find some sort of Truth about humanity, but often seeing the truth means taking a step outside of it. Enter the alternate narrator. In this course, learn more about how alternate narrators can illuminate our own humanity.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 11, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

In The Message: Adinkra Symbols – Meditation & Writing (for BIPOC)

Instructor: Naa Akua. Adinkra symbols are West African proverbs or messages shown through visual symbolism, created by the Akan people of Ghana. In this class, we will connect with these ancient visual proverbs to see how they influence our modern-day life.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 12, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Tarot for Fiction Writers

Instructor: Kris Waldherr. Through lecture, writing, and tarot exercises, learn tarot-based techniques to inspire and strengthen your fiction. We'll focus on character development, plot arc, and scene structure. This class can be used to generate new fiction or for revising a novel or short story.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: October 12, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Essay, Nonfiction

Food Writing 101

Instructor: Sabra Boyd. In this workshop, we will explore work by contemporary food writers, craft pitches for publication, and discuss how to find the right editor. We will also discuss the politics and ethics of food writing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: October 12, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online