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, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes, 9-12th grade

This exploratory camp develops students' creative writing abilities in prose and poetry through readings and craft exercises. The week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 9 sessions
Start Date: July 5, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Fiction

Writing the McSweeney’s-Style Piece

This course explores writing brief, McSweeney’s-style humor pieces. In addition to writing, students will discuss their comedic influences, provide examples of their favorite humor pieces and videos, and collaborate with peers.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: July 5, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Essay, The Writing Life

Pitching Essays and Articles for Publication

Whether you're working toward your first byline, or want to improve your acceptance rate, this class will help you develop strong pitches, build relationships with editors, and negotiate contracts with a step-by-step guide.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: July 6, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Summer Flings

This generative class will offer weekly themed prompts (road trips, mix tapes, romances) mashed up with flash forms (hermit crabs, visual essays, collage, and "found" pieces). Focused on nonfiction; all genres welcome.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: July 6, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Short but Mighty: Crafting Flash Nonfiction

In this seminar, we’ll read flash nonfiction pieces that make a big impact in less than 750 words. We’ll discuss the tenets of this popular form and engage in writing and revising exercises to try our hand at creating short work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 7, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Memoir, Nonfiction

When Memory is Not Enough

In this generative seminar, we’ll focus on how to use imagination when memory’s not enough, and how to cue readers that we’re doing so. We’ll study writers who do this well, including Lisa See and Dani Shapiro.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 9, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Literature & Desire (IN-PERSON)

In this workshop, we'll discuss both canonic and contemporary work exploring the themes of lust, vulnerability, and shame and how these interact within existing power structures(whiteness, heterosexuality) of cultural hegemony.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: July 9, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction

Writing for Kids 101

This class is geared towards writing for ages 8–12, with in-class prompts—everything from starter sentences to images, magical objects to inanimate objects—and discussion in a low-pressure atmosphere.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: July 9, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

From Getting an Agent to Hitting the Shelves

Publishing is a minefield of unknowns. This course takes students through the publication process–should you hire a copy editor; do you have to go to conferences; what is querying–and offers the opportunity to ask questions.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 10, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Contemporary Poetry For People Who Don’t “Get” Poetry (But Want To!)

In this course, we will engage in reading, writing, and sharing exercises designed to support a beginning student's understanding of (and appreciation for) poetry.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: July 10, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction

Playing with Form in Fiction

Serious writers are playful writers! This workshop works to uncover who our characters are through experimentation and play with form, exploring how conventions of craft can simultaneously constrain and illuminate.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 10, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction

Comics and Graphic Novels Scribes, 7-8th grade

Learn the fundamentals of making comics and graphic novels—including visual storytelling, character creation, graphic memoir, and more. All levels of drawing experience are welcome.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Shapeshifting Into Short Forms: Prose Poems, Brief Essays, Tiny Fictions Scribes

Find delight, magic and surprise in writing short pieces (all under 1000 words)— defying genres, packing power and imagination. Each day of students will invent a brand new piece (or more) of writing that is compact yet vivid and alive.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Video Poems Scribes, 7-8th grade

In this half-day camp, students will write poems and then create short videos to accompany them. Expect writing prompts, story boarding, video poem viewing, and more!

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Come to the Edge: The Power of Thresholds in Poetry

This generative and discussion workshop utilizes "A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry" to invite students to challenge assumptions and deeply pay attention to the mystery and creative potentiality of thresholds in our lives.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

The Experience of Time During a Pandemic

This class explores through reading and writing what we might have gained during a pandemic–a new conception of the relationship between economic (objective) time and personal (inner) time.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Screenwriting Scribes, 9-12th Grade

Students will learn the basics of screenwriting for film, including staging scenes, generating dialogue, and developing action, and more. The week will culminate with a reading and/or presentation of student work.

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Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, 5-6th grade

In partnership with the Burke Museum, this camp fosters creative writing development through an engaging mix of prose and poetry readings, craft exercises, and artistic activities inspired by materials and knowledge from the Burke Museum.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Poetry

Get Messy: Push Past Perfectionism & Procrastination

Get past the block with this whirlwind session of poetry prompts to help you crank out a batch of draft material before you can say "But—”.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 12, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Memoir, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

How to Write a Memoir Book Proposal

In this class, you will learn about each component of a memoir book proposal, strategies for writing a proposal that will gain the attention of agents/editors, as well as tips for writing a killer query letter.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 12, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel

Finishing Your Book (ASYNCHRONOUS)

This asynchronous class is for anyone struggling with a book. We’ll look at when and when not to revise, what questions are productive, and seek ways to re-invigorate ourselves for much more writing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: July 12, 2022, 12:00am
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction

Kickstart, Jump Start, Restart

In this generative course, we’ll apply a range of literary art experiments to break free from entrenched patterns and shake up creative thinking in your stalled drafts. Focused on nonfiction; all genres welcome.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: July 12, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry & Publishing Section I

Students will generate new poems, participate in a mock editorial committee, and read and write in response to a wide array of contemporary poets. We'll finish the class by sending submissions with new, strong cover letters.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: July 12, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

The Fearless Pen

This class is designed to help fearful writers find the courage needed to begin, or finish, a project. Students will leave class with 25 pages written toward a project and extensive instructor feedback.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: July 12, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online