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, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Submitting Short Work: Toward a Book Deal

Instructor: Alle Hall. Learn about the evolving publishing industry—money, queries, agents, and more—and generate fiction using writing exercises, peer and teacher feedback, and more. Leave with a solid draft of one piece, two query letters, and a system for tracking submissions.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 27, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Reading, Short Story

The World in a Flash: Intro to Flash Fiction

Instructor: Tara Campbell. Explore the genre of flash fiction and create your own compact masterpieces, with reading and discussions around the definition of flash fiction, fundamentals of storytelling within the constraints of flash, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry

Writing Mary Oliver: A Generative Workshop

Instructor: Lauren Davis. Participants will explore and write to prompts inspired by Mary Oliver's writing advice and craft.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 27, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir, Short Story, Essay

Write Your Story: Writing to Heal

Instructor: Ingrid Ricks. Tap into the healing power of personal narrative and learn how to identify, structure, and develop your story, with writing assignments and individual coaching sessions with the instructor.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 5 sessions
Start: May 1, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry I

Instructor: Naa Akua. Designed for writers looking to immerse themselves in diverse forms of poetic expression and techniques, this class will explore craft essentials, read and write alongside great poets, and provide an introduction to the workshop model.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 2, 2024 , 5:00 pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading, Writing for Performance

Not Exotic: Poetry From / About Asian American Identity

Instructor: Aimee Suzara. Engage with poetry and spoken word by Asian and Asian American writers identifying 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. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 3, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Book Reviews for Beginners

Instructor: Asa Drake. In this generative workshop, we'll cover essential elements of long and short-form reviews and address practical aspects of writing criticism.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: May 4, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life, Memoir, Essay, Writing for Performance

Comedic Storytelling for the Stage

Instructor: Margot Leitman. Students will learn to dig inside their own lives to find humorous and relatable material that unifies an audience, with additional focus on getting through the fear of being judged for candor.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 4, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Poetry, Memoir, Short Story

Museum as Muse: Writing Alongside Exhibits

Instructor: Deborah Woodard. Visiting local museums, we'll write poems and/or short prose in response to the art we observe, with weekly prompts, class read-arounds, and instructor feedback.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 4, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Real Talk: Pacing & Punctuating Dialogue

Instructor: Grace Bialecki. Through close readings and sharing their work aloud, students will practice hearing dialogue and identifying techniques to keep their writing emotive and original.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: May 4, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Reading, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Essay

Creative Nonfiction I

Instructor: Beth Slattery. Using generative writing, reading, and an introduction to the workshop model, we will investigate our own personal stories, exploring craft elements such as points of view, scene, reflection, and form. 

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 7, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry of Grief & Healing

Instructor: Jodie Hollander. For anyone interested in the transformative and healing power of poetry, we'll read, examine, and write effective and powerful poetry addressing grief and pain.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start: May 7, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

For the Fun of It: Recapturing Joy in Writing

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. For beginner and seasoned writers alike, this generative workshop will serve as a safe haven for exploration and self-expression with engaging prompts designed to awaken your imagination.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 8, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Short Story

Reading Clarice Lispector’s Short Stories

Instructor: Andrew Zawacki. Dive into the work of radical midcentury Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, widely recognized for the volatile strangeness of her writing, which pushes language, genre, sexuality, and the experience of self to their limits.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 sessions
Start: May 8, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Essay

Queering Creative Nonfiction

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

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 8, 2024 , 7:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel

The First 50 Pages: Backstory & Beyond

Instructor: Jennifer Haupt. Students will workshop the first ten pages of their book, learning to balance backstory, present action, and foreshadowing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 8, 2024 , 5:00 pm 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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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 5 sessions
Start: May 9, 2024 , 7:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Fiction I

Instructor: Rachel Sobel. This course will introduce students to the craft of fiction and the basics of the workshop model.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 9, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Young Adult/Children's Lit

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: May 9, 2024 , 10:00am 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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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 5 sessions
Start: May 9, 2024 , 7:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Short Story

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: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 11, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Where to Begin: The Art of the Poem Title

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

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 11, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Pop Culture in Personal Essays

Instructor: Catherine Carmody. Read and review example essays to learn and apply how writers combine pop culture, cultural criticism, and personal narrative into personal essays.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 15, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

Making Meaning in Memoir

Instructor: Kimberly Dark. This generative workshop will open a number of creative doorways to mine meaning from memories, connecting students' unique perspectives to culture, history, and zeitgeist.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 18, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online