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, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story

Writer’s Welcome Kit (ASYNCHRONOUS)

This asynchronous course features online workbooks, including ten essential templates in Word and Excel to kickstart your writing life, and resources professional writers use to get published.

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Start: April 9, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Essay

Freelance Going Pro (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Through guided and practical exercises, this course will give you the confidence to turn your art into a long-term, successful business.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 12 sessions
Start: April 9, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Novel, Short Story, Fiction

Fiction I

Instructor: Susan V. Meyers. This course will introduce students to the workshop model focusing on three key elements of fiction: description, conflict, and character.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 10, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Finally Finish Your Manuscript!

Instructor: Jennifer Haupt. This class guides students through building a roadmap for creating logical, organic transformations of their main characters, with weekly writing exercises and discussions.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 10 sessions
Start: April 11, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Fiction

Autofiction

Instructor: Corinne Manning. This generative workshop examines and explores autofiction—an experimental form of autobiographical writing that considers the container of the story and examines the speaker.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 11, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction

Comics for Writers

Instructor: Megan Kelso. Learn how to make comics and/or use drawing as a creative tool for improving writing techniques, including using dreams and photographs to grow narratives and complete narratives inspired by drawings.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 11, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry

Poetry I

Instructor: Naa Akua. Poetry I will introduce you to poems from many different eras while exploring and practicing many essential elements of poetry, including metaphors, sound, imagination, structure, and form.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 11, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing About the Women in Your Family

Instructor: Darien Hsu Gee. We’ll explore the roles of women in our lives and how they’ve shaped us by generating micro narratives of 300 words or less.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start: April 11, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Short Story, Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Novel

Beyond the Hero’s Journey: Exploring the Paths of the Heroine, Healer, & Seeker

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. This fun and interactive class explores narratives beyond the traditional hero’s journey through their appearance in literature, film, poetry, podcasts and more.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 12, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Writing for Television

This class has been postponed until summer quarter.

Instructor: Andrew Bell. This course explores the fundamentals of TV writing, collaborate on “spec” scripts, and develop and pitch our own original series. 

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 12, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Reading, Essay

A Harp in the Stars: Intro to the Lyric Essay

Instructor: Corinna Cook. This generative workshop explores essayistic alternatives to "the story line" by discussing weekly passages from the lyric essay anthology A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 12, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir

Self-Researching as a Memoirist

Instructor: Katherine E. Standefer. This class will offer generative challenges and strategies to help writers reckon with the meaning of their memories and material, and practice alchemizing what may have been unconscious into powerful story. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 12, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Writing for Kids 101

Instructor: Tina Tocco. With optional take-home exercises and in-class writing prompts, students will generate and workshop new work focused on writing for ages 8-12.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 12, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

The Artist’s Way

Instructor: Shama Shams (Sanjukta). This course based on Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, offers a series of prompts focusing on recovering the creative self.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 10 sessions
Start: April 12, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry III

Instructor: Jeanine Walker. This generative class builds on a foundation of craft elements, examining the rhetoric of contemporary published poets. Students will participate in a supportive workshop where they are creatively encouraged to grow. 

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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 sessions
Start: April 12, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction I

Instructor: Beth Slattery. This class will explore the nonfiction story through points of view, scene, reflection, and form. Using generative writing, reading, and an introduction to the workshop model, we will investigate our own personal stories.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 13, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Pleasure & Resistance in Erotic Poetry

Instructor: Ansley Clark. This workshop explores contemporary erotic poetry as a powerful antidote to white supremacy culture and capitalism's rigid, toxic narratives of shame and fear, binaries, urgency, and profit. 

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 13, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

“Cc me!” Reading & Writing Epistolary Poetry

Instructor: Cate Lycurgus. This generative class explores the letter poem and its opportunities for connection, social commentary or critique, catharsis, and discovery. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 13, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Start Building Your Platform Today

Instructor: Theo Nestor. This course covers the basics of platform building, from author websites to essay publication, blogs, email lists, and social media.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: April 13, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Reading

Contextualizing the Family Story

Instructor: Jaimie Li. This class will connect our intimate, family experiences to a broader social history, using a combination of research and in-class writing assignments. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 13, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, The Writing Life

Writing the Reading Life

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. In this class, we’ll read work by authors who bring books into their accounts of daily living, looking closely at craft choices that weave literary reflection into lively narration.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 13, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Writing Vulnerability, Writing Resilience

Instructor: Leora Fridman. This participant-driven workshop will explore contemporary nonfiction on illness and disability, with extensive opportunities to write into the realities of vulnerable bodies and to offer one another generative feedback. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 13, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

An Occasion For the Telling

Instructor: Jonathan Escoffery. This generative intensive prompts students to create story-worthy characters and explore how craft elements can help determine the contours of the worlds we create.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: April 15, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Novel, Short Story, Fiction

Start Writing Right Now

Instructor: Tina Tocco. This generative class offers a low-stress, supportive environment for those eager to experiment with fiction writing, with imaginative prompts such as music, sounds, images, and more.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 15, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online