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.

Poetry

Loneliness, Lyricism, & Desire

Instructor: Christie Valentin-Bati. This course will look at the long, poetic tradition of using the lyric to externalize the deepest and most intimate parts of ourselves, reading and generating work in response to Virginia Woolf, Delmira Agustini, Jericho Brown, and others.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 21, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story

Speculative Ecologies & Biologies

Instructor: Ruth Joffre. This class will ask students to envision fantastical and futuristic environments and invent new selves deeply rooted in landscape, reading and studying contemporary speculative fiction about the environment, including climate fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 21, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Odes to the Everyday

Instructor: Jose Hernandez Diaz. This generative class will examine the way celebrate, venerate, and remember with odes, reading memorable and evocative odes from Pablo Neruda, Anne Sexton, and Kevin Young.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 23, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Short Story, Essay

The Writer’s Journal as Creative Practice

Instructor: Noah Zanella. This class will look at the potential of the journal as a crucial component of a writer's practice, reading from the journals/diaries of Franz Kafka, Joanne Kyger, George Oppen, and more, engaging in various journaling practices and using this material to generate stories, poems, or essays.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 23, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Co-Writing: Keep the Drama on the Page

Instructors: Midge Raymond, John Yunker. For all writers who wish to collaborate on prose writing, learn to research, write, edit, and pitch as a team.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 25, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Finding Your Literary Agent

Instructor: Rachel Kapelke-Dale. In this class, we'll discuss techniques for finding agents who are a great fit for your work: both what to do and what not to do.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 25, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Leaps & Swerves: Creating Surprise in Poetry

Instructor: Dilruba Ahmed. This workshop will explore unexpected moves in poems—tonal shifts, syntax disruption—and investigate the interplay between stabilizing and destabilizing forces while engaging the reader in discovery.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 30, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

The Writer’s Newsletter

Instructor: Monika Sengul-Jones. Learn to use the tried-and-true staple of internet communication—email newsletters—to pilot ideas, publish supplementary writing to published works, share professional accomplishments, and connect with readers. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: June 1, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

This Actually Happened: Writing Real Life (Sliding Scale Tuition)

Instructor: Alli Parrett. Explore elements of craft that translate real life moments into captivating stories on the page, examining excerpts from Brandon Taylor's Real Life and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: June 1, 2024 , 1:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Writing for Performance

Narrative Reclamation: The Self & Community

Instructor: Zain Shamoon. This class is dedicated to the role of storytelling in finding relief from distress; students will learn how to use storytelling for personal and communal reclamation.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start: June 5, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Story Fundamentals in Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Nicole Treska. This class will dive into the craft of story structure, examining the construction of scenes and stories, the components of a chapter, and narrative throughlines in book-length work. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: June 14, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

Writer’s Welcome Kit

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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Level: Open to all levels
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Start: September 30, 2024 , - PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Essay

Freelance Going Pro

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: September 30, 2024 , - PT
Format: Online Asynchronous