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Summer 2024 Digital Class Catalog

Summer 2024 Digital Class Catalog

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.

Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Essay

The Art of the Personal Essay

Instructor: Kate Carmody. Follow your curiosities and learn to excavate the self in through personal essay reading and writing. Leave with a solid first draft of your own personal essay and a toolkit for many more.  

Course Status: Full
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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 23, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Reshaping & Retelling

Instructor: Lish McBride. Explore your favorite fables, fairy tales, & myths and weave these classic stories into fresh retellings of your own. Leave with several story starts and a toolkit to take your retelling from idea to completed novel. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 25, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Introduction to Poetic Form

Instructor: Tiana Nobile. Find liberation in constraint! Through close reading and writing, learn to use poetry forms as a space for exploration and discovery. Leave with a deeper understanding of poetic forms and several drafts of new poems.  

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 27, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Short Story, Essay

The Art of Constraint

Instructor: Ruth Joffre. Stuck on your story? We'll use constraint to spark creativity and take your fiction writing in exciting new directions. Come ready to experiment and leave with several starts to new work! 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story

Worldbuilding: Outside and In

Instructor: Scott Driscoll. Make place a character on the page in this worldbuilding workshop. Build your world, learn to pull character interiority into the exterior environment, and leave readers in awe of your wild, wonderful world.  

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 30, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Novel

Writing Feminist Worlds

Instructor: Kaelie Giffel. Explore the intersection of craft and politics in this reading and writing workshop. Read and discuss Kang Hwagli’s novel, Another Person, then write towards your own feminist worlds.  

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Level: Intermediate, Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: August 1, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Short Story

Introduction to Kidlit: Writing for Middle Grade

Instructor: Tina Tocco. Start writing the middle grade kidlit project of your dreams! You'll generate new ideas, receive take-home exercises to keep you writing, and leave with multiple story starts and scenes for your project. 

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: August 3, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Making Space: Sound & Silence in Poetry

Instructor: Molly Schaeffer. How do we use sound and silence on and off the page to shape the experience of a poem? We'll study and discuss the work of master poets, experiment with our own poetry, and share our work in a light workshop format. 

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: August 8, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, Essay

Phenomenology of Roundness

Instructor: Noah Zanella. For writers eager to play with new ideas and experimental creative writing. Write alongside master writers exploring the subject of roundness and learn how abstract concepts can open new doors for thought and writing. 

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: August 10, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

Editing Out Loud

Instructor: Grace Bialecki. Stuck in the editing and revision stages? Learn to edit by reading aloud, honing your ear for musicality, grammar, and more. Bring a nearly complete piece to class and leave with a plan to polish it into final draft. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: August 10, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Storytelling to Heal: A Nod to the Other Hand

Instructor: Teré Fowler-Chapman. Engage with your inner child through creative writing and personal storytelling. We'll read and write toward healing and emerge with tools that will help us foster lifelong grace and a more profound sense of self. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: August 15, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

The Hardest Parts: Writing Beginnings & Endings

Instructor: Joe Wilkins. How do you hook your reader from the jump and leave them forever transformed by the end? Study masterful beginnings and endings across various genres and learn four strategies to write your own powerful opener and closer. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: August 17, 2024 , 1:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Ver para crear

Instructor: Rosario López. Tener una mirada particular es muy difícil, pero no imposible: es algo que se entrena. En el taller, exploraremos fuentes inagotables para encontrar nuestra mirada y darle voz y luz, contarla. 

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: August 24, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Five Kinds of Wildness: On Young Narrators

Instructor: Kimberly King Parsons. For writers looking to infuse boldness, resilience, audacity, and wonder into their prose writing and/or write a convincing child narrator. We'll study and generate work that exudes its own feral fragrance. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: August 24, 2024 , 11:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Essay

The Lightning & Its Source

Instructor: Brian Turner. Learn to weave science and the natural world into your poems and lyric essays. From the cosmic to the microscopic, from the physical to the metaphysical, we'll marry research and lyricism in this generative workshop. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: August 30, 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
Poetry, Reading

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: Intermediate
Length: 10 sessions
Start: April 9, 2025 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online