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, Nonfiction

A Wrinkle in Time: How to Embrace Your Chronology and Tell the Story Straight (A Workshop for Democracy)

Instructor: Steve Almond. One of the central struggles in storytelling is that human beings are, in essence, time travelers. This class will unravel the mysteries of chronology and figure out how to tell your story in a way that thrills readers.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: September 26, 2022, 6:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

The Artist’s Way

Instructor: Shama Shams (Sanjukta). This course is based on Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, a series of prompts that focuses on recovering the creative self. We’ll work through the book together in a supportive environment.

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Level: Introductory, Open to all levels
Length: 12 sessions
Start Date: September 26, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel

Book Lab with Sonora Jha

Instructor: Sonora Jha. A yearlong intensive class for writers seeking to revise, restructure, rethink, and finalize a book-length manuscript.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 sessions
Start Date: September 27, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: In Person
Short Story

Yearlong in Short Story

Instructor: Ramon Isao. The short story remains arguably the best medium through which a fiction writer hones their craft, and in this class that's exactly our aim. Read, write, discuss, and critique short fiction with equal parts rigor and vigor.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 27, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction

Yearlong in Fiction

Instructor: Peter Mountford. This yearlong class is open to fiction writers, regardless of genre, and is designed to help writers meet creative goals/deadlines, and provide feedback on their work.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 27, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: In Person
Essay, Nonfiction

Writing About Death

Instructor: Katherine Standefer. Explore the craft of writing about death, noticing the narrative structures and syntax that effectively hold brutal experiences.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 27, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Yearlong in Science Fiction

Instructor: Nisi Shawl. In this craft-focused class, we’ll dive deep and work through methods of writing a speculative fiction story or novel of high quality, covering a wide variety of topics, writing exercises, and workshopping.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 27, 2022, 6:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Yearlong in Poetry with Dilruba Ahmed

Instructor: Dilruba Ahmed. Deepen your understanding of craft strategies, build confidence discussing key elements across diverse poems, and generate new material within a community providing support and accountability.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 28, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Assembling the Manuscript

Instructor: Tess Taylor. Dive into putting a book together as a poet. Read collections, do strategic writing to fill out our collections, generate new material, edit what we have, and collect strategies for aligning our own poems.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 28, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Yearlong in Fiction & Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Peter Mountford. This yearlong class is open to fiction and creative nonfiction writers of all stripes, and is designed to help writers meet creative goals/deadlines, and provide concrete and clear feedback on their work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 28, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story

Intro to Short Story

Instructor: Radhika Sharma. Bring an idea or a draft of a short story and unspool its possibilities through learning the core fiction concepts of characterization, narrative tension, voice, and structure.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 30, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
The Writing Life

FREE The BIPOC Writer’s Toolkit: Strategies for Funding Applications

Instructor: D.A. Navoti. Get an introduction to business writing concepts to strengthen applications for fellowships, grants, and residencies. This course is specifically for Black, Indigenous, and people of color in any literary form.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 1, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Nonfiction

More Questions Than Answers: When Memoir Writing Becomes the Story of the Search

Instructor: Ann Hedreen. What motivates many memoir writers is not just the yearning to tell their stories, but all the questions they have about their stories. In this seminar, learn from writers whose questions have shaped their lives and work.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 1, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit

B-Characters and Frenemies

Instructor: Amanda Hosch. Friendship groups play a huge role in YA or middle grade's main character’s growth and development. Learn how to develop three-dimensional B-characters who will enrich the main character's growth.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 1, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction

Into the Dark

Instructor: Lilliam Rivera. In this class, we will learn to develop terrifying characters, create realistic conflict and tension, and find the dread within the most mundane aspects of the everyday.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 1, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Reading

Booker Prize Book Club (for Fiction Writers & Friends)

Instructor: Robin McLean. Put 2021 Booker Prize winner, The Promise by Damon Galgut under a writer's microscope, spending time studying craft, examining the book’s structure, elements of style, thematic choices, and overall effect.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: October 2, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Query Letter Bootcamp

Instructor: Lindsay Newton. In this supportive workshop environment, participants will work with a "Big Five" editor and publishing consultant to learn the pitching process and generate a strategic, ready-to-send query letter to their agent of choice.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Finding Your Form in Nonfiction

Instructor: Kate Lebo. When we're struggling to begin a work of nonfiction, how do we find the right form? In this class, discover how other writers make and break forms, try on different forms you admire, and maybe even invite your own.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

How to Turn Your Obsessions into Awesome Prose (A Workshop for Democracy)

Instructor: Steve Almond. Most good writing—fiction or nonfiction—arises from a writer’s obsessions. In this intensive session, we’ll discuss how to explore our obsessions on the page, without falling prey to self-absorption or sentiment.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 6:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Writing Short Fiction: From Blank Page to the Last Page

Instructor: Holly Day. This class will examine craft techniques such as character formation and development to creating vivid scenes. By the time this class is over, you’ll know how to get started writing and keep on writing.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading

Unreliable Reliability with Henry James’ Turn of the Screw

Instructor: Michael Shilling. Dive into Henry James' Turn of the Screw and examine how James creates reliability from a deeply unreliable narrator, while mapping in detail this fascinating mirror-maze of a plot.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

The Writer’s Notebook

Instructor: Molly Schaeffer. Combining generative exercises, workshops, and notable examples, this course will investigate the relationship between writers/artists and their notebooks—how notebooks can feed our creative work, even be the creative work itself.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Entangled: Composing and Revising Poetry Together

Instructor: Emily Wolahan. In this class, generate a new poem while posing revision provocations to poems generated in previous weeks, writing and revising in tandem to practice putting on different hats within one writing session.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Dream Language: Expanding Imagery and Metaphor

Instructor: Matt Gano. In this workshop, we will explore the "allusionary" magic and imagistic "dream language" of surrealism and look into the idea that poetry and metaphor don't always require logical connections in order to "make sense." 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 4, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: In Person