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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, Reading

I Don’t Get It: Reading Poetry Together

Instructor: Sally Ashton. This class will use the new 2023 edition of Best American Poetry to offer insight, inspiration, and a supportive place for inquiry as you become familiar with contemporary poetry.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: March 4, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Reading, Essay

Labors of Love: Writing with Silvia Federici

Instructor: Amanda Montei. This class will read and write with Silvia Federici's Revolution at Point Zero and Caliban and the Witch to explore concepts of housework, affective labor, marriage and family, feminism, witchcraft, bodies, and more.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: March 4, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Superhero Poetics

Instructor: Cynthia Manick. In this craft talk and workshop, participants will explore and generate their own creation myths through direct address, confessional poems, and persona.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 6, 2024 , 5:00 pm PT
Format: In Person
Nonfiction, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Natasha Trethewey & the Existential Wound

Instructor: Putsata Reang. This class will examine key excerpts from Trethewey's memoir Memorial Drive as both a portal into our own existential wounds and a propulsive thematic arrow in personal narrative.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 9, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Intro to Travel Writing

Instructor: Rachel Werner. This two session "crash course" in researching and writing travel content will guide students as they explore communicating a sense of place using humor, personal narrative, listicles, and social commentary.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: March 14, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

Plotting Your Novel

Instructor: Grace Bialecki. For writers of fiction who want to create a plot outline or synopsis of their novel, we'll focus on how plotting your novel can help clarify your revision process and strengthen your final manuscript.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: March 18, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Expand Your Language

Instructor: Kaveh Bassiri. This class will explore techniques for writing and revising poems to animate our work with new and distinct language.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: March 20, 2024 , 6:00 pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life

Assemble Your Poetry Manuscript

Instructor: Jennifer Perrine. This class will offer methods for assembling a poetry collection, including exercises to help you identify themes, experiment with sequence and structure, and recognize opportunities for further development.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: March 23, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

Our First Gods: Writing Our Parents

Instructor: Joe Wilkins. In this generative workshop participants will think, discuss, and write about a parental figure in the hopes that all will leave with the beginnings of a personal essay.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: March 23, 2024 , 1:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Essay

The Most Personal Essay

Instructor: Nicole Hardy. Focusing on structure, narrative voice, and scene, students will draft, workshop, and revise first person essays. Participants will receive one-on-one editorial advice and leave with a polished essay.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 9, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry, Reading, Short Story, Essay

Exploring Chapbooks

Instructor: Bill Carty. This class will combine readings, discussions, and workshops of chapbooks, studying both contemporary and historical collections.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 9, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Reading

Our Bodies: Traumatic & Fantastic Beasts

Instructor: Alli Parrett. This class will read texts from multiple genres and authors that contemplate the body and its place in the world, and we'll discuss how to incorporate new skills and techniques about writing the body into our own craft practices.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 9, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

A Wrinkle in Time: How to Master Chronology

Instructor: Steve Almond. This seminar will examine the ways in which humans are time travelers—living in the past of our memories and the future of our hopes—and how chronology can be effectively adapted for storytelling.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 9, 2024 , 5:30pm PT
Format: In Person
Writing for Performance

From Script to Screen: Writing for Film

Instructor: Andrew Bell. This class will take students through the process of developing a spark of inspiration into a short film, from script writing and revision to working with actors, and more.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 sessions
Start: April 10, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story

Autobiographical Fiction Workshop

Instructor: Wancy Young Cho. This workshop aims to mine the writer's own life for stories, emotions, details, situations, and connections, then amplify that information and history with the limitless magic of writing.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 10 sessions
Start: April 10, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Creating Characters Who Live Your Story

Instructor: Wendy Kendall. For writers of all genres, this interactive lecture will study the craft of creating compelling characters, with in-class writing and opportunities to share.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 10, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Essay

Enchantment Bootcamp

Instructor: Gabriela Denise Frank. Inspired by W. H. Auden's Daydream College for Bards, this generative course offers exercises designed to stretch mental muscles, cultivate creative stamina, and spark renewed fascination, with weekly themes such as the moon, mythology, birds and beasts, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 10, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Fantasy & Sci-fi Novel Workshop

Instructor: Lish McBride. For writers with a novel draft or who are looking to start a new project, this workshop includes lecture, in-class writing prompts, and positive/supportive critique of each other's work.

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

How to Write Riveting Scenes

Instructor: Steve Almond. This class will investigate the elements of the most successful scenes, including narrative structure and plot.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 10, 2024 , 5:30pm PT
Format: In Person
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, Advanced
Length: 10 sessions
Start: April 10, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Blue Sphere Imploding: Writing Climate Grief

Instructor: Shankar Narayan. Drawing on ancient philosophical and spiritual texts, scientific analyses, news articles, and contemporary poetry, this class will explore and deconstruct our feelings around the current climate crisis to then create our own pieces suffused with the contradictory energies of living in this particular moment.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 11, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Honing Our Craft with Strategic Poets

Instructor: Carolyne Wright. Using The Strategic Poet: Honing the Craft as our guide, this class will read, write, and discuss contemporary poems and their commentary in an atmosphere of mutual support and camaraderie.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 11, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Imagined Realities: Speculative Fiction Survey

Instructor: Evan Ramzipoor. This generative class will read, examine, and write to respond to bold, playful and innovative speculative fiction from writers like Ling Ma, Jamaica Kincaid, Italo Calvino, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Franz Kafka.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 10 sessions
Start: April 11, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

Hybrid Forms Workshop

Instructor: Corinne Manning. This workshop will utilize the Critical Response Process to deepen our understanding of our own work and the work of other's, and explore the craft of contemporary hybrid masterpieces.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 11, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person