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Alma García

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My roots lie in more than one discipline. I hold an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona (1999) and have taught fiction writing at the Hugo House since 2007. I also have a journalism degree and spent seven years as a staff writer and editor for weekly newspapers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. I’ve been a freelance editorial consultant since 2014 and joined the Hugo House’s manuscript consultation roster in 2016. My own short fiction has won numerous awards, including the Narrative Prize in Fiction, and appears most recently in phoebe, Kweli Journal, and the anthology, Puro Chicanx Literature of the 21st Century.

My specialty is literary fiction and nonfiction/memoir with a literary bent. I’m also happy to review genre fiction that aspires to literary sensibilities. I love writers who love language, who aren’t afraid either to be funny or to go somewhere dark (or sometimes both), who are exploring what might be familiar cultural and psychological material in a fresh way. A notable percentage of my clientele are writers of color, and in particular, Latinx writers, though my services are whole-heartedly available to all. My first novel is forthcoming from Camino del Sol/University of Arizona Press in October 2023.

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

Hugo House will only process refund requests that are submitted 5 business days or more before the class start date. To request a refund, log in to your account, go to “My Account,” select the “Orders” tab on the left-hand side, click the appropriate order, and request a refund for your specific class. Administrative fees apply. Please see our full refund policy here.

Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

We do not tolerate racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, transphobic or any other oppressive behaviors, regardless of who commits them. Please check out our full community guidelines by clicking here. If an instance of community guidelines are violated and not resolved within the classroom, students may let us know by filling out the student incident report.

Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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