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

with D.A. Navoti

Genres: The Writing Life

In Person

Open to all levels

1 Session

Start Date: October 1, 2022
End Date: October 1, 2022
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
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This is a free class for Black, Indigenous*, and people of color in any literary form, including poets and prose writers, and in any genre.

This course introduces business writing concepts to strengthen applications for fellowships, grants, and residencies. Core objectives include deciphering and mapping out an application, using data to communicate urgency, handling rejection, and constructing an effective resume, bio, and artist statement. This is not a craft class but a business writing course.

*Indigenous includes a wide spectrum of individuals, such as those native to North and South America, island nations, and/or from homelands impacted by colonialism.

Registration dates:

Registration for free classes opens on August 30 with general public registration.

D.A. Navoti

D.A. Navoti


D.A. Navoti is a member of the Gila River Indian Community and a multidisciplinary storyteller, writer, and composer. His artistic work spans across three "landscapes"—written, musical, and visual—a hybrid form that explores what it means to be Indigenous in the 21st century. Navoti is a 2022 Artist Trust fellow and a 2022 Artist Support Program resident with Jack Straw Cultural Center. Previously, Navoti was a writer fellow with Jack Straw Cultural Center (2016) and Hugo House (2017). His literary work has appeared in Homology Lit, Spartan, Indian Country Today, Cloudthroat, and elsewhere. In 2021, Navoti was recognized as an Indigenous Stories of Strength awardee by the John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and a recipient of the Resiliency Fund from Potlatch Fund. Navoti was also awarded a 2020 Radical Imagination grant from NDN Collective, and he was a 2020 CityArtist from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Most recently, Navoti founded and curated We the Indigenous, a West Coast literary series, and he founded Wellness-ish-ness, a blog for creative hot messes. Learn more at 

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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