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Road Narratives: Choosing Your Own Adventure

with Gabriela Denise Frank

Genres: Nonfiction, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Online

Intermediate

6 Sessions

Start Date: July 16, 2024
End Date: August 20, 2024
Day of Week: Tuesday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
Capacity: 17 seats
 
General Price: $386.00

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“I want to support the writing of movement, adventure, travel, and pilgrimage by women and nonbinary writers. When I was growing up, there weren't many models of young women (or women of any age) traveling the way male adventurers did: on the road, the seas, the skies… Women writing narratives of physical journey will encourage more women to go out adventuring themselves.” – Gabriela Denise Frank, Hugo House instructor 

Jump in, experiment, and embrace artistic vulnerability in this six-week generative workshop. As we navigate a range of narrative and lyric forms (flash, hybrid, braided essays, hermit crabs, zuithitsu), we’ll learn to sit with ideas and concepts that unsettle us productively and practice writing what we struggle to say. Expect to leave with several new writing starts and a shifted perspective on journey, movement, and adventure in your own life.  

This class includes:  

  • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments. 
  • Optional reading and/or writing outside of class. 

Students say… 

“I've taken and taught a lot of writing workshops, and I've never had an instructor provide so much–readings, information, optional materials, general thoughts … I appreciate the amount of thought, research and work that went into putting this course together and the consistency of the communication between classes. Honestly, it was incredibly impressive.” 

“This was the best organized class I’ve taken in years. I’ve taken several with Hugo, a few down in Berkeley, a few through UW. I feel like I have a well-organized toolbox to go back and “rerun' the content on my own and easily revisit prompts and discussions for future use. I wish all online classes were this efficiently run and well-organized.”

“I registered as a Hugo house member because of this instructor. I cannot wait to take more of her classes in the future.” 

Registration Dates:

  • June 4: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • June 11: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • June 18: Last day of Early Bird discount

This class is not eligible for a member discount. Learn more here »

Gabriela Denise Frank

Gabriela Denise Frank

she/her

Gabriela Denise Frank is a Pacific Northwest writer, editor, and creative writing instructor. Her essays, interviews, and fiction, explore identity, feminism, aging, belonging, creative practice, and ancestors. Her work appears in True Story, HAD, Poetry Northwest, Pembroke, DIAGRAM, Hunger Mountain, Bayou, Baltimore Review, The Normal School, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her essay “BAD DATE” was named a Notable Essay of 2020 by Best American Essays. Gabriela’s work is supported by grants, fellowships, and residencies from 4Culture, Artist Trust, The Civita Institute, Centrum, Invoking the Pause, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Marble House, Mineral School, Vermont Studio Center, and Willapa Bay. In 2009, she enrolled in her first Hugo House class, which reignited her writing life. Off the page, her literary art installations and performances transform stories into multisensory experiences. Her writing is rooted in place and landscape, a result of her career in architecture and urban design in the western United States. An advocate for public arts and artists, she serves as an arts commissioner for the City of Burien, on the arts advisory committee of 4Culture, and as creative nonfiction editor for Crab Creek Review. For more information go to gabrieladenisefrank.com.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/civitaveritas/  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CivitaVeritas

Describe your teaching style.

I center each class meeting on a theme matched with a constraint, a prompt, or a form. (Oftentimes, we'll do two or three writes per session.) As a prose writer of essays and creative nonfiction, I often draw poetry and poetic approaches into my classes because I believe the granular focus on language and form helps us craft stronger prose.

Each class description includes a breakdown of what you can expect in terms of in-class activity, feedback, and homework (if any). 

Generative means you’ll be generating new writing, either in class or at home between classes.

Workshop means you’ll be sharing work to be read and critiqued by your instructor and classmates and that you will also be critiquing the work of your peers. 

Reading means you’ll be doing close reading of a work with an eye toward craft. 

Craft discussion means you’ll be looking at the tools writers use to do that thing they do so well and then trying it out yourself.

Class levels are designed for various stages of the writing journey. Simply self-select the level that sounds best for where you’re at. 

Introductory: This is your first creative writing workshop, first writing class since high school, or first foray into a new genre or form. You’re looking to try something new, kickstart your writing, and/or establish yourself in the fundamentals.

Intermediate: You have a strong understanding of writing fundamentals and are eager to deep dive into craft. You’re honing your writerly identity and voice through independent projects. In workshop, you look for constructive feedback and are ready to do writing and reading outside of class.

Advanced: You’ve written a significant body of work and have taken it through several stages of revision. You’re getting ready to publish or are in the early stage of publishing, and you’re interested in refining the skills that will take you to the next level in the literary industry.

All Levels: You are any of the above and are looking to play with new possibilities.

You’ll get your class information, including Zoom link if applicable, three days before the first day of class.

Write With Hugo House is our free monthly write-in program, operated in partnership with the Seattle Public Library. Two take place onsite at SPL locations, one takes place online. 

Sliding-scale classes are offered every quarter. Find them in our Class Catalog.

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At this time, we offer payment plans on classes 8 sessions and up. Email education@hugohouse.org with the name of the class you’re interested in to set up a payment plan.

Asynchronous classes are perfect for students that need flexibility!

During an asynchronous class, instructors release new lessons once per week. Students then have one week to complete that lesson and any accompanying coursework. You’ll learn as much as you would in a traditional class but with the flexibility to work at the best times for your schedule!

While there are no live sessions, asynchronous classes are still a lively and rigorous experience. Async classes are not static lessons but an adaptable and energetic community space. Be ready to work in a collaborative environment, giving and receiving feedback on your writing, participating in discussions, and growing your writing practice in a way that works best for you.

Asynchronous classes take place through the website Wet Ink. Students receive an invitation to the class and to set up a Wet Ink account on the start date of the class. Each week of the class, a new lesson will be available through the Wet Ink portal. Classes close two weeks after the end date, and students receive an email containing their content from the class when it closes.

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.

In general, we do not record classes. However, an exception if a student has specific access needs.

We encourage students to only sign up for classes that fit with their schedule.   

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.

If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.

Hugo House members get to register early for classes – a full week before they open to the general public!, receive a 10% discount on events and classes, and more. See the full list of membership benefits here!

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