Fiction, Nonfiction

  • Term: Summer 2022
  • Start Date: August 7, 2022
  • End Date: August 7, 2022
  • Day of Week: Sunday
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: In Person
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $90.00
  • Member Price: $81.00

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What Is Love? Writing Queer Love Stories (IN-PERSON)

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the craft components that make a compelling, contemporary, queer love story. We’ll examine excerpts from examples and deconstruct the love stories that move us and inform our lives to open more expansive ways for our stories to twist, turn, and transform. We’ll talk about character development, narrative arc, form, perspective, and the kinds of love that don’t get enough attention, in addition to in-class writing exercises. The focus is on constructing love stories with fiction techniques, but our discussion can apply to other genres.

This class may be moved online for some or all sessions depending on the COVID-19 public health guidelines and Hugo House’s current in-person program policy. We are monitoring the situation daily. Hugo House prioritizes the health of our students and staff.

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Kamala Puligandla

Kamala Puligandla

Kamala Puligandla is a writer and editor in LA, who writes autobiographical fiction and essays on queer love and futures. She is well-known for her contagious laughter, her iconic hairstyle, and her easily undone heart. Her first novel, Zigzags, came out from Not A Cult in October 2020 and her novella You Can Vibe Me On My FemmePhone was released from Co-Conspirator Press in 2021. Find her at, and follow her on Instagram @thatkamala.