Posts tagged “writing”

Your Neighborhood’s Feminist Witchcraft: An Exclusive Q&A With Rachel Kessler and Jericho Brown

Posted Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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All eyes will be on authors Rachel Kessler, Jericho Brown, and Porochista Khakpour on Friday, Nov. 10. They’ll be taking the stage for the latest installment in our Hugo Literary Series. As a nod to our new and permanent home, this…

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Second Chances: An Exclusive Q&A With Sonora Jha, Meghan Daum, and Solmaz Sharif

Posted Wed, 9/06/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Real estate: It’s on our minds here at Hugo House as we prepare for the grand opening of our new and permanent home, tentatively scheduled for spring of 2018. That’s why this year’s Lit Series is all about place. To…

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Feeling rejected? William Faulkner did, too

Posted Mon, 3/28/2016 - 4:54pm by  |  Category:

William Faulkner once received a rejection letter that included this critique: “My chief objection is that you don’t seem to have any story to tell and I contend that a novel should tell a story and tell it well.” Ouch,…

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How to Write Dialogue

Posted Thu, 3/10/2016 - 10:35am by  |  Category:

This is the Hugo House “How-To” series. Every week (give or take a few) we’ll share a short tip related to the writing life. This week’s post comes from Nicholas O’Connell. His March 12 workshop, Writing Dialogue, will explain how to set…

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How to Write About War

Posted Wed, 3/09/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

This is the Hugo House “How-To” series. Every week (give or take a few) we’ll share a short tip related to the writing life. This week’s post comes from Brian Castner. His April 3 class, Making a True War Story, will break…

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Feeling rejected? Anita Loos did, too

Posted Fri, 3/04/2016 - 5:06pm by  |  Category:

Anita Loos set out to conquer Hollywood before women had the right to vote, so you can image she was familiar with shut doors and flat denials. But the California native kept at it, and the result, among other achievements,…

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Two Sun Creatures Walk Into a Bar… Sierra Nelson and Melanie Noel Q&A

Posted Fri, 3/04/2016 - 5:00pm by  |  Category:

To prepare for their March 12 course, Sun Creatures: Sensory Exploration, poets Sierra Nelson and Melanie Noel sat down for an interview — with one another. They discussed their appreciation for one another’s work, synesthesia, and solar flares. Here’s what they learned…

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4 Ways to Write About Animals

Posted Fri, 2/26/2016 - 10:14am by  |  Category:

This is the Hugo House “How-To” series. Every week (give or take a few) we’ll share a short tip related to the writing life. This week’s post comes from Laurie Alberts. Her March 19 workshop, Writing About Animals, will explore…

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How to Apply Tarot to Character

Posted Fri, 2/26/2016 - 9:52am by  |  Category:

This is the Hugo House “How-To” series. Every week (give or take a few) we’ll share a short tip related to the writing life. This week’s post comes from Abby Frucht. Her March 19 workshop, The Tarot of Character, will…

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Feeling rejected? Or, the time Stephen King almost got spooked

Posted Fri, 2/19/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Stephen King’s rise from obscurity has grown to near-mythical stature in the writing world. Here was a man, living in a doublewide with a toddler and a newborn, who kept up the fight. Who opened his rejection slips, found them…

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Three Poems by Hugo Teen Writer Henrietta Hadley

Posted Tue, 2/16/2016 - 1:24pm by  |  Category:

Every week, on Wednesdays, teens flock to the House to attend Write Time, a free writing circle led by Karen Finneyfrock. Every other week, a group of teen writers comes to the Young Writers Cohort, an MFA-style workshop and literary…

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“I Shall Be a Bestselling Writer” — Octavia E. Butler Gives Herself the Advice We All Need to Hear

Posted Mon, 2/08/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Feel like you’ve been seeing a lot of news about Octavia E. Butler lately? Unfortunately, it’s in honor of a sad anniversary. As of February 24, it’s been ten years since the beloved author died at age 58. The anniversary…

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How to Write a Love Letter

Posted Thu, 2/04/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Dear Beloved Reader, We write this at the start of the year’s most love-drunk month: February. Cupid has officially taken up residency in grocery stores near you, trailing a string of red, white, and pink paper hearts. Expect the romance…

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How to Find the Right Literary Agent: 4 Tips for Creating a Targeted Submission List

Posted Tue, 2/02/2016 - 2:17pm by  |  Category:

“How do I find the right publisher?” Good question. As publishing consultants, we get this a lot. Publishing can often seem like a mystery, and one of the biggest sources of confusion and frustration for an aspiring author is figuring…

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Feeling rejected? So did Kurt Vonnegut

Posted Fri, 1/22/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Twenty years before Kurt Vonnegut published his semi-autobiographical classic Slaughterhouse-Five, he sent his work to The Atlantic Monthly. Here was his first public attempt at capturing on paper the bombing of Dresden (an effort he’d try again in Slaughterhouse). What did…

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