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Summer 2024 Digital Class Catalog

Summer 2024 Digital Class Catalog

Long-time writer or just getting started? Writing an epic poem or a short story? Whoever you are and wherever your passions lie—if you want to write, there’s a Hugo House class for you. Explore our catalog and find yours.

When we say we want our classes to be for everyone, we mean it.

Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

Beside Ourselves with Joy

Instructor: Jennifer McGaha. Dive into joy! We'll read and write joyful works, gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves and others in the process. Leave with several starts, prompts, and additional resources to return to again and again. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 13, 2024 , 1:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

The Language of Flowers

Instructor: Christie Valentin-Bati. Let's explore how our approach to nature shapes the way we talk about our experiences. We'll read and write in response to writers like Dillard, Zukofsky, Kapil, and more. You'll leave with several fresh-cut poems. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 13, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Writing Alongside the Black Aesthetic and the Black Arts Movement

Instructor: Marguerite Harrold. Learn the cultural context through which Black Aesthetics were formed, then experiment with the sounds and images from these movements. Leave with ideas around your personal aesthetics and new possibilities. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 13, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

To Joke or Not to Joke: Balancing Humor and Pathos in First Person Narrative

Instructor: Beth Slattery. Balancing the serious and the humorous is one of the best, yet trickiest, tools to hook your readers. Learn to hit that sweet spot – bring a scene to work on and leave with revisions. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 13, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Imagined Realities: Speculative Fiction Survey

Instructor: Evan Ramzipoor. Speculative fiction is play: breaking narrative forms to create something new. We'll study how the masters do it, then write our own. Leave with several starts and a new sense of ease toward your writing as a whole. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 10 sessions
Start: July 13, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, Essay

She Who Bodies the World: Writing the Goddess

Instructor: Shankar Narayan. Dive deliciously into the divine feminine via the ten aspects of the Hindu Goddess. We’ll read ancient texts, absorb vibrant artwork, poetry, and film, and create our own explosive writing in response. Leave transformed. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start: July 13, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Road Narratives: Choosing Your Own Adventure

Instructor: Gabriela Denise Frank. Experiment with narrative and lyric forms while practicing artistic vulnerability. Leave with several starts to new writing and a new perspective on journey, movement, and adventure in your own life. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 16, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir

Write Your Memoir’s Overview

Instructor: Theo Nestor. A great memoir overview forms the foundation for query letters, book proposals, and marketing materials. Learn how to draw your readers in and leave them hungry for more with your own memoir overview. 

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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: July 17, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Poets Going Prose

Instructor: Taneum Bambrick. For poets curious about or already working on a prose project. We'll approach prose writing through poetics: shape, form, syntax, and narrative scope. You'll leave with a solid grasp of prose fundamentals. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 17, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Reading, Writing for Performance

How to Read a Play

Instructor: Miriam Tobin. Plays are pieces of literature in their own right. You'll study, write, and learn the basic craft elements of playwriting, then write your own play! Leave with a better understanding of playwriting anatomy and a draft. 

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: July 18, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Writing for Performance

How to Read a Poem

Instructor: Jeanine Walker. Learn the art of performing poetry aloud in this one-day craft-focused class. We'll study readings by contemporary poets and hone our ears for sound and rhythm. This class includes an invitation to read at a class reading.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 20, 2024 , 1:10 pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Introduction to Technology for Writers

Instructor: Grace Bialecki. Learn about and practice with commonly used writing tools and programs such as MS Word, Scrivener, and Submittable. Perfect for writers working past tech-phobia or who want to organize their writing with nifty new tools. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 20, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Short But Mighty: Crafting Flash Nonfiction

Instructor: Kate Carmody. Writers can pack a punch in less than 1000 words. We'll study a variety of flash nonfiction pieces by masters of the form then write our own short work. Leave with several starts to a flash nonfiction essay. 

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Level: Intermediate, Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: July 20, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Multi-languaging Poetry

Instructor: Siwar Masannat. Study translation and multilingual writing as a craft technique. We'll read and discuss multilingual poetry, then write translingual poems of our own. For writers of all language levels and creative writing disciplines. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start: July 20, 2024 , 1:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Essay

The Art of the Personal Essay

Instructor: Kate Carmody. Follow your curiosities and learn to excavate the self in through personal essay reading and writing. Leave with a solid first draft of your own personal essay and a toolkit for many more.  

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 23, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Reshaping & Retelling

Instructor: Lish McBride. Explore your favorite fables, fairy tales, & myths and weave these classic stories into fresh retellings of your own. Leave with several story starts and a toolkit to take your retelling from idea to completed novel. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 25, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Introduction to Poetic Form

Instructor: Tiana Nobile. Find liberation in constraint! Through close reading and writing, learn to use poetry forms as a space for exploration and discovery. Leave with a deeper understanding of poetic forms and several drafts of new poems.  

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 27, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Short Story, Essay

The Art of Constraint

Instructor: Ruth Joffre. Stuck on your story? We'll use constraint to spark creativity and take your fiction writing in exciting new directions. Come ready to experiment and leave with several starts to new work! 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story

Worldbuilding: Outside and In

Instructor: Scott Driscoll. Make place a character on the page in this worldbuilding workshop. Build your world, learn to pull character interiority into the exterior environment, and leave readers in awe of your wild, wonderful world.  

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 30, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Novel

Writing Feminist Worlds

Instructor: Kaelie Giffel. Explore the intersection of craft and politics in this reading and writing workshop. Read and discuss Kang Hwagli’s novel, Another Person, then write towards your own feminist worlds.  

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Level: Intermediate, Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: August 1, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Short Story

Introduction to Kidlit: Writing for Middle Grade

Instructor: Tina Tocco. Start writing the middle grade kidlit project of your dreams! You'll generate new ideas, receive take-home exercises to keep you writing, and leave with multiple story starts and scenes for your project. 

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: August 3, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Making Space: Sound & Silence in Poetry

Instructor: Molly Schaeffer. How do we use sound and silence on and off the page to shape the experience of a poem? We'll study and discuss the work of master poets, experiment with our own poetry, and share our work in a light workshop format. 

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: August 8, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, Essay

Phenomenology of Roundness

Instructor: Noah Zanella. For writers eager to play with new ideas and experimental creative writing. Write alongside master writers exploring the subject of roundness and learn how abstract concepts can open new doors for thought and writing. 

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: August 10, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

Editing Out Loud

Instructor: Grace Bialecki. Stuck in the editing and revision stages? Learn to edit by reading aloud, honing your ear for musicality, grammar, and more. Bring a nearly complete piece to class and leave with a plan to polish it into final draft. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: August 10, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online