Events & Programs Overview

Upcoming Events

Join us at one of over 100 events presented throughout the year – 85% of which are entirely free. Our events calendar is a lively mix of readings, discussions, craft talks, interviews, and other events featuring renowned authors, emerging writers, and talented new and local voices.

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Word Works: Writers on Writing

Word Works craft talks by novelists, essayists, poets, and memoirists focus on writing as process rather than finished product, examining how language works to inspire and provoke new ideas through live close readings of the writer’s own or others’ work.

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Hugo Literary Series

Hugo Literary Series events feature three writers and a musician performing brand-new work to a theme, commissioned by Hugo House. Expect to see writers willing to take risks and to work without the safety net of editors, publishers, or reviewers affirming the work before they share it with an audience.

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Works in Progress

Read your work, meet other writers, and connect to the literary community at Works in Progress, an open mic for all comers held on the first and third Monday of every month. Poetry, fiction, essays, memoirs, plays, unclassified, and unclassifiable work are all welcome.

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Write with Hugo House

Presented in partnership with the Seattle Public Library, Write with Hugo House is a free drop-in writing circle for all ages and genres of writing. Writers have the opportunity to share their work and get feedback, or increase productivity on a current work in progress, surrounded by fellow writers.

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Manuscript Consultants

The Manuscript Consultation Program gives writers one-on-one guidance on their works-in-progress, book proposals and query letters, residency and award applications, and more. We value writers at every level of their writing career and want to provide them with the best resources to continue and improve their work and career.

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Hugo Fellowship

Our Made at Hugo House program supports the next generation of writers by providing space, mentoring by our writers-in-residence, and free access to classes for King County writers.

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Writers in Residence

Hugo House has two writers-in-residence, one in prose and one in poetry, who are available to meet with you and talk about your work, from the art of writing to publishing tips.

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