Write with Hugo House is a free drop-in writing circle for all ages and genres of writing.
Looking for ongoing inspiration, feedback, and ways to connect with other writers? Attend free drop-in writing circles facilitated by established local writers from Hugo House! Bring something you’re working on, or just come ready to write. You will have the opportunity to share your work and get feedback—but only if you want to (no pressure). You can also use this time to increase productivity on your current work in progress, surrounded by fellow writers.
Presented in partnership with The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Writes.
The Library fully complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides accommodations by request for physical, and virtual access to library programs, services, and other needs to ensure these resources are available to people with disabilities, Please contact email@example.com, at least 7 calendar days in advance to request an accommodation.
All meetings are held from 6:00–7:30pm. Classes will be capped at 18 participants. Please click the red date you would like to attend to register.
If you’ve registered but cannot attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can free up that space for another writer.
Columbia Branch with Brett Hamil
4721 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
2020: January 13 | February 10 | April 13 | May 11 | June 8 | July 13 | August 10 | September 14 | October 12 | November 9 | December 14
In this group, writers introduce themselves, talk about their writing and discuss an evocative opening topic. They are given a prompt and 20-30 minutes of silent writing time, with the opportunity to read what they wrote in a mutually supportive, welcoming environment.
Brett Hamil is a nationally touring standup comic and filmmaker whose sketches and political commentary videos have received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. He hosts a local political comedy talk show, The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil, at Northwest Film Forum. He lives on Beacon Hill with his wife and two weird-looking dogs.
West Seattle Branch with Jeanine Walker
2306 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
2020: January 8 | February 12 | April 8 | May 13 | June 10 | July 8 | August 12 | September 9 | October 14 | November 12 | December 9
In this group, we’ll focus on generative writing through poetry prompts. The session will begin with introductions and a short warm-up, after which we’ll read two separate poems and write in response to those. At times writers will be invited to create community through sharing words or ideas with other writers in small groups. Attendees will leave the class with 2-3 new drafts of poems. Designed for all writers, this group supports poets as well those working in other genres, as the skills practiced in poetry can be thought of as “cross-training” for memoir and fiction, too.
Jeanine Walker was a 2015 Jack Straw Writer and has published poems in Cimarron Review, Narrative, Pleiades, and Web Conjunctions. She holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and teaches for Writers in the Schools.
Fremont Branch with Alma García
731 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103
2020: January 21 | February 18 | April 21 | May 19 | June 16 | July 21 | August 18 | September 15 | October 20 | November 17 | December 15
Our mission during this time of distraction, artistic fatigue, and social isolation is to create a regular time and space for writers to write and to meet each other. In this group, writers introduce themselves and are provided optional fiction, poetry and nonfiction prompts to work on for 60-70 minutes of sustained silent writing time, though they are more than welcome to work on their own projects instead. Small group breakout sessions at the end of our time together encourage participants to share and respond to work generated during the session, or just get to know the other writers in the group.
Alma García’s short fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Kweli Journal, and Bluestem, among others. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and has received numerous writing awards. Her novel is currently under consideration at several publishing houses.