Posts about “Writing”

Criticism as Equipment for Living by Kevin O’Rourke

Posted Mon, 11/01/2021 - 8:55am by  |  Category: ,

Toward the end of his recent book, Image Control: Art, Fascism, and the Right to Resist, Patrick Nathan offers a robust defense of the art of criticism. Here, despite the risks associated with starting a post with an overly long…

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“The best poetry is inherently natural”: A Q&A with Jessica Mehta

Posted Tue, 10/19/2021 - 8:46am by  |  Category: , ,

This September, Jessica Mehta officially stepped into the role of poet-in-residence at Hugo House. Jessica is the author of fifteen books, including the collection When We Talk of Stolen Sisters (Not a Pipe Publishing), which was published earlier this year….

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How to Reinvigorate Your Revision Process by Dilruba Ahmed

Posted Thu, 10/14/2021 - 8:10am by  |  Category: , , ,

Poets, are your rough drafts piling up? Maybe some draft poems seem to have potential: a strong opening. A resonant image. A metaphor that shines. And yet, something’s missing, and you can’t quite pinpoint the problem. Or perhaps starting new poems…

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How to Bake a Play, a personal recipe by Brian Dang

Posted Wed, 10/06/2021 - 8:06am by  |  Category: , ,

As any internet recipe starts, start with an intensely personal anecdote that people might scroll past to get to the ingredients list (regardless, it should mean the world to you). This can be anywhere from your love of pies to…

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Facing Fears and Other Writerly Hells by D.A. Navoti

Posted Fri, 10/01/2021 - 9:54am by  |  Category: ,

The Season of the Witch is upon us and what frightens me most is my own writing. I sit for hours at my desk and pen a paragraph that’s eventually deleted (ugh!), or I fret over word choices because maybe…

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Micro Lesson: How to Read Like a Writer by Radhika Sharma

Posted Wed, 9/29/2021 - 10:11am by  |  Category: , , , ,

It is no secret that reading nourishes and empowers our writing. Yet, reading like a writer may not always come naturally to us and requires us to train our faculties in precise ways. The following are some possibilities and suggestions…

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36 Questions for Self-Interrogation: Or, How to Turn Ancestral Research into Personal Narrative by Katie Lee Ellison

Posted Fri, 9/24/2021 - 11:04am by  |  Category: , , , ,

My memoir began with questions about my family—Who are we? What happened to us? Why are we the way we are? But what I really meant was, Who am I? Why am I this way? And actually, what I really,…

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Micro Lesson: How to Learn from Burnout—Or, Technically, Writing is a Ravioli by Gabriela Denise Frank

Posted Tue, 8/31/2021 - 11:08am by  |  Category: , , ,

The fall before COVID hit, I was barreling towards peak burnout—but I didn’t know it. This was before the buzzy articles appeared in the New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company. I didn’t know what was happening to me—wasn’t…

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Teacher Feature: Kimberly Dark

Posted Tue, 8/17/2021 - 12:09pm by  |  Category: , , , ,

Hugo House teacher Kimberly Dark is the author of four books, including Fat, Pretty, and Soon to Be Old; The Daddies; and Love and Errors. Her most recent book, Damaged Like Me, which explores how we can create more equitable…

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Teacher Feature: Aimee Suzara

Posted Wed, 7/28/2021 - 11:00am by  |  Category: , , ,

Hugo House instructor Aimee Suzara is a Filipino American poet, playwright, and performer based in Oakland, CA. She’s the author of the poetry collection Souvenir, which was a Finalist for the WILLA Award in 2015, as well as the plays…

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Teacher Feature: Stacy D. Flood

Posted Fri, 6/25/2021 - 12:12am by  |  Category: , , ,

Hugo House instructor Stacy D. Flood is a playwright and fiction writer whose works have appeared at ACT, Ghost Light Theatricals, Theatre Battery, and Theater Schmeater in Seattle, as well as in SOMA Magazine, Seattle Weekly, among other publications. His…

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Waste in Place: Let’s Look at Some Trash (Data) by Kevin O’Rourke

Posted Tue, 6/15/2021 - 8:10am by  |  Category: ,

A few months ago, the New York Times published one of the most arresting wildlife stories I’ve ever read. The story itself—about efforts to save the dwindling population of greater adjutant storks—was sensitive and well-done. But, and I assure you…

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Teacher Feature: Danielle Mohlman

Posted Tue, 6/08/2021 - 8:57am by  |  Category: , , ,

Hugo House instructor Danielle Mohlman is a nationally produced playwright whose works have been performed at Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, the Cherry Lane Theatre, and more. In April 2020, during the early months of quarantine, she also orchestrated a…

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Genre Roulette: The Creative’s Game of Chance by Rachel Werner

Posted Fri, 6/04/2021 - 9:54am by  |  Category: ,

My only true obsession is writing. At any given moment, I am likely starting a new poem, editing a flash fiction piece in addition to wrapping up a new beauty blog. And that’s on a slow day. Does all of…

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Teacher Feature: Elisabeth Eaves

Posted Fri, 5/21/2021 - 10:40am by  |  Category: , ,

Hugo House instructor Elisabeth Eaves is an award-winning travel writer and the author of two books: Wanderlust: A Love Affair With Five Continents and Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping. Her feature writing has appeared in the New Yorker online,…

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