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Browse Fall & Winter Writing Classes!

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Hugo House: Your best source for online writing classes in Seattle and around the world.

For more information on the schedule,  the various formats of our writing classes, and cancellation policies, check out our About page. Information about Scholarships can be found on its own page. Or, go meet our talented instructors.

For help finding writing classes, or if you’ve registered for an online class but haven’t received a Zoom link, contact our team or call us at 206.322.7030.

All classes are in Pacific Time. Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom. If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle. If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform. If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Click here to learn more about our in-person COVID-19 policies for fall.

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Winter Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

Scholarship Donation Day (by phone only): November 29
Member Registration: November 30
General Registration: December 7

What’s Scholarship Donation Day?

The first day of registration (the Monday before member registration opens) will now be open to anyone who donates $250 to our scholarship fund*. Donations must be made over the phone.

Call us at 206.322.7030 on November 29 to make your donation and sign up for the classes of your choosing.

*Applicable to specific scholarship fund donations made between member registration of the previous quarter and Scholarship Donation Day each quarter. 


Early Bird Pricing November 30 through December 13:

  • $10 off classes that are one to three sessions
  • $20 off classes that are four to eight sessions
  • $30 off classes that are ten sessions or more

Early bird pricing will automatically apply at checkout. 

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Analytical Creativity: Organizational Strategies for Writers

Advanced | This four-part course looks at practical strategies for organizing major writing projects including backwards mapping, design strategies, research organization, publication planning, and self-care. Writers of advanced and intermediate levels can expect to discuss and experiment with strategies designed…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Laura Da'

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Start Date: 01/23/2022 - 1:10 pm PST
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Laura Da'

Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Artist Trust, Hugo House, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Her first book, Tributaries, won the 2016 American Book Award. Her newest book is Instruments of the True Measure (University of Arizona Press, 2018).

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DIY Marketing for Writers

All Levels | Self-promotion is on just about every writer’s professional “to do” list. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to better engage with an audience and publishing professionals on social media—plus use digital tools such as Canva, Typeform, Spotify,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Rachel Werner

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Start Date: 02/03/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner is a teaching artist for Hugo House, The Loft Literary Center and Lighthouse Writers Workshop in addition to being the founder of The Little Book Project WI. Her literary writing and craft essays have been featured by Off Menu Press, Digging Through The Fat and Voyage YA Literary Journal. A selection of Rachel's recipes are included in "Wisconsin Cocktails" (UW-Press, 2020)—and her poetry in the anthology “Hope Is The Thing: Hope is the Thing: Wisconsinites on Perseverance in a Pandemic” (The Wisconsin Historical Society, 2021). She also regularly contributes content to TheKitchn, The Spruce Eats and Fabulous Wisconsin.

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What To Do with Your Memoir

Intermediate | Have you been working on your memoir a long time? Have you wondered what it’s worth to keep going, year after year, draft after draft? We’ll talk and write about what it takes to keep revising, discovering, dreaming,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 02/12/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor is a mixed-race Chinese American writer, editor, coach, and teacher based in Seattle. Her essays have appeared in YES! Magazine, Longreads, The Seventh Wave, Witness, New England Review, Fourth Genre, Entropy, The Normal School, Los Angeles Review, Literary Mama, and many more. Anne is the recipient of fellowships from Hedgebrook, The Seventh Wave, Jack Straw Writers Program, 4Culture, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods. She loves to support writers in finding their voice and community. Her memoir, Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Belonging was released in 2021 and praised by Cheryl Strayed as “insightful, riveting, and beautifully written.” Learn more at www.anneliukellor.com

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Literary Translation for Poets

All Levels | This one-day workshop introduces the process and ethics of literary translation, offering firsthand experience with multiple approaches to the translation of a poem. Students will go home with four new poems—two differing translations of a poem provided…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Andrea Lingenfelter

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Start Date: 02/13/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Andrea Lingenfelter

Andrea Lingenfelter is the award-winning translator of The Changing Room: Selected Poetry of Zhai Yongming, Hon Lai Chu's The Kite Family, Wang Yin’s Ghosts City Sea, Li Pik-wah’s Farewell My Concubine, and Mian Mian’s Candy and Vanishing Act.

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Ordering and Submitting Poems

Intermediate | What happens when you look beyond individual poems to the conversation among them? Bring ten pages of poems. We’ll discuss and practice techniques for ordering manuscripts for submission to journals, contests, and publishers. We’ll look at what the…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

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Start Date: 02/27/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet is the author of The Greenhouse (Frost Place Chapbook Prize) and Tulips, Water, Ash (Morse Poetry Prize). Her poems have appeared in journals including Plume, Zyzzyva, and Kenyon Review and anthologies including Nasty Women Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She holds a BA in contemporary American literature from Yale University and an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, where she was a Javits Fellow. Lisa lives in Portland, OR, where she reads, writes, edits, parents, and cohosts the literary reading series Lilla Lit. (lisagluskinstonestreet.com)

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Get Published: Your Short Pieces Find a Home (IN-PERSON)

Introductory | You want to submit a short story, essay, creative nonfiction, poem, or kid lit. Where? You do not need to have finished something to understand the publishing industry and your place in it: genre; researching magazines and journals;…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Alle C. Hall

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Start Date: 03/12/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Alle C. Hall

In 2023, Unsolicited Press will publish Alle C. Hall's first novel, As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back. Last year, her work placed as a finalist for The Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction and as a semi-finalist for The New Guard/Machigonne Fiction Contest. Other work appears in Dale Peck’s Evergreen Review, Litro, Tupelo Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Necessary Fiction, Brevity (blog), Another Chicago, Literary Orphans, The Citron Review, and Spelk. She is the former Senior Nonfiction Editor at jmww journal, the former Associate Editor of Vestal Review, placed First in The Richard Hugo House New Works Competition, and is a Best Small Fictions and Best of the Net nominee.

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Freelance Going Pro (ASYNCHRONOUS)

All Levels | You know how to write. Now, how do you make a business out of your skills? How do you land your first clients? Set your rates? Create a steady stream of income? These are the questions Going…

Course Type: 12 Sessions  |   Instructor: Paulette Perhach

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Start Date: 03/16/2022

Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York Times, Elle, Vice, Slate, Inc., McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hobart, Vice, Yoga Journal, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Glamour, and The Stranger. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. In 2013, Hugo House selected her as a Made at Hugo House Fellow.

She received the 2016 BlogHer Voices of the Year award for her essay, “A Story of a Fuck Off Fund,” which is anthologized in The Future is Feminist from Chronicle Books, along with work by Roxane Gay, Mindy Kaling, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Caitlin Moran, and Audre Lorde.

A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she’s also won multiple Solas Awards for her travel writing.

In 2015 she created the Writer’s Welcome Kit, the online course sold through Hugo House, which includes a 55,000-word workbook, writer’s templates, and writer interviews. To date, more than 600 students have taken the course.

Her book, Welcome to the Writer's Life, was published by Sasquatch Books, part of the Penguin Random House publishing family, and was selected as one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers.

She blogs about everything a writer needs to thrive – craft, personal finance, business skills, and joy – at WelcomeToTheWritersLife.com. The site also offers a newsletter with a year of daily writing prompts.

She keeps a casual podcast about creativity and money called Can We Talk About Money?

Learn more and read her work at PaulettePerhach.com.

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How to Publish Personal Essays

Intermediate | This one-day introduction focuses on the fundamentals of preparing and submitting essays for publication. We will cover submission basics for literary journals as well as magazines and newspapers. Students do not need to submit work or have previous…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Marissa Higgins

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Start Date: 03/20/2022 - 10:00 am PDT

Marissa Higgins

Marissa Higgins is a lesbian journalist and recent D.C. Arts & Humanities Grant recipient. Her fiction appears in The Florida Review, X-Ray Literature, LEON, Lost Balloon, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Best American Food Writing 2018, Catapult, Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR, and elsewhere. She is working on a novel. You can find her on Twitter @marissahiggins_.

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Personal Finance for Writers

Introductory | Writing takes time—and time, as is often said, is money. The more you know about how to manage your personal finances, the better prepared you’ll be to build your writing career while working a day job, balance freelancing…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Nicole Dieker

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Start Date: 03/22/2022 - 5:00 pm PDT

Nicole Dieker

Nicole Dieker teaches writing, freelancing, and publishing classes (including Hugo House online classes) and works one-on-one with authors as a developmental editor and copyeditor. She's been a full-time freelance writer since 2012, and spent five years as a writer and editor for The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money.

Nicole's debut novel, The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 1: 1989–2000, published in May 2017; The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 2: 2004–2016 followed in May 2018. The two books are a Millennial-era Little Women that follow three sisters from childhood to adulthood.

“I took Nicole’s freelancing class. By the end of the class, I had submitted my first pitch, had it accepted and the article published. She guided us through the process of building a freelance career, with concrete steps to get started, ongoing resources for growth and answers to wide-ranging questions. She taught one of the most informative classes I’ve taken and she did it while providing individualized information for each member of the class.” — Beth Swanson, freelance writer and journalist

Visit NicoleDieker.com to learn more, or to read Nicole's daily blog posts about the art and the finances of a creative career.

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Research Tools for Historical Fiction and Nonfiction Writers

All Levels | During this session, students will be walked through the process of finding very old books and textbooks that have been archived online, and the proper way to credit them, if needed, in a bibliography. We’ll also learn…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Holly Day

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Start Date: 03/23/2022 - 5:00 pm PDT

Holly Day

Holly Day has worked as a freelance writer for over 30 years, with over 7,000 articles, poems, and short stories published internationally, including in Analog SF, Harvard Review, and Maintenant. She has had several dozen books and chapbooks published by both major and independent publishers, most recently, the nonfiction books, Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Tattoo FAQ, and History Lover’s Guide to Minneapolis; and the poetry books, A Book of Beasts, The Tooth is the Largest Organ in the Human Body, Bound in Ice, and Cross-Referencing a Book of Summer. Her writing has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, a 49th Parallel Prize, an Isaac Asimov Award, multiple Pushcart awards, and a Rhysling Award, and she has received two Midwest Writer’s Grants, a Plainsongs Award, the Sam Ragan Prize for Poetry, and the Dwarf Star Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

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Author Marketing That Won’t Make You Miserable (IN-PERSON)

All Levels | This class explores the author’s role in marketing their books. We’ll look at when to use (and when to ignore) social and traditional media, events, influencers, contests, and other creative ways so that you’re prepared to build…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Beth Jusino

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Start Date: 03/26/2022 - 10:00 am PDT

Beth Jusino

Beth Jusino is a writer, editor, and publishing consultant. A former literary agent and marketing director, she’s the author of the memoir Walking to the End of the World (Mountaineers Books, 2018) and The Author’s Guide to Marketing (Sharper Words Press, 2014).

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