Class Catalog

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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Melissa Febos’ Girlhood: Writing Against Patriarchy

Intermediate | Each week, we’ll read an essay from Melissa Febos’s new memoir-in-essays, Girlhood, and use her work as a basis for drafting our own essays about experiences of gender, sexuality, and embodiment. We’ll focus on how she uses writing…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Kaelie Giffel

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Start Date: 02/01/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Kaelie Giffel

Kaelie Giffel is a writer, labor organizer and teacher, formerly based in Seattle, WA. Now, she is living in Durham, NC. Kaelie is working on a dissertation that blends literary criticism and memoir to critique contemporary patriarchy and capitalism. Kaelie has received fellowships to support her research, dissertation, and collaborative work with community colleges in Seattle. She has been published in academic and online venues, including Twentieth-Century Literature and Reimagining the PhD. She has previously taught at the University of South Carolina and the University of Washington where she received teaching awards for her writing courses. She currently works as a sexual harassment prevention training specialist with University of Washington’s Empowering Prevention and Inclusive Communities (EPIC), where she develops curriculum to empower workers against harassment. Her teaching style is trauma-informed and strengths-based, focusing on the knowledge students bring in and how best to help them build their writing projects.

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The Language of Ability and Disability

Intermediate | The words we use reflect assumptions about the rules of the worlds we create. This class will focus on word choice as it concerns characters and settings and how our assumptions about ability and disability creep into our…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jaye Viner

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Start Date: 02/06/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Jaye Viner

Jaye Viner lives with a tall human and two fur bombs. She knows just enough about a variety of things to embarrass herself at parties she never attends. Her novel, Jane of Battery Park, is available from Red Hen Press.

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Writing for Kids 101

Introductory | Have you always wanted to write stories for kids, but never knew where to start? This class will let you get your feet wet in this fun genre. Weekly in-class prompts—everything from starter sentences to images, magical objects…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Tina Tocco

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Start Date: 03/01/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Tina Tocco

Tina Tocco is a Pushcart Prize nominee. As a writer for both children and adults, her work has appeared in kiddie magazines, such as Highlights, Cricket, Humpty Dumpty, AppleSeeds, and Odyssey, and in literary journals, including New Ohio Review, River Styx, Sou’wester, Roanoke Review, Potomac Review, Portland Review, and Italian Americana. Her children’s poetry collection, The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems, was released by Kelsay Books in 2019; her grown-up work was selected for The Best Small Fictions 2019 (Sonder Press, 2019), Best Nonfiction Food (Woodhall Press, 2020), and other anthologies. A recipient of multiple awards, Tina was a runner-up for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s Work-in-Progress Grant and a finalist in CALYX’s Flash Fiction Contest. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell. Tina has taught for GrubStreet, Hudson Valley Writers Center, Arts Escape, Kids Short Story Connection, and other organizations.

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Writing About the Workplace

All Levels | Our workplaces are, for good or ill, fascinating reflections of the larger culture, as well as the site of countless relationships, growth arcs, power struggles, and other dramas. Yet they’re strangely underrepresented in modern memoir and essays….

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Kristi Coulter

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Start Date: 03/06/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Kristi Coulter

Kristi Coulter is the author of the memoir NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS (MCD x FSG), a 2018 finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She has been in residency at the Ragdale Foundation and Mineral School and is the recipient of a grant from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, New York Magazine, Elle, Alaska Quarterly Review, Columbia Journal, DAME, The Believer, and elsewhere. Kristi holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award and the Stephen Farrar and Roy Cowden Fellowships. She has taught writing at the University of Michigan, the University of Washington, and Hugo House. Her forthcoming book, EXIT INTERVIEW (MCD x FSG), is a literary memoir of her decade-long career as an Amazon executive.

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Turning Ancestral Research into Narrative

Intermediate | In this class, we’ll build stories of ourselves from letters, photographs, public records, doctors’ prescriptions, dating profiles, and other sources via study of Audre Lorde’s Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Porochista Khakpour’s Brown Album, Sophia Shalmiyev’s…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Katie Lee Ellison

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Start Date: 03/07/2022 - 5:00 pm PST

Katie Lee Ellison

Katie Lee Ellison is an author for the Penguin Random House children's biography series Who was/What was...?, and she is working on a memoir tentatively entitled Everything We Wanted. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Shenandoah, Moss, Crab Creek Review, Arcadia, Jewish in Seattle, and elsewhere. She holds a BA in English Lit from Wellesley and an MFA from the University of Idaho. She was a 2016-2017 Hugo House Fellow, a 2018 alum of the TENT program at the Yiddish Book Center, and 2020 Tin House Summer Workshop attendee.

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The Memoir Script: In Praise of the Voiceover

All Levels | In this class, we will look at classic coming-of-age films (Now and Then, Stand by Me, Boyz n the Hood, The Sandlot, etc.) to study the voiceover method of storytelling. Then, we will write letters to our…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rose McAleese

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Start Date: 03/08/2022 - 7:10 pm PST

Rose McAleese

Rose McAleese was born on Halloween night in Seattle, Washington, where she was delivered by a doctor in a giant spider costume, which has pretty much set the tone for the rest of her life. After the short film she wrote and directed about her dyslexia won the Grand Jury Prize at the SIFF Young Filmmakers Festival, she was hired as a PA for a feature-film company there where she worked for three years. She moved to Los Angeles in 2014 because she figured that what this city needed was one more writer.

But Rose talks as good a game as she writes. She began her performance career as a spoken-word artist in 2006, representing Seattle in eight BNV and NPS national poetry competitions before finally deciding it was time to get off the stage, stop ranting and write for a while. That hiatus produced the book Strong. Female. Character., a collection of poems dedicated to her favorite movie stereotype. Her freelance journalism has appeared in several print and online publications including The New York Times. She has also been a featured speaker at TedxWomen and Talks at Google.

While living in Seattle, Rose studied at the prestigious women writer’s collective Hedgebrook, focusing on screenwriting, television writing, non-fiction writing, and memoir development in juried classes with dramatist and screenwriter Winnie Holzman, writer/director/producer Robin Swicord, television writer, and producer Felicia D. Henderson, and novelist Hannah Tinti. She is also Alumni of Hugo’s House of several classes which is why she’s so excited to teach this time!

After moving to Los Angeles, she was awarded a year-long paid fellowship in the Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship Program in 2016-2017. She has also been staffed as a writer for the second season of The Quad, a television drama on BET, writer, and consulting producer for the Netflix’s comedy series SNEAKERHEADS. Her most recent work was writing jokes for Netflix’s AMERICAN PIE: Girls’ Rule.

Rose continues to reside full-time in Los Angeles because she figures what this city needs is one more writer.

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