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This will be a class about how to draw from a vast continuum of emotion, both lived and imagined, in your work. We will talk about habits of attention, the importance of rigor and risk, “hot” and “cold” writing, the uses of failure, and that category of the terrifying known as the sublime. Required text: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Stephen Mitchell.
Hugo House is temporarily moving! May 19 is the last date Hugo House will hold classes at its current location. Starting May 20, Hugo House classes will be held at 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104.
This class will be held at Hugo House First Hill: 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104.
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.
Jenny Offill is a novelist, the coeditor of two anthologies of essays, and the author of several children’s books. Her second novel, the acclaimed Dept. of Speculation, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review.