Hugo House has announced the lineup for Word Works: Writers on Writing 2020–2021. “Word Works craft talks focus on writing as process rather than finished product, examining how language works to inspire and provoke new ideas through lectures and live close readings of the writer’s own or others’ work.”

Each program features a different presenter and topic:

  • Porochista Khakpour: Writing Toward & Against Identity – December 4, 2020
  • Lauren Groff: Fiction’s Hidden Architectures – February 5, 2021
  • Jericho Brown: Nonsense and Senselessness – March 5, 2021
  • Melissa Febos: In Praise of the Confessional – April 9, 2021
  • Joy Harjo: Our Songs Came Through – April 23, 2021
  • Russell Banks: Memory, Abandonment, and Betrayal – May 14, 2021

All Word Works events this season will be held online. Series passes and single-event tickets are now available. See the Word Works page for details on the presenters, topics, and tickets.

happening soon!

October 12, 2020

Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day with an evening of powerful words and art, featuring Laura Da’, Sasha LaPointe, Hailey Tayathy, and Arianne True, hosted by D.A. Navoti. Today, Monday, October 12, 2020, 7:00pm. This Hugo House event is free, but you must register for the event link.

fall classes, virtually

August 25, 2020

Registration for fall classes at Hugo House is now open, and if you register by August 31, 2020, you’ll get Early Bird Pricing. All Hugo House classes and events will take place virtually for the remainder of 2020, so you can participate no matter where you are.

The Fall catalog is crammed with inspired instructors offering stimulating classes, from one- and two-session intensives to courses of six to sixteen weeks and even yearlong programs. Subjects cover the gamut: fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, mixed genre, reading, and pretty much everything in between.

As usual, Hugo House also has a busy calendar of readings and writing activities.

If you were feeling a little reluctant about taking a class, here’s the latest from Hugo House:

Hugo House spring classes are open for registration, and registrations through Monday, March 16, 2020, will receive an early bird discount. This season, students will have access to all classes via video conference for as long as COVID-19 remains a threat.

While our doors will remain open, some teachers may opt to hold their classes entirely via video conference. We have marked these classes as such in the online catalog. However, much is subject to change, and our cancellation policy will reflect our evolving situation.

Making time to reflect and write with others brings us joy and solace even — and perhaps even more so — in difficult and uncertain times. We invite you to join us in creating something beautiful this spring.

With that in mind, we encourage you to browse the full catalog and find the spring classes that are right for you.

This is good news not only for locals, but also for those who might not otherwise have an opportunity to take a class in Seattle. Hugo House offers classes of varying lengths in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, mixed genre, reading, the writing life, and youth workshops.

A Tribute to David Wagoner

February 21, 2020

One of the region’s most prolific poets and most devoted teachers of poetry, David Wagoner is professor emeritus at the University of Washington, was writer-in-residence at Hugo House, and has taught master classes in poetry for years.

On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, Hugo House will raise a glass to the extraordinary career of the beloved poet, editor, and teacher. Join Heather McHugh, Keetje Kuipers, Erika Brumett, Michele Bombardier, Tige DeCoster, Heidi Seaborn, Ken Wagner, Lillo Way, and others in the celebration. 7:00pm.

be an early bird

December 11, 2019

The Hugo House Winter 2020 course catalog is now online and open for registration, with early-bird pricing available through Monday, December 16, 2019. With classes in many genres, ranging from a single session to a full year, there’s bound to be something that will catch your eye and inspire your writing.

orcas in Seattle, tonight!

November 12, 2019

Hear scientists and writers discuss the fate of the endangered Southern Resident orcas and read from the anthology, For Love of Orcas (Wandering Aengus Press, 2019), tonight, Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 7:00pm, at Hugo House. Featured readers include Sarah DeWeerdt, Bob Friel, Paula MacKay, Brenda Miller, and Adrienne Ross Scanlon. The reading and talk, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by anthology co-editor and poet Jill McCabe Johnson. Details and participant bios at Hugo House.

Hugo Lit

August 19, 2019

The Hugo Literary Series has a powerful lineup for the 2019-2020 season:

Friday, September 27, 2019 | 7:30 pm
The Great Divide
Jayne Anne Phillips, Mira Jacob, Ruth Joffre, and Sarah Paul Ocampo

Friday, November 22, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Taking Liberties
Juan Felipe Herrera, Hannah Tinti, Richard Chiem, and Amber Flame

Friday, February 28, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Behind Closed Doors
Anthony Swofford, Mitchell S. Jackson, Charles D’Ambrosio, and JusMoni

Friday, May 29, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Strange Appetites
Karen Russell, Kiese Laymon, Tara Conklin, and Little Spirits

The work presented is commissioned specifically for the series and no one sees or hears the work before it is read or performed at the events for the very first time.

All events are held at Hugo House in Seattle. Series passes are now on sale. Guest writers for the Hugo Lit Series often teach a class before or after the events. These classes require a separate registration. Find out more about the Hugo Literary Series here.

(We were, just last week.) Hugo House is seeking books for incarcerated writers.

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workshop your summer

June 11, 2019

Should you decide to get out of your hammock this summer, you might consider taking a poetry workshop or two. Registration for Hugo House summer classes and workshops is now open and early-bird pricing will be in effect through June 17, 2019.

And if you happen to be in or near Tacoma, have a look at the free workshops being offered by Tacoma’s new poet laureate, Abby Murray. One series will be held Wednesday evenings at the Eastside Community Center, and another series on Thursday evenings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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