last chance!

September 23, 2020

LiTFUSE 2020 starts the evening of Thursday, September 24, and continues through Sunday the 27th with a stellar lineup of readings, workshops, and other virtual gatherings.

Bring all the LiTFUSE poets to your house this year. Registration is still open.

Montana Book Festival

September 9, 2020

The Montana Book Festival goes virtual for 2020 and it starts tomorrow, Thursday, September 10. There’s a whole slate of events scheduled all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, both recorded and live, plus a handful of workshops and consultations. Jory Mickelson, Susannah Nevison, and Molly McCully Brown will offer a Friday afternoon workshop, Dear Friend: Writing Letters, Writing Poems. To see a list of books by presenters, visit the Featured Titles page.

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.

free poetry workshop

July 5, 2020

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) invites you to participate in a free online poetry writing workshop, “Poetry of Stillness,” this Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 3:00pm Pacific.

A writing experience for people who have been affected by COVID either through work or personal connections, this workshop is designed to focus on a quiet moment and find beauty and peace in something small.

Workshop participants will read several peaceful, beautiful poems, and then be guided through writing a poem of their own. No previous writing experience is needed, but even experienced writers should enjoy the time of focus and meditation.

Danielle Hanson is the author of Fraying Edge of Sky (Codhill Press Poetry Prize) and Ambushing Water (finalist for Georgia Author of the Year Award). She is Poetry Editor for Doubleback Books, and is on the staff of the Atlanta Review.

Find the workshop here (sundress).

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.

warm up in Portland

January 6, 2020

Portland’s Second Annual Winter Poetry Festival is coming to the Pacific Northwest College of Art over the weekend of January 11 and 12, 2020. Activities include a poets’ market, workshops, panel readings/discussions, craft talks, multimedia poetry, interactive writing experiments, sensory-sensitive reading room, open mics, and more! Admission is free, but advance registration helps the planners with setup. Winter Poetry Festival on Facebook.

planning waaaaay ahead

October 25, 2019

Mark your calendar. It’s official: the 11th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival will be held October 1-4, 2020, in La Conner, Washington. Watch the website for details and follow on Twitter @PoetrySkagit.

workshop reminder

October 5, 2019

Workshops

Just a quick reminder that there are terrific poetry workshops coming up in Bellingham on Saturday, October 26, and Saturday, December 7, 2019. Terrific instructors. No previous poetry experience needed, but advance registration is required. All the details on the WORKSHOPS page.

tantalizing

September 25, 2019

Kahini has a tantalizing list of year-round offerings, including writing retreats on the island of Kaua’i in January, April, July, October, and November, and the 2020 April Poetry Symposium with Kim Addonizio. And there’s more: the Kolkata Writers’ Retreat, in April, and the Kampala Writers’ Retreat, in October. These programs have limited enrollment and fill quickly, so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate.

Olympia two-fer

September 11, 2019

The Olympia Poetry Network (OPN) invites your participation in a weekend of laureate poetry, LaureateFest.

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, 1:00-3:00pm, there will be a panel discussion with Washington State Poets Laureate Samuel Green, Kathleen Flenniken, Elizabeth Austen, Tod Marshall, and Claudia Castro Luna. That evening, beginning at 7:00pm, there will be a LaureateFest reading. Both events are free and will be held at Norman Worthington Conference Center, Saint Martin’s University.

On Sunday, September 22, Elizabeth Austen will conduct a workshop, “The Title as Frame and Invitation,” 11:00am-1:00pm, at Heart Of The Deernicorn studio in downtown Olympia. Workshop is limited to 20 participants and registration is required.

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