workshop!

March 19, 2021

Curious about persona poetry? Alexandra Teague will offer a workshop on persona poetry, Beyond the Mask: Possibilities and Pitfalls of Persona, on Saturday, March 27, 2021, 2:00-4:00pm. The class will be held on Zoom. Advance registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. See the complete description, instructor bio, and registration information on the Workshops page.

call for poems

March 1, 2021

The 2021 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is now open for submissions from Whatcom County, Washington, poets of all ages and experience. You can learn more about this year’s judges here and see the complete guidelines and submission details on the 2021 Contest page.

Also, a reminder for student poets: John S Green will offer a free Children’s Poetry Workshop, this Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 11:00am-12:15pm. Participation does not guarantee that your poem will be selected as a winner, but it’s sure to be fun. Advance registration is required.

more workshops!

January 26, 2021

The Sue Boynton Poetry Contest has added another workshop to the 2021 calendar: Beyond the Mask: Possibilities and Pitfalls of Persona. Taught by the accomplished Alexandra Teague, the workshop will explore the ways in which writing in another’s voice “may offer complicated perspectives and/or a more embodied or truer version of a self, as well as some of the ethics and potential pitfalls of speaking as another.” The workshop will be held online on Saturday, March 27, 2021, 2:00-4:00pm. See the complete description and registration information on the Workshops page.

Also, a reminder that there is still time to register for the February 6 Kathryn Smith workshop, I Get Where You’re Coming From: Maps as a Framework for Poetry. Again, please refer to the Workshops page for full details.

These modestly priced workshops benefit the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest. No previous poetry experience is required and anyone with an internet connection is welcome to attend.

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest has just added another workshop to the season’s offerings. This one, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, is designed for kids of all ages and is entirely free.

11:00am – 12:15pm
John S Green
Free Children’s Poetry Workshop

In this FREE CHILDREN’S POETRY WORKSHOP, John Green will present poetry as a fun, engaging act of creative writing. His workshop will be interactive, inviting all participants to write in response to a variety of prompts. Questions will be encouraged. The discussion will include style — for example, prose vs. verse — as well as suggestions for making writing a life-long love. NOTE: While the workshop is designed for young poets, all ages are welcome! Parents/guardians/educators, please feel free to accompany your child/ren as well, and… if you feel inspired, write along!

See John S Green’s bio and registration information on the Workshops page and plan to join in the fun on March 3 — just in time to get your poem written for the 2021 Sue Boynton Poetry Contest!

Workshops with powerful poets

December 16, 2020


We’ve mentioned Kahini many times before and are happy to report that the Kahini community continues to thrive in many places around the planet. There’s already much on the January calendar, including online writing seminars in both poetry and prose.

In particular, we note the following:

These workshops promise to set your poetry on a lively course for 2021. Follow the links to find more information and to register.

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.

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