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Join more than a hundred fellow writers as they take on the task of writing 30 or more minutes a day for 30 days. Commiserate with each other. Encourage each other. Join the conversations on social media about your writing process and current work (#hugo3030 and our exclusive Facebook group for participants—just request to join). Attend our kickoff party to meet others participating (more info below).

At the same time, ask for pledges from family, friends, coworkers, your favorite librarian, your high school English teacher, and more, all of which will go to Hugo House (a 501c3 nonprofit) and our mission to be a place where you can gather to read words, hear words, and make your own words better.

Sign-ups begin TODAY, Sept. 15, and the challenge runs Oct. 1–30
Pledge to Write


Want to meet other writers participating, or just gain momentum before you begin? Attend our kick-off party on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., featuring readings from Lauren IrelandAnastacia TolbertMatthew Simmons, and a special guest who participated in last year's 30/30. Refreshments provided, and the bar'll be open. Learn More
You could essentially live at Hugo House this month for all the readings and events we have coming up. Peruse them below, and mark your calendars!
Wage Slaves: Tales from the Grind
Sept. 16 at 7 pm
Simultaneously hilarious and poignant stories from the minds of writers who've experienced the monotony of the ol' 9–5. Readers: Anastacia Tolbert, Bruce Barcott, Brian McGuigan, Kate Lebo, Sam Ligon
Celebration for Deborah Woodard’s Hospital Series
Sept. 17 at 7 pm
Woodard's new book out from One Directions is a gorgeous translation from the Italian of Amelia Rosselli. Readers: Deborah Woodard and special guests

Writers Under the Influence: Richard Hugo
Sept. 18 at 7 pm
Writers and artists honor the life and work of the poet Richard Hugo, after whom Hugo House is named. Participants: Frances McCue, Ed Skoog, Wayne Horvitz, and Barbara Earl Thomas
David Schmader’s A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem
Sept. 19 at 8 pm
A whipsmart comedy about unfunny things, A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem is writer and performer David Schmader’s solo play, first performed at Hugo House in 2012.
Works in Progress
Sept. 21 at 7 pm
Our twice-monthly open mic, where all levels of writer are welcome!
Word Works: Ellen Bass on “Controlled Chaos,” co-presented by LiTFUSE
Sept. 23 at 7 pm
Ellen will give a craft talk on the idea of a piece that sweeps disparate topics into its net and makes something cohesive.
Cheap Beer & Prose
Sept. 24 at 7 pm
Snag a cheap beer (or three) and be part of this raucous hootenanny of prose writers. Readers: Jean Burnet Kevin Emerson, Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, and Jay McAleer
Poetry World Series 2015: Seattle Edition
Sept. 27 at 7 pm
Emceed by the incomparable John Roderick, this world series event will feature two teams of award-winning poets as they take turns batting at topics pitched to them by the audience. Players: Sarah Galvin, Arlene Kim, Oliver de la Paz, Dean Rader, Ed Skoog, and Kary Wayson
Seattle Fiction Federation No. 5
Sept. 28 at 7 pm
Four featured readers. Eight open mic slots in between. Hear some fascinating fiction and get a chance to read your own work. Readers: Anne Bean, Marah Blake, Litsa Dremousis, and Tessa Hulls
A Reading with the APR/Honickman Award Winners
Sept. 29 at 7 pm
Hear readings from the recipients of the prestigious APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Readers: Matthew Dickman, Alicia Jo Rabins, Melissa Stein


Sept. 16 & 23 | 3–7 p.m. | Columbia City
Sept. 18 | 3–7 p.m. | Phinney
Oct. 24 | 9 a.m.–2 p.m. | University District

We're partnering with the Neighborhood Farmers Markets to bring a typewriter booth to Columbia City, Phinney, and the University District. To find out more, check out the collaborative poem from the creative market-goers at West Seattle Farmers Market this past Sunday.


Having trouble deciding which class(es) are best for your current writing life? Click the flowchart above and take a brief journey to find out. Visit our overall class catalog here.


All Talk: Dialogue Intensive | Anca Szilagyi
Sept. 26
Get intense about your characters' conversations.

Beginnings | Lori Ostlund
Sept. 29
Polish your first sentences and paragraphs in this one-day class.


Fall & Winter Poetry Workshop | Bill Carty
Sept. 28
Spend some quality time with your poetry in this two-quarter-long class with the incomparable Bill Carty.

A Sense of Self | Mary Szybist

Oct. 1
Explore self-portraiture in your poetry. Co-presented with Seattle Arts & Lectures.


Remembering/Forgetting | Dianne Aprile
Sept. 23
Worried you'll give away too much? Or maybe that you'll give away so little that your story will be boring? Let Dianne guide you through the process.
Mind in Motion | Anne Liu Kellor
Sept. 26
Read contemporary essays from the likes of Roxane Gay, Charles D’Ambrosio, and Leslie Jamison, then write your own! Read a mini-lesson from the class here.


How to Get an Agent | Joan Leegant
Sept. 26
Learn the nuts and bolts of agent-searching: query letters, red flags, and more. 
New Horizons | Teresa PRÄAUER & Antônio XERXENESKY
Sept. 17
Can we cross cultures the same way we cross media? A group of well-established international writers visiting Hugo House from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will team-teach this unique session.


Congrats are in order for the literary accomplishments of:

- Former Made at Hugo House fellow Raymond Fleischmann, who recently won the RopeWalk Press Chapbook Award for his chapbook THE RIVER. THE TRUCK. THE WATER. THE BABY.

- Hugo House student Roz Ray, who worked closely with instructor Peter Mountford and recently secured an agent to represent her novel (and completed her MFA!)

- Lisa Jaffe Hubbel, who worked closely with Theo Nestor and Nicole Hardy on an essay now published in the Los Angeles Times"The transgender blues: If my husband was always a she, were we ever really an us?"


Ooligan Press "Write to Publish" Contests
Deadline: Oct. 30
Submit Pacific Northwest–inspired poetry or flash fiction to Ooligan Press and win $100, a chance to read at the conference, and publication. More Info
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