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SECOND ANNUAL 30/30 WRITING CHALLENGE

The challenge of a regular writing habit is hard when you're only accountable to yourself. With the 30/30 Writing Challenge, join a community of like-minded writers working toward the same goal of writing as much as possible while also fundraising for Hugo House. Like a walk-a-thon, get pledges for writing without actually having to exercise (phew). 

Sign-ups begin Sept. 15, and the challenge runs Oct. 1–30. Find out more info on our website
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. Come by!

WAVE IN THE PNW

Sept. 10, 7 p.m.

Five authors from the PNW who have published with Wave Books will read at this Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry
Alejandro de Acosta, Joshua Beckman, John Beer, Don Mee Choi, and Cedar Sigo.

Read a PNW poem by Cedar Sigo on our blog.

Connect to the event on Facebook here. Learn more here.

HUGO LITERARY SERIES: BEATING A DEAD HORSE

Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.

The above photo shows Sarah Galvin doing a poetry reading with backup dancers who had just emerged from a Honey Bucket. What might she do at the Lit Series? We can only guess.

See Sarah, fiction writer Alissa Nutting (read our blog about her here), and MacArthur Award–winning writer Dinaw Mengestu read brand-new work on the cliché "Beating a Dead Horse"—that topic we all know too well in the wake of another presidential election.
PURCHASE TICKETS

WORD WORKS: ELLEN BASS ON CONTROLLED CHAOS

Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

Co-presented by LiTFUSE

A certain kind of poem, story, or essay reaches out a long arm and sweeps disparate, unexpected things into its net. In this talk, poet and nonfiction writer Ellen Bass will discuss this kind of "controlled chaos" in writing.

After the talk, Jeanne Morel will conduct a Q&A with Bass, taking a few audience questions as well as posing her own.

PURCHASE TICKETS

NEIGHBORHOOD FARMER'S MARKETS + TYPEWRITERS

Sept. 13 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m. | West Seattle
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 West Seattle, Columbia City, Phinney, and the University District. Market shoppers will be invited to contribute one line each to a collaborative poem (also known as an "exquisite corpse") to be posted in full later on the Hugo House blog. Come by, grab some fresh zucchini and a nice bouquet, and lend a hand to our corpse (in the least sinister way possible).

UPCOMING CLASSES

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.

FICTION

Master Class: Finding Your Perspective | Dinaw Mengestu
Sept. 12
Hone in on the way you and your characters see the world.

How Embarrassing! Shame as Narrative Escalation | Alissa Nutting
Sept. 12
As the author of a novel about a female teacher preying on her young student, Nutting is very skilled in revealing shame and secrets.

POETRY

Drafting and Editing Poems | Sarah Galvin
Sept. 12
Do the words "drafting" and "editing" make you cringe? They shouldn't with Sarah, who drafts like this.

Master Workshop in Poetry | David Wagoner

Sept. 13
Snag one of the last spots in this workshop with a prolific poet.

NONFICTION

Essay Experiments | Waverly Fitzgerald
Sept. 9
Break out of the typical essay and into a land of wild experimentation. 
The Next Scene | Christine Hemp
Sept. 12
Learn how one scene builds on the last, then create your own scenes.
Crafting Your Story | Corbin Lewars & Ingrid Ricks
Sept. 15
Find the best way to tell your personal story in writing.

THE KITCHEN SINK

Step Up to the Mic | Katinka Kraft
Sept. 13
No more stage fright! Learn to captivate your audience with great performance tips from Katinka.
Visual Inspiration: Hugo at the Henry | Anca Szilagyi
Sept. 17
Want to write about vampires, criminal anxiety, or desire? How about a room full of balloons? Join Anca at the Henry!

SUBMIT

The Malahat Review
Due Nov. 1
Submit to this Canadian journal's Open Season Awards — $1500 each in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Submit

ON THE 
BLOG

Hugo staffer and writer Richard Chiem writes of his love for Alissa Nutting's "unafraid, unembarrassed, and damn near relentless" style of writing. Nutting will read new work at our Sept. 11 Hugo Literary Series on the theme "Beating a Dead Horse." Read

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