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Congratulations are in order for the following writers and friends of Hugo House:
  • Steve Barker, who just completed his Made at Hugo House fellowship yesterday, had his book of essays (which he worked on during his fellowship) accepted for publication by Maxim Brown at Skyhorse. The collection — Now for the Disappointing Part: Notes from an American Temp — humorously details his time as a serial temp in the working world. 
  • Sharisse Tracey, a regular Hugo House student and Works in Progress participant, has had a number of essays published in the past few months: the New York Times, Salon, For Harriet, and more.
  • Kate Lebo, a Hugo instructor, poet, and nonfiction writer, has an essay in Best American Essays 2015 (originally published here).
Jane Wong reading at our Best American Poetry event this past Friday. Photo by Ellie Kozlowski
  • Jane Wong, poet and Hugo instructor, was selected by Sherman Alexie for Best American Poetry 2015.
  • Melissa Slager won the Write on the Sound contest in the fiction category for a story she started in Anca Szilagyi's Intro to Short Stories class.
  • Scott Warrender, who is currently in Peter Mountford's class, was published in Literally Stories.
Submit your successes here!


It's coming up soon! Take this day of mini-classes for extra practice or to sample a typical Hugo class. Tickets will be available next week.

Confirmed teachers include: Christine Hemp, JT Stewart, Bharti Kirchner, Nicholas O'Connell, Waverly Fitzgerald, Ann Hedreen


Nov. 4, 7 p.m.

Benjamin Percy will take your hand and show you the mysterious borderlands between literary writing and genre writing — what distinguishes them and what we can do to blend them to create a supergenre. 

Along the way, he will also discuss the mechanics of suspense and momentum — how to keep your reader engaged from beginning to end.

Author of The House Girl Tara Conklin will conduct a Q&A after the talk.
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Crawl to Hugo House during the huge Lit Crawl Seattle, which offers readings across town (all free!), plus an after party at Fred Wildlife Refuge.

A Salty Reading, 6 p.m.

An APRIL reading by well-seasoned writers Sonya Vatomsky, Richard Chiem, and Princess Charming, discussing all things salty and salt-related. Free salt & vinegar chips!

How I Write, 6 p.m.
On display: Artist Tessa Hulls’ ink drawings of tchotchkes, talismans, and other unique quirks that help this year’s Lit Crawl readers craft their prose, poems, and art.

Cheap Wine & Poetry, 7 p.m.
The long-running poetry series with buck-a-glass vino. Featuring poets Arlene Kim, Matt Gano, and Claudia Castro Luna.

Jacks of All Trades, 8 p.m.
Swapping roles for the night, multi-talented musician Adam Boehmer shares his poetry, poet Gary Lilley sings the blues, and prose writer Graham Isaac performs with rock band Freeway Park.

You can also attend Lit Crawl–associated classes with Jennine Capó Crucet on using current events as narrative springboards and Wendy C. Ortiz on writing the political memoir/essay.


You still have half of October left to sign up for a class, so click the flowchart above and take a brief journey to find out the most effective class for you. Visit our overall class catalog here.


The Power of the Short Story | Joe Ponepinto
Oct. 27
Enable the power to enchant the human imagination in this class.

Point of Who: First, Third, Second | Corinne Manning
Oct. 28
What perspective does your story want? Figure out what approach works best.


Love and Theft | Johnny Horton
Oct. 25
If you love something, steal it! Specifically, steal things from your favorite writers.

A Roadmap for Poets | Janie Miller
Oct. 28
This West Seattle poetry class will help you learn the basic principals of writing a poem.


Writing the New Seattle | Charles Mudede
Oct. 26
Noticed changes around our city? Respond in the best way you know how: writing.
Revision Tactics for Nonfiction | Christine Hemp
Oct. 24
Tattered beginnings? Choked drafts? Bring them here and breathe life into them!


Brainstorming | David Schmader
Oct. 28
This popular class sells out often — probably because it's so effective at getting you out of your writing ruts.
Managing a Novel Using Your Word Processor | Annie Pearson
Nov. 7
This seminar will help you exploit Microsoft Word for planning, writing, and editing your novel.


Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest
Deadline: Oct. 26
For $1,000 and chapbook publication, submit one or more stories totaling 5,000 to 12,000 words. Brian Evenson judges. More Info

Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction Award
Deadline: Oct. 31
For $1,500 and publication, submit a story of up to 3,000 words. More Info

Indiana Review Fiction Prize
Deadline: Oct. 31
For $1,000 and publication, submit a story of up to 8,000 words. Laura Van Den Berg, who will read at our May 20 Lit Series, judges. More Info

North American Review James Hearst Poetry Prize
Deadline: Oct. 31
For $1,000 and publication, submit up to five poems. Jane Hirshfield judges. More Info
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