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WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM US? No, really, we're interested to know what you love about Hugo House, what you think should be added, and what you want us to make better (while you're busy making your words better). 

We'd so appreciate if you'd take the time to fill out this fifteen-minute survey — in exchange, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a six-week Hugo class or tickets to the rest of the Lit Series and Word Works events.
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It's not too late to sign up to write for 30 minutes a day for 30 days while raising money for Hugo House! Click the button below to create a profile and get started on your writing habit. Then, join the 30/30 community via #hugo3030 on Twitter, as well as the already-thriving Facebook group, where folks have started to update fellow writers on their first-day writing forays.
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Seattle City of Literature Release Party
Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.
Celebrate the release of Seattle City of Literature: Reflections from a Community of Writers, the new book about our city’s rich literary culture out from Seattle’s own Sasquatch Books. Readers and Speakers: Ryan Boudinot, Rick Simonson, Jim Lynch, Elissa Washuta, Charles Mudede, and Brian McGuigan.
Fiston Mwanza Mujila with Roland Glasser
Monday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.
Join us for an evening with stellar young international voices Fiston Mwanza Mujila, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, along with his translator (from the French), Roland Glasser, for an evening devoted to one of the year’s most spellbinding novels, Tram 83 (Deep Vellum).
Best American Poetry 2015 Launch Party
Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.
We are very extra-thrilled to be hosting this launch party emceed by the eminent Sherman Alexie (guest editor of the collection) and a few of the writers he chose. Participants: Natalie Diaz, Joan Kane, Ed Skoog, Cody Walker, and Jane Wong.
SHORE: Story (with On the Boards)
Sunday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.
In partnership with On the Boards, we present the "story" component of SHORE, which also includes performance, community action, and feasting. The reading will feature writing on home, place, and land. Readers: the entire third session of our Scribes teen writing camp, Quenton Baker, Margot Kahn Case, Roger Fernandez, Shin Yu Pai, Juliet Waller Pruzan, and Red Eagle Soaring.


Last Appearance:
Oct. 24 | 9 a.m.–2 p.m. | University District

We've had a great time at the Neighborhood Farmers Markets with our typewriter, collecting lines for various collaborative poems!

Read them here:
Columbia City
West Seattle


There's a new flowchart/choose-your-own-adventure chart, featuring ghosts, aliens, and misdemeanors. Check it out to see what classes you should take, and visit our overall class catalog here.


The Sentence: Acoustics, Syntax, and Style | Matt Bell
Oct. 8
It's all about the little things. Master the sentence with accomplished fiction writer Matt Bell.

Second Helping: How Food Improves Your Fiction | Anca Szilagyi
Oct. 24
Food wields tremendous power, in life and in fiction. Harness that power in your own stories and novels.


Hiking the Poem | J.W. Marshall
Oct. 8
Poetry is a bit like hiking, Marshall says, and in this class, you'll take the metaphorical hike to write the poem with the best views.

How Not to Be Yourself | Maged Zaher
Oct. 17
Don't limit your poems just to your own experience — branch out!


Kick-Starting the Memoir | John Douglas Marshall
Oct. 29
This tried-and-true class will help you turn your ideas into something tangible.

Memoir as Quest | Nicole Hardy
Oct. 15
Go on the hero's journey known as your own life.


Publishing Choices
Your Book; What's Next?
Bound-for-Success Book Proposal
all with Alice Acheson

Oct. 16–18
This trio of separate classes is a great package for the writer who wants that finished manuscript to be a real-life book.
Comedic Storytelling | Margot Leitman
Oct. 24
This popular class sold out its first run, so we added another one! Snag a spot to learn how to make any life experience funny.
How to Begin When Your Head is Empty | Samantha Updegrave
Oct. 29
We think the title speaks for itself.


Congrats are in order for the literary accomplishments of:

- Our instructor Megan Kruse, who was named one of the 5 Under 35 Writers by the National Book Foundation.

- Claire Vaye Watkins, who reads at our April Lit Series, whose book got a rave review in the Washington Post.

Let us know about your writing successes here. You could be featured in this newsletter! (Yes, this is a license to brag.)


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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