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A Note from Executive Director Tree Swenson

Dear Friends of Hugo House,
 
As you may know from reading one or more of the press stories linked below, 2016 will bring big changes to Hugo House. This summer, we will begin our temporary residence at 1021 Columbia Street on First Hill, thanks to a partnership with the Frye Art Museum, which is located next door to our interim home.
 
By 2018, Hugo House will be back at our current location – if we’ve been successful in raising the money we will need to supplement the very generous $1.5 million lead gift from this property’s ownership team.
 
We are optimistic about our future and the dream of building a permanent home for Hugo House, in part because of the generosity of our many supporters. As a nonprofit, we rely on those of you who believe in our mission. Thank you so much to everyone who gave to our annual fund and helped us reach our goal by the end of 2015.
 
​Yours,
Tree Swenson 

Hugo House to become Frye Art Museum's temporary neighbor

It's true! While our new building is constructed from June 2016 until early 2018, we'll be nestled up in a building owned by and neighboring the Frye. That building will house the Hugo offices, as well as the majority of our classes and a number of events.

Read about it:
Press Release
The Stranger + another one (with photos!)
The Seattle Review of Books
The Seattle Times
The Capitol Hill Times

LIT SERIES: WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

Feb. 12, 7:30 pm

D. A. Powell, Heidi Julavits, Sierra Nelson, and musician OCNotes will perform new work based on the cliché "What goes around comes around."
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BUSHWICK BOOK CLUB

Jan. 15, 7:30 pm

Musicians will perform new songs based on the much-loved cult classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: WRITING FOR A CAUSE

Jan. 26, 7 pm

Use the powerful art of language to make a case for what you believe in — come write and chat with us about guns, homelessness, police brutality, and more. Featuring short readings of writing for social change by Litsa Dremousis, Charles Mudede, and Jennie Shortridge.
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UPCOMING CLASSES

Classes have begun, but there are still many to sign up for. Check out what's coming up, below:

View the full catalog here
FICTION CLASSES

Borges: Crevices of Unreason | Jeff Encke
Jan. 16

Spend six weeks on a magical realist ride with Jeff Encke and Borges. A few spots left!

Short Story Workshop | Ramon Isao
Jan. 17

No frills: this is a straight-up short-story class where you'll spend ten weeks completing two stories. Starts this Sunday!

Level Up Your Young Adult Novel | Stephanie Kuehnert
Jan. 26

If you’re working on a draft or revisions of a young adult novel, this class will help you take it to the next level. 

Vision and Revision | Justin Taylor
Jan. 28

Sometimes the best writing comes from revision. Get past the wall you've come up against in your story with Justin Taylor.


NONFICTION CLASSES

The Most Personal Essay Section II | Nicole Hardy
Jan. 18

There are only a few spots left in Nicole's very popular personal-essay class — a past student even published her personal essay and signed with an agent!

Writing About the Environment | Gail Folkins
Jan. 19

Take cues from Edward Abbey, Terry Tempest Williams, Rick Bass, and Louise Erdrich, who explore a connection between their lives and the environment.

Nonfiction Startup | Erin Sroka
Jan. 21

Get your project moving forward, no matter the stage it's in.

POETRY CLASSES

Under the Influence of Elizabeth Bishop | Carolyne Wright
Jan. 23

Even if you don't normally, it's important to practice writing in form! Try it out with no pressure in Carolyne's class.

Letting the Poem Speak Its Say | Librecht Baker
Feb. 6

Spit out secrets, inspect comforts, show roots, or question the work’s pulse.

Pick an Object, Any Object | Kamilah Aisha Moon
Feb. 6
Challenge your approaches, broaden your lexicon, and discover new portals of meaning via remembered objects.

WRITING LIFE

Legal Concepts Writers Need to Know | Clelia Gore
Feb. 20

In this one-day class, become a savvier writer by learning the complex logistics of legal concepts and contracts related to writing. 
 

ON THE BLOG

How to Read Your Work Aloud by Elisabeth Kramer

Find out how to read your work in class — as well as why writers are the prairie dogs of the professional kingdom.
Hugo Instructors' Favorite Books of 2015

Add some new books to your never-ending list based on recommendations from the likes of D.A. Powell, Theo Nestor, Rob Spillman, and more.
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