Please fill out the course information as completely as possible. Submit by July 13th for priority consideration for the Winter 2022 catalog. Questions? Contact Margot: 

If you haven't yet taught at Hugo House, PLEASE be sure to attach your resume/CV and teaching philosophy.

When selecting courses, we are looking for a fit with our current curricular needs, including a balance of genre, skill-level required of the students, and platform (such as workshop, generative, reading). When hiring teachers, we consider a combination of prior teaching experience, publication history, and the strength of teaching evaluations from Hugo House or other institutions. We're equally committed to hiring a teaching corps that's representative of different and diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to diversity of ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, ability and culture.

An education committee of Hugo House staff members reviews all class proposals. The committee of seven is comprised of active writers and students who represent a range of ages, ethnicities, genders, religions and backgrounds. 

The basics:

  • A two-hour, multi-week class may be scheduled Mondays through Thursdays at 10 a.m., 1;10 p.m., 5 p.m., or 7:10 p.m., or weekends from 10 a.m.-noon, or 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • A one-day class generally meets for three hours, either from 10 am - 1 pm or from 1-4 p.m. We occasionally run longer one-day classes or two-day classes, depending on space availability.
  • Alternate schedules may be possible. Please ask. 
  • COVID-19: Classes are currently being held on ZOOM or Wet Ink only. 
  • Generally, class enrollment is set at a maximum of fifteen and a minimum of five. If fewer than five students register for a class, it will be cancelled.
  • Pay rate for classes is $10.50 per teaching hour times the number of registered students in your class, and $11.00 per teaching hour after running 10 classes.


Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Each week we will discuss an essay from Cathy Park Hong’s provocative new book of essays, Minor Feelings, and freewrite about our own personal  experiences as Asian Americans, interrogating themes such as: coming of  age, the model minority myth, class, the white gaze, microaggressions,  shame, family, language, and community. Let’s get personal and political  as we examine what connects us or holds us apart in a candid and safe  space for exploration.  

Intro to the Short Story “Where does one begin?” asks Amy Hempel in an essay on short stories. Her answer: “With obsession and nerve and ground worth reporting on.” This two-day introduction lays down a few simple but fundamental craft concepts related to writing short stories. Students will generate and share new work in class while we look at the bold and felicitous work of pros like Hempel, Denis Johnson, Amy Tan, Jamaica Kincaid, Donald Barthelme, and Sandra Cisneros. Students should be willing to risk vulnerability and intimacy. They can expect to come away with two beginnings to new short stories.


Welcome to the submission portal for youth teaching artists at Hugo House. Please read the descriptions of youth programs on our website to familiarize yourself before applying as a teaching artist with us.

We are currently hiring teaching artists for youth classes and field trip workshops.

Youth Classes

  • Targeted towards youth in grades 5th-12th. Specific grade ranges for your class should be narrower. 
  • Classes will be focused toward writing genres of your choosing. Feel free to be creative!
  • Classes take place within a quarter: Fall (September-December), Winter (January-March), or Spring (April-June).
  • Class sessions will be scheduled for 90 minute increments on weekdays or weekends, depending on your schedule and Hugo House Zoom room availability.
  • Generally, class enrollment is set at a maximum of fifteen and a minimum of five students. If fewer than five students register for a class, it may be cancelled.
  • Pay rate for classes is $180 per 90-minute class session.
  • All classes are held via Hugo House Zoom classrooms. 

Field Trip Workshops

  • For school groups in grades 6th-12th.
  • Schools request a one-hour workshop with a teaching artist for a specified genre on specific dates. Field trips take place during regular school hours.
  • Schools pay $100, which is paid directly to the teaching artist. Hugo House offers scholarships for schools that can't pay the full $100 teaching artist fee.
  • Group sizes may be up to 20 students, with a teacher from the school also present and available for classroom management.
  • All field trips are held via Hugo House Zoom classrooms.


  • True Crime for Teens: Teenage life is full of drama! Drawing from  personal experiences with baffling behaviors, untrustworthy characters, and local gossip, students will write suspenseful, mysterious stories for and about modern teenage life, reflecting on how these experiences shape their relationships with others and with themselves. For students in 9th-12th grade. Takeaways: Students will come away with an outline plotted for their own true crime story, detailed descriptions of their main characters, a scene that effectively uses dialog to move the plot forward, and tips to help students complete their stories moving forward!
  • I Write Myself: Who am I? What do I believe? What is my identity? Students will reflect on these questions, and others, as they read and write poetry to explore and express the many facets of their unique identities. For students in 7th-8th grade. Takeaways: Students will leave this class with 3-5 completed poems affirming and celebrating themselves while also skillfully utilizing poetic devices like repetition, metaphor, alliteration, etc.
  • The Hero's Journey: Throughout time and across cultures, hero stories have entertained our imaginations and reflected some of the best storytelling to be found, however, many of these stories portray outdated stereotypes about who is a hero and what makes a villain. In this class, students will analyze diverse hero stories to learn the formula and begin writing their own epic quest, filled with heroes, villains, and landscapes reflecting their own values about what it means to be a hero. For students in 5th-6th grade. Takeaways: Students will leave this class having built their own world for this journey, including characters, creatures, and all other elements to write their own heroic story.


When selecting classes and/or workshops, we are looking for a fit with our current curricular needs, including a balance of genre and age-level, skill-level required of the students, and the potential for the curriculum to also enhance students' social/emotional development. 

When hiring teaching artists, we consider a combination of prior teaching experience, publication history, active engagements in the literary/arts world, strength of teaching evaluations from either Hugo House or other institutions, and strength of the submitted teaching philosophy, including a teacher's ability to differentiate instruction, incorporate social/emotional learning, and teach to social justice themes.


In order to contract with Hugo House, teachers must submit a W9 and UBI (Unique Business Identifier) number with their contract. Please contact with any questions or concerns regarding this process.

At Hugo House, we present more than 100 events each year, ranging from readings of new work commissioned as part of our Literary Series to book launches for emerging writers. If you're interested in reading or presenting an event in our space, please complete the following form. Please submit a CV and sample of your work.

For rental requests, please visit our rentals page.

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