Welcome to the class submission portal for teachers currently working with Hugo House. If you haven't yet taught at Hugo House and would like to apply, please visit our website.

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Sample course descriptions:

Intermediate Poetry Workshop: Signature Poems
You already have a basic understanding of poetry and have written some poems you’re proud of. Now you want to stand back to understand and develop what makes your poems tick--to answer how you combine your very particular subject matter with the elements of poetry to write poems in your own style.  We’ll read and discuss ONE poem per class to expose you to different types of contemporary poetry, then devote the majority of class time to workshopping your poems in a supportive atmosphere. Weekly writing assignments will also be given.

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.


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, strength of teaching evaluations from either the House or other institutions, strength of the submitted teaching philosophy, and active engagement in the literary world.

The basics:

  • A two-hour, multi-week class may be scheduled Mondays through Thursdays at 10 a.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 on Saturday or Sunday afternoons 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. 
  • All classes are held at Hugo House or online through Wet Ink.
  • 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 $9.50 per teaching hour, per student, and $10.00 per teaching hour, per student after running 10 classes.
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