Hugo House looking for teachers

Email from Brian McGuigan of the Richard Hugo House:

Hugo House

Dear Teachers:

I’m writing to request proposals for summer quarter classes at Hugo House, running from July 9 through August 19.

Click Here (hugo-house-teaching-pitch-template-2012) to download the proposal template. Please follow this format and email your proposal to Brian McGuigan by March 27. (Returning teachers, please follow this template; it has changed slightly from the past.) If you are proposing multiple classes, please submit those in one document. If you send multiple docs, I’ll write and ask you to resend it as one. This saves me lots of time.

So here is what we’re looking for this summer:

-Four- and six-week classes meeting Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings (4-6) or (7-9) or Saturday & Sunday mornings (10-12). Let me know which days or times you cannot teach in your proposal and/or would prefer to teach;

-One- and two-day classes meeting on Saturdays and Sundays. If you are proposing a one-day class, again, please let me know what your availability is in your proposal.

This quarter, we’ll continue experimenting with levels of classes, so please in your proposals mention if the class is for all levels, beginners, intermediate or advanced. Generally, we view advanced classes as ones in which students have a body of work, like a novel or a manuscript of poems, that they’d like deep critical feedback on in a workshop setting; intermediate classes are for students with workshop-experience; beginners are for newbies; and all levels are open to everyone.

For the summer quarter, we are also looking for classes and workshops about the more “nuts and bolts” and “business” aspects of writing, such as pitching, publishing, promoting, e-books, researching, books proposals, finding an agent, the submission process, etc., as well as the technical aspects, like grammar and editing. A few students have specifically asked for a class on grammar for writers, so if that seems of interest to you, please let me know, and we can discuss.

Other topics of interest:


-Fiction and memoir classes that tackle specific elements of craft;

-Classes that are workshop-based for more advanced writers of poetry or prose who already have drafts/manuscripts;

-Generative-based poetry, short fiction and nonfiction classes;

-Any other course that we haven’t offered here recently or ever before. We are very open to new ideas.

If you have any in-depth questions, of course, email me. I’m happy to talk about your proposal and answer any questions you may have.

Thank you,


Brian McGuigan
Program Director
Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

(p): (206) 322-7030 ext. 112
(f): (206) 320-8767

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day.
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