About Hugo House

A place for writers.

Hugo House is a nonprofit literary arts organization that aims to open the literary world to everyone who loves books or has the drive to write.

It is our mission to give people a place to read words, hear words, and make their own words better.

We strive to create a place where that vision comes to life. Where experienced writers become teachers, sharing the craft with new writers. Where passionate readers gather to discuss a new novel. Where writers of all ages find quiet corners to hone their ideas. Where communities converge to hear new talents and literary stars.

Who We Are

Walk through our halls and you might find a teen grappling with the right ending for her first poem, an essayist workshopping a piece for a magazine, or a packed room of people eager to hear a best-selling writer read from her latest novel. You’re guaranteed to see staff and volunteers dedicated to readers, writers, and the written word.

Meet our team


Our Offerings

Our programming brings people closer to the written word, and to each other.


Our teaching staff include prominent visiting writers, as well as working novelists, poets, essayists, and memoirists. Classes explore the craft of writing, from the basics (Poetry I) to the master class (Book Lab).

Course Catalog


We bring Pulitzer Prize winners, poets laureate, community favorites, and new talents into Hugo House for discussions and readings. Some discuss their influences or reveal works in progress. Others collaborate with musicians or visual artists.

Upcoming Events

Youth Programs

Creative writing in schools today is all too rare. We offer opportunities for young writers to explore their creativity, from intensive Scribes summer writing camps to free drop-in writing circles with caring and experienced mentors.

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Free Resources

Hugo House is committed to being a place for all writers and readers. To help us achieve that goal, we offer a number of free programs and resources, as well as scholarships for paid courses and discounted memberships.

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Love Hugo House? Become a member.

With any donation of $60 or more, our members get discounts for a wide range of bookstores, events, and Hugo House classes. Become a member or give the gift of membership to a writer in your life.