Parent/guardian, please complete the following form to request a need-based scholarship. We have limited scholarships available, but will do our very best to ensure our programming is accessible to everyone, regardless of current financial conditions.  Please note, full scholarships are only granted on rare occasions.

Scholarship facts:

  • Full or partial scholarships are granted based on financial need, and are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
  • A place will be held in your requested course once your scholarship application is received.
  • All provided information is confidential. 

We follow King County Housing Authority guidelines on low-income status. However, we understand that special circumstances could provide reasoning for tuition assistance.

Please contact us with any questions:  (206) 322-7030

Hugo House has two performance spaces: the 1700-sq-ft backyard and the Cabaret, both of which are available for rental on a case-by-case basis.

The Backyard allows seating for 150 with extra space for tables or additional guests as needed. Enclosed from street traffic by hedges of tall Thuja trees, the open space is ideal for any outdoor, private occasion. Rate of $65 per hour.

The Cabaret has a 64-sq-ft wooden stage and comfortable seating for 60. Basic lighting and a small PA system and speakers are also available. Rate of $75 per hour.

Classrooms range from 300 to 500 square feet and accommodate roughly 16-20 seats around a table. Rate of $55 per hour.

The scholarship application period for each term begins as soon as the term's course list is available. Tuition assistance requests for Winter Quarter must be received by December 7, 2018. A limited number of scholarships are available each term. These are need-based scholarships.

To apply, please submit a letter of need to us via the text box below ("Scholarship Letter" section). include the following information:

  • Which class you wish to take and why 
  • An outline of your current financial status
  • What amount you can afford to contribute 

If you're concerned about your class filling up, please apply as soon as possible. A place will be held in your requested course once your application is received. You will be notified of scholarship decisions by December 17, 2018

Scholarships are determined on a quarterly basis for the current term's classes. We grant only one scholarship per student each quarter, and no more than two scholarships per student each year. Deferments are not permitted. For more information about the scholarship fund, please email or call (206) 322-7030. 

If you're unsure how to formulate your scholarship letter, please refer to the following sample letter: 

Dear Scholarship Selection Committee: 

          My name is (full name) and I am applying for a Hugo House scholarship. I am. . . Use this paragraph to tell the readers about yourself and why you are applying for this particular scholarship. Use simple and direct statements. Tell us about yourself, your family, your background and anything else that may be of interest about your circumstances. 

          I am in need of tuition assistance because. . . Use this paragraph to tell us, in as much detail as possible, why you are applying for a scholarship. We understand this could be a sensitive topic, but this is the most important part of your application. Please also tell us how much you can afford to pay of the total tuition for your class. 

          I’m interested in the class ___________ because. . . Tell us a little about your writing background. If you don’t have a writing background (and that’s OK!), tell us what drives you to want to write. Please also list the types, if any, of creative writing classes you have taken. Most of all, tell us why you want to take the specific class you requested. 

          I hope to use this class to. . . Use this paragraph to tell us what uses you’ll make of the class. This can something like, “I’d like to learn to write a memoir so that I can pass my story on to my family,” or “I’m interested in being workshopped so that I may submit my writing for publication,” or something as simple as, “I just want to learn to write better.” 


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Hugo House is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Young Writers Cohort!

The Young Writers Cohort is an opportunity for young writers who are deeply committed to their writing craft and are seeking deeper literary and community engagement. The Young Writers Cohort is a competitive school year round program that offers an MFA-like experience for talented high school aged writers. Each cohort member devotes over 50 hours over five months to workshopping, studying contemporary poetry and prose, submitting work to literary journals and presses, and attending readings and events. The Cohort is responsible for promoting and emceeing Mic Drop, the monthly open mic, and supporting other youth initiatives at Hugo House and in the Seattle arts community. 

The Young Writers Cohort is selected on the basis of a written application. We are looking for youth who have a strong commitment to writing and who have a desire to work in a fun and collaborative team environment. However, no prior experience in a similar program is necessary. The application is open to writers of all interests, levels of experiences, and backgrounds. 

Commitment Requirements:

  • 10 hours commitment per month--spent attending Cohort meetings, emceeing Mic Drop, writing and revising new work, attending readings and events, researching literary journals and presses, and more
  • Bi-weekly cohort meetings at Hugo House on Wednesdays, 4-6pm
  • Attend and host 3 open mic nights in Spring from 7:00-8:00pm
  • School year commitment from January--end of May

Applications open: November 9, 2018

Applications due: December 14, 2018

This is an unpaid humanities-focused volunteer opportunity. Participation can be used as a personal or academic project.  For any questions, please reach out to Youth Programs Coordinator at

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