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’s vision to open the literary world to everyone who loves books or has a drive to write. Everyone who is interested in taking up the challenge of writing needs support to reach their goals. Our scholarship program aims to provide accessibility to those who would not otherwise be able to participate due to financial limitations. 

Scholarship applications are evaluated by a committee that consider how the class will further a student’s writing and financial need. Hugo House believes that opening the literary world to everyone is best achieved by bringing as many different stories and voices to the table as possible. Hugo House especially prioritizes applications from students who have been historically underrepresented in the literary arts. 

The scholarship application period for each term begins as soon as the term's course list is available. Tuition assistance requests for Fall Quarter must be received by Aug. 23, 2019. A limited number of scholarships are available each term. These are need-based scholarships. 


Those whose household gross income falls at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (shown below) are eligible for a scholarship. If your household income is SAME or LESS than the amount in the following chart, you are eligible for a scholarship at Hugo House. Please let us know if there are extenuating circumstances that should be taken into consideration with your application.

Household Size | Household Income

1 | $30,150

2 | $40,600

3 | $51,050

4 | $61,500

5 | $71,750

6 | $82,400

7 | $103,300


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 Aug. 30, 2019

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 be 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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Scribes at the Henry 2019 Summer Internship
Scribes provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to engage with the creative-writing community and to participate in fun and mind-stretching programming that includes instruction from accomplished writers, writing exercises, interdisciplinary field trips, and exposure to a diverse range of genres, forms, and writers.
This Scribes session is composed of approximately 20 students, two literary teaching artists, and one or two interns. Class runs for two weeks, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Students readings are presented to the community at the end of each session on Thursday evening.
This summer we are continuing our Scribes partnerships with the Henry Art Gallery in University District. This camps are modeled after our traditional Scribes camp, so still expect activities and instruction in all genres (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, along with experimental forms). Instructors will integrate museum exhibits into the overall Scribes curriculum, and students will tour the museums with a writer's eye.
For more information about these camps, please refer to our Scribes page online or contact our youth coordinator,
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1974 prohibits discrimination in employment. Recognizing its legal as well as social obligation to afford equal opportunity, Hugo House maintains an affirmative action policy as part of its inclusive hiring practices. It is Hugo House’s intent to maintain a diverse work force that represents our community. Our approach to diversity is intended to provide not only equal employment opportunities to minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, but also to recognize and value people with ethnic, cultural, and other differences, such as religion, ancestry, language, national origin, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, and marital status.
Job title: Scribes at the Henry 2019 Summer Intern
Reports to: Youth Programs Staff          
Purpose: In this internship, you’ll provide basic administrative and classroom support, assisting the Scribes teaching artists in creating a dynamic, supportive, and rewarding experience for creative writing students. You will be both behind-the-scenes support and an additional set of eyes and ears, making sure that all students feel included and engaged and that the camp space is welcoming, organized, and ready for action.
Duration and hours: 9:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday for a two-week-long duration (+ community reading on the second Thursday or Friday of the camp)

Required Qualifications
·         Experience working with youth
·         Ability to work independently and implement creative solutions
·         Excellent organizational skills
·         Consistent follow-through and ability to be dependable
·         Passion for writing and the arts
·         Ability to pass a Washington State background check
·         CPR certified or ability to obtain certification prior to internship start date
·         Provide classroom and administrative support to camp instructors during workshops and activities
·         Maintain cleanliness and order in camp spaces
·         Assist in chaperoning camp field trips and outings
·         Support in creating an anthology from the camp session, in the form of a chapbook or zine
·         Take photos (on phone or HH camera)
·         Engage in class activities and workshops as outlined by the teaching artists
·         Assist with snack prep and clean-up
·         Other duties as needed
Desired Qualifications
·         Ability to commit from 9:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday for at least one full Scribes session
Job Conditions
This job requires experience with Microsoft Word, taking photos with digital camera and/or phone, and ability to perform light physical labor including moving chairs and tables and walking up and down stairs.
This is an unpaid internship position.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Hugo House via email or phone: or 206-322-7030

Hugo House is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 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 in Seattle, WA that offers an MFA-like experience for talented high school aged writers. Each cohort member devotes over 80 hours over eight 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 Stage Fright, 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 Stage Fright, 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 from 7:00-8:00pm
  • School year commitment from October--end of May


Applications open: July 8, 2019
Applications due: August 27, 2019
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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