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Job title: Events Curator

Reports to: Executive Director 

 

Hugo House is a nonprofit literary arts organization located in Seattle with a 20-year history as the city's hub for writers. In the summer of 2018, Hugo House will move into a new 10,000 square-foot facility in the heart of the city. The new space will enable dramatic growth in classes and event programming in years to come. One of the nation’s leading community-based centers for the literary arts, Hugo House has a vision to open the literary world to anyone who loves books or has a drive to write, no matter their background – removing barriers and fostering racial equity. Hugo House offers over 200 creative writing classes a year, includes lively teen writing programs, and presents hundreds of events annually.  Reaching over 12,000 people every year, Hugo House nurtures new talent, helps writers realize their goals, rigorously challenges those who are about to publish, and offers a forum for the exploration of contemporary issues and ideas.

            Past readers at Hugo House have included  Seamus Heaney, Anthony Doerr, Colson Whitehead, Susan Orlean, Sherman Alexie, Jonathan Lethem, Mary Gaitskill, Terrance Hayes, Sharon Olds, Louise Erdrich, Maggie Nelson, Angela Flournoy, Amy Bloom,  Mary Ruefle, Karen Russell, Ben Lerner, and many more.   

 

Position Overview: To program high quality literary events that enlighten, challenge, educate, and entertain audiences, and to raise the profile of Hugo House locally and nationally. To present a lively mix of readings, panels, craft talks, interviews, and other events featuring renowned writers, emerging and emerged writers, and talented new writers.

JOB SUMMARY

 

EVENT MANAGEMENT:

· Work closely with the executive director to develop long-term plans for innovative and exciting programming

· Plan, produce, and evaluate all readings, panels, and other events

· Stay current with the writers and trends in the literary arts locally and nationally

· Communicate with writers or their representatives for events, including bookings and handling all queries about potential programs

· Track information and evaluate the success of events

· Assist in booking a select number of renowned writers for intensive master classes  

· Work closely with other staff to ensure event details are well planned and executed

· Work closely with marketing staff to plan promotions of events

· Work with Business Manager to structure annual events budget, including proposing new revenue structures to support programs

· Monitor budget, ensuring that events are falling within allotted annual goals

· Emcee selected events, including major series, and coordinate necessary staffing

· Lead the search for off-site venues, as needed, and negotiate terms

· Build on existing or establish new relationships with key organizational partners, both locally and nationally

· Manage co-curators of special events

 

EVENT COORDINATION

· Coordinate travel and lodging for authors who are coming from out of town

· Attend and oversee readings and events as needed or coordinate staff who will do so

· Manage presenters before, during and after Hugo House events.

· Track and assess event requests for house programming

· Work with Business Manager to manage and analyze event evaluation.

· Oversee tech and setup for on and off-site events

· Coordinate book sales with partner bookstores

· Manage internal events calendar

 

Desired Skills and Qualifications

· Thorough knowledge of contemporary writing and writers, including a deep and wide network of connections within the national literary community

· Demonstrated commitment to diversity

· Entrepreneurial mindset, adaptability, creativity, and innovative thinking

· Extremely organized, even in fast-paced, complex organization, and able to work toward achieving long-term goals

· Capacity to work effectively with highly collaborative staff

· Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills

· 2-5 years of experience producing literary events and/or conferences

· Familiarity with Microsoft office, including Excel and PowerPoint

· MFA in fiction or nonfiction, preferred

· Ability to monitor and manage budgets

 

Salary: Commensurate with Experience. This is a full-time, regular status, exempt position with excellent benefits

Application Deadline: February 26, 2018. Initial screening to begin immediately, as applications arrive; in-person interviews will begin at AWP.


To be considered for this position candidates must submit an online application and include a cover letter and resume.


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. 

 

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: youth@hugohouse.org  (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.

If you're a Hugo House member, please simply submit your request form below and a Hugo House staff person will be back in touch within 2-3 business days to coordinate logistics and capture your payment. 
  • 1 month commitment (30 days)  $175
  • 3 month commitment - $420 (Save 20%) – available until June 1, 2017
  • 6 month commitment - $735 (Save 30%) – available until March 1, 2017

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.


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.


Sessions are facilitated by professional writers who will help you bring out the best in your work. Each session is composed of 20 students and two literary teaching artists. 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. Student work will be published online on our Young Writers Blog.

This summer we are continuing our successful Scribes partnership with EMP Museum at the Seattle Center and are introducing a new partnership with MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) in South Lake Union. These 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 Scribes coordinator, Angela Wilhite.


Available Sessions:

  • Scribes at MOHAI (Session IV): July 25-August 5, 2016  (for students completing 8th-12th grades) only 2 spots left
  • Scribes at Hugo House (Session V): August 8-19, 2016  (for students completing 9th-12th grades) 
  • Scribes at Hugo House (Session VI): August 8-19, 2016  (for students completing 9th-12th grades) 


Closed Sessions:

  • Scribes at EMP (Session I): July 11-22, 2016  (for students completing 8th-12th grades)  
  • Scribes at Hugo House (Session II): July 18-29, 2016  (for students completing 7th-8th grades) 
  • Scribes at Hugo House (Session III): July 18-29, 2016  (for students completing 9th-12th grades)


Instructors: The camp is taught by experienced local and visiting teaching artists, all who design unique curriculum and interactive writing activities. Recent teaching artists include O. Henry Story Prize winner Emma Törzs, New York Times Editor's Choice recipient Peter Mountford, and Iowa Writers Workshop alumna and Kundiman fellow Jane Wong. The camp also features several guest artists providing a diverse instruction experience.

Tuition: With the exception of Scribes at EMP, all camps have a tuition of $725. Scribes at EMP is $700 and 10% off tuition for EMP members. 

Financial Aid: Need-based full and partial scholarships and payment plans are available. Once admitted, we will email your family a need-based scholarship application. Please contact Angela with any questions.

Application Process: Interested students apply to Scribes via an online application (personal statement + short writing sample). We are looking for students who are excited about writing, are interested in learning how to talk about their writing process and challenges, and are ready to be contributing members of a creative literary environment. All skill levels are welcome. 

Once submitted, you will receive an electronic notification that your application has been received. Once it is reviewed, you will be contacted about acceptance and then sent a tuition invoice. 

Acceptances are rolling--you can expect a notification within two weeks of applying.


Have a question? Please contact Hugo House (welcome@hugohouse.org) or 206-322-7030.




Parent/guardian, please complete the following form to request a Scribes tuition payment plan.

Payment plan facts:

  • Payment plans do not require proven need
  • Tuition must be paid in full one week prior to start of session. 
  • All provided information is confidential.
  • If you qualify for a scholarship, you can also request a payment plan
We will contact you to set up a payment schedule that works for your family.

Please contact Hugo House (welcome@hugohouse.org or 206-322-7070) with any questions.

Parent/guardian, please complete the following form to request a need-based scholarship.

Scholarship facts:

  • Full or partial scholarships are granted based on financial need. 
  • Families will be sent a tuition invoice with the tuition due date less the granted scholarship.
  • 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 Hugo House (welcome@hugohouse.org or 206-322-7030) with any questions.

About Made at Hugo House

The Made at Hugo House program provides education, space, and resources for up to six emerging writers in the Seattle area per year to support the development of new work. Applicants are selected for the Made at Hugo House program based on the excellence of their writing and ability to complete the proposed project. Projects may include (but are not limited to) completing the first draft of a novel, developing and workshopping a solo play, or creating a manuscript of poetry.


Benefits of the Program

  • A supportive writing cohort and environment
  • Minimum of one free Hugo Class per quarter
  • Use of our shared writing offices
  • Access to Hugo House readings and performances
  • Opportunities to develop teaching skills
  • Two public readings
  • Professional development consultation from working writers, agents, and more.

 

What the Program Supports

  • The development and presentation of new work 
  • Projects that will be completed in one year, from October to September
  • Works not previously published and/or produced (excluding excerpts or individual poems or stories that are part of a larger project)
  • Works of writing, including, but not limited to, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays, translation, graphic novels and comics, and multimedia and cross-disciplinary works
  • Projects culminating in a reading, event, or performance

 

Who Can Apply
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • An individual artist (No groups, collaborations, companies or organizations.)
  • Resident of the Seattle area at the time of application and through completion of the fellowship period able to provide proof of residency if selected
  • Age 18 or older
  • Cannot be a current staff, board, or committee member of Hugo House
  • Cannot be a graduate or undergraduate student in any degree program during the fellowship period

 

Selection Process & Criteria

Applications are reviewed by Hugo House staff and a panel of writers working in a variety of disciplines. The panel will select program participants based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence of work samples
  • Quality of the proposed project
  • Feasibility of and ability to complete the project

 

 Application Materials

Applications must include the following items:

  • Artist biography
  • Artist résumé/CV
  • Project description
  • Writing sample and description (as outlined by the guidelines below) 

Incomplete application or applications that do not follow the submission guidelines will not be considered. Only one application per writer annually.

Artist Biography

Your biography should include information indicative of your writing life and aspirations. (Maximum 150 words)

Artist Résumé/CV

You résumé/CV should include professional and academic experience; awards; publications; and other achievements pertinent to your writing. (Maximum 2 pages)

Project Description

The project description should be 1-2 pages and include: 

  • An overview of the project
  • Your goals for the project (e.g., finishing a draft of a novel or writing and performing a monologue)
  • How this project will support your growth as a writer
  • How this project would benefit from the support of the Made at Hugo House program

Writing Sample and Description

The writing sample description should give context to the writing samples and explain if they are complete works, excerpts, or works-in-progress, as well as how they fit with the proposed project or represent the applicant’s work as a whole (maximum 100 words).

Manuscript Guidelines

Please submit a writing sample of up to 15 pages, plus a cover page with your work sample description. All samples must be submitted as Word documents or PDFs (.doc, .docx, and .pdf only) in a 12-point font size. Prose should be double-spaced. Each page should be numbered and include your last name. Submit your best writing.

 

Deadline & Notification

Applications to the Made at Hugo House fellowship are due by March 31. No late applications will be accepted. Applicants will be notified by June 1.


Questions?

Contact Christine Texeira: christine@hugohouse.org

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants for the position should be practicing, published writers of prose as well as accomplished and dedicated writing teachers who are experienced working with writers of all levels in a traditional workshop setting, as well as on a one-on-one basis as a mentor offering criticism and professional-development advice. 

Applicants should have a specific artistic project they are working on during their residency (e.g., developing a manuscript for publication) and should have a special interest in helping writers become better writers and fostering an appreciation of the craft.

Previous writers-in-residence include Rebecca Brown, Charles Mudede, Wendy Call, Karen Finneyfrock, David Wagoner, Kathleen Alcala, and others.

Applications are due by March 31, 2018. Responses will be sent by June 1. Please submit the application through submittable. Full details regarding the application process are below.


EXPECTATIONS

Duration: Sept. 15, 2018, through June 15, 2019. The term is renewable at the discretion of Hugo House with a two-term limit.

Mentorship: Writers-in-residence hold weekly office hours (45 hours over nine months per term) where they mentor Hugo House community members by offering criticism on their writing projects as well as professional-development advice about the writing process, finding an agent, publishing, and other writerly concerns in a one-on-one setting. Writers-in-residence are responsible for coordinating their own appointments and must maintain a log of appointments for tracking and grant purposes. A private office is provided for meetings and for writers-in-residence to have space to work on their artistic projects.

Writers-in-Residence will mentor Made at Hugo House Fellows, meeting with them 5-6 times per year.

Community Outreach: Writers-in-residence act as ambassadors of Hugo House and advocates for writing in the community. Hugo House staff will oversee efforts of community outreach. We require Writers-in-Residence to offer separate workshops/lectures/presentations outside of Hugo House’s location to communities with little access to the arts; and participate in 2 readings at Hugo House (organized by Hugo House); and curate, host, or participate in other Hugo House events and/or development activities as needed or available.

Teaching: The writer-in-residence teaches a minimum of two six-week classes per calendar year (subject to approval) as part of the Hugo Classes program. The writer will receive separate compensation for teaching.

 

COMPENSATION

$500 per month stipend for nine months, plus additional compensation for Hugo Classes; access to a vibrant and growing community of, by, and for writers; an opportunity to work with a committed staff in a creative work environment; and support and encouragement for artistic projects. Each writer-in-residence has 24 hour access to a private writing office in the Hugo House temporary space to work on their writing project, or hold meetings. Details about Hugo House’s permanent space are not confirmed, and a private office cannot be guaranteed after our move.

 

TO APPLY

Write a cover letter of no more than 500 words that includes a description of your potential residency; your artistic project; your plans/ideas for community outreach; and your teaching/mentoring philosophy. Please include a writing sample (maximum of 10 pages) and curriculum vitae.

Applications are due by March 31, 2018, and will be judged by a panel of Hugo House staff, and community members.

Questions may be addressed to christine@hugohouse.org

Hugo House is committed to equity and employs teachers of all backgrounds. Professional and academic opportunity is a privilege. If you do not meet some of the eligibility requirements, but have demonstrated success in other categories, our panel will weigh the components of your application accordingly. 

 

 

Ends on June 8, 2018

Scribes 2018 Summer Internship

SCRIBES OVERVIEW

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.

Each Scribes session is composed of approximately 20 students, two literary teaching artists, and one or two interns. Class runs for one or 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 MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) in South Lake Union, and with the Henry Art Gallery in University District. These 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, youth@hugohouse.org

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. 

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Job title: Scribes 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 one or two-week-long duration (+ community reading on the second Thursday or Friday of the camp)


JOB SUMMARY

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 

 

Duties

·         Provide classroom and administrative support to camp instructors during workshops and activities

·         Maintain cleanliness and order in camp spaces (either at Hugo House or partner sites, Henry or MOHAI)

·         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.

Compensation

This is an unpaid internship position.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Hugo House via email or phone: youth@hugohouse.org or 206-322-7030