Scribes Instruction Description (New Instructors)

Scribes is an intensive two-week summer creative writing program in Seattle for middle and high school students. Students will acquire a tool kit of literary forms, pick up exercises and techniques to develop their writer’s voice, be exposed to diverse contemporary and classic literary texts, get serious feedback from instructors and peers, and tour the city with a writer’s eye. 

Each of the Scribes sessions is composed of twenty to twenty-five students, two instructors, and one or two interns. Class runs from 10am-4pm for two weeks, Monday through Friday. Community readings are held on the second Thursday evening of each session. Student work will be published on a digital platform. To check out last year's E-Book anthology from our 2016 Scribes camps, please visit:

https://scribes2016.pressbooks.com/

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For summer 2017, Hugo House is holding several Scribes sessions, beginning July 10, and ending August 18, with some of them held at Hugo House's interim home by the Frye: 1021 Columbia St.  As in the past, some of our sessions will be held at partner sites. At least two sessions will be reserved for middle school participants. The others will be reserved for high school aged participants.

We’re asking all potential teachers, new and returning, to apply through a common application process. This will help us communicate information about the program, as well as track scheduling requests, update info necessary for grants, learn about teaching styles in order to create complementary co-instructors, and to understand each returning instructor's vision for Scribes 2017.

Additionally, all new teacher applicants will go through an application and interview process, assuring all qualified applicants get a chance at open positions.  


Scribes Instructor Eligibility Requirements

  • Three years of experience teaching middle school and/or high school aged youth
  • Creative writing publication history
  • Demonstrated presence in the literary arts community (Seattle or elsewhere)
  • Teacher's certificate or undergraduate degree in a related field (MFA preferred, but not required).

Hugo House is committed to equity and employs teachers of all backgrounds. Professional and academic opportunity is a privilege. If you meet two/three of the four eligibility requirements, and have demonstrated success in the other categories, our panel will weigh the components of your application accordingly. 

 

Application deadline: Monday, January 9. Hiring decisions will be made by mid February, at latest.

Stipend: Instructor pay for curriculum preparation and two-week instruction at a Scribes camp is $3,200. 

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Application Details

For new Scribes instructors, we ask for the following:

  • Up-to-Date Resume (experience teaching teens required)
  • One one-hour sample lessons applicable to Scribes
  • Short essay answers (in place of a cover letter)

As a teaching team, two Scribes instructors design the curriculum for their two-week Scribes session. Things to consider when designing curriculum:

  • student age/grade (whether junior high or high school)
  • potential field trip destinations (to pair with writing activities)
  • interactive writing activities and prompts (both individual and group)
  • diverse contemporary and classic literary texts to expose students to
  • limited budget for supplies (time to get resourceful!)
  • potential guest artists 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Juliann Petkov via email or phone: juliann@hugohouse.org or 206-456-4010.

Scribes Instruction Description (Returning Instructors)

Scribes is an intensive two-week summer creative writing program in Seattle for middle and high school students. Students will acquire a tool kit of literary forms, pick up exercises and techniques to develop their writer’s voice, be exposed to diverse contemporary and classic literary texts, get serious feedback from instructors and peers, and tour the city with a writer’s eye. 

Each of the Scribes sessions is composed of twenty to twenty-five students, two instructors, and one or two interns. Class runs from 10am-4pm for two weeks, Monday through Friday. Community readings are held on the second Thursday evening of each session. Student work will be published on a digital platform. To see the digital anthology from the 2016 camps, please visit: scribes2016.pressbooks.com 

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For summer 2017, Hugo House is holding several Scribes sessions, beginning July 10 and ending August 18. Some of the sessions will be held at Hugo House's interim home at 1021 Columbia St. As with in the past, some of the sessions will be held at partner sites. At least two sessions will be reserved for middle school participants. The others will be reserved for high school aged participants.

We’re asking all potential teachers, new and returning, to apply through a common application process. This will help us communicate information about the program, as well as track scheduling requests, update info necessary for grants, learn about teaching styles in order to create complementary co-instructors, and to understand each returning instructor's vision for Scribes 2017.

Additionally, all new teacher applicants will go through an application and interview process, assuring all qualified applicants get a chance at open positions.  


Scribes Instructor Eligibility Requirements

  • Three years of experience teaching middle school and/or high school aged youth
  • Creative writing publication history
  • Demonstrated presence in the literary arts community (Seattle or elsewhere)
  • Teacher's certificate or undergraduate degree in a related field (MFA preferred, but not required).

Hugo House is committed to equity and employs teachers of all backgrounds. Professional and academic opportunity is a privilege. If you meet two/three of the four eligibility requirements, and have demonstrated success in the other categories, our panel will weigh the components of your application accordingly. 

 

Application deadline: Monday, January 9. Hiring decisions will be made by mid February, at latest.

Stipend: Instructor pay for curriculum preparation and two-week instruction at a Scribes camp is $3,200. 

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Application Details

For returning Scribes instructors, we ask for the following:

  • Up-to-Date Resume
  • Short essay answers (in place of a cover letter)


As a teaching team, two Scribes instructors design the curriculum for their two-week Scribes session. Things to consider when designing curriculum:

  • student age/grade (whether junior high or high school)
  • potential field trip destinations (to pair with writing activities)
  • interactive writing activities and prompts (both individual and group)
  • diverse contemporary and classic literary texts to expose students to
  • limited budget for supplies (time to get resourceful!)
  • potential guest artists 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Juliann Petkov via email or phone: juliann@hugohouse.org or (206) 456-4010.

Job Title: Business and Operations Manager   

Reports to: Executive Director              

Summary: Hugo House has a big opportunity for a talented, versatile manager who will lead a major transformative project: overseeing this literary center’s transition to a new 10,000 sq. ft. facility, which will be constructed and built-out to serve the needs of a broad community of writers and readers. As a key member of the management team, this individual will handle budgeting, planning, HR, and evaluation for Hugo House’s operations and programs (creative writing classes, readings, events, and residencies). The ideal candidate is hardworking, tech savvy, and data-driven with strong analytical skills.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES


BUSINESS OPERATIONS

  • Manage business plan, overseeing all program initiatives, providing accountability, and tracking progress
  • Provide financial oversight: develop the annual budget, revise contracts, review bookkeeping, and ensure compliance
  • Assess programs and business performance, using clear metrics tied to key strategies
  • Build efficiencies with existing programs and support the launch of new programs
  • Set and implement policies to improve administrative work flows
  • Lead the facilities task force of the Board of Directors and oversee the finance committee

 

FACILITY

  • Manage facility project with Executive Director; work closely with developers, architects, and all other relevant parties to build a permanent home for Hugo House
  • Research and book offsite events during Hugo House’s time in its temporary location 
  • Ensure that facilities are clean and comfortable for staff and patrons

 

HUMAN RESOURCES

  • Lead  hiring and training for all personnel 
  • Administer policies and benefits including health insurance, leave, vacation, sick pay, 403b plan, etc.

 

TECHNOLOGY

  • Manage all information technology systems in partnership with contractors
  • Steward patron database, assuring accuracy
  • Oversee physical systems, such as phones, computers, and servers
  • Lead digital development, exploring and implementing new technologies

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong understanding of financial processes
  • Experience in budget development and oversight
  • Two to five years’ experience as an operations manager or equivalent
  • Strong analytical capabilities, moving from data to analysis to implications and actions
  • Demonstrated leadership and vision in managing major projects and initiatives
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; expertise with Excel spreadsheets; knowledge of relational databases such as CiviCRM; comfort with WordPress
  • Must have excellent writing and verbal communications skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and work independently
  • Team orientation and willingness to work with others to solve problems
  • Ability to look at situations from several points of view
  • Self-starter who relishes digging in and finding solutions
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential issues
  • Accuracy and close attention to detail
  • Ability to seek advice and delegate responsibilities effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative style
  • A passion for the arts—especially literature—is a plus

 

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. 

Position: Front Desk & Programs Assistant

Reports to: Will Sweger, Registration, Membership, & Engagement

Type: Part-time, evenings and weekends

Rate: $13/hour

Purpose: To provide excellent customer service to Hugo House visitors; to assist with event and class production and administration; and to maintain the appearance and security of the House.

JOB SUMMARY

  • Greet the public and acquaint them with the mission and resources of Hugo House
  • Provide excellent customer service to students, teachers, members, and all House visitors
  • Assist in event facilitation and production, from set-up to survey collection
  • Maintain appearance of the House and ensure visitor comfort
  • Maintain building security, including opening and closing duties
  • Provide administrative assistance to Hugo House programs, development, and operations

Position Qualifications

  • Experience in customer service
  • Self-directed working style
  • Comfortable working with the public
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Passionate about writing and books
  • Comfort in Microsoft Office
  • Retail sales and database experience preferred 

Please submit your resume and cover letter via Hugo House’s Submittable page.

Job Conditions

This job requires expertise with computers, ability to lift 20-35 pounds, and navigate stairs.


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. 

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.