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

THANKS FOR TEACHING AT HUGO HOUSE

Welcome to the class submission portal for teachers currently working with Hugo House. If you haven't yet taught at Hugo House and would like to apply, please visit our website.

Please fill out the course information as completely as possible. Questions? Contact Margot: margot@hugohouse.org.

Sample course descriptions:

Intermediate Poetry Workshop: Signature Poems
You already have a basic understanding of poetry and have written some poems you’re proud of. Now you want to stand back to understand and develop what makes your poems tick--to answer how you combine your very particular subject matter with the elements of poetry to write poems in your own style.  We’ll read and discuss ONE poem per class to expose you to different types of contemporary poetry, then devote the majority of class time to workshopping your poems in a supportive atmosphere. Weekly writing assignments will also be given.

Intro to the Short Story
“Where does one begin?” asks Amy Hempel in an essay on short stories. Her answer: “With obsession and nerve and ground worth reporting on.” This two-day introduction lays down a few simple but fundamental craft concepts related to writing short stories. Students will generate and share new work in class while we look at the bold and felicitous work of pros like Hempel, Denis Johnson, Amy Tan, Jamaica Kincaid, Donald Barthelme, and Sandra Cisneros. Students should be willing to risk vulnerability and intimacy. They can expect to come away with two beginnings to new short stories.


ABOUT SELECTION CRITERIA & LOGISTICAL INFORMATION

When selecting courses, we are looking for a fit with our current curricular needs, including a balance of genre, skill-level required of the students, and platform (such as workshop, generative, reading). When hiring teachers, we consider a combination of prior teaching experience, publication history, strength of teaching evaluations from either the House or other institutions, strength of the submitted teaching philosophy, and active engagement in the literary world.

The basics:

  • A two-hour, multi-week class may be scheduled Mondays through Thursdays at 10 a.m., 5 p.m., or 7:10 p.m., or weekends from 10 a.m.-noon, or 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • A one-day class generally meets for three hours on Saturday or Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. We occasionally run longer one-day classes or two-day classes, depending on space availability.
  • Alternate schedules may be possible. Please ask. 
  • All classes are held at Hugo House or online through Wet Ink.
  • Generally, class enrollment is set at a maximum of fifteen and a minimum of five. If fewer than five students register for a class, it will be cancelled.
  • Pay rate for classes is $9.50 per teaching hour, per student, and $10.00 per teaching hour, per student after running 10 classes.

 

Hugo House’s vision is 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, and 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 staff committee that considers both financial need and academic desire. 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 Spring Quarter will be accepted on a rolling basis. A limited number of scholarships are available each term. These are need-based scholarships. 

Eligibility

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

Application

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 starting on March 20, 2020

Scholarships are determined on a quarterly basis for the current term's classes. Book Lab and other select classes each quarter are ineligible for scholarships. You can contact the registrar (see email below) for a full list of exceptions. We grant only one scholarship per student per year. Deferments are not permitted. Travel expenses and/or housing is not covered by the scholarship. For more information about the scholarship fund, please email registrar@hugohouse.org 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.” 

Sincerely, 

Full Name

About the Hugo Fellowship

The Hugo Fellowship 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 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 reading opportunities
  • 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 within one year, from September to August 
  • 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 Hugo Fellowship are due by April 30. No late applications will be accepted. Applicants will be notified by June 1.


Questions?

Contact Rob Arnold: robarnold@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 April 30, 2020. 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, 2020, through June 15, 2021. 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. An office is provided for meetings and for writers-in-residence to have space to work on their artistic projects.

Writers-in-Residence will mentor 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 3 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 access to a shared writing office at Hugo House to work on their writing project, or hold meetings.

 

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 April 30, 2020, and will be judged by a panel of Hugo House staff, and community members.

Questions may be addressed to robarnold@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. 

 

 

At Hugo House, we present more than 100 events each year, ranging from readings of new work commissioned as part of our Literary Series to book launches for emerging writers. If you're interested in reading or presenting an event in our space, please complete the following form. Please submit a CV and sample of your work.

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