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 Juliann Petkov with any questions: juliann@hugohouse.org  (206) 456-4010

Scribes Instruction Description (Returning Instructors)

Changes from 2017

  • High School sessions will NOT be open to middle school participants.
  • The youngest participants will be students entering 7th grade (whereas last year we admitted students entering 6th grade). These students will be able to register only in the middle-school-only session, which is open to students entering 7th and entering 8th grade. 
  • We will be offering a session called Scribes Intensive (title subject to change), which will be for students who identify as advanced skills.
  • We will be offering a one-week session. 
  • We will not be partnering with MoPOP. 

Scribes is an intensive 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 students, two instructors, and one or two interns. Class runs from 10am-4pm for two weeks, Monday through Friday, with the exception of the single week session. Community readings are held on the second Thursday evening of each session. Each session will produce a chapbook of the students' work. 

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For summer 2018, Hugo House is holding eight Scribes sessions, beginning July 9 and ending August 17. Some of the sessions will be held at Hugo House. As with in the past, some of the sessions will be held at partner sites, including the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), and the Henry Art Gallery. One session will be reserved for middle school participants. The others will be reserved for high school aged participants only. The youngest participants we will take this summer, are students entering 7th grade.

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 2018.

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 8. Hiring decisions will be made by mid February, at latest.

Stipend: Instructor pay for curriculum preparation, open house support during the registration period, and two-week instruction at a Scribes camp is $3,200. The payment for the one week session will be $1,600. 

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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/one-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 (New Instructors)

Scribes is an intensive 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 students, two instructors, and one or two interns. Class runs from 10am-4pm for two weeks, Monday through Friday, with the exception of one session, which runs for a single week. Community readings are held on the second Thursday evening of each session. Each session will produce a chapbook of the students' work. 

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For summer 2018, Hugo House is holding eight Scribes sessions, beginning July 9 and ending August 17. Some of the sessions will be held at Hugo House. As with in the past, some of the sessions will be held at partner sites, including the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), and the Henry Art Gallery. One session will be reserved for middle school participants. The others will be reserved for high school aged participants only. The youngest participants we will take this summer, are students entering 7th grade. These students will be able to register only in the middle-school-only session, which is open to students entering 7th and entering 8th grade. 

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 2018.

Additionally, all new teacher applicants will go through an application and may be selected for an 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 8. 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. The payment for the one week session will be $1,600.

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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.

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.