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.
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 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
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.
Your biography should include information indicative of your writing life and aspirations. (Maximum 150 words)
You résumé/CV should include professional and academic experience; awards; publications; and other achievements pertinent to your writing. (Maximum 2 pages)
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).
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 March 31. No late applications will be accepted. Applicants will be notified by June 1.
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Applicants for the position should be practicing, published writers of poetry 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, 2019. Responses will be sent by June 1. Please submit the application through submittable. Full details regarding the application process are below.
Duration: Sept. 15, 2019, through June 15, 2020. 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.
$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.
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, 2019, and will be judged by a panel of Hugo House staff, and community members.
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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.