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:  (206) 322-7030

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


 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 March 31. No late applications will be accepted. Applicants will be notified by June 1.


Contact Christine Texeira:



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.

Questions may be addressed to


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. 



Scribes 2019 Summer Internship


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,

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. 


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)


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 



·         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.


This is an unpaid internship position.


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

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