Please fill out the course information as completely as possible. Submit by March 20th for priority consideration for the Fall 2022 catalog. Questions? Contact the Education team: 

If you haven't yet taught at Hugo House, PLEASE be sure to attach your resume/CV and teaching philosophy. We also recommend familiarizing yourself with our previous course offerings before submitting. See extra notes & tips below!

If we are interested in programming your class, we will be in touch with you.


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, and the strength of teaching evaluations from Hugo House or other institutions. We're equally committed to hiring a teaching corps that's representative of different and diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to diversity of ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, ability and culture.

An education committee of Hugo House staff members and rotating instructors reviews all class proposals. The committee members represent a range of ages, ethnicities, genders, religions and backgrounds. 

The basics:

  • A two-hour, multi-week class may be scheduled Mondays through Thursdays at 10 a.m., 1;10 p.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, either from 10 am - 1 pm or 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. 
  • COVID-19: The majority of classes are being held online through Zoom or Wet Ink. Please indicate if you are willing to teach in-person using the class location selection.
  • 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 $10.50 per teaching hour times the number of registered students in your class, and $11.00 per teaching hour after teaching at Hugo House for 30 course hours. In other words, a 3-hour class with 15 students at the $10.50 rate will be $10.50 x 15 x 3 = $472.50
  • If you live in Washington State, please note that Hugo House requires its contract employees (teachers) to have a UBI from the WA Department of Revenue.


When submitting a course description, please consider it your job application. It should be clear, concise, and free of typos. If you're including writers you'll be reading, their names should be spelled correctly. When a student reads your class description, they should think, "I like the way this person writes! I bet I could learn something from them!" Not: "I'm not sure how this person got a job as a writing teacher!" Our team may edit your course description for clarity and/or length, but we strongly prefer when course descriptions come in the door having been thoroughly thought through and proofread. 

Here are some tips for a great course description: The description should tell us what the class is about, why the topic is worth investigating, what's going to happen (generative writing? workshopping? discussion?), and what students can expect to come away with (a new story? three new poems? a better understanding of metaphysics?). Here are a couple of great examples:

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Each week we will discuss an essay from Cathy Park Hong’s provocative new book of essays, Minor Feelings, and freewrite about our own personal  experiences as Asian Americans, interrogating themes such as: coming of  age, the model minority myth, class, the white gaze, microaggressions,  shame, family, language, and community. Let’s get personal and political  as we examine what connects us or holds us apart in a candid and safe  space for exploration.  

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.

Finally, we're often asked about what gaps need to be filled in our catalog. We can't know this until class proposals come in each quarter, but one good way to answer this question for yourself is to look at the current quarter's catalog. What gaps do you see? What unique knowledge or viewpoint can you offer? What have you been reading that's really wound you up? What's happening in the world or around town that you'd like to interrogate? We love fresh, weird ideas and classes that aren't the same old, same old. World literature, translation, and multilingual courses are encouraged. Courses for beginning writers, or folks who don't even think of themselves as writers are encouraged. Courses in partnership with or inspired by other groups or organizations in town are encouraged (such as a writing or reading class based on an exhibition at the Wing Luke or NW African American museum, a writing class in conjunction with the launch of a book like Recipes for Refuge, or the like); we're happy to help arrange a collaboration if applicable.  

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.

For rental requests, please visit our rentals page.


Welcome to the submission portal for youth teaching artists at Hugo House. Please read the descriptions of youth programs on our website to familiarize yourself before applying as a teaching artist with us.

We are currently hiring teaching artists for youth workshops during the 2021-2022 school year.

Youth Workshops

  • Targeted towards youth in grades 5th-12th. Specific grade ranges for your class should be narrower. 
  • Workshops will be focused toward writing genres of your choosing. Feel free to be creative!
  • Workshops take place within a single quarter: Fall (September-December), Winter (January-March), or Spring (April-June).
  • Sessions will be scheduled on weekdays (after school hours) or weekends, depending on your schedule and Hugo House Zoom/Room availability.
  • Generally, enrollment is set at a maximum of fifteen and a minimum of five students per workshop. If fewer than five students register for a workshop, it may be cancelled.
  • Pay rate for youth workshops is $120 per 60-minutes of in-person teaching. This rate is intended to also include outside work you do for your workshop (prep, giving feedback, reflection, etc.)
  • Currently, all workshops are held via Hugo House Zoom classrooms, however, we are also looking into slowly introducing in-person workshops for youth.


  • True Crime for Teens: Teenage life is full of drama! Drawing from  personal experiences with baffling behaviors, untrustworthy characters, and local gossip, students will write suspenseful, mysterious stories for and about modern teenage life, reflecting on how these experiences shape their relationships with others and with themselves. For students in 9th-12th grade. Takeaways: Students will come away with an outline plotted for their own true crime story, detailed descriptions of their main characters, a scene that effectively uses dialog to move the plot forward, and tips to help students complete their stories moving forward!
  • I Write Myself: Who am I? What do I believe? What is my identity? Students will reflect on these questions, and others, as they read and write poetry to explore and express the many facets of their unique identities. For students in 7th-8th grade. Takeaways: Students will leave this workshop with 3-5 completed poems affirming and celebrating themselves while also skillfully utilizing poetic devices like repetition, metaphor, alliteration, etc.
  • The Hero's Journey: Throughout time and across cultures, hero stories have entertained our imaginations and reflected some of the best storytelling to be found, however, many of these stories portray outdated stereotypes about who is a hero and what makes a villain. In this class, students will analyze diverse hero stories to begin writing their own epic quest, filled with heroes, villains, and landscapes reflecting their own values about what it means to be heroic. For students in 5th-6th grade. Takeaways: Students will leave this workshop having built their own world for this journey, including characters, creatures, and all other elements to write their own heroic story.


When selecting classes and/or workshops, we are looking for a variety curricular content, including a balance of genre, age-level, skill-level required of the students, and the potential for the workshop experience to also enhance students' social/emotional development. 

When hiring teaching artists, we consider a combination of prior teaching experience, publication history, active engagements in the literary/arts world, strength of teaching evaluations from either Hugo House or other institutions, and strength of the submitted workshop proposal(s), including a teacher's ability to differentiate instruction, incorporate social/emotional learning, and teach to social justice themes. If you are new to teaching with Hugo House youth programs, we will also request an interview with you.


In order to contract with Hugo House, teachers must submit a W9 and UBI (Unique Business Identifier - only for Washington state residents) number with their contract. Please contact with any questions or concerns regarding this process.

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

  • $1,200 annual class scholarship stipend
  • A supportive writing cohort and environment
  • Monthly workshops with Hugo House Writers-in-Residence
  • Use of our shared writing offices (pandemic-dependent)
  • Complimentary access to all ticketed Hugo House readings and performances
  • Opportunities to develop teaching skills
  • Two public reading opportunities

What the Program Supports

  • The development and presentation of new work 
  • Resources and opportunities for professional development
  • Projects that will be completed within one year, from September 15, 2022 to September 15, 2023.
  • 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 (collected in a single file):

  • 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 Daniel Tam-Claiborne:


In 2022, Hugo House will be recruiting two Writers-in-Residence: one in poetry and one in prose! Applicants for the position should be practicing, published poets and prose writers 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 Laura Da', Anastacia-Reneé, Rebecca Brown, Charles Mudede, Wendy Call, Karen Finneyfrock, David Wagoner, Kathleen Alcalá, and others.

Applications are due by March 31, 2022. Responses will be sent by June 1. Please submit the application through Submittable. Full details regarding the application process are below.


Duration: One calendar year beginning Sept. 15, 2022. The term is renewable at the discretion of Hugo House with a two-term limit.

Mentorship: Writers-in-Residence hold weekly office hours (60 hours over twelve 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. While some of these meetings may be virtual, Writers-in-Residence must be a resident of the Seattle area at the time of application and through completion of the fellowship period. 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 6-7 times per year, during a mutually agreed-upon time on weekday evenings or weekends.

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 three separate workshops/lectures/presentations outside of Hugo House’s location to communities with little access to the arts; and participate in two 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: Writers-in-Residence teach a minimum of two six-week classes per calendar year (subject to approval) as part of the Hugo Classes program and will receive separate compensation for teaching.



$500 per month stipend for twelve 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.



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, 2022, 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. 

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