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

Program Reminders: 

  • High School sessions will NOT be open to middle school participants.
  • The youngest participants will be students entering 5th grade.
  • Camps will be split by grade level into three levels: campers entering grades 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12. 


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For summer 2020, Hugo House is holding twelve Scribes sessions, beginning July 6 and ending August 14. 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 Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, and the Henry Art Gallery. At least one session will be reserved for children entering grades 5 and 6.

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 2020.

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 6. 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 Paroma Zaman via email or phone: paroma@hugohouse.org or 206-455-9713.

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

Program Reminders: 

  • High School sessions will NOT be open to middle school participants.
  • The youngest participants will be students entering 5th grade.
  • Camps will be split by grade level into three levels: campers entering grades 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12. 


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For summer 2020, Hugo House is holding twelve Scribes sessions, beginning July 6 and ending August 14. 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 Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, and the Henry Art Gallery. At least one session will be reserved for children entering grades 5 and 6. 


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 2020.
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.

 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 6. 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 Paroma Zaman via email or phone: paroma@hugohouse.org or (206) 455-9713.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN YOUTH PROGRAMS AT HUGO HOUSE!

Welcome to the workshop submission portal for youth teachers at Hugo House. We are currently hiring teaching artists for field trips and weekend workshops. Please click here to apply.

Questions? Contact Youth Coordinator, Paroma Zaman: paroma@hugohouse.org. 

Weekend Workshops

  • Targeted towards youth in grades 6-8 or 9-12. Workshops will be focused toward the creative writing genres of fiction, fantasy/sci-fi, poetry, or spoken word.
  • Workshops will be scheduled for three hours on Saturday or Sunday from 10-1 or 1-4 p.m. 
  • 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 at Hugo House.
  • All workshops are held at Hugo House.
     

SAMPLE COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Imagine a brand new world in this fantasy/sci-fi fiction workshop. Together, we will traverse from enchanted castles to the Upside Down, learning what makes a literary world not only believable, but totally immersive. Through looking closely at expansive constructed worlds, from Harry Potter to Stranger Things, you will discover that building out backstory for fantastical new universes can be a side entry into the captivating stories you really want to tell.

Takeaways: 

You will come away with an outline for the history of your newly created world, tools and tips to continue fleshing out your story, and a community of young writers eager to dive into the world you have created!


ABOUT SELECTION CRITERIA

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. 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.

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