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: 

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.


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.


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!


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.

Hugo House’s vision is to open the literary world to everyone who loves books or has a drive to write. Everyone who is interested in taking up the challenge of writing needs support to reach their goals. Our scholarship program aims to provide accessibility to those who would not otherwise be able to participate due to financial limitations. 

Scholarship applications are evaluated by a committee that consider how the class will further a student’s writing and financial need. Hugo House believes that opening the literary world to everyone is best achieved by bringing as many different stories and voices to the table as possible. Hugo House especially prioritizes applications from students who have been historically underrepresented in the literary arts. 

The scholarship application period for each term begins as soon as the term's course list is available. Tuition assistance requests for Winter Quarter must be received by Dec. 2, 2019. A limited number of scholarships are available each term. These are need-based scholarships. 


Those whose household gross income falls at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (shown below) are eligible for a scholarship. If your household income is SAME or LESS than the amount in the following chart, you are eligible for a scholarship at Hugo House. Please let us know if there are extenuating circumstances that should be taken into consideration with your application.

Household Size | Household Income

1 | $30,150

2 | $40,600

3 | $51,050

4 | $61,500

5 | $71,750

6 | $82,400

7 | $103,300


To apply, please submit a letter of need to us via the text box below ("Scholarship Letter" section). include the following information:

  • Which class you wish to take and why 
  • An outline of your current financial status
  • What amount you can afford to contribute 

If you're concerned about your class filling up, please apply as soon as possible. A place will be held in your requested course once your application is received. You will be notified of scholarship decisions by Dec. 9, 2019

Scholarships are determined on a quarterly basis for the current term's classes. We grant only one scholarship per student each quarter, and no more than two scholarships per student each year. Deferments are not permitted. For more information about the scholarship fund, please email or call (206) 322-7030. 

If you're unsure how to formulate your scholarship letter, please refer to the following sample letter: 

Dear Scholarship Selection Committee: 

          My name is (full name) and I am applying for a Hugo House scholarship. I am. . . Use this paragraph to tell the readers about yourself and why you are applying for this particular scholarship. Use simple and direct statements. Tell us about yourself, your family, your background and anything else that may be of interest about your circumstances. 

          I am in need of tuition assistance because. . . Use this paragraph to tell us, in as much detail as possible, why you are applying for a scholarship. We understand this could be a sensitive topic, but this is the most important part of your application. Please also tell us how much you can afford to pay of the total tuition for your class. 

          I’m interested in the class ___________ because. . . Tell us a little about your writing background. If you don’t have a writing background (and that’s OK!), tell us what drives you to want to write. Please also list the types, if any, of creative writing classes you have taken. Most of all, tell us why you want to take the specific class you requested. 

          I hope to use this class to. . . Use this paragraph to tell us what uses you’ll make of the class. This can be something like, “I’d like to learn to write a memoir so that I can pass my story on to my family,” or “I’m interested in being workshopped so that I may submit my writing for publication,” or something as simple as, “I just want to learn to write better.” 


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