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 Juliann Petkov with any questions: juliann@hugohouse.org  (206) 456-4010

Reports to: Molly Woolbright, Marketing Manager

Duration: 3 months with possibility of extension

Hours: 8–10 hours/week

Internship Summary

This is a flexible internship based on applicants’ various qualifications but involving aspects of Hugo House's external communications. 

The intern will work closely with the marketing manager to use the Hugo House brand in all written and visual communications, assisting with other minor tasks along the way.

Intern tasks could include:

  • Copywriting and/or proofreading for the website, blog, newsletter, and print collateral
  • Webpage maintenance
  • Assist with collateral distribution
  • Manage, strategize for, or assist with one or more Hugo House social media platforms
  • Editing audio and/or video clips

Qualifications and Skills

  • Knowledge of and interest in the writing world
  • Skills related to one or more of the above tasks

Highly Desired Qualifications (But Not Required!)

  • HTML/CSS knowledge
  • Experience in WordPress
  • Experience with MailChimp
  • Knowledge of the Seattle area, especially the literary scene

Guidelines for Your Application

Please submit a résumé and a cover letter that outlines which skills in the above task list you would prefer to work on during the internship, as well as describing your experience in each (if any). 

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. 

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.

If you're a Hugo House member, please simply submit your request form below and a Hugo House staff person will be back in touch within 2-3 business days to coordinate logistics and capture your payment. 
  • 1 month commitment (30 days)  $175
  • 3 month commitment - $420 (Save 20%) – available until June 1, 2017
  • 6 month commitment - $735 (Save 30%) – available until March 1, 2017

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.


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.


Sessions are facilitated by professional writers who will help you bring out the best in your work. Each session is composed of 20 students and two literary teaching artists. Class runs for 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. Student work will be published online on our Young Writers Blog.

This summer we are continuing our successful Scribes partnership with EMP Museum at the Seattle Center and are introducing a new partnership with MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) in South Lake Union. 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 Scribes coordinator, Angela Wilhite.


Available Sessions:

  • Scribes at MOHAI (Session IV): July 25-August 5, 2016  (for students completing 8th-12th grades) only 2 spots left
  • Scribes at Hugo House (Session V): August 8-19, 2016  (for students completing 9th-12th grades) 
  • Scribes at Hugo House (Session VI): August 8-19, 2016  (for students completing 9th-12th grades) 


Closed Sessions:

  • Scribes at EMP (Session I): July 11-22, 2016  (for students completing 8th-12th grades)  
  • Scribes at Hugo House (Session II): July 18-29, 2016  (for students completing 7th-8th grades) 
  • Scribes at Hugo House (Session III): July 18-29, 2016  (for students completing 9th-12th grades)


Instructors: The camp is taught by experienced local and visiting teaching artists, all who design unique curriculum and interactive writing activities. Recent teaching artists include O. Henry Story Prize winner Emma Törzs, New York Times Editor's Choice recipient Peter Mountford, and Iowa Writers Workshop alumna and Kundiman fellow Jane Wong. The camp also features several guest artists providing a diverse instruction experience.

Tuition: With the exception of Scribes at EMP, all camps have a tuition of $725. Scribes at EMP is $700 and 10% off tuition for EMP members. 

Financial Aid: Need-based full and partial scholarships and payment plans are available. Once admitted, we will email your family a need-based scholarship application. Please contact Angela with any questions.

Application Process: Interested students apply to Scribes via an online application (personal statement + short writing sample). We are looking for students who are excited about writing, are interested in learning how to talk about their writing process and challenges, and are ready to be contributing members of a creative literary environment. All skill levels are welcome. 

Once submitted, you will receive an electronic notification that your application has been received. Once it is reviewed, you will be contacted about acceptance and then sent a tuition invoice. 

Acceptances are rolling--you can expect a notification within two weeks of applying.


Have a question? Please contact Hugo House (welcome@hugohouse.org) or 206-322-7030.




Parent/guardian, please complete the following form to request a Scribes tuition payment plan.

Payment plan facts:

  • Payment plans do not require proven need
  • Tuition must be paid in full one week prior to start of session. 
  • All provided information is confidential.
  • If you qualify for a scholarship, you can also request a payment plan
We will contact you to set up a payment schedule that works for your family.

Please contact Hugo House (welcome@hugohouse.org or 206-322-7070) with any questions.

Parent/guardian, please complete the following form to request a need-based scholarship.

Scholarship facts:

  • Full or partial scholarships are granted based on financial need. 
  • Families will be sent a tuition invoice with the tuition due date less the granted scholarship.
  • 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 Hugo House (welcome@hugohouse.org or 206-322-7030) with any questions.

Ends on August 14, 2017

Hugo House is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Young Writers Cohort!

The Young Writers Cohort is an opportunity for young writers who are deeply committed to their writing craft and are seeking deeper literary and community engagement. The Young Writers Cohort is a competitive school year round program that offers an MFA-like experience for talented high school aged writers. Each cohort member devotes over 80 hours over nine months to workshopping, studying contemporary poetry and prose, submitting work to literary journals and presses, and attending readings and events. The Cohort is responsible for promoting and emceeing Stage Fright, the monthly open mic, and supporting other youth initiatives at Hugo House and in the Seattle arts community. 

The Young Writers Cohort is selected on the basis of a written application. We are looking for youth who have a strong commitment to writing and who have a desire to work in a fun and collaborative team environment. However, no prior experience in a similar program is necessary. The application is open to writers of all interests, levels of experiences, and backgrounds. 

Commitment Requirements:

  • 10 hours commitment per month--spent attending Cohort meetings, emceeing Stage Fright, writing and revising new work, attending readings and events, researching literary journals and presses, and more
  • Bi-weekly cohort meetings at Hugo House on Wednesdays, 4-6pm
  • Attend and host monthly open mic from 7:00-8:00pm
  • School year-round commitment from Septemberr--end of May


Applications open: June 7, 2017

Applications due: August 14, 2017

This is an unpaid humanities-focused volunteer opportunity. Participation can be used as a personal or academic project.