Ends on January 7, 2019

Scribes Instruction Description (New Instructors)

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


For summer 2019, Hugo House is holding eleven Scribes sessions, beginning July 8 and ending August 23. 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 the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), and the Henry Art Gallery. Two session will be reserved for middle school participants. The others will be reserved for high school aged participants only. The youngest participants we will take this summer, are students entering 7th grade. These students will be able to register only in the middle-school-only session, which is open to students entering 7th and entering 8th grade.

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 2019.

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 7. 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.


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 John Peterman via email or phone: john@hugohouse.org or 206-456-4002.