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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 youth@hugohouse.org with any questions or concerns regarding this process.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.