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 ( or 206-322-7030.

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