Young writers have myriad opportunities to launch, explore, consume and create great writing at Hugo House. Our conservatory-model instruction encourages students to read as writers, to critique established work and the new work of their peers, and to take risks with their writing while exploring voice and language. In our open writing circles, mentorship program, open mics, writing camps and literary events, we strive to create an innovative creative writing space for all youth.
All Hugo House programs, workshops and field trips are taught by professional, published writers who are also experienced teachers of the craft. Teens on the Youth Leadership Board help curate our teen course offerings, MC the teen open mic, Stage Fright, and offer peer-to-peer creative writing feedback to other young writers. All programs are free unless otherwise specified, and scholarships are available for our writing camps and field trips.
For more information on youth programs at Hugo House, call (206) 322-7030, or email Becky Berryhill at email@example.com or Sarah León at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write Time Poetry is a weekly drop-in writing circle meeting facilitated by writer and teacher Karen Finneyfrock, with occasional guest instructors. Bring something you’re working on, or just come ready to write.
Date/Time: 6-7pm; weekly on Wednesdays
YOUTH LEADERSHIP BOARD
Now accepting applications for the 2013/2014 Youth Leadership Board! Develop your leadership skills and earn community service hours as a member of Hugo House’s Youth Leadership Board. For more information on the YLB and how to apply, click here.
Date/time: 10 hrs/month; November 2013–June 2014
YOUNG WRITERS MENTORSHIP PROJECT
Apply now to be part of the 2013/2014 Young Writers Mentorship Project! YWMP is a free program that supports young writers by offering dynamic, individually focused, ongoing mentorship to teens in the Seattle area. For more information on the program and how to apply, click here.
Date/Time: Weekly or bi-weekly meetings; November 2013–June 2014
We are also looking for adult mentors! Click here to apply!
Stage Fright is Hugo House's youth open mic night. Since 1997, Stage Fright has been the place to share poetry, fiction, journals, songs, comedy routines, art and more! Come to perform or just to enjoy the work and camaraderie of your peers.
Upcoming dates: December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, and June 11.
Scribes is an intensive two-week summer writing program for middle and high school students. For more information, click here.
- Session I (for students completing 7th & 8th grade): July 14–15
- Session II (for students completing 9th–12th grade): July 28–August 8
- Session III (for students completing 9th–12th grade): August 11–22
SPOKEN WORD CAMP
Spoken Word Camp is an intensive one-week performance poetry camp for teens. You will learn exercises and techniques to develop your voice as a writer and performer, get serious feedback from your instructors and peers, and meet established performance poets from around the northwest.
Date/time: July 7-12, 2014
FIELD TRIPS- Visit Hugo House!
Bring your class or group to Hugo House for an hour of creative writing instruction on anything from poetry to flash fiction to graphic novels to performance or beyond.
For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Becky Berryhill at email@example.com or Sarah León at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sign up for Hugo House's youth mailing list and receive announcements about Hugo House youth programs, events, publishing opportunities and contests for teen writers.
Interested in joining Hugo House youth programs as an instructor? Email email@example.com
Youth programs are supported, in part, by:
Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Maurer Family Foundation