About the Hugo Writers-in-Residence Program
Since 1999, our writers-in-residence program has supported writers two-fold: First, we support the writers-in-residence themselves by providing a monthly stipend and paid teaching opportunities, along with the time and space to complete a manuscript. Second, the program gives writers in Seattle an opportunity to receive writing guidance and advice by a published writer, free of charge.
Writers-in-Residence and the Community
The writers-in-residence hold office hours (for free, but by appointment only) for anyone seeking advice and feedback on their writing, and they also lead writing workshops and programs that reach into the heart of Seattle’s communities, with a specific focus on underserved populations who may not have access to the arts.
Schedule an Appointment
Writers-in-residence are available for consultation appointments from September 15 to June 15 of every year. Please only make appointment requests during these months.
For assistance with poetry, email Kary: [email protected]
For assistance with nonfiction and fiction, you can schedule an appointment with Joan via Doodle. Schedule an appointment here.
Please note that it might take the writers as long as two weeks to return your email, and appointments are typically scheduled as much as a month and a half in advance.
Kary Wayson‘s poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Poetry Northwest, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Nation, Narrative, FIELD, Filter, The Best American Poetry 2007 and the 2010 Pushcart Prize anthology. Kary was a 2003 Discovery/The Nation award winner, and her chapbook Dog & Me was published in 2004 by LitRag Press. Her book, American Husband, won the Ohio State University Press/ The Journal Award in 2009. A 2012 Stranger Genius Award nominee, Kary lives and works in Seattle.
Joan Leegant is the author of a novel, Wherever You Go, and a story collection, An Hour in Paradise, winner of the PEN/New England Book Award, the Wallant Award, runner-up for the National Jewish Book Award, and selection for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series. Recent story prizes include Special Mention in the 2014 Pushcart Prize, the Nelligan Prize from Colorado Review, and Moment Magazine Fiction Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of an artist grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Formerly a practicing attorney, Joan is a graduate of Harvard College, Boston University Law School, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Program. She has been teaching writing for fifteen years, including at Harvard, Oklahoma State University, and Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv where for five years she was the visiting writer in an international master’s program in creative writing. While in Israel, she also lectured widely on American literature and culture for the U.S. State Department. Formerly a long-time resident of Massachusetts, Joan currently lives in West Seattle with her husband. She has two grown sons, a videographer in Boston and an artisan furniture and staircase designer/builder here in Seattle.
Past Hugo House Writers-in-Residence
2012-2014: Peter Mountford & Kary Wayson
2012-2013: Tara Hardy & Peter Mountford
2009-2010: Ryan Boudinot & Karen Finneyfrock
2008-2009: Angela Jane Fountas & Ed Skoog
2006-2008: Wendy Call & David Wagoner
2004-2005: Matt Briggs & Anna Maria Hong
2001-2003: Kathleen Alcala & Emily White
1999-2001: Joan Fiset & Charles Mudede
1999-2000: Rebecca Brown
Past Hugo Huts Writers-in-Residence
(This program was discontinued in 2010.)
Apply to Become a Writer-in-Residence
Hugo House accepts applications for the writer-in-residence position every year. Poets may apply in odd years and prose writers may apply in even years. The application period opens January 1 and closes March 31. When the application period is open, you can apply via Submittable.