Writers in Residence

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.

The application for the 2014-15 Writers-in-Residence program in prose is now open. Applications are due on May 31, 2014 and applicants will be notified of response by June 30, 2014.

Apply now!

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

For assistance with poetry, email Kary: [email protected]

For assistance with nonfiction and fiction, email Peter: [email protected]

(Kary Wayson will be taking appointments through June 15th. Peter Mountford is no longer taking new appointments.)

Please note that it might take the writers as much as two weeks to return your email, and appointments are typically scheduled as much as a month and a half in advance.

2013-14 Writers-in-Residence

WIR_KayWaysonKary 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 The Stranger Genius Award nominee, Kary lives and works in Seattle.



WIR_PeterMountfordPeter Mountford‘s debut novel “A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) won the 2012 Washington State Book Award. His second novel, “The Dismal Science,” was published in February of 2014 by Tin House Books. Since earning his MFA from the University of Washington in 2006, Peter’s fiction and personal essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Voices 2008, Conjunctions, ZYZZYVA, Granta, Salon, and Boston Review. Recipient of grants and fellowships from The Corporation of Yaddo, the Elizabeth George Foundation, 4Culture, Bread Loaf and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, he has been a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts and Lectures since 2008. He currently lives in Ballard with his wife and daughter.

Past Writers-in-Residence

Past Hugo House Writers-in-Residence 

2012-2013: Tara Hardy
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.)

2008-2010: Cienna Madrid & Storme Webber
2006-2008: Todd Faulkner & Cody Walker
2005-2006: Bryan Miller & Bob Redmond
2004-2005: James Arthur & Grant Cogswell
2003-2004: Brenda Bell & Brian Goedde