Teach at Hugo House

Thanks for your interest in teaching at Hugo House. Our teachers are contracted for individual classes; we do not have faculty. We have a strong pool of teachers, and we are always interested in finding the best creative-writing instructors in the Seattle area. To apply to teach at the House, please familiarize yourself with our class offerings. Then submit the following:

  • 1-2 page CV
  • a 1 page statement of your teaching philosophy and how you’ll apply it at Hugo House
  • two sample course descriptions (no more than a page each) modelled after our online course catalog.

Please send materials in a single Word or PDF document via email to laurascott@hugohouse.org. Once you have submitted your application, you should hear back from us within six weeks.

Hiring, Course Selection, & Logistical Information

When hiring teachers, we consider a combination of prior teaching experience, publication history, strength of teaching evaluations from either the House or other institutions, strength of the submitted teaching philosophy, and active engagement in the literary world. In selecting courses, we are looking for a fit with our current curricular needs including a balance of genre, skill level required of the students, and platform (such as workshop, generative, reading).

  • Multi-week classes may be scheduled Monday-Thursdays in the evenings and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • One-day classes are generally four hours and meet on Saturday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. We occasionally run longer one-day workshops on Sundays or two-day seminars, depending on space availability. If you would like to propose this type of class, please provide dates and times you would like to teach.
  • All classes are held at Hugo House (unless off-site resources are an integral class component.)
  • Generally, class limits are set at a maximum of 15 and a minimum of 5. If fewer than five students register for a class, it will be cancelled.
  • Pay rate for multi-week classes is $9.50 per teaching hour, per student. For one day classes, it’s $9.10 per teaching hour, per student.