Scribes Writing Camps

Photo by Kino McFarland

Photo by Kino McFarland

Scribes summer writing camps provides an opportunity for middle school and high school aged writers to engage intensely with creative writing and to participate in quality programming that includes instruction from accomplished writers, field trips to such places as Kubota Garden and Seattle Art Museum, writing activities, craft exercises, and exposure to a diverse range of genres, forms, and writers.

2016 Dates and Locations: 5 Camp Sessions (locations TBD)

Scribes 2016 Location Brainstorm

For summer 2016, Hugo House will be holding five Scribes writing camp sessions throughout Seattle. We're looking for vibrant and interesting spaces where young writers will find inspiration. We'd love your feedback about where you'd like to see a Scribes session held. Please let us know your ideas!

Sessions: For summer 2015, in response to the growing demand and the need for increased access, we expanded Scribes from three to five camp sessions, holding a speculative writing-focused session at EMP Museum and a traditional Scribes session at Rainier Valley Cultural Center.

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.

Format: Each session is composed of 20 students, two instructors, and two interns. Class runs 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Community readings are held at the end of each session on Thursday evening. Student work will be published online on our soon-to-be-launched Young Writers Blog.

Tuition: With the exception of Scribes at EMP, all camps have a tuition of $700. Scribes at EMP is $650.

Financial Aid: Need-based scholarships and payment plans are available.

Application Process: Scribes students are accepted on the basis of their written application and writing sample.We are looking for students who are excited about writing, who are able to talk about their writing process and challenges, and who are ready to be contributing members of a creative literary environment.

Application Season: Scribes 2016 Application opens mid January 2016. Acceptances are rolling.


Summer 2015:

2015 Sessions:

  • Scribes at EMP Museum (for students completing 8th-12th grades) – July 6-July 17, 2015 
  • Session I at Hugo House (for students completing 7th-8th grades) – July 13 -24, 2015
  • Session II at Hugo House (for students completing 9th-12th grades) – July 27- August 7, 2015 
  • Session III at Hugo House (for students completing 9th-12th grades) – August 10-21, 2015 
  • Scribes at Rainier Valley Cultural Center (for students completing 9th-12th grades) – July 27-August 7, 2015

2015 Instructors: Peter Mountford, Karen Finneyfrock, Emily Bedard, Kevin Emerson, Sierra Nelson, Alice Bolin, Rachel Kessler, Jane Wong, Malcolm Friend, and Emma Torzs.

2015 Need-Based Scholarships: $10,000 awarded