Teen Program Overview

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 Sarah Leon at sarahleon@hugohouse.orgInterested in joining Hugo House youth programs as an instructor? Email Sarah Leon.

Youth programs are supported, in part, by: Amazon.com, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, The Maurer Family Foundation, Umpqua Bank

 

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Write Time

Write Time Poetry is a weekly drop-in writing circle facilitated by writer and teacher Karen Finneyfrock, with occasional guest instructors.

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Youth Leadership Board

The YLB is composed of 4 to 8 teens who have a passion for writing and an eye for organization and planning. Board members help shape Hugo House youth programs.

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Stage Fright

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!

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Scribes

Scribes is an intensive two-week summer writing program for middle and high school students. Scribes students experience acclaimed guests, unique field trips, hands-on projects, and inspiring writing prompts.

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Spoken Word Camp

In this 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, and meet established performance poets.

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Field Trips

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.

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Young Writers Mentorship Program

YWMP supports young writers by offering mentorship throughout the school year with an accomplished adult mentor to develop their writer’s voice, get serious feedback on their work, and nurture their writing.

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