We have changed our scholarship application process to make it more accessible and allow more students to apply. Applications for Winter 2022 are open through December 6.

Hugo House wants anyone interested in writing to have access to the writing classes they desire.

Adult Classes

Scholarship applications are evaluated by a group that considers a combination of your location, historic exclusion by literary institutions, financial need, and previous writing class experience. We especially encourage applications from BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other underrepresented voices.

We ask that you choose one class for your application. If you’re concerned about your class filling up, please apply as soon as possible. Your spot will be held in the class until after scholarship decisions are made. If we are not able to provide you with a scholarship this quarter, you will have the chance to register for the class at a discount and with a payment plan. Book Lab, Freelance Going Pro, the Writer’s Welcome Kit, and Yearlong classes are not available for scholarships.

We grant up to two scholarships per student each year.

For the application, we ask that you include contact and financial information. There are two optional demographic questions. We also ask:

  • What do you hope to learn or gain from this course?
  • Are there circumstances that affect your annual household income?
  • Have you participated in writing classes/programs before at Hugo House or similar writing institutions?
  • Are there factors which have limited your access to writing classes?

Applications for Winter 2022  are now closed. We will inform applicants about scholarship decisions on December 13th.

Applications for Spring 2022 will be open from February 8–March 14. 

Applications for Summer 2022 will be open from April 25–May 23. 

Applications for Fall 2022 will be open from July 18–August 22. 

If you have any questions, email or call (206) 322-7030. 

Financial Need

One question on our application is about financial need; we’ve included guidelines below. We know income does not tell the whole story, so if you’re going through something that affects your ability to pay for a class, please let us know and you will still be considered for a scholarship. We do not ask for proof of income.

Household Size – Household Income

1 – $51,040 | 2 – $68,960 | 3 – $86,880 | 4 – $104,800 | 5 – $122,720 | 6 – $158,560 | 7 – $176,480

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

We do accept donations directly to our adult class scholarship fund. To donate or to learn about this program, please email or call (206) 322-7030.  

Youth Classes

We hold camps and workshops for young writers in grades 5 through 12. If you are the parent of a writer who wants to take part in a summer camp, apply for a scholarship here. If you are the parent of a writer who wants to take part in a workshop, apply for a scholarship here.  

Free Programming

Did you know Hugo House offers lots of free programming?

  • Write With Hugo House: Free monthly drop-in writing circles presented in partnership with the Seattle Public Library. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these events are being held via Zoom.
  • Writers-in-Residence: Our writers-in-residence, Ruth Joffre and Jessica Mehta, are available for free consultations between September 15 and June 15.
  • Write-Ins: Weekly write-ins are hosted by teachers who give a mini-lesson or some writing prompts. Everyone writes during the hour, and sometimes there’s time set aside to share. Currently, we offer the Community Write-In. Look for it in our upcoming events (most of which are also free!).
  • Free classes and Q&As: Periodically, we add free classes and Q&As to our class catalog. This fall, we’ll have Ask a Lit Mag Editor with Boris Dralyuk; Storytelling for People of Color with Zain Shamoon. This winter, we’ll have API/AAPI Bad Girls Club with Jaimie Li; In Awe with Luther Hughes; El deseo: Construcción de personajes con Rosario López; Writing for Transformation with Nikkita Oliver. Keep an eye on the class catalog and our eNewsletter as we announce more.
  • Write at Home: This YouTube series offered free prompts and lessons from some of our most popular teachers. Watch them here.