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Writing Circle/Write-In

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  • Date: January 11
  • Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm PT
  • Location: Zoom: Point No Point

Just Write!

If you are a middle school student who loves creative writing, join us at Just Write! A free monthly drop-in writing circle where young writers can acquire new skills, experiment with a variety of genres, and meet other young writers, too! All Just Write! sessions are facilitated by a published writer and experienced youth educator. 


Just Write! sessions take place on the first or second Wednesday of each month from 5:00-6:00 pm PT on Zoom throughout the school year. Please note that this is a program for YOUTH ONLY! Because this program involves youth, we require that all participants who join via Zoom start the hour with their cameras on so that Hugo House instructors can verify the identity of attendees. If you don’t verify your identity when asked by the instructor, we reserve the right to remove you from the Zoom meeting. 


Please include accommodation requests upon registration at least 72 hours in advance. If you have questions, please email 

Samar Abulhassan

Samar Abulhassan

Samar Abulhassan is a Jack Straw Writer and holds an M.F.A. from Colorado State University. She’s worked in California public schools for seven years. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of six chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple. Samar has worked with Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools since 2008. Samar also recently participated in the 2018 Skagit River Poetry Festival. In 2016, Samar received a CityArtist grant to aid in completing a novel-in-poems reflecting on memory, longing, and the Arabic alphabet. Samar often finds inspiration in images and places and replicates these techniques in her teaching. She has explored Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront, both of which influenced her work.