Meet the 2017 Scribes Instructors: Roberto Ascalon & Sierra Nelson at MOHAI

Posted Fri, 3/17/2017 - 11:41am by  |  Category: , ,

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be highlighting our Scribes instructors to learn more about their literary style and what they have in store for the next batch of young writers at our two-week immersive writing camps for teens. For more information on the camps and to register, visit the Scribes page.

Last year, we were excited to begin a new partnership with the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) for a session of Scribes that culminated in a community reading on a boat in Lake Union

This year, we continue the partnership for Scribes 2017 with returning instructors Roberto Ascalon and Sierra Nelson.

I love the tactile approach of the MOHAI exhibits: perfect for delving deeper into sensory details in our writing, as well as just being fun to play with and for sparking new ideas,” writes Sierra. “I’m looking forward to our field trips beyond the museum too—getting to know the city, and ourselves, in a new way, through a fresh creative lens.”

Get to know more about Roberto and Sierra in four questions below, and learn about their Scribes session here.

Roberto Ascalon

Roberto Ascalon

Quick! Favorite word, right now: Blush

A book or writer you wish you’d know about when you were 15: I wish I had known about Anis Mojgani and Sherman Alexie. If they’d been writing when I was young I would have fallen in love with poetry so much sooner.

I knew I was going to be a writer when: I “accidentally” did a spontaneous performance art / spoken word piece during a late night college open mic in 1992. My first real performance… and one of my best ever.

Describe Scribes in five words: write lovely write lovely write

Sierra Nelson

Quick! Favorite word, right now: Mollusk (so many fun sounds—a squishy start with a shell at the end).

A book or writer you wish you’d known about when you were 15: salt. by Nayyirah Waheed

I knew I was going to be a writer when: …the words came out and I felt something unexpected shift.

Describe Scribes in five words: Fun, inspiring, surprising, supportive, life-changing.