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Meet the 2019 Scribes Instructors: Corinne Manning and Karen Finneyfrock at Hugo House

Posted Thu, 6/13/2019 - 8:57am by  |  Category: ,

Find your voice in Creative Writing Scribes

Since 1998, Scribes Writing Camps have been a hub for young writers in the Seattle area, offering an opportunity to find their community, learn from accomplished writers, and further their love of reading and writing.

Creative Writing Scribes introduces students of all levels to the elements of poetry and prose. Throughout this two-week camp, students will explore creative writing through arts-driven field trips, in-class activities, craft exercises, and exposure to a diverse range of genres, forms, and writers. The session will culminate in a community reading where students can share their work with their friends and families.

This camp takes place at Hugo House and runs July 8 – 19.

Creative Writing Scribes is led by Corinne Manning and Karen Finneyfrock. Meet them and learn why they’re excited for Scribes below.


Corinne Manning

Quick! Favorite word, right now.

rapture

A book or writer you wish you’d known about when you were 15 OR a book you wish had been around when you were 15:

James Baldwin’s novels changed my life when I was 19 but everything would have been different if I had the chance to read him at 15. 

I knew I was going to be a writer when…

I’d been writing since I was six, but it was around the time I was 15, when my best friend and I were talking about the things we loved. She announced she wanted to be a painter. I felt sad and said I didn’t know what I wanted to be. And she said, “that’s not true, you’re a writer.” And I believed her. 

Describe Scribes in five words.

Silly, exciting, otherworldly, tender

What are you most looking forward to about teaching at Hugo House?

I’m here for the opportunity for connection and for the experience of joy and surprise that comes from all of us being together for two weeks, our imaginations running wild. 


Karen Finneyfrock

Quick! Favorite word, right now.

pet·ri·chor

/ˈpeˌtrīkôr/

noun

noun: petrichor

  1. a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

A book or writer you wish you’d known about when you were 15 OR a book you wish had been around when you were 15:

Shrill by Lindy West would have made my life better in countless ways.

I knew I was going to be a writer when… 

My mom caught me reading under the blanket with a flashlight. 

Describe Scribes in five words.

summer campy, heart-opening, pro-intellectual, exploratory, deep-diving

What are you most looking forward to about teaching at Hugo House?

New field trip potential at the new Hugo House. 


Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing interviews with some of the 2019 Scribes Summer Camp instructors to learn more about their literary style and why they’re excited for this year’s camps. For more information on the camps and to register, visit the Scribes page.