Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

  • Term: Summer 2022
  • Start Date: July 11, 2022
  • End Date: July 15, 2022
  • Day of Week: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Youth
  • Location: In Person
  • Availability: Yes

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Creative Writing Scribes with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, 5-6th grade

In this camp, a partnership between Hugo House and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, students will experiment in a wide variety of prose and poetry, utilizing materials & information from the Burke Museum to inspire their creative writing. Students will examine works from carefully curated authors and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and artistic experiences designed to ignite their imaginations and hone their writing skills. Camp sessions will be facilitated by two local teaching artists: Sara Brickman is a published writer and educator and Matt Gano is a published poet, performer, and educator, alongside guest educators from the Burke Museum.

This camp is for students entering 5th & 6th grade in Fall 2022 and will take place in-person at the Burke Museum. Be sure to read the Burke Museum's Covid safety policies before registering for this camp. Scholarships are available by application. Questions? Please email

*Note – all Scribes Summer camps are in Pacific Standard Time

Matt Gano

Matt Gano


Matt Gano is a Seattle based poet, MC, and Teaching Artist currently writing, recording, and performing as, "ENTENDRES." He is the author of Suits for the Swarm, a poetry collection from MoonPath Press, co-founder of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program, and was the principle bricklayer/Program Director of Abbey Arts' NEXT STAGE program—a career training program for emerging artists. He works as a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts and Lectures: Writers in the Schools program, and as a guest teaching artist for the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Gano made waves nationally as a spoken word poet and Slam champion in the early 2000’s while representing Seattle multiple years at the National Poetry Slam. With a voice rooted in and born of 90’s hiphop, Gano studied and built his craft in a rising era of the Seattle poetry and hiphop scene. Performing and writing alongside poets, Anis Mojgani, Buddy Wakefield, Tara Hardy, Iyeoka Okoawo, and many others, he completed multiple tours across the United States as a featured artist performing poetry on some of the world’s most legendary stages.

Sara Brickman

Sara Brickman


Sara Brickman is a queer Jewish writer and performer from Ann Arbor, MI, invested in liberatory futures and reckoning with ghosts. Their work investigates trauma, diaspora, gender and memory.  A senior teaching artist with the Writer in the Schools Program and the winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize for poetry of witness, Sara's recent poems and essays have appeared in Narrative, The Indiana Review, Adroit, Ghosts of Seattle Past, BOAAT, and Muzzle Magazine. They are a Lambda Literary Emerging Artists Fellow, and have received grants and fellowships from The Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Bloedel Reserve. 

As a performer, Sara has appeared at the Individual World Poetry Slam finals, and represented Seattle on 5 National Poetry Slam teams. Their interactive work "A Ritual for Suturing Ghosts" was part of On The Boards' Performance Lab in 2020. They are currently at work on a memoir about alternate universes, trans identity, confederate statues, and collective organizing in Charlottesville, Virginia during the white-nationalist rallies of 2017. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in the unceded Duwamish territory of Seattle, where they teach writing to youth and adults and rear a cat named Latke.