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Creative Writing Scribes, 9-12th grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their creative writing abilities by experimenting in a wide variety of prose and poetry. Students will examine works from carefully curated authors and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and artistic experiences designed to inspire their imaginations. This camp will be facilitated by two local artists: Karen Finneyfrock is a poet, novelist, and educator, and Shelby Handler is a published writer and educator; it will also feature guest teaching artists. The week will culminate with a reading of student work and the option for students to contribute a chosen piece to a digital anthology of their work. 

This camp is for students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2021 and will take place online using Zoom and Google Classroom. All camps will break for lunch from 12-1pm each day.

Scholarships are available by application. Questions? Please email keliko@hugohouse.org.

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

Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock & Shelby Handler

Grade: 9-12

Location: Online

Duration: 1 week

Term: Scribes 2021

Start Date: 08/09/2021

End Date: 08/13/2021

Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Karen Finneyfrock & Shelby Handler

Karen Finneyfrock's debut young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, was published by Viking Children’s Books in 2013. Her second book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, was released on Write Bloody press in 2010. She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. A member of four National Poetry Slam Teams, Karen traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State to perform and teach poetry and in 2011, she did a reading tour in Germany sponsored by the US Embassy.

Shelby Handler is a queer ashkenazi writer, organizer, performer and educator living in Seattle on Dxʷdəwʔabš (Duwamish) and unceded Coast Salish land. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, PANK Magazine, Sugar House Review, The Journal, Gigantic Sequins and the Write Bloody anthology “We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival”, among others. Shelby was nominated for the 2020 Best of the Net and was a finalist for Palette Poetry’s Emerging Poet Prize, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. Shelby has received fellowships and grants from the Richard Hugo House, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Gay City Arts, Asylum Arts and the Yiddish Book Center. They are a founding member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artists and Cultural Workers Council and a reader for PANK Magazine. Shelby has worked as a teaching artist for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers in the Schools, Youth Speaks Seattle and Kadima Reconstructionist Synagogue. Currently, they are an MFA candidate at the University of Washington.

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