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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. This camp will take place online using Zoom and Google Classroom.

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 writer, organizer and educator living on Duwamish territory/Seattle, WA. A 2019-20 Hugo House fellow, their work has been supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Gay City Arts, Asylum Arts and the Yiddish Book Center. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins, Pacifica Literary Review, Homology Lit, 3Elements Review, glitterMOB and the Write Bloody anthology “We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival." Shelby is a teaching artist with SAL's Writers in the Schools, Arts Corps, Youth Speaks Seattle and Kadima Reconstructionist Synagogue. Follow them @shelbeleh.

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