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Scribes Writing Camps

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Calling all teens! Do you like to write? Have you dreamed of publishing your own novel, short story, poem, or play? Maybe you have journals filled with work you want to refine and share? Whether you’re just starting to explore the world of creative writing or looking to learn new forms and skills, Scribes Writing Camps will introduce you to the writing life and inspire your creativity.   

 

Find your people at Scribes. For more than 20 years, Scribes has been the hub where young writers from diverse backgrounds are able to find community, voice, and high-quality arts instruction.

Scribes camps are open to middle- and high-school students at all levels of writing experience. Programming includes instruction from accomplished writers, field trips, writing activities, craft exercises, and exposure to a diverse range of genres, forms, and writers.

Camp sessions take place at Hugo House and at our partner organizations MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry), the Henry Art Gallery the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, and the Bureau of Fearless Ideas.


Scribes Writing Camps 2019

Early Bird Registration opens February 12. General Registration opens April 2.

Note: The grades listed for each camp refer to the grade into which the student is entering in Fall 2019.

Questions? Read the Scribes FAQ or email youth@hugohouse.org.

Scholarships are available!

Please apply here.

 


Scribes at the Henry

Scribes will be surrounded by the labyrinth of artistic treasures the Henry Art Gallery has to offer. Together with Greg and Samar, Scribes will engage dynamically with a wide range of creative writing and participate in quality programming that includes…

Grade: 7-12  |   Instructor: Greg Stump and Samar Albulhassan

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Start Date: 08/05/2019
Location: Henry Art Gallery/Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Duration: Two Weeks
This class is full

Greg Stump and Samar Albulhassan

Samar Abulhassan holds an MFA. from Colorado State University and has worked as a teaching artist for a decade, for Seattle Arts and Lectures' WITS Program, Hugo House, Jack Straw, and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of multiple chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple. She received a 2016 CityArtist grant to complete a novel-in-poems, reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet ignited while exploring Pike Place Market and Seattle’s waterfront.

Greg Stump was a regular contributor for more than a decade to The Comics Journal (as a journalist and critic) and The Stranger (as a cartoonist and illustrator). His work in comics includes the weekly strip Dwarf Attack and the comic book series Urban Hipster, a co-creation with David Lasky that was nominated for a Harvey and Ignatz award. Most recently, Fantagraphics released his graphic novel debut Disillusioned Illusions in 2015 through the publisher's FU Press imprint. An adjunct lecturer at Seattle University and a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts & Lectures, he has been teaching comics to students of all ages for close to two decades.

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Sci-Fi Scribes

Scribes will explore the craft of Science Fiction, using Hugo House as a home base as their minds journey to new worlds. Together with Nisi, Scribes will engage dynamically with creative writing and participate in quality programming that includes arts-driven…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Nisi Shawl

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Start Date: 08/05/2019
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One Week
5 seats available

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl wrote the Nebula finalist Everfair, and co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, a standard text on inclusive representation. She co-edited the anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler.

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Middle School Scribes

Scribes will explore the treasures of poetry and prose. Together with JP and Arlene, Scribes will engage dynamically with creative writing and participate in quality programming that includes arts-driven field trips, writing activities, craft exercises, and exposure to a diverse…

Grade: 6-8  |   Instructor: JP Kemmick and Arlene Naganawa

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Start Date: 08/05/2019
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One Week
This class is full

JP Kemmick and Arlene Naganawa

Arlene Naganawa works with high school and middle school writers in poetry, fiction, and academic writing. Arlene's work appears in such journals as Crab Orchard Review, Crab Creek Review, Pontoon, Calyx, All the Sins, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Caketrain, and others. Her poems have been featured on Poetry on Buses and in Washington 129, an anthology of Washington State poets curated by Tod Marshall. She is the author of three chapbooks and is currently part of the Pongo Publishing Teen Writing team and a Writing and Critical Thinking instructor with Minds Matter Seattle, a nonprofit organization that helps high school students from low income families to prepare for success in college.

JP Kemmick grew up in Billings, Montana. He has been working as a youth writing mentor across the Northwest for over a decade. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Montana and is currently at work on a novel about love, cults, and tunneling to the center of the planet. When not writing and reading, he's usually on a bike.

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