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Scribes Workshops & Writing Camps

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 Workshops and Writing Camps will introduce you to the writing life and inspire your creativity.   


Scribes Youth Workshops

Workshops run September–May and are held on weekends at Hugo House. Registration for Winter workshops opens December 10, 2019, at 10:30 am. 

Hugo House’s Youth Workshops give middle- and high-school students the space to engage deeply with the written word in fresh and exciting ways. Alongside professional writers and like-minded peers, young people discover new genres, develop essential skills, and unlock their creative voice.

The fee for each workshop is a flat rate of $60 per person.

Questions? Email youth@hugohouse.org.


Scribes Writing Camps 2020

Scribes camps run in July and August. Early Bird Registration opens February 4. General registration opens March 31.

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 organization the Henry Art Gallery / the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.

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.

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Drawing Out the Ghosts: Magical Realism in Flash Fiction

A school where the teachers are three hundred years old, a lake at summer camp infested with Nixies — does your creative mind see magic everywhere? In this workshop we will write very short pieces (flash fiction) in which the…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock

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Start Date: 02/01/2020
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Karen Finneyfrock

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.

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Visual Poetics: Black-Out, Cut-Up, Collage, Careen

Borrowing from visual art, performance art, and collaborative techniques, this generative poetry class offers innovative prompts to spark new writing and fun ways to expand your poetry toolbox. Finding inspiration in diverse sources, including erasures by Mary Ruefle and Jen…

Grade: 6-8  |   Instructor: Sierra Nelson

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Start Date: 02/08/2020
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Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com

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Creation Stories: Between Stardust and Earth

We will dive into the world of the night sky by learning about the major constellations and the stories that our ancient ancestors told. We will read creation stories from different cultures around the world. Through exploring these myths and…

Grade: 6-8  |   Instructor: Giselle Castaño

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Start Date: 02/29/2020
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Giselle Castaño

Giselle Castaño is an educator and astrologer. Giselle has been teaching reading, writing and history since 2007 in many different settings including public, private, and charter schools.

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Intro to Comics and Graphic Novels

Students will learn the basics of character creation and visual storytelling, making two comics in the process (one fictional/imaginative, and one autobiographical). Topics covered include symbols, expressions, word/picture relationships, and drawing people. We’ll look at work by artists like Jim…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Greg Stump

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Start Date: 03/07/2020
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Greg Stump

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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DIY Publishing Lab

This class is a crash course in gathering creative work (yours and/or other people’s) and putting it out into the world. We’ll do some hands-on exploration of excellent old-school methods (zines and more!); consider what lessons we can learn from…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

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Start Date: 03/15/2020
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Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Breathing Fire

Spoken Word is the melding of the craft of powerful writing and the art of performance. Learn how to take a piece of writing and bring it to life onstage in your own style, as well as how to use…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Daemond Arrindell

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Start Date: 03/28/2020
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Daemond Arrindell

Daemond Arrindell is a writer and teaching artist. Adjunct Faculty at Seattle University and Cornish College for the Arts; a 2013 Jack Straw Writer; and a 2014 VONA/Voices Writer’s Workshop fellow.
He has performed across the country and has been repeatedly commissioned by Seattle and Bellevue Arts Museums.

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