Youth Workshops & Scribes Summer Camps

Whether you are just starting to explore your written voice or are looking to learn new skills and forms of writing, Youth Workshops and Scribes Summer Camps will inspire creativity and nurture your writing life! 


During Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, Hugo House offers new workshops for youth grades 5–12 to grow and develop as writers in a safe and nurturing environment. Our instructors—all accomplished writers, out-of-the-box thinkers, and experienced educators—create fun, engaging sessions to keep you writing and connecting with othersClasses are offered in a variety of writing genres, so that writers can explore new forms of writing and/or practice their favorites! To look through workshops only, select “Youth Workshop” in the Course Filter below.

Scribes Summer Camps provide young writers the opportunity to extend and build upon how they’ve grown in these workshops – students participate in week-long, all-day camps in which they can focus on, dig deep into, and nurture their inner writer. Students work alongside instructors who are published writers and educators themselves, as well as guest teaching artists – members of the local writing community who offer additional expertise and perspective to help students improve their writing! To find out if a specific camp will be hosted online or in-person, be sure to read the camp’s ‘location’. Camp age distinctions are for students who are entering those grades in Fall 2021. Check out our Scribes FAQ page to help answer any further questions you may have about Scribes Summer Camps!

To make our programs more accessible for all youth, registration is scaled at 30%–60%–90%–100% so that families choose to pay what they can. If you have any questions, or would like to make a donation for another student to attend, please call 206-322-7030 or email youth@hugohouse.org. 

Scholarships

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Comics and Graphic Novels Scribes, 5-6th grade

Students will expand their creative writing repertoire by exploring storytelling in graphic form, studying topics like memoir, expression, mood, and character. Students will read a wide variety of work from carefully curated authors and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and experiences…

Grade: 5-6  |   Instructor: Greg Stump

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Start Date: 08/02/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week

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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Creative Writing Scribes, 7-8th 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…

Grade: 7-8  |   Instructor: JP Kemmick & Karen Finneyfrock

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Start Date: 08/02/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week
This class is full

JP Kemmick & Karen Finneyfrock

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.

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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Poetry Scribes, 9-12th grade

Students will delve into the craft of poetry, immersing themselves in diverse forms of written expression and learning poetic techniques. Students will read a wide variety of work from carefully curated poets and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and experiences…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Daemond Arrindell & Shelby Handler

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Start Date: 08/02/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week

Daemond Arrindell & Shelby Handler

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.

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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Creative Writing Scribes, 5-6th 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…

Grade: 5-6  |   Instructor: Samar Abulhassan & Jay Thompson

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Start Date: 08/09/2021
Location: In-person
Duration: 1 week

Samar Abulhassan & Jay Thompson

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.

Jay Aquinas Thompson (he/they) is a poet, essayist, memoirist, and teacher with recent work in Pacifica Literary Review, FIVES, Passages North, Jubilat, Tammy, COAST | NoCOAST, Full Stop, and Poetry Northwest, where they're a contributing editor. They're a 2021 Tin House Writers' Workshop alum and have been awarded grants and fellowships from the Community of Writers, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and King County 4Culture. They're at work on a memoir, The Resurrection Appearances, a poetic account of a grief year-- told in lists, poems, meditations, and observations from nature-- following their mother's death from complications due to A.L.S. They live with their child in Washington state, where they teach creative writing to public school students and incarcerated women.

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Poetry Scribes, 7-8th grade

Students will delve into the craft of poetry, immersing themselves in diverse forms of written expression and learning poetic techniques. Students will read a wide variety of work from carefully curated poets and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and experiences designed to inspire their…

Grade: 7-8  |   Instructor: Sierra Nelson & Arianne True

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Start Date: 08/09/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week

Sierra Nelson & Arianne True

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

Arianne True (Choctaw, Chickasaw) is a queer poet and folk artist from Seattle. Besides the Hugo House, Arianne has taught and mentored with Writers in the Schools (WITS) and YouthSpeaks Seattle, and is a proud alum of Hedgebrook and of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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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…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock & Shelby Handler

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Start Date: 08/09/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week
This class is full

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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