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Scribes Workshops & Writing Camps

Calling all teens! 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 Summer Creative Writing Camps for 5th through 12th graders are held July through August.  

Due to the current public health concerns around COVID-19, we have moved summer Scribes camps online. Sessions will be held using a combination of Zoom and Google Classroom, with small group conversations and some off-screen activities. Our instructors—all accomplished writers, out-of-the-box thinkers, and experienced teachers—will create fun, engaging sessions to keep you writing and connecting despite our distance.  

We know that being a teenager stuck at home right now is hard. To help make Scribes more accessible this summer, tuition will be pay-what-you-can. Full scholarships are also available by application. 

If you’d like to pay on the sliding scale, or make a donation for another student to attend Scribes, please call 206-322-7030 or email youth@hugohouse.org to register.  

The grades listed for each camp refer to the grade into which the student is entering in Fall 2020. Questions? Check out the Scribes FAQ, call 206-322-7030 or email youth@hugohouse.org 

The grades listed for each camp refer to the grade into which the student is entering in Fall 2020.

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Creative Writing Scribes GRADES 7-8

Explore the treasures of poetry and prose with instructors JP and Arianne!

Grade: 7-8  |   Instructor: JP Kemmick and Arianne True

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Start Date: 08/10/2020
Location: ONLINE
Duration: One week
This class is full

JP Kemmick and Arianne True

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.

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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Poetry Scribes GRADES 9-12

Explore the craft of poetry in this week-long Scribes session.

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Sierra Nelson and Naa Akua

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Start Date: 08/10/2020
Location: ONLINE
Duration: One week
This class is full

Sierra Nelson and Naa Akua

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

Naa Akua is a 2019 Citizen University Poet-in-Residence, queer poet, emcee, and Gregory Award winning actor. They are a WITS writer-in-residence at Franklin High School and co-facilitator for Young Women Empowered Y-WE Lead mentoring program.

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