Scribes Writing Camps

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Have you ever dreamed of writing your own novel, short story, poem, or play? Maybe you have journals filled with writing you want to refine and share? Whether you’re just starting to explore the possibilities of creative writing or looking to learn about new forms and skills, Scribes Writing Camps will introduce you to the writing life and inspire your creative side.   

Since its launch in 1998, Scribes has not just been a place where young people receive high-quality arts instruction, but has been the hub where young writers from diverse backgrounds are able to find community and voice.

Scribes camps are open to middle- and high-school students of 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 Henry Art Gallery and MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry).


Scribes 2018

Note: The grades listed for each camp refer to the grade into which the student is entering in Fall 2018.

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

Scholarships are available!

Please apply here.

 


Scribes at Hugo House Session I (Two Weeks)

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 range of genres, forms, and writers. The session will culminate in a community reading where…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Erich Schweikher and Arlene Naganawa

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Start Date: 07/09/2018
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Erich Schweikher and Arlene Naganawa

Erich Schweikher recently returned to Seattle after seven years of teaching and writing in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the co-founder and editor of the annual poetry/poetics journal Northside Review. (He finds that it is often more enjoyable to publish others’ work than write his own.) His poems and essays have appeared in Hawai’i Pacific Review, Action Yes, and 42opus, among others. Born and raised in Arizona, he has always had a fondness for the sea. He still dreams of being a tugboat captain.

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.

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Scribes at Hugo House Session II (One Week)

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 range of genres, forms, and writers. The session will culminate in a community reading where…

Grade: 7-8  |   Instructor: Emily Bedard and Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 07/09/2018
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Emily Bedard and Peter Mountford

Emily Bedard holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana. She has taught for the Henry Art Gallery, Hugo House, and Writers in the Schools. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Raven Chronicles, The Seattle Review of Books, The Indiana Review, Swivel, and elsewhere. Bedard lives in Seattle with her husband, two kids, and rescue dog who might actually be a deer crossed with a bird.

Peter Mountford is the author of A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism, winner of a 2012 Washington State Book Award. His second novel, The Dismal Science, was published in February, 2014. A former Hugo House writer-in-residence, Peter is currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada College's low residency MFA program.

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Scribes at Hugo House Session III (Two Weeks)

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 range of genres, forms, and writers. The session will culminate in a community reading where…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Anastacia Renee and Rachel Kessler

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Start Date: 07/16/2018

Anastacia Renee and Rachel Kessler

Anastacia-Renee is Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-17 poet-in-residence at Hugo House. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator, and multivalent performance artist. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.) (Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry, prose, and fiction are published widely.

Rachel Kessler is a founding member of the Typing Explosion, Vis-à-vis Society, and LOCCAL (League Of Citizens Concerned About Literature). As a teaching artist she works with homeless adults, people in recovery, youth in detention, and serves in the Writer in the Schools program. Her work and collaborations have appeared in The Stranger, The Open Daybook, Poetry Northwest, The Monarch Review, The Far Field, Tin House, TATE, and USA Today. The Frye Art Museum and the Bellevue Art Museum have featured her collaborative installations. Her literary performances have premiered at The Bowery Poetry Club and the Poet’s House through the New York Public Library, the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Arizona Poetry Center, and all across the US and Canada, as well as during the 50th Venice Biennale.

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Scribes at Hugo House Session IV (One Week)

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 range of genres, forms, and writers. The session will culminate in a community reading where…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Michelle Penaloza and Roberto Ascalon

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Start Date: 07/23/2018

Michelle Penaloza and Roberto Ascalon

Roberto Ascalon is a poet, writer, arts educator, and spoken-word performance artist who lives in the historic Youngstown/Cooper School in West Seattle. The recent recipient of the 2013 Rattle Poetry Prize, Ascalon has taught at Nova High School and participated in Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the Schools program. He currently works as a teaching artist and mentor for Arts Corps, Youth Speaks Seattle, and the Service Board.

Michelle Peñaloza's poetry has appeared in the New England Review, The Asian American Literary Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. Born in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, she currently lives in Seattle. She is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Hugo House, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

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Scribes at MOHAI (Two Weeks)

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 range of genres, forms, and writers. The session will culminate in a community reading where…

Grade: 7-12  |   Instructor: Erich Schweikher and Sierra Nelson

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Start Date: 07/23/2018
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Erich Schweikher and Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson (Typing Explosion, Vis-à-Vis Society), poet, performer, and text-based artist, is author of I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal) and the chapbook In Case of Loss. She holds an MFA from UW and is a MacDowell Colony Fellow. She teaches in Seattle, Friday Harbor, and Rome, Italy.

Erich Schweikher recently returned to Seattle after seven years of teaching and writing in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the co-founder and editor of the annual poetry/poetics journal Northside Review. (He finds that it is often more enjoyable to publish others’ work than write his own.) His poems and essays have appeared in Hawai’i Pacific Review, Action Yes, and 42opus, among others. Born and raised in Arizona, he has always had a fondness for the sea. He still dreams of being a tugboat captain.

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Scribes at The Henry (Two Weeks)

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 range of genres, forms, and writers. The session will culminate in a community reading…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock and Jane Wong

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Start Date: 08/06/2018
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Karen Finneyfrock and Jane Wong

Karen Finneyfrock is the author of the young adult novel The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door (Viking Children’s Books, 2013). Her second book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, was released on Write Bloody press in 2010. She is a former Hugo House writer-in-residence 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.

Jane Wong's poems can be found in anthologies and journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Best New Poets 2012, Pleiades, Hayden's Ferry Review, Third Coast, and others. Awarded The American Poetry Review's 2016 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, she is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Kundiman, the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Squaw Valley, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Along with three chapbooks, she is the author of Overpour (Action Books). She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

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Advanced Scribes at Hugo House Session VI (Two Weeks)

We are excited to now offer a Scribes session for students who identify as having advanced skills. This session is appropriate for students who’ve participated in our Young Writers Cohort, in previous Scribes sessions, or those who have a strong…

Grade: 10-12  |   Instructor: Quenton Baker and Emma Törzs

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Start Date: 08/06/2018

Quenton Baker and Emma Törzs

Quenton Baker is a poet and teacher. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in anthologies such as Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters and It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. He has a chapbook, Diglossic in the Second America from Punch Press, and is the author of This Glittering Republic (Willow Books). He has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Southern Maine, and he writes poetry reviews for Poet by Poet.

Emma Törzs is based in Minneapolis. She is the recipient of a 2015 O. Henry award, and her stories have appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, Narrative, the Cincinnati Review, and Salt Hill, among others.

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Scribes at Hugo House Session VII (One Week)

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 range of genres, forms, and writers. The session will culminate in a community reading…

Grade: 6-8  |   Instructor: JP Kemmick and Samar Abulhassan

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Start Date: 08/06/2018

JP Kemmick and Samar Abulhassan

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.

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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