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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 Weekend Workshops run September–May. Scroll down to sign up for our Winter workshops. Spring workshops are listed now and will be open for registration on March 10.

Scribes Summer Creative Writing Camps for 5th through 12th graders are held July through August. Early Bird Registration is open now! Programming includes instruction from accomplished writers, field trips, writing activities, and exposure to a diverse range of styles and forms. Camp sessions take place at Hugo House and at our partner organizations the Henry Art Gallery, UW College of Built Environments, Northwest African American Museum, and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Camps are listed below.

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

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

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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: 02/29/2020

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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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

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

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

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

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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Self-Love Through Poetry

Breathe, meditate, and acknowledge yourself ! In this class we will write poetry that explores self-love and affirmations using all of our senses. We will also use breathing exercises and mindful meditation to ignite creativity and joy. We will create…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Naa Akua

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Start Date: 03/29/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: 1 session
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Naa Akua

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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Creature Building

Everyone loves a good monster—whether it’s an alien from the vast outreaches of space, the monster under your bed, or a creature from a rich fantasy world. But as an author, how do you create interesting and authentic creatures? In…

Grade: 6-8  |   Instructor: Lish McBride

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Start Date: 04/26/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: 1 session
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Wild Combinations: Experiments in Fiction

This workshop will serve as a writer’s laboratory for flash fiction or the beginnings of a longer story. We’ll read a few examples of innovative form, style, and/or plot, and we’ll ask what if: what if you told your detective…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

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Start Date: 05/03/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: 1 session
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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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Worlds of Your Own

In this class, we’ll make maps you wouldn’t find in a school atlas—like a map of your family’s history, or the map a raccoon might make of your neighborhood. Then we’ll build stories and poems to guide visitors and passers…

Grade: 6-8  |   Instructor: Arianne True

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Start Date: 05/17/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: 1 session
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Arianne True

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

Scribes will explore the elements of poetry and prose! Together with Samar and Shelby, Scribes will use creative writing to build and nourish rich internal worlds…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Samar Abulhassan and Shelby Handler

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Start Date: 07/06/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: Two Weeks

Samar Abulhassan and Shelby Handler

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.

Shelby Handler is a writer, organizer and educator living on Duwamish territory/Seattle, WA. A 2019-20 Hugo House fellow, their work has been supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Gay City Arts, Asylum Arts and the Yiddish Book Center. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins, Pacifica Literary Review, Homology Lit, 3Elements Review, glitterMOB and the Write Bloody anthology “We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival." Shelby is a teaching artist with SAL's Writers in the Schools, Arts Corps, Youth Speaks Seattle and Kadima Reconstructionist Synagogue. Follow them @shelbeleh.

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Audio/Visual Storytelling Scribes

Scribes will be immersed in the diverse art of storytelling. Together with Greg and Rachel, Scribes will engage dynamically with their senses and surroundings…

Grade: 7-8  |   Instructor: Greg Stump and Rachel Kessler

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Start Date: 07/13/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One week

Greg Stump and Rachel Kessler

Greg Stump is a longtime contributor to The Stranger and a former writer and editor for The Comics Journal. 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. His graphic novel Disillusioned Illusions was published in 2015 by Fantagraphics Books. 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.

Rachel Kessler explores landscape and community through writing and multi-disciplinary collaboration. Co-founder of Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, their book of collaborative poems, 100 Rooms, is forthcoming October 2019. She recently opened collective Wa Na Wari, a center for Black art in the CD, and is Artist-In-Residence at public housing project Yesler Terrace.

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Scribes at Northwest African American Museum

Scribes will be immersed in culture and history at the Northwest African American Museum, a vital Seattle institution, to explore elements of poetry and prose. Together with Daemond and Arianne…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Daemond Arrindell and Arianne True

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Start Date: 07/13/2020
Location: Northwest African American Museum
Duration: One week

Daemond Arrindell and Arianne True

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.

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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Scribes at Youngstown

Scribes is coming to West Seattle! Together with Karen and Sara, Scribes will use creative writing to build and nourish rich internal worlds…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock and Sara Brickman

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Start Date: 07/20/2020
Location: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Duration: Two weeks

Karen Finneyfrock and Sara Brickman

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.

Sara Brickman is a queer Jewish author, performer, and community organizer from Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and scholarships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, The Yiddish Book Center, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture, and more. She is a BOAAT Writers Fellow and the recipient of the Ken Warfel Fellowship for Poetry in Community. Sara’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Adriot, BOAAT, The Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, and the anthologies The Dead Animal Handbook and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea. Sara received her MFA from the University of Virginia, where she taught poetry and rhetoric, and currently teaches with Writers-in-the-Schools and other community arts organizations. She lives in Seattle with her partner and her cat Latke.

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Creative Writing Scribes

Scribes will explore the treasures of poetry and prose. Together with Sierra and Meredith, Scribes will engage dynamically with creative writing…

Grade: 7-8  |   Instructor: Sierra Nelson and Meredith Arena

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Start Date: 07/20/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: Two weeks

Sierra Nelson and Meredith Arena

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

Meredith Arena is a writer and interdisciplinary teaching artist from New York City with 18 years of teaching experience with youth ages 5-15, both in afterschool and school-day arts integration environments. She also conducts professional development for teachers in the area of arts integration. Meredith holds an BA in Cultural Studies, a BFA in photography and an MFA in Creative Writing. She creates and implements curricula that mix creative drama, movement, writing and visual arts. Her work with youth aims to cultivate self-confidence, compassion, joy, critical thinking, community and social justice. She wants her students to become aware of their inherent creativity and be able to access it when they most need it. She is currently an Arts Corps teaching artist in residence at Mt View Elementary school in White Center.

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Screenwriting Scribes

Screenwriting Scribes will provide teens with the opportunity to delve into the art of screenwriting: film, television, audio drama, and more…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 07/20/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One week

Peter Mountford

Peter Mountford’s novel A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism won 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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