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Scribes Writing Camps

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

 

Find your people at Scribes. For more than 20 years, Scribes has been the hub where young writers from diverse backgrounds are able to find community, voice, and high-quality arts instruction.

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 organizations MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry), the Henry Art Gallery the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, and the Bureau of Fearless Ideas.


Scribes Writing Camps 2019

Early Bird Registration opens February 12. General Registration opens April 2.

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.

 


Scribes at MOHAI

Scribes will explore the elements of poetry and prose at the Museum of History and Industry! Scribes will use dynamic creative writing and imagination to build rich, internal worlds while engaging one another in a fun, summer camp atmosphere. Together…

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

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Start Date: 07/22/2019
Location: MOHAI
Duration: Two Weeks
3 seats available

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

Scribes will be surrounded by the labyrinth of artistic treasures the Henry Art Gallery has to offer. Together with Greg and Samar, Scribes will engage dynamically with a wide range of creative writing and participate in quality programming that includes…

Grade: 7-12  |   Instructor: Greg Stump and Samar Albulhassan

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Start Date: 08/05/2019
Location: Henry Art Gallery/Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Duration: Two Weeks
2 seats available

Greg Stump and Samar Albulhassan

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.

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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Middle School Scribes with BFI

Hugo House is excited to now offer a Scribe Camp in partnership with the Bureau of Fearless Ideas! Scribes will explore the treasures of poetry and prose. Together with Roberto and Rachel, scribes will engage dynamically with creative writing and…

Grade: 6-8  |   Instructor: Rachel Kessler and Roberto Ascalon

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Start Date: 07/22/2019
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One Week
2 seats available

Rachel Kessler and Roberto Ascalon

Roberto Ascalon is a poet, writer, arts educator, and spoken-word performance artist. Roberto uses his love for the craft of poetry to transform the world that surrounds him. He connects with audiences via universal narratives that encompass topics such as racism, first kisses, love, family, and Spam. He has taught at Nova High School, participated in the Seattle Arts and Lectures Writers in the Schools program, and worked as a teaching artist and mentor for Arts Corps, Youth Speaks Seattle, and the Service Board. He is currently the Program Manager for the Bureau of Fearless Ideas

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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Poet Scribes

Scribes will explore the craft of Poetry, using Hugo House as a home base for an expedition into written expression and poetic technique. Together with Anastacia, Scribes will engage dynamically with multiple aspects of poetry and participate in quality programming…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Anastacia Renee

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Start Date: 07/29/2019
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One Week

Anastacia Renee

Anastacia-Renee is a multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the recipient of the 2018 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington artists (Artist Trust), and has served as the 2017-2019 Seattle Civic Poet and the 2015-2017 poet-in-residence at Hugo House. Anastacia-Renee is a two-time Pushcart nominee and 2017 Artist of Year (Seattle). She is the author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.) (Black Ocean) 26 (Dancing Girl Press), Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Whiteley, Mineral School, and Hypatia in the Woods. Her cross-genre writing has appeared in a TEDx talk; the anthologies Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, and Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks; and Ms. Magazine, Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, The Fight & the Fiddle, Duende, Poetry Northwest, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch, Mom Egg Review, The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal, Pinwheel Journal, and many more. She teaches poetry and multi-genre workshops at Hugo House, libraries, universities, and high schools.

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Sci-Fi Scribes

Scribes will explore the craft of Science Fiction, using Hugo House as a home base as their minds journey to new worlds. Together with Nisi, Scribes will engage dynamically with creative writing and participate in quality programming that includes arts-driven…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Nisi Shawl

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Start Date: 08/05/2019
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One Week

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl wrote the Nebula finalist Everfair, and co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, a standard text on inclusive representation. She co-edited the anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler.

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Fiction Scribes

This one week fiction camp will provide teens with the opportunity to practice writing and telling stories through a diverse range of writing activities, special guests, engaging readings, and field trips. Together with Peter, students will work on building lively…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 07/07/2019
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One Week
This class is full

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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Middle School Scribes

Scribes will explore the treasures of poetry and prose. Together with JP and Arlene, 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…

Grade: 6-8  |   Instructor: JP Kemmick and Arlene Naganawa

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Start Date: 08/05/2019
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One Week
This class is full

JP Kemmick and Arlene Naganawa

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.

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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Creative Writing Scribes

Scribes will explore the elements of poetry and prose! Together with Karen and Corrine, Scribes will use dynamic creative writing and imagination to build rich, internal worlds while engage one another in a fun, summer camp atmosphere. Scribes will participate…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock and Corinne Manning

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Start Date: 07/07/2019
Location: Hugo House
Duration: Two Weeks
1 seats available

Karen Finneyfrock and Corinne Manning

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.

Corinne Manning's fiction has appeared in Story Quarterly, Calyx, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Moss, The Bellingham Review, Southern Humanities Review, and is forthcoming in Wildness from Platypus Press. Additional stories and essays have appeared in Literary Hub, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Drunken Boat, Arts & Letters, anthologized in Shadow Map: An anthology of Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM Press), and have been recognized as notable in The Best American Series. Corinne has received grants and fellowships from 4 Culture, Artist Trust, and the MacDowell Colony and founded The James Franco Review, a project on visibility and reimagining the publishing process.

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Screenwriting Scribes

Scribes will explore the craft of screenwriting for film and stage, using Hugo House as a home base for an expedition into dialogue, drama, and action. Together with Ramon, Scribes will engage dynamically with creative writing and participate in quality…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Ramon Isao

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Start Date: 07/15/2019
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One Week

Ramon Isao

Ramon Isao is a recipient of the Tim McGinnis Award for fiction, and his work has appeared in the Iowa Review, American Reader, Ninth Letter, and Hobart. His screenplays include ZMD, Junk, and Dead Body.

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