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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.

Scholarships are available! To apply for a scholarship, follow the links below:

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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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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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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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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 Corinne, Scribes will engage dynamically with creative writing…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Corinne Manning

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Start Date: 07/27/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One week

Corinne Manning

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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Spoken Word Scribes

Scribes will explore the craft of spoken word poetry, using Hugo House as a home base for an expedition into written expression and performance. Together with Daemond and Naa, Scribes will engage dynamically with multiple aspects of writing for performance…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Naa Akua and Daemond Arrindell

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Start Date: 08/03/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One week

Naa Akua and Daemond Arrindell

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.

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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Scribes at the Henry

Scribes will be surrounded by the labyrinth of artistic treasures the Henry Art Gallery has to offer. Together with Quenton and Rachel, Scribes will engage dynamically with a wide range of creative writing exercises…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Rachel Kessler and Quenton Baker

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Start Date: 08/03/2020
Location: Henry Art Gallery, UW College of Built Environments
Duration: Two weeks

Rachel Kessler and Quenton Baker

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.

Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is the fact of blackness in American society. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Vinyl, Apogee, Pinwheel, Poetry Northwest, The James Franco Review, and Cura and in the anthologies Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters and It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. He has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Southern Maine and is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He was a 2015-2016 Made at Hugo House fellow and is the recipient of a James W. Ray Venture Project award from Artist Trust. He is the author of This Glittering Republic (Willow Books, 2016).

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Creative Writing Scribes

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

Grade: 5-6  |   Instructor: Arlene Naganawa and Samar Abulhassan

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Start Date: 08/03/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One week

Arlene Naganawa and Samar Abulhassan

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.

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.

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Poetry 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 Sierra and Naa, Scribes will engage dynamically with multiple aspects of poetry…

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

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Start Date: 08/10/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One week

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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Creative Writing Scribes

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

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

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Start Date: 08/10/2020
Location: Hugo House
Duration: One week

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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