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Youth Workshops & Scribes Summer Camps

Whether you are just starting to explore your written voice or are looking to learn new skills and forms of writing, Youth Workshops and Scribes Summer Camps will inspire creativity and nurture your writing life! 


During Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, Hugo House offers new workshops for youth grades 5–12 to grow and develop as writers in a safe and nurturing environment. Our instructors—all accomplished writers, out-of-the-box thinkers, and experienced educators—create fun, engaging sessions to keep you writing and connecting with othersClasses are offered in a variety of writing genres, so that writers can explore new forms of writing and/or practice their favorites! To look through workshops only, select “Youth Workshop” in the Course Filter below.

Scribes Summer Camps provide young writers the opportunity to extend and build upon how they’ve grown in these workshops – students participate in week-long, all-day camps in which they can focus on, dig deep into, and nurture their inner writer. Students work alongside instructors who are published writers and educators themselves, as well as guest teaching artists – members of the local writing community who offer additional expertise and perspective to help students improve their writing! To find out if a specific camp will be hosted online or in-person, be sure to read the camp’s ‘location’. Camp age distinctions are for students who are entering those grades in Fall 2021. Check out our Scribes FAQ page to help answer any further questions you may have about Scribes Summer Camps!

To make our programs more accessible for all youth, tuition is scaled at 30%–60%–90%–100% so that families can pay what they can. If you have any questions, or would like to make a donation for another student to attend, please call 206-322-7030 or email youth@hugohouse.org. 

Scholarships

If you are interested in applying for a Youth Workshop scholarship, please fill out the form here.

To apply for a scholarship for Scribes Summer camps, please fill out this form.

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Writing the Light

In this class, students will use photographic images as prompts for writing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Students will start out by viewing and discussing photos presented by the instructor to respond to writing prompts and will eventually move into taking…

Grade: 6-8  |   Instructor: Meredith Arena

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Start Date: 04/19/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 2 sessions

Meredith Arena

Meredith Arena is a queer 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. She likes to challenge authority, play theater games, garden, draw and wander. Her work can be found in various journals including Longleaf Review, Entropy, Lunch Ticket and Peatsmoke. She holds an MFA in creative writing and a Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.

She hopes her students tune into their inherent creativity so they can access it when they most need it.

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Poetry, Music, and Memory

“Music isn’t simply music,” the poet Kevin Young said. “It’s memory. It’s connecting us to our past.” In this class, we’ll immerse ourselves in the magic of music and poetry. You’ll tap into your own jukebox of memory through summoning…

Grade: 5-8  |   Instructor: Samar Abulhassan

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Start Date: 04/22/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 2 sessions

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.

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Writing and Being

Making up characters and their stories; isn’t that what we love to do as writers? In this class, students will use their imaginations to create characters and character stories! Students will write in the first person, from the perspective of…

Grade: 5-6  |   Instructor: Meredith Arena

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Start Date: 05/01/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 session

Meredith Arena

Meredith Arena is a queer 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. She likes to challenge authority, play theater games, garden, draw and wander. Her work can be found in various journals including Longleaf Review, Entropy, Lunch Ticket and Peatsmoke. She holds an MFA in creative writing and a Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.

She hopes her students tune into their inherent creativity so they can access it when they most need it.

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Writing for Performance as a Team

Over the course of this workshop, you’ll be paired with a co-writer to create the short play or screenplay of your dreams! We’ll spend time in class workshopping our scripts in a highly collaborative environment, leaning on theatre games and…

Grade: 7-8  |   Instructor: Danielle Mohlman

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Start Date: 05/02/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 3 sessions

Danielle Mohlman

Danielle Mohlman is a nationally produced playwright based in Seattle, WA. Her plays have been developed at Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Cygnet Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Field Trip Theatre, Umbrella Project, Youth Theatre Northwest, The Scratch & Really Really Theatre Group, and Seattle Public Theater, among others. Danielle is an alumna of Playwrights’ Arena at Arena Stage, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, and the Umbrella Project Writers Group. She is a proud graduate of both Cal Poly Pomona and Emerson College. She is currently developing multiple projects for theatre, film, and audio.

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Words, Pictures, and Poem-Minded-Making

In this class, we’ll sample work from writers who draw and artists who write, finding places where word and image act together: comics, collage, even personal journals. How can written and visual forms assist, and expand upon, one another? We’ll…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Molly Schaeffer

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Start Date: 05/02/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 sessions

Molly Schaeffer

Molly Schaeffer works in writing and visual art and is a founding editor of the journal Big Big Wednesday. A 2020 graduate of the Brown University MFA in poetry, she currently lives in Tacoma, WA.

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Lyric & Landscape: Writing the Ekphrastic Poem

Let poetry be your vehicle on a (virtual) art tour! From Anne Sexton’s Van Gogh poem to Shayla Lawson’s “literary cover album” of singer Frank Ocean, students will journey together and draw inspiration from various art mediums to write their…

Grade: 7-8  |   Instructor: Charity Yoro

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Start Date: 05/15/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 2 sessions

Charity Yoro

Born and raised on Oʻahu, Charity E. Yoro now writes, teaches, and parents her daughter in Hillsboro, Oregon. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and appears in the New York Times, PRISM international, Fourteen Hills, among others.

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Creative Writing Scribes, Grades 5-6

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their creative writing abilities by experimenting in a wide variety of prose and poetry. Students will examine works from carefully curated authors and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and artistic experiences designed to inspire their imaginations. Camp sessions will be facilitated by two local…

Grade: 5-6  |   Instructor: Arlene Naganawa, Sara Brickman

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Start Date: 07/05/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week

Arlene Naganawa, Sara Brickman

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.

Sara Brickman (she/they) is a queer Jewish writer and performer born in Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and recognition from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea, and has created performances for On The Boards' Performance Lab and theaters nationwide. A BOAAT Writers Fellow and Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, their writing appears in Narrative, Adroit, The Indiana Review, Muzzle, and the anthologies Ghosts of Seattle Past, The Dead Animal Handbook, and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. She is currently at work on a hybrid memoir about community resilience, trauma, statuary, and anti-racist organizing in Charlottesville, Virginia during the white-nationalist rallies of 2017. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle, where they work in a library, teach writing to youth and adults, and parent a cat named Latke.

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Poetry and Spoken Word Scribes, 9-12th grade

Students will delve into the craft of spoken word poetry, immersing themselves in diverse forms of poetic expression and techniques. Students will engage with a wide variety of work from carefully curated poets and will participate in generative activities, craft exercises, and experiences designed to inspire their imaginations. This camp…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Naa Akua and Matt Gano

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Start Date: 07/05/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week

Naa Akua and Matt Gano

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.

Matt Gano is a Seattle based poet, MC, and Teaching Artist currently writing, recording, and performing
as, “ENTENDRES.” He is author of “Suits for the Swarm,” a poetry collection from MoonPath Press, co-founder of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program, and was the principle bricklayer/Program Director of Abbey Arts' NEXT STAGE program - a career training program
for emerging artists. He works as a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts and Lectures: Writers in the Schools program, and as a guest teaching artist for the Skagit River Poetry Foundation.

Gano made waves nationally as a spoken
word poet and Slam champion in the early 2000’s while representing Seattle multiple years at the National Poetry Slam. With a voice rooted in and born of 90’s hiphop, Gano studied and built his craft in a rising era of the Seattle poetry and hiphop scene. Performing
and writing alongside poets, Anis Mojgani, Buddy Wakefield, Tara Hardy, Iyeoka Okoawo, and many others, he completed multiple tours across the United States as a featured artist performing poetry on some of the world’s most legendary stages.

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Creative Writing Scribes, 7-8th grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their creative writing abilities by experimenting in a wide variety of prose and poetry. Students will examine works from carefully curated authors and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and artistic experiences…

Grade: 7-8  |   Instructor: Samar Abulhassan, Courtney Bird

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Start Date: 07/05/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week

Samar Abulhassan, Courtney Bird

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.

Born in New Jersey, Courtney Bird holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a BA in Art History from Princeton. Her work has appeared in The Fairy Tale Review, The Masters Review, The Indiana Review, Barrelhouse, and The Los Angeles Review, among others. When Courtney's not writing, she can be found coaching lacrosse, hiking with her baby on her back, or looking for weird little pockets of wonder in the world. Courtney lives in Seattle, where she was a Hugo House Fellow in 2018-2019.

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Escribiendo cuentos de misterio en español con Seattle Escribe, 5º a 6º grado

En este dinámico campamento impartido en español, los estudiantes aprenderán a escribir e ilustrar una historia cautivadora y llena de suspenso inspirada por autores y artistas latinoamericanos. Los talleres serán facilitados por dos artistas mexicanas locales: María de Lourdes Victoria…

Grade: 5-6  |   Instructor: Maria de Lourdes Victoria, Adriana Morales

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Start Date: 07/12/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week

Maria de Lourdes Victoria, Adriana Morales

Oriunda de Veracruz, México, María de Lourdes Victoria es una autora bilingüe cuyas obras han sido galardonadas y editadas internacionalmente en inglés y en español. Es autora de tres novelas, Los hijos del mar (Ediciones B, 2006) Más Allá de la Justicia (tercer lugar Premio Planeta de Novela (2010) y La Casa de los Secretos,(Planeta Mexico, 2016). Los cuentos breves de María han sido publicadas en revistas literarias como Querkus Review, RiverSedge, Nimrod, Universidad de Almeria, Seattle Journal for Justice. Follett y McGraw Hill han publicado sus cuentos y poemas infantiles. María es la fundadora de Seattle Escribe, la organización más numerosa de escritores que escriben en español en el estado de Washington. Fue residente de Hedgebrook y ha sido maestra de narración en Centrum, La Biblioteca Pública de Seattle y La Biblioteca del Condado de King. Actualmente está escribiendo su cuarta novela. Otros datos sobre la autora se encuentran en www.mariadelourdesvictoria.com

Adriana Morales Marin is a graphic designer, visual artist, author of children literature and art docent.

She was born in Mexico City and developed her broad cultural view from growing up on a variety of environments from big urban cities to jungle and ocean side destinations in Mexico and the US. She is fluent in Spanish and English and resides in the Pacific Northwest since 2002.

Her bachelor’s degree is in Graphic Design and Animation at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Her studies include several workshops in Mexico, the US and Spain, on subjects ranging from classic art techniques, arts & crafts to writing, and creativity techniques.

Adriana was the recipient of the 1st prize award in the design of the postal stamp celebrating Mexico’s postal day and won the mascot design for the Seattle’s Center 50th Anniversary.

After working as a creative director for many years in the private sector, she came back to her calling in writing, illustration and being an art docent. Some of her own publications include bilingual titles like Catrina’s Day of the Dead, Big Mess Jess and Stay Home Quarantine Made Fun!

She has also illustrated books for other authors like They Came Come with a Bundle, Totem Animals, Chewy the Poop-eating Pup, The Peculiar and Original Belinda, among others.

María de Lourdes Victoria is an award winning bilingual author born in Mexico and residing in Seattle. Her work has been published internationally in English and Spanish. She is the author of three novels: Los hijos del mar (Ediciones B, 2006) Más allá de la justicia (Finalist, International Planeta Book Award, 2010) and La Casa de los Secretos (Planeta, Mexico, 2016). Her short stories have been published in several literary journals including Querkus Review, RiverSedge, Nimrod, Universidad de Almeria, Seattle Journal for Justice and elsewhere. Follet and McGraw have published her children’s books and poems. Maria is the founder of Seattle Escribe, the largest group of writers who write in Spanish in Washington State. She is an alumna of Hedgebrook and has been a teacher at Centrum, the Seattle Public Library, King County Public Library. She is currently working on her fourth novel. More information about the author at www.mariadelourdesvictoria.com

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Creative Writing Scribes with the Wing Luke Museum, 5-6th grade

Students will immerse themselves in diverse stories, exhibits, and activities from the Wing Luke Museum, an integral institution for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our region. As students explore works curated from the museum, they will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and experiences designed to inspire their imaginations. Camp sessions will be facilitated by two…

Grade: 5-6  |   Instructor: Arianne True, Sara Brickman

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Start Date: 07/12/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week

Arianne True, Sara Brickman

Sara Brickman (she/they) is a queer Jewish writer and performer born in Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and recognition from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea, and has created performances for On The Boards' Performance Lab and theaters nationwide. A BOAAT Writers Fellow and Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, their writing appears in Narrative, Adroit, The Indiana Review, Muzzle, and the anthologies Ghosts of Seattle Past, The Dead Animal Handbook, and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. She is currently at work on a hybrid memoir about community resilience, trauma, statuary, and anti-racist organizing in Charlottesville, Virginia during the white-nationalist rallies of 2017. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle, where they work in a library, teach writing to youth and adults, and parent a cat named Latke.

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 with Northwest Film Forum, 9-12th grade

Students will learn the basics of screenwriting for film, including staging scenes, generating dialogue, and developing action. Students will explore a wide variety of work from carefully curated screenwriters and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and experiences designed to inspire their imaginations. This camp will…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford, Kalee Quiñones

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Start Date: 07/12/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week

Peter Mountford, Kalee Quiñones

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.

Kalee is a Seattle filmmaker who loves all aspects of the storytelling process. She has extensive experience working on sets as a Data Wrangler and Script Supervisor. She has also worked as an Assistant Editor for the Daytime Emmy Award-Winning web series, Red Bird, popular YouTube channel CUT, REI, T-Mobile, and Lee Jeans.

Her true passion lies in writing and directing her own projects. She released her debut short film, E 1200, in 2017 and is currently writing, producing, and co-directing a music video for local music artist, Stres.

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy Scribes, 7-8th grade

Students in this camp will explore the worlds of science fiction and fantasy in order to develop their creative writing skills. Students will read a wide variety of work from carefully curated authors and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and experiences…

Grade: 7-8  |   Instructor: JP Kemmick, Greg Stump

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Start Date: 07/12/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week
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JP Kemmick, Greg Stump

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.

Greg Stump has worked as a writer, artist, and teacher in Seattle for more than a decade. His work in comics includes the weekly strip Dwarf Attack and the acclaimed comic book series Urban Hipster. A longtime contributor to The Stranger and The Comics Journal, he was named "Illustrator of the Year" by Cartoonists Northwest in 2010.

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Creative Writing Scribes, 9-12th grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their creative writing abilities by experimenting in a wide variety of prose and poetry. Students will examine works from carefully curated authors and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and artistic experiences…

Grade: 9-12  |   Instructor: Sierra Nelson, Corinne Manning

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Start Date: 07/19/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week

Sierra Nelson, Corinne Manning

Corinne Manning's debut story collection WE HAD NO RULES has received starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly the latter noting it "exquisitely examines queer relationships with equal parts humor, heartache, and titillation." Corinne has taught for Hugo House since 2011.

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

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Scriptwriting Scribes with Northwest Film Forum, 7-8th grade

Students will learn the basics of writing scripts for performances, including staging scenes, generating dialogue, and developing action. Students will read a wide variety of work from carefully curated writers and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and experiences designed to inspire their imaginations. This…

Grade: 7-8  |   Instructor: Danielle Mohlman, Kalee Quiñones

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Start Date: 07/19/2021
Location: Online
Duration: 1 week

Danielle Mohlman, Kalee Quiñones

Danielle Mohlman is a nationally produced playwright based in Seattle, WA. Her plays have been developed at Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Cygnet Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Field Trip Theatre, Umbrella Project, Youth Theatre Northwest, The Scratch & Really Really Theatre Group, and Seattle Public Theater, among others. Danielle is an alumna of Playwrights’ Arena at Arena Stage, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, and the Umbrella Project Writers Group. She is a proud graduate of both Cal Poly Pomona and Emerson College. She is currently developing multiple projects for theatre, film, and audio.

Kalee is a Seattle filmmaker who loves all aspects of the storytelling process. She has extensive experience working on sets as a Data Wrangler and Script Supervisor. She has also worked as an Assistant Editor for the Daytime Emmy Award-Winning web series, Red Bird, popular YouTube channel CUT, REI, T-Mobile, and Lee Jeans.

Her true passion lies in writing and directing her own projects. She released her debut short film, E 1200, in 2017 and is currently writing, producing, and co-directing a music video for local music artist, Stres.

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