Young Writers Cohort

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The Young Writers Cohort is a selective school-year-round program for dedicated high school-aged writers who are seeking deeper literary and community engagement. Each cohort member devotes time every other week to workshopping, studying contemporary poetry or prose, submitting work to literary journals and presses, and attending readings and events. The Cohort is responsible for promoting and emceeing Stage Fright, the monthly open mic, and supporting other youth initiatives at Hugo House and in the Seattle arts community.

The Young Writers Cohort is selected on the basis of a written application. We are looking for youth who have a strong commitment to writing and who have a desire to work in a fun and collaborative team environment. However, no prior experience in a similar program is necessary. The application is open to writers of all interests, levels of experiences, and backgrounds.

Commitment Requirements:

  • Ten hours commitment per month—spent attending Cohort meetings, emceeing Stage Fright, writing and revising new work, attending readings and events, researching literary journals and presses, and more
  • Bi-weekly cohort meetings at Hugo House on Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Attend and host monthly open mic from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • School-year-round commitment from September through the end of May

This is an unpaid, humanities-focused volunteer opportunity. Participation can be used as a personal or academic project.