Young Writers Cohort

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Are you a high school student who is devoted to improving your craft and wants to find others like you?

If so, the Young Writers Cohort at Hugo House was established with you in mind! 

Young Writers Cohort members meet every other week for two hours to focus on improving their creative writing, whether it’s Prose, Poetry, or a little of both! Cohort members work with each other and their instructor to learn, practice, and grow as writers, while developing a supportive and educational cohort. Members devote 80+ hours over the course of 8 months to workshopping, studying contemporary literature, submitting work to literary presses and journals, and attending readings and events. The Cohorts are responsible for promoting and emceeing Stage Fright, our open mic event for youth, and supporting other youth initiatives at Hugo House and in the Seattle arts community. 

Cohort members are selected based on a written application and a writing sample. There is no application fee or tuition involved. We are looking for youth who have a strong commitment to writing and who have a desire to work in a collaborative team environment. No prior experience in a similar program is needed. The application is open to writers of all interests, levels of experience, and backgrounds. In addition, the Young Writer’s Cohort actively seeks out youth who represent diverse and/or unique voices, and we highly encourage youth to apply whose voices are often underrepresented in mainstream media. 

Commitment Requirements: 

  • Be a writer! Spend 8 months writing and revising new work, attending readings and events, researching literary journals and presses, and more. 
  • Be present! Attend biweekly Cohort meetings after school on Mondays from 4:30-6:30pm PST. 
  • Be a community leader! Attend and emcee Stage Fright open mic nights, read your work at literary events, attend other youth and/or literary arts events in your area.
  • Be committed to your Cohort throughout the school year. Show up, participate, and have fun!

2021-2022 Prose Cohort [in-person] Meeting Dates*

  • October 4th & 18th  
  • November 1st, 15th
  • December 13th  
  • January 10th & 31st  
  • February 14th  
  • March 7th & 21st
  • April 4th & 25th
  • May 9th & 23rd  

2020-2021 Poetry Cohort [in-person] Meeting Dates*

  • October 11th & 25th  
  • November 8th & 22nd 
  • December 6th  
  • January 3rd & 24th  
  • February 7th  & 28th
  • March 24th & 28th
  • April 18th  
  • May 2nd & 16th

*These dates are subject to change. This page will be updated until August 1, 2021, when the posted dates will be final.

NEW! Because of the growing popularity of this program, we will be offering a third CREATIVE WRITING Cohort for the 2021-2022 year. This Cohort will meet online and will include writers of all creative genres (both prose and poetry). Dates for these Cohort meetings will be posted by August 1, 2021.

Applications for the 2021-2022 Young Writer’s Cohort can be accessed via Submittable on August 1, 2021, and are due no later September 5, 2021. Students will be notified by September 24 about their acceptance into Cohort. (What is Submittable and why do we use it? Submittable is a platform for submitting applications and writing materials! Many writing-focused organizations (nonprofits, magazines, journals, etc.) use Submittable, and as you move forward in your writing career, you will likely use your Submittable account often to submit your writing!)

The Young Writers Cohort is an unpaid, humanities-focused volunteer opportunity. Participation can be used as a personal or academic project. For any questions, please email