Youth Programs

Calling all young writers!

At Hugo House, young writers explore, consume, and create their best writing with the guidance of experienced and professional writers and teachers. Youth voices are worth amplifying, and our various programs offer opportunities for all youth interested in writing to craft their voices. Programs vary in price and level of commitment in order to meet the needs of all young writers, including providing free programming, scaled tuition, and scholarships for paid programs.

Youth Workshops

Youth classes are offered through the academic year. You’ll read as a writer, critique established work and the work of peers, take risks, and explore your own voice and language.

Young Writers Cohort

You’ll focus on either poetry or prose with a small group of peer writers and an instructor. High-school aged students who want to focus on their writing are encouraged to apply.

Learn about the cohort

Scribes Summer Camps

Scribes summer camps offer a chance for longer, more in-depth workshop sessions during the summer months.

Learn about camps

Kids Write-In

Kids Write-In provides free weekly opportunities for youth grades K-5 to explore writing with creative writing projects and/or prompts, facilitated by writer and educator Jeanine Walker. Kids Write-In is geared toward elementary school kids who want to write independently or with the help of an adult. These free write-in sessions take place every Mondays from 4-4:40 pm.

See upcoming Kids Write-In events

Write Time

Write Time is a free weekly drop-in writing circle for teens ages 13-19, facilitated by writer and educator Naa Akua. Write Time takes place every Thursday from 4:30-5:30 pm throughout the school year. Want to improve your craft and learn new techniques during brief opening lessons? Bring something you’re working on and nail down your next sentence? Or simply come to share your work with other young writers and receive feedback? Come join us at Write Time!

See Upcoming Write Time Events

Stage Fright Open Mic Night

Since 1997, Stage Fright has been the place for youth to share fiction, poetry, journals, songs, comedy routines, art, and more. If you have a piece of writing and want to share it in front of an audience, share it at Stage Fright! If you have a piece of writing and aren’t sure whether you want to share it in front of an audience, contemplate this at Stage Fright! If you want to enjoy and appreciate the work of your peer writing community, cheer them on at Stage Fright!

See upcoming Stage Fright events

Meditation for Teens

Join us for a mid-month, mid-week Meditation for Teens. One Wednesday out of the month, we will explore different ways of meditation with intentional journal writing prompts. Breathe in, breathe out, just “be”.

See upcoming Meditation for Teens events

Field Trips

Bring your class or group to Hugo House for an hour of creative writing instruction on anything from poetry to flash fiction to graphic novels to performance or beyond. Students will spend time experimenting with writing activities, responding to prompts, and sharing some of their work. These field trips are open to all middle and high school students and the standard price is $100 for a one-hour field trip, with scholarships available.

 Field trip requests coming soon.