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Youth Programs

Youth programs at Hugo House are currently on hiatus while we evaluate our offerings and plan for the future. All info about or plans for upcoming programs will be posted here when available. Thank you for your understanding and patience!


Below are examples of some youth programs Hugo House has produced in the past.

Young Writers Cohort

In the Young Writers Cohort, students 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.

Scribes Summer Camps

Hugo House will not be hosting summer camps in 2024.

Scribes summer camps offer the chance for youth writers to dive deep into their writing in workshop sessions during the summer months. Camps are offered on a variety of topics both in-person and online as full- and half-week series.

Misty Mint Magazine

Misty Mint Magazine is a fresh new literary journal run primarily by students from the Hugo House Young Writers Cohort (with some support from the Hugo House Youth Programs team!) and was founded with inspiring youth voices in mind.

Learn more about Misty Mint

Stage Fright Open Mic

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!

Drop-In Youth Writing Circles

Get writing in a supportive, fun environment with your peers at our drop-in youth writing circles. We offer multiple writing circles with a suggested grade range, though we encourage each writer to pick the circle that feels best for them!

Field Trips

Bring your class or group to Hugo House for an hour of creative writing instruction on anything from poetry to flash fiction, graphic novels to performance, and beyond. Students will work with one of our talented teaching artists to experiment with writing activities, respond to prompts, and share some of their work on stage in our Salon.