Youth Camps & Courses

Explore your voice.

Whether you are just starting to explore your written voice or are looking to learn new skills and forms of writing, youth classes, workshops, and camps will inspire creativity and nurture your writing life. Hugo House offers a variety of programs for youth grades 5–12 throughout the year. Our instructors are accomplished writers, out-of-the-box thinkers, and experienced educators. They create fun, engaging sessions to keep you writing and connecting with others. 

To make our programs more accessible for all youth, registration for all youth programs is scaled at 30%, 60%, 90%, or 100%, so that families pay what they can, no application required! For those that need additional assistance, we also offer youth scholarships by application.

If you have any questions, or would like to make a donation for another student to attend, please call 206.322.7030 or email us

Fiction, Nonfiction

Graphic Humor for 5-8th grade

Instructor: Greg Stump. From parodies to gag cartoons, we'll explore a wide range of forms as we explore graphic hilarity through a mix of writing prompts, drawing instruction, and close examinations of work by some of the funniest comics artists of all time

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 8, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Poetry

A Workshop of Weird for 7-8th grade

Instructor: Tina Tocco. If you'd like to write some stories about strange situations, wacky images, and other oddities, this is the workshop for you. Students will use prompts to jumpstart the weirdness of their imaginations, then share their work (totally optional) and receive positive feedback.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 23, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Exactly As You Are: The Poet as Healer and Navigator for 9-12th grade

Instructor: Robin Reid Drake. This workshop asks young writers to explore the role of the poet, their skills, and their intuition in building resilient, honest, and interconnected futures for ourselves, our communities, and our planet.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 23, 2022, 9:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Little Experiments on the Way to the Horizon for 9-12th grade

Instructor: Meredith Arena. In this workshop, we will experiment with forms and be open to any genre. We write with a creative form in mind, but in the genre each of us chooses. We will experiment with a few existing, and a few invented forms as we work our way to the horizon.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 5, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: In Person
The Writing Life

Pitching & Publishing 101: What to Do When You Want to Get Published for 9-12th grade

Instructor: Sabra Boyd. Do you want to write for magazines, newspapers, and other publications? This workshop will guide you through the steps of how to pitch essays and articles to editors, and the many paths to publication.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction

The What If of Spec Fic(tion) for 9-12th grade

Instructor: Cassidy Dyce. In this introductory workshop, students will explore spec fic texts, engage in journaling exercises and conversations, develop their own stories, and will gain a better understanding of the healing possibilities of speculative fiction.

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Start Date: November 12, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: In Person
Poetry

Welcome to the Conversation! Poet to Poet Poetry for 9-12th grade

Instructor: Kathryn Petruccelli. What we read can excite us, anger us, or stir new ideas. Did you know you can talk back to other writers through your own poems? Poets do it all the time! In this workshop, we'll look at a variety of poems that use other writing as their point of inspiration.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 20, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online