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

Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes, 5-6th grade

This exploratory camp fosters creative writing development through an engaging mix of prose and poetry readings, craft exercises, and artistic activities. The week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: June 27, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Radio Drama Scribes with Jack Straw, 7-8th grade

In partnership with Jack Straw Cultural Center, this camp teaches the art of radio drama. From script writing to audio mixing, students will work with a lead writer, audio engineer, and vocal coach to craft and present original projects.

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: June 27, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Poetry

Spoken Word & Poetry Scribes, 9-12th grade

This camp immerses students in the diverse world of poetry. Examining form and technique, students will participate in writing activities, poetry readings, and imaginative exercises. The week will culminate with student presentations.

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: June 27, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes, 9-12th grade

This exploratory camp develops students' creative writing abilities in prose and poetry through readings and craft exercises. The week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 9 sessions
Start Date: July 5, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Comics and Graphic Novels Scribes, 7-8th grade

Learn the fundamentals of making comics and graphic novels—including visual storytelling, character creation, graphic memoir, and more. All levels of drawing experience are welcome.

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Video Poems Scribes, 7-8th grade

In this half-day camp, students will write poems and then create short videos to accompany them. Expect writing prompts, story boarding, video poem viewing, and more!

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Shapeshifting Into Short Forms: Prose Poems, Brief Essays, Tiny Fictions Scribes

Find delight, magic and surprise in writing short pieces (all under 1000 words)— defying genres, packing power and imagination. Each day of students will invent a brand new piece (or more) of writing that is compact yet vivid and alive.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Screenwriting Scribes, 9-12th Grade

Students will learn the basics of screenwriting for film, including staging scenes, generating dialogue, and developing action, and more. The week will culminate with a reading and/or presentation of student work.

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Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Creative Writing Scribes, 5-6th grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their prose and poetry writing. Students will participate in readings, craft exercises, and artistic experiences; the week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 18, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Creative Writing Scribes, 7-8th grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their prose and poetry writing. Students will participate in readings, craft exercises, and artistic experiences; the week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 18, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Poetry

Visual Poetry Scribes, 9-12th grade

In this half-day camp, students will practice writing different types of traditional visual poetry forms, exploring and experimenting with line breaks, lettering, collage, page space, and other design elements.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 18, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story

Flash Fiction Scribes, 9-12th grade

In this camp, students will play with short story form and discover how they can pack a whole world into something under 1000 words.

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 18, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story

Poetry & Meditation Scribes, 9-12th grade

In this camp, students will explore ways to help calm and rejuvenate their minds and bodies. With short meditations, breathing exercises, and poetry, students will learn the art of mindfulness in a calm and fun environment.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 18, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story

“I Am a Red Fox” – Writing With and About Animals! Scribes, 5-6th grade

If you love animals, this is the camp for you. We’ll be writing poems, stories, fables, and even a play about animals, wild and domestic. Toy animals are also welcome to join in.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 25, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story

Comics and Graphic Novels Scribes, 5-6th grade

Learn the fundamentals of making comics and graphic novels, including visual storytelling, character creation, and more. All levels of drawing experience are welcome.

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 25, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes, 7-8th grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their prose and poetry writing. Students will participate in readings, craft exercises, and artistic experiences; the week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 25, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Screenwriting Scribes, 9-12th grade

Students will learn the basics of screenwriting for film, including staging scenes, generating dialogue, and developing action, and more. The week will culminate with a reading and/or presentation of student work.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 25, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes, 5-6th grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their prose and poetry writing. Students will participate in readings, craft exercises, and artistic experiences; the week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: August 1, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Fiction

Science Fiction & Fantasy Scribes, 7-8th grade

Students in this camp will explore the worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy creative writing. Students will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and the week will culminate with a reading of student work.

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: August 1, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction

Creative Writing Scribes, 9-12th grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their prose and poetry writing. Students will participate in readings, craft exercises, and artistic experiences; the week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: August 1, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes, 7-8th Grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their prose and poetry writing. Students will participate in readings, craft exercises, and artistic experiences; the week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: August 8, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person