Meet the 2019 Scribes Instructors: Peter Mountford at Hugo House

Posted Tue, 4/02/2019 - 10:30am by  |  Category: , ,

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for Scribes!

Since 1998, Scribes Writing Camps have been a hub for young writers in the Seattle area, offering an opportunity to find their community, learn from accomplished writers, and further their love of reading and writing.

This year, in response to feedback from former Scribes and their parents, Hugo House is expanding the program to include one- and two-week sessions, as well as camps focused on a specific genre of writing.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing interviews with some of the instructors to learn more about their literary style and why they’re excited for this year’s camps.

Up first is Peter Mountford, who’ll be leading Fiction Scribes from July 8–12 at Hugo House.

A book or writer you wish you’d known about when you were 15 OR a book you wish had been around when you were 15: Weetzie Bat, and Geek Love. Also, I guess they weren’t really around yet, but the stories of Kelly Link and Karen Russell.

I knew I was going to be a writer when… I was in 5th grade my daydreams got so elaborate I couldn’t keep track of everything, so I wrote it all down. It didn’t occur to me that I’d written a book at the time. I have no idea what became of it. By 8th grade I’d figured it out.

Describe Scribes in five words. Funny, surprising, welcoming, relaxed, interesting.

What are you most looking forward to about teaching at Hugo House? I’m so excited to teach Scribes in the new building and old location. I taught Scribes in the old building at this location, which was amazing—the field trip possibilities are amazing—but this will be the first scribes at this cool new building which has so many rooms and a great theater, and a lot of possibilities.


Interested in learning more about Fiction Scribes? Check out the class page »