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Creative Writing Scribes, 5-6th grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their creative writing abilities by experimenting in a wide variety of prose and poetry. Students will examine works from carefully curated authors and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and artistic experiences designed to inspire their imaginations. This camp will be facilitated by two local artists: Samar Abulhassan and Jay Thompson are both published poets and educators; it will also feature guest teaching artists. The week will culminate with a reading of student work and the option for students to contribute a chosen piece to a digital anthology of their work. 

This camp is for students entering 5th & 6th grade in Fall 2021. This camp will take place in-person at our Capitol Hill facility. You can read our in-person protocols on the Scribes FAQ page.

Scholarships are available by application. Questions? Please email

*Note – all Scribes Summer camps are in Pacific Standard Time

Instructor: Samar Abulhassan & Jay Thompson

Grade: 5-6

Location: In-person

Duration: 1 week

Term: Scribes 2021

Start Date: 08/09/2021

End Date: 08/13/2021

Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT

Maximum Class Size: 12

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Samar Abulhassan & Jay Thompson

Samar Abulhassan holds an MFA. from Colorado State University and has worked as a teaching artist for a decade, for Seattle Arts and Lectures' WITS Program, Hugo House, Jack Straw, and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of multiple chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple. She received a 2016 CityArtist grant to complete a novel-in-poems, reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet ignited while exploring Pike Place Market and Seattle’s waterfront.

Jay Aquinas Thompson (he/they) is a poet, essayist, memoirist, and teacher with recent work in Pacifica Literary Review, FIVES, Passages North, Jubilat, Tammy, COAST | NoCOAST, Full Stop, and Poetry Northwest, where they're a contributing editor. They're a 2021 Tin House Writers' Workshop alum and have been awarded grants and fellowships from the Community of Writers, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and King County 4Culture. They're at work on a memoir, The Resurrection Appearances, a poetic account of a grief year-- told in lists, poems, meditations, and observations from nature-- following their mother's death from complications due to A.L.S. They live with their child in Washington state, where they teach creative writing to public school students and incarcerated women.

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