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Creative Writing Scribes GRADES 9-12

Explore the elements of poetry and prose in this two-week camp for word nerds! Together with Samar and Shelby, you’ll build and nourish rich internal worlds while engaging with each other in a literary community. Your days will be full of writing activities and craft exercises that will expose you to a diverse range of styles, forms, and writers. You’ll read and discuss literary classics and cutting-edge writing that’ll blow your mind; you’ll brainstorm, free-write, draft and edit your way to great stories and poems; and you’ll share your work with a community of like-minded creatives. All skill levels welcome.

This camp will be held online using a combination of Zoom and Google Classroom.

Full scholarships are available by application. Questions? Please call 206-322-7030 or email

Instructor: Samar Abulhassan and Shelby Handler

Grade: 9-12

Location: ONLINE

Duration: Two Weeks

Term: Scribes 2020

Start Date: 07/06/2020

End Date: 07/17/2020

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

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT

Maximum Class Size: 16

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Samar Abulhassan and Shelby Handler

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.

Shelby Handler is a queer ashkenazi writer, organizer, performer and educator living in Seattle on Dxʷdəwʔabš (Duwamish) and unceded Coast Salish land. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, PANK Magazine, Sugar House Review, The Journal, Gigantic Sequins and the Write Bloody anthology “We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival”, among others. Shelby was nominated for the 2020 Best of the Net and was a finalist for Palette Poetry’s Emerging Poet Prize, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. Shelby has received fellowships and grants from the Richard Hugo House, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Gay City Arts, Asylum Arts and the Yiddish Book Center. They are a founding member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artists and Cultural Workers Council and a reader for PANK Magazine. Shelby has worked as a teaching artist for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers in the Schools, Youth Speaks Seattle and Kadima Reconstructionist Synagogue. Currently, they are an MFA candidate at the University of Washington.

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