Scribes FAQ

Camp Sessions

What kinds of activities will happen during the session? Do all of the sessions cover the same material?

Each session is facilitated by one or two teaching artists who design customized curriculum for their group, invite guest artists from the local arts community, and plan field trips to engage students in interactive writing and peer-editing exercises. However, all of the sessions will work toward a shared learning objective that speaks to Hugo House’s mission to be a place to read words, hear words, and make your own words better.

What is the daily schedule like?

All sessions start at 10 am and end at 4 pm, running Monday through Friday of the designated session dates. Every group takes a one-hour lunch break around noon.

Can I drop my Scribe off on my way to work, before the session starts? Is after-camp care available?

We do not offer after-camp care. Students may arrive 30 minutes prior to the session start.

Is this a writing camp to help my Scribe get into a college? What kind of writing will they learn?

Hugo House fosters the love of writing and reading. We do not organize around school curriculum or focus camp goals on preparing students for standardized tests or college admissions essays. Our instructors strive to help your Scribe tap into their creativity, develop their craft of writing, and become more astute readers. This learning has myriad effects in school and beyond.

Does my Scribe need to be at a certain skill level to attend?

Nope! Hugo House seeks to open the literary world to everyone who loves books or has a drive to write. We are honored to work with writers of all skill levels, ages, and backgrounds.

Does my Scribe need to bring anything with them? Will lunch be provided?

We will provide notebooks, pens, pencils, snacks, and bus fare for field trips. We encourage Scribes to dress comfortably and bring a water bottle for field trips. Snacks will be provided, but not lunch. We ask that Scribes bring a sack lunch or money to purchase a quick lunch in the neighborhood. We want all writers to feel welcomed and supported. If you are in need of assistance for lunch, please contact Youth Coordinator, Paroma Zaman.

Do you accept boarding Scribes?

We have students from out of Washington state, but are not able to provide lodging or any other kind of boarding accommodations.


I don’t have regular or easy access to a computer. Is there another way to register?

Yes! Please contact Paroma Zaman at (206) 455-9713. She can help you register and/or apply for scholarship assistance over the phone.

The session I want is full/registration is no longer available. Is there a waitlist?

Once a session fills, you can sign up for a waitlist spot online. As spots open, we will contact you on a first-come first-served basis.

Tuition & Scholarships

How do I know if I qualify for a scholarship?

We have limited need-based scholarships available, and will do our very best to ensure our programming is accessible to everyone, regardless of financial conditions. Please see the scholarship application for more information.

How do I apply for a scholarship? Will my spot be reserved?

Please submit a scholarship application. Once we receive your application, a spot will be reserved for your Scribe in the session of their choosing while we review your application.

Cancellations & Refunds

If you need to cancel or transfer a Scribes registration, the following schedule applies:

  • 4 weeks before the session start date, a refund will be issued less a $145 fee ($72.50 for one-week sessions).
  • 4 weeks before the session start date, transfers to another session may be issued depending on session availability.
  • 22 days or less before a session start date, refunds or transfers are not available.

If you wish to transfer a Scribe into a full session, they can be added to the waitlist. If a spot hasn’t opened up by that session’s refund deadline, however, a refund will be issued less a $145 fee.

Hugo House cannot provide refunds, transfers, or offer makeup sessions for sessions a Scribe might miss. If Hugo House has to cancel a session, you will receive a full refund.