Youth Program Overview

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At Hugo House, young writers have the opportunity to explore, consume, and create great writing. Our classes encourage students to read as writers, to critique established work and the new work of their peers, and to take risks with their writing while exploring voice and language. In our open writing circles, mentorship program, open mics, writing camps, and literary events, we strive to create an innovative creative-writing space for all youth. All Hugo House programs, workshops, and field trips are taught by professional, published writers who are also experienced teachers of the craft. All programs are free unless otherwise specified, and scholarships are available for our writing camps and field trips.

For more information on youth programs at Hugo House, call 206-322-7030, or email

Youth programs are supported in part by Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Pemco, Fales Family Foundation, Boeing, ArtsFund, and Amazon.


Write Time

Write Time Poetry is a weekly drop-in writing circle facilitated by writer and teacher Karen Finneyfrock, with occasional guest instructors.

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Young Writers Cohort

Members of the Young Writers Cohort volunteer a minimum of 10 hours a month at Hugo House–workshopping, hosting the monthly youth open mic, exploring contemporary literature, and being part of the larger literary community.

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Stage Fright

Stage Fright is Hugo House’s youth open mic night. Since 1997, Stage Fright has been the place to share poetry, fiction, journals, songs, comedy routines, art, and more!

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Scribes Workshops & Writing Camps

Scribes is a year-long series of weekend workshops and summer writing camps. Scribes students experience acclaimed guests, unique field trips, hands-on projects, and inspiring writing prompts.

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Field Trips

Bring your class or group to Hugo House for an hour of creative-writing instruction on anything from poetry to flash fiction to graphic novels to performance or beyond.

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