Youth Program Overview

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Calling all young writers!

Youth Programs at Hugo House provide opportunities for young writers to explore, consume, and create their best writing under the guidance of experienced and professional writers and teachers. We believe that youth voices are worth amplifying, and our various programs offer opportunities for youth from all walks of life to craft their voices. Programs vary in price and level of commitment in order to meet the needs of all young writers, including providing free programming, scaled tuition, and scholarships for paid programs.  

Due to the current public health concerns around COVID-19, all Youth Programs have moved online. Program sessions will be held using a combination of Zoom and Google classrooms, in addition to other tools used by our innovative instructors and facilitators. 

Read brief overviews about each program below and/or click on the links in the side menu to read in more detail. 

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

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

Interested in teaching with us? Please check out the Jobs + Internships page to read about being a teaching artist with youth programs. 

Young Writers Cohort

High-school aged students who want to devote a significant amount of time to focus on their writing are encouraged to apply for one of the Young Writers Cohorts, a school-year long commitment where students focus on either their poetry or prose writing with a small group of peer writers and a devoted instructor/mentor.

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Stage Fright

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

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Scribes Workshops & Summer Camps

Youth classes are offered through the academic year and encourage students to read as writers, to critique established work and the new work of their peers in class, to take risks with their writing, and to explore their own voice and language. Scribes summer camps offer the same high-quality workshops for longer, more in-depth sessions during the summer months.

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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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Kids Write-In

Kid’s Write-In provides free weekly opportunities for youth grades K-5 to explore writing with creative writing projects and/or prompts, facilitated by writer and educator Jeanine Walker.

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Write Time

Write Time is a free weekly drop-in writing circle for teens ages 13-19, facilitated by writer and educator Karen Finneyfrock.

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