Youth Programs

Calling all young writers!

At Hugo House, young writers explore, consume, and create their best writing with the guidance of experienced and professional writers and teachers. Youth voices are worth amplifying, and our various programs offer opportunities for all youth interested in writing 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.

Young Writers Cohort

You’ll focus on either poetry or prose with a small group of peer writers and an instructor. High-school aged students who want to focus on their writing are encouraged to apply.

Learn about the cohort

Scribes Summer Camps

Scribes summer camps offer the chance for youth writers to dive deep into their writing in workshop sessions during the summer months. Camps are offered on a variety of topics both in-person and online as full- and half-week series.

Learn about camps

Stage Fright Open Mic

Since 1997, Stage Fright has been the place for youth to share fiction, poetry, journals, songs, comedy routines, art, and more. If you have a piece of writing and want to share it in front of an audience, share it at Stage Fright! If you have a piece of writing and aren’t sure whether you want to share it in front of an audience, contemplate this at Stage Fright! If you want to enjoy and appreciate the work of your peer writing community, cheer them on at Stage Fright!

Learn more about Stage Fright

Drop-In Youth Writing Circles

Get writing in a supportive, fun environment with your peers at our drop-in youth writing circles. We offer multiple writing circles with a suggested grade range, though we encourage each writer to pick the circle that feels best for them!

Explore youth writing circles

Field Trips

Bring your class or group to Hugo House for an hour of creative writing instruction on anything from poetry to flash fiction, graphic novels to performance, and beyond. Students will work with one of our talented teaching artists to experiment with writing activities, respond to prompts, and share some of their work on stage in our Salon.

Hugo House field trips are open to all middle and high school students. The standard price per hour is $125 for up to 20 students or $200 for up to 30 students. We provide scholarship assistance upon request.

Request a field trip here