Scribes Summer Camp

Find your inner writer.

Scribes Summer Camps provide young writers the opportunity to participate in week-long, all-day workshops, during which you can focus on, dig deep into, and nurture your inner writer. You’ll work alongside instructors who are published writers and educators themselves, as well as guest teaching artists.

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Registration & Tuition

Registration for Scribes 2023 is now open!

Every camp offers the option to pay at 30%, 60%, 90%, or 100% of the registration amount. Just click on the pay option you prefer when you register online! If you are having trouble, please contact us at 206.322.7030 or email

We can help you register over the phone. Once a session fills, you can sign up for a waitlist spot online and you’ll be notified as spots open.

Program Details


Who Can Register

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 and backgrounds. Camp age distinctions are for students who are entering those grades in the upcoming fall school year.


What to Expect

What is the COVID-19 health policy for Scribes summer camps?
Please review Hugo House’s COVID-19 health policy page for the most up-to-date requirements for in-person camps. If any changes are made prior to the camp, we will inform all registrants via email.

What’s the daily schedule like?
Scribes camps will start at 10 am and end at 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Every group takes a one-hour lunch break around noon. Additionally, we are excited to offer half-day camp sessions. Please check each camp for its schedule.

What kinds of activities will happen during the camp?
Camps are facilitated by one or two teaching artists who design customized curricula for their group. Depending on the camp, you’ll read and discuss poems, essays, short stories, screenplays, and/or comics; brainstorm, freewrite, and story map; write and edit; and share your work with the community.

Is this a writing camp to help me get into a college?
Hugo House fosters a 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 you tap into your creativity, develop your craft of writing, and become a more astute reader.

Do I 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 the drive to write. We are honored to work with writers of all skill levels, ages, and backgrounds. 


What You’ll Need

You should have paper or a notebook, pens, and pencils on hand. If you’re attending an online camp, you’ll also need to be able to connect to Zoom.


We have limited need-based scholarships available, and will do our best to ensure our programming is accessible to everyone, regardless of financial conditions. Please see the scholarship application for more information. A spot will be reserved for you while we review your application.

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Cancellation Policy

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

  • Cancellations receive a full refund up to 3 weeks before the session start date.
  • If a registration is cancelled after 3 weeks before the session start date, a refund will be issued less a fee of 20% of tuition paid.
  • 2 weeks before the session start date, transfers to another session may be issued depending on session availability.
  • 7 days or less before a session start date, refunds or transfers are not available.

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.

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Contact the registrar for transfers