I’m finishing up my first month as one of the new Writers-in-Residence at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House. My residency lasts all year, with an option to continue for another. The most important aspect of the residencies is the Office Hours, which provide anyone the chance to come meet with a writer-in-residence and talk about all things writing, performance, publishing and the creative lifestyle.
Richard Hugo House is a 16,206-square-foot Victorian house that dates to 1902. What’s so awesome about Hugo House (in descending # of exclamation points):
- The SECOND LARGEST literary arts center in the country!!!!
- Housing the largest (that we know of) ZINE LIBRARY in the world!!!
- Featuring a Theatre and a Cabaret performance space & little cafe!!
- Offering ongoing classes for adults and youth with renowned writers!
If all that wasn’t enough, RHH supports two local writers through residencies in the house. Fiction writer Ryan Budinot, author of The Littlest Hitler (Counterpoint, 2006) is sharing the little WIR office with me located on the second floor off the kitchen.
Here’s how it works. ANYONE (member or not) can make an appointment to meet with one of Hugo House’s Writers-in-Residence for FREE. Generally, these meetings are for 1 hour at the house at a mutually agreed upon time. We usually meet up to 3 times with one person, just to spread around our availability.
So far, I’ve worked with folks on both writing and performance. These can be accomplished or beginning writers, adult or youth writers, and folks who just want to practice giving readings.
Since my RHH email seems to be gliching, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Also, for youth poets (high school age), I’m facilitating a weekly writing circle called The Write Time.
The Write Time meets every Wednesday from 6p-7p. We start by looking at a poem(s) by a poet, discuss, free write and then read around the table. It has been incredibly successful so far and an amazing community is forming. This is FREE and DROP-IN, but again this is only for TEENS. Make it your regular, weekly creative space.
So, make use of the outstanding resource that is Richard Hugo House. Make an appointment, come to a reading, take a class, visit the Zine Library! Come join us in the house and we will all sit by the windows together and wait out the rain.