Hugo House

A nonprofit organization


Hugo House opens the literary world to everyone who loves books or has a drive to write, providing people with a place to read words, hear words, and make their own words better.


Opening the literary world to everyone who loves books or has a drive to write, Hugo House is a welcoming place to read words, hear words, and make your own words better. The hub of Seattle's literary community, we help adults and teens find their voice, explore deeper truths, and refine their craft in a learning environment that is educationally innovative, racially equitable, culturally responsive, and devoted to creative civic discourse. Through words, we make the world. The main goals that drive our programs and organizational culture are:

creating a transformative space where writers can come together and grow in their art;

engaging new groups of people and creating opportunities to connect more deeply with the power of the written word;

and advancing racial equity, ensuring diversity and inclusion, and making Hugo House a profoundly welcoming space to all writers and readers.

Hugo House is unlike any other arts organization in Seattle: it is a place for writers, offering classes, readings, book launches, workshops, teen programs, consultations with expert writers, and more. It is also a place for readers to discover fresh voices, to take classes illuminating the work of beloved writers, to discuss novels, poems, and essays, and to meet local and national writers. Year after year Hugo House increases programming and outreach to expand our classes and events to serve more readers and writers. We typically present 200+ events annually, most free to the public, along with our signature event series, Hugo Literary Series and Word Works. In 2022, we will offer over 500 adult classes, almost 100 free, as well as expanded writing programs for teens. We will grow our scholarship funding, with emphasis on serving BIPOC writers and individuals without economic opportunities. We will build additional free programs to support constituents who have been impacted by the pandemic. We will extend our outreach to under-resourced communities through new and existing partnerships, as well as through our Writers in Residence program, which offers free consultations to emerging writers and creates community-building programming and events. Everyone has a story to tell that will connect us to one another; they just need support to get it down on paper. That's where Hugo House comes in.   

All GiveBig 2022 donations will go straight into supporting our scholarship fund!


Linda Breneman
Andrea Lewis
Frances McCue

Shahina Piyarali, President
Gary Luke, Vice President
Tim Shea, Treasurer
Mary Jo Newhouse, Secretary
Danny Glasser
Lynn Grant
Dottie Hall
Elise Holschuh
Greta Hotopp
Dr. Georgia McDade
Sharyn Skeeter
Rob Arnold (ex officio), Hugo House Interim Executive Director

Alan J. Hirschfield Family Foundation
Alberg Family Foundation
Amazon Literary Partnership
Breneman-Jaech Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Joshua Green Foundation
Leslie Fund
D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust
Meeker Rom Family Foundation
NEA Art Works
New Belgium Foundation
Neukom Family Foundation
The Norcliffe Foundation
Nesholm Family Foundation
New Belgium Foundation
Patrick and Anna Cudahy Foundation
Pinnacle Gardens Foundation
Raven Trust Fund
Ricky Rudine Fund
Quixote Foundation
Raynier Institute and Foundation
Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation
Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
TEW Foundation
The Seattle Times

Organization Data


Organization name

Hugo House

Tax id (EIN)



Arts & Culture


Hugo House 1634 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Service areas 0

Seattle, WA, US




Social Media 0

How can we help?

Suggested articles

  • Your Organization Dashboard
  • How to Cusomize your Organization Page
  • How to add or remove an admin from my organization's account