Hugo HouseHugo House opened to the public in 1998 in the heart of Seattle. It is a motivational and inspirational hub of writing creativity. We especially admire their docket of thought-provoking teen programs and events to cultivate the next generation of writers.

Its website,, offers this description: “…a place for writers, with a concentrated focus on helping anyone who wants to write. We offer readings, classes, book launches, workshops, teen programs, consultations with professional writers, and much more. Our namesake, Richard Hugo, came from poverty and a broken family in White Center, but transcended his meager upbringing to become a nationally renowned poet.”

When touring Washington, check out the dates of upcoming events at Hugo House. Author talks may be paired with fine wine and light snacks. Arrive early to avoid lines and get the best seats. Books may be available for purchase and signing at the end of the event.

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A panel of authors discussing their work at Hugo House © Author Adventures

(We offer our thanks to a librarian reader in Seattle for informing us of this outstanding addition to our Washington Author Adventures trail.)

You can read more about Richard Hugo through our Montana Author Adventures page.

If traveling south-north, Hugo House can be the final stop of our Washington Author Adventures Trail, particularly if you want to catch Peace Park during daylight. The timing of a visit depends on which event you attend.