Hugo House

Events Curator

Job title: Events Curator

Reports to: Executive Director 

Hugo House is a nonprofit literary arts organization located in Seattle with a 20-year history as the city's hub for writers. In the summer of 2018, Hugo House will move into a new 10,000 square-foot facility in the heart of the city. The new space will enable dramatic growth in classes and event programming in years to come. One of the nation’s leading community-based centers for the literary arts, Hugo House has a vision to open the literary world to anyone who loves books or has a drive to write, no matter their background – removing barriers and fostering racial equity. Hugo House offers over 200 creative writing classes a year, includes lively teen writing programs, and presents hundreds of events annually.  Reaching over 12,000 people every year, Hugo House nurtures new talent, helps writers realize their goals, rigorously challenges those who are about to publish, and offers a forum for the exploration of contemporary issues and ideas.

Past readers at Hugo House have included  Seamus Heaney, Anthony Doerr, Colson Whitehead, Susan Orlean, Sherman Alexie, Jonathan Lethem, Mary Gaitskill, Terrance Hayes, Sharon Olds, Louise Erdrich, Maggie Nelson, Angela Flournoy, Amy Bloom,  Mary Ruefle, Karen Russell, Ben Lerner, and many more.   

Position Overview: To program high quality literary events that enlighten, challenge, educate, and entertain audiences, and to raise the profile of Hugo House locally and nationally. To present a lively mix of readings, panels, craft talks, interviews, and other events featuring renowned writers, emerging and emerged writers, and talented new writers.



  • Work closely with the executive director to develop long-term plans for innovative and exciting programming
  • Plan, produce, and evaluate all readings, panels, and other events
  • Stay current with the writers and trends in the literary arts locally and nationally
  • Communicate with writers or their representatives for events, including bookings and handling all queries about potential programs
  • Track information and evaluate the success of events
  • Assist in booking a select number of renowned writers for intensive master classes  
  • Work closely with other staff to ensure event details are well planned and executed
  • Work closely with marketing staff to plan promotions of events
  • Work with Business Manager to structure annual events budget, including proposing new revenue structures to support programs
  • Monitor budget, ensuring that events are falling within allotted annual goals
  • Emcee selected events, including major series, and coordinate necessary staffing
  • Lead the search for off-site venues, as needed, and negotiate terms
  • Build on existing or establish new relationships with key organizational partners, both locally and nationally
  • Manage co-curators of special events


  • Coordinate travel and lodging for authors who are coming from out of town
  • Attend and oversee readings and events as needed or coordinate staff who will do so
  • Manage presenters before, during and after Hugo House events.
  • Track and assess event requests for house programming
  • Work with Business Manager to manage and analyze event evaluation.
  • Oversee tech and setup for on and off-site events
  • Coordinate book sales with partner bookstores
  • Manage internal events calendar


Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of contemporary writing and writers, including a deep and wide network of connections within the national literary community
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, adaptability, creativity, and innovate thinking
  • Extremely organized, even in fast-paced, complex organization, and able to work toward achieving long-term goals
  • Capacity to work effectively with highly collaborative staff
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills
  • 2-5 years of experience producing literary events and/or conferences
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office, including Excel and PowerPoint
  • MFA in fiction or nonfiction, preferred
  • Ability to monitor and manage budgets

Salary: Commensurate with Experience. This is a full-time, regular status, exempt position with excellent benefits

Application Deadline: February 26, 2018. Initial screening to begin immediately, as applications arrive; in-person interviews will begin at AWP.

To be considered for this position candidates must submit an application online at and include a cover letter and resume.


Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1974 prohibits discrimination in employment. Recognizing its legal as well as social obligation to afford equal opportunity, Hugo House maintains an affirmative action policy as part of its inclusive hiring practices. It is Hugo House’s intent to maintain a diverse work force that represents our community. Our approach to diversity is intended to provide not only equal employment opportunities to minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, but also to recognize and value people with ethnic, cultural, and other differences, such as religion, ancestry, language, national origin, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, and marital status. 

Contact Information

Tree Swenson
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