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Hugo HousePoet Richard Hugo grew up impoverished in West Seattle's hardscrabble White Center neighborhood. "Writing is a way of saying that you and the world have a chance," he once said. Open up to those possibilities by participating in this literary nonprofit's workshops, residencies, and lecture series: the steady heartbeat of this book-crazed city. Long housed in a 1902 Victorian house on Capitol Hill, the Hugo House has temporarily moved beside the Frye Art Museum on First Hill. In 2018, the writing center will return to its original site—1634 11th Ave.—occupying the ground floor of a new, six-story building.