Young Writers Camp

Camp Details

2019 Dates:
June 30 - July 12

Open To:
Ages 11-16

Residential: $1,800.00
Commuter: $1,325.00
Build writing skills and unleash your creativity in a unique environment of like-minded individuals with a passion for writing.  Explore the beauty of poetic style and the power of your own voice on paper.  Language is at the core of life and our campers learn new and liberating ways to express themselves through the written word.

By combining an exciting range of writing activities with traditional camp experiences, our participants have incredible fun while also learning to think, and write, creatively.  Mornings at camp are dedicated to the exploration of specialty classes – such as fiction, poetry and writing for the Internet – that are chosen by campers and taught by professional writers and teachers.  Afternoons are open to thematic workshops and recreational activities that include rock climbing, swimming, whitewater rafting and trips to the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.  The camp culminates with a student reading of new works in the Hale Studio Theatre.


Our instructors are teachers and working writers, people who understand the challenges of the writing process.  Our teaching assistants, who live with the campers in the dormitory, are drawn from the college ranks and are often students who are majoring in the field of writing.

Featured presenters also add depth to our young writers’ experiences by working with them through the day, sharing their published works and providing a constructive audience to student endeavors.

YWC culminates in the production of a literary magazine where new works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry are published by campers.  This impressive volume is a keepsake of the unique YWC experience.

Financial Assistance

Our financial assistance provides students displaying strong desire, high merit, and financial need the opportunity to attend our programs. Download the Financial Assistance Checklist and Application along with your registration. Contact our office if you have any questions via email or phone.

Meet the Staff

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  • Dr. Dean Smith, Director/Instructor


A Day at Camp

7:3 0a.m.
Wake Up & Get Ready

8:15-8:50 a.m.

9:00-11:30 a.m.
Specialty Classes (Poetry, Fiction, Writing for the Internet)

11:40-12:10 p.m.

12:20-12:50 p.m.
Free Write/Read (location changes daily)

1:00-3:15 p.m.
Theme Classes

3:20-3:50 p.m.

4:00-5:30 p.m.
Afternoon Activities

5:40-6:10 p.m.

6:15-6:45 p.m.
Free Recreational Time

6:50-8:50 p.m.
Evening Activities

9:00-10:00 p.m.
Writing Hour in Dorm

10:00-10:30 p.m.
Get Ready for Bed

10:30 p.m.
Lights Out
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