Young Writers Camp

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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.

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

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

July 3-15, 2022: Full - Waitlist Only

​​​​​​​Open To:
Ages 11-16, coed

Commuter Early-Bird: $1,200
Residential Early-Bird: $1,600

Commuter After 3/1/22: $1,400
Residential After 3/1/22: $1,800

Meet the Director

Bethany Errickson
Bethany Errickson is an MFA candidate at Columbia University, where she studies writing and literature. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in humanities honors-poetry and verse, rhetoric and writing, and religious studies. Bethany is the winner of the Roy Crane Award and an honoree in the Parker Prize in Poetry and Andrew Julius Gutow Academy Poetry Prize. Her interests are in New Formalism and the Pastoral, a mode which was inspired by her rural upbringing in Texas. Currently, she lives in Manhattan, where she continues to write and research for her second thesis.

What to Expect

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.

This year’s theme will be “Around the World.” Imagine you are in a tropical jungle, equipped with only a machete. Or ponder what it would be like to spar on a ship in the intrepid Arabian Sea, a smattering of fish dazzling like glitter against the bow. In this camp, we will escape to these places and more!

Weekend Stayover 

A weekend stayover option is available for the weekends in between sessions for campers who enroll in multiple sessions of camp. The cost of this weekend is $250. The weekend stayover is not an opportunity for participants to arrive early for the program. We prefer that participants arrive on the advertised start date of the program.

A Day at Camp

No two days are alike, but a typical day at Young Writers Camp looks like this: