Teen Summer Workshops (11-14 year olds)

Discover your voice and make meaningful friendships! Our Teen Summer Workshops (for 11-14 year olds) provide students with an intensive, enriching writing experience that not only fosters open creative expression but also builds confidence and strengthens communication skills in a safe, supportive environment.

No writing experience is necessary. We would love for you to join us, whether you’ve been writing for years or just want to be part of a unique creative process. Classes are small (12 students max), and instruction is tailored to the students enrolled.

Ink It Up!

July 15 – 19
1 to 4 p.m.
with Lisa Hartsgrove

Are you ready to see where your imagination can take you? In this camp, we stencil, color, and freewrite to fun prompts—exploring the ideas that tug at us, the concepts that intrigue us, and the thoughts that stir us. Your journal becomes a vehicle for all of these thoughts, emotions, and big ideas. Then we show you how to take what’s in your journal and turn it into a story, poem, and even art photography, staging pages in creative ways to post on our Instagram account. We also collaborate, combining our best work in a sketchbook that we send off to live forever in the Brooklyn Art Library as part of its “Sketchbook Project.” We write and share to make change, and we build confidence in ourselves while doing so.

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Girls Write Now (ages 12-14)

July 22 – 26
1 to 4 p.m.
with Lisa Hartsgrove & Jennifer Shields

Identifying as a girl, what are some of the day-to-day challenges you face? How do you feel about social media, for example? Or drama among your peers? What about pressures in school? During this camp, we have deep discussions about what it means to be a young woman in today’s society. We explore our differences and write about them, developing and strengthening our unique voices. Using a variety of writing styles and techniques, we make sure what we want to say comes across clearly and with power. Write to make change while building confidence and making new friends you can connect with in a meaningful way.

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Your Voice Matters

July 29 – Aug 2
1 to 4 p.m.
with Christa Teter

Given today’s challenging climate, your voice―and what you think about controversial topics―matters now more than ever. This camp is designed to give you the skills and tools you need to report facts infused with opinions in a powerful way to effect change. Analyzing a diverse array of contemporary voices, we discuss what social activism journalism is. Then we explore different forms your writing can take―opinion pieces, letters to the editor, social media and blog posts, photojournalism, and more. And we help find the best platform for your voice to be heard, encouraging submissions to local magazines and journals.

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Fantastic Voyage

August 5 – 9
1 to 4 p.m.
with Jim McConville

Come take a trip with us to imaginary places with characters you get to invent! With a focus on science and technology —whether space, time travel, or robotics—we imagine the unimaginable. In this camp, we tap into our creative brains to explore narrative techniques—character, setting, conflict, point of view—that make our science fiction worlds believable and our plots compelling. We use storyboarding skills to write, draw, and transform what we know today into a vision for the future.

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Graphic Novel Writing

August 12 – 16
1 to 4 p.m.
with Tara Tomaino

Do you have a POW!-erful interest in graphic novels and manga? In this camp, we study prominent Japanese manga and Western graphic novelists for inspiration to begin molding and drafting our own creations. Explore how to develop strong characters that are vital to driving the simplest of plots. Learn how camera angles, line work, and facial expression in character development help convey different meanings. Emphasis is on drafting techniques, storyboarding, and script writing. By the end of the week, you leave with a rough draft or outline of a graphic novel.

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Sports Writing (ages 10-13)

August 19 – 23
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
with Jim McConville

Gliding through the air like a bird of prey, Russell Westbrook attacked the rim with a thunderous ferocity … Most of us experience sporting events with our eyes and ears, but not very much through written word. In this camp, you get to capture moments―a bat hitting a baseball, the dribble of a basketball, or the smack of a hockey puck―in a variety of writing styles: creative short stories, informative play-by-play or profile pieces, figurative free verse poetry. Share some of your most amazing sporting experiences and creative ideas while developing a greater sense of voice, style, and figurative language skills. Use this camp to discover a whole new way to appreciate the wonderful world of sports.

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Songwriting Studio

August 19 – 23
1 to 4 p.m.
with Mimi Cross

Are you a music lover who wants to experiment with writing songs? This camp provides a safe space where you are encouraged and supported to storytell to music. Prior experience singing and songwriting is not necessary as we nurture your imagination. We listen to our favorite songs―analyzing lyrical structure, theme, and literary devices―while also learning about melody, chord progression, and mood. Participants work individually and as part of a group to create their own original music. Songs will be written; fun will be had!

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Project Write Now reserves the right to change camp instructors if necessary.

SUMMER CAMP REFUND POLICY
1. A full refund will be given when a camp is cancelled by Project Write Now due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.
2. No refunds or credits will be given for any days missed by the participant.
3. More than 30 days’ notice, you will be issued a full refund, less a $25 processing fee.
4. Less than 30 days’ notice, you will be given a full credit for a future camp, less a $25 processing fee.