Youth Summer Camps (6-10 year olds)

We make writing fun! Our Youth Summer Camps (for 7-10 year olds) provide young students with a creative, enriching writing experience that allows them to explore their imaginations (soaring as high as they can go!) while also building their confidence and developing their literacy skills. We create a safe, supportive environment that gives children freedom to write, draw, play, and share their stories with their peers.

Classes are small (14 students max), and instruction is tailored to the students enrolled. Each Youth Summer Camp concludes with a Writers Celebration for campers and family.

Ready, Set, Go … to First Grade! (ages 6-7)

Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
with Jena Aitala

Help your child feel more confident and excited about first grade! During this four-week class, children tap into their imaginations and explore writing personal and fiction stories they can share with their peers. They practice sight words as well as focus on spelling, spacing, and handwriting. We read aloud some of our favorite picture books and share reading strategies that children can then practice both with the instructor and with peer reading partners. And, of course, we make the whole experience F-U-N!

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You’re the Expert! (ages 7-10)

July 15 – 19
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
with Colleen Doogan

What topic do you love or know a lot about—Fortnite, superheroes, dinosaurs, slime, gymnastics, baking? In this camp, we play “detective” and dig up secret knowledge about our favorite topics. Then we write fun books using cool graphics such as diagrams, charts, pictures, and more. Exploring the way writers such as Gail Gibbons and Seymour Simon inspire their readers, we learn how to make any topic interesting and exciting for our audience. At the end of the week, you have the opportunity to share your passion and teach your peers.

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Storybook Studio (ages 7-10)

July 22 – 26
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
with Leah Mermelstein

You are an author—you just might not know it yet! In this camp, we take you through the process of creating story books, picture books, and comics. We begin by generating ideas for character, plot, setting, and more using mentor texts and prompts, and then move on to storyboarding, storytelling, and discussing ideas with the group. Next, we write, revise, and edit until we are ready to illustrate our final draft. This is a great opportunity to let your creativity and passion shine through words and drawings!

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Spinning Stories (ages 7-10)

August 5 – 9
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
with Colleen Doogan

Many fiction writers start with a true story and then change the details until the story takes on a life of its own. In this camp, we learn to write fiction that sounds real by taking a thread of truth and spinning it into something more. Maybe you got a new puppy but want to turn it into a purple candy-stealing monster? Or maybe you got lost at the zoo and a huge hawk swoops you up into the sky so you can spot your family. Exaggeration is encouraged as we invent new stories with the help of our fantastic imaginations. We write with an eye on scene, plot, character traits, and voice, and have a ton of fun along the way!

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Animal Tales (ages 7-10)

August 12 – 16
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
with Jill Gindi

Who doesn’t love reading animal and pet stories? Now here’s your chance to write them! In this camp, we explore all things furry and wild and craft pieces inspired by our favorite animals and creatures: nonfiction expert pieces, fiction stories with animal characters, how-to books about taking care of pets, or opinion pieces on the best animals, for example. We also focus on the techniques needed to create proper settings for our animal characters. Use your love of animals and your imagination to tell funny, adorable, or true stories.

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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.