Registration for SummerWrite 2018 will open in early March! Be sure to follow us on social media (Facebook or Twitter!) or sign up for our weekly eWord (at the bottom of this webpage) to get notices about SummerWrite and other youth opportunities!

Every summer Writers & Books offers half-day and full-day workshops for creative young readers and writers. Our programs support the basic reading and writing skills students learn in school, but they also reach further, tapping into creativity and inspiration, as young people learn to discover their own passions and develop their own voices.

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SummerWrite 2017 has 9 weeks, beginning on June 26, and ending August 25. To register for SummerWrite please fill out a registration form and mail or fax it in. Or call (585) 473-2590 x107 to register over the phone. You can also view these important Things to Know about SummerWrite.

We also have SummerWrite apprenticeship and internship programs for high school and college students. Application deadline for these programs is March 25, 2017.

Our camps are led by experienced teaching artists, each of whom are accomplished writers, performers, and artists in their own right, who also have a talent for bringing out the best from creative young minds. These unique programs provide much-needed enrichment for avid young readers and writers.

Our first youth camps were offered in 1985; the program consisted of 3 camps for each of two age groups. Today, SummerWrite has proudly grown to reach approximately 600 students, ages 5 to 18 with approximately 70 camps spread across a period of 9 weeks.  SummerWrite campers have a wide variety of classes to choose from, including the essentials like fiction, poetry, journaling, and short stories, to very unique workshops that integrate the literary arts with the visual arts, cooking, filmmaking, and the outdoors. We also have a number of workshops based on book series like Harry Potter and Magic Tree House. We also believe that collaborating with organizations within the community is valuable for both students and organizations.  We have offered programs in conjunction with the Memorial Art Gallery, RCTV, Rochester Contemporary School of Music, Double G Ranch and Flower City Arts Center (formerly known as the Genesee Center for the Arts).

Youth Education Statement

At Writers & Books, joy is at the heart of all of our youth-related programs. We support our students in their quest to find their voices and share them. We seek to foster creativity in our youth as well as fine-tune the mechanics of their writing and other literary skills. Being involved in the creative process and the literary arts nurtures important human qualities including observation, critical thinking, imagination, and empathy. Our programs stretch our young people and ask them to grow in all of these areas, requiring risk-taking within a safe environment. We are here to plant the seeds which will hopefully continue to grow throughout a lifetime.


Thank you to our 2017 SummerWrite Presenting Sponsors:

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