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Outdoor Writers | Ages: 9 – 16

July 29 @ EST 9:30 am - August 2 @ EST 3:30 pm


Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, nature, and you! Spend five days communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail as you learn the art of observation. Visit nearby Cumming Nature Center, where you’ll create field journals in which to sketch and write. Visiting artists throughout the week will offer workshops in Native Dance, yoga, and spoken word poetry.  You’ll create stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the landscape, plants, and animals. Our favorite pieces will be used to create an all-camp anthology. Please dress to hike and pack a bag lunch each day. If you have your own camera, bring that as well! For some activities, campers will be split into two groups by age.

NOTE: Round-trip busing will be provided to Writers & Books’ retreat center in Naples, NY, departing 740 University Avenue, Rochester, at 8:30 am and returning at 4:30 pm. Alternatively, campers may provide their own transportation. Additional information will be provided after registration.

Teaching Artist(s): Marissa Engel and Emma Callahan

Camp Date: July 29 – August 2

Camp Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Camp Location: Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, Naples, NY

Price: Members $344 | General Public $377

Deadline To Register: July 21, 11:30 pm

Minimum Enrollment: 8

Maximum Enrollment: 20


Scholarships Available. If your scholarship application is declined or the award does not meet your need, please email office@wab.org with the subject line “SW Scholarship” to discuss an adjustment.

SummerWrite Tee Shirts
Every camper who registers on or before June 1, 2024, receives one complimentary tee. You have the opportunity to indicate size at the time of registration. A very limited number of shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis after the June 1 deadline. Reserve your free SummerWrite 2024 T-Shirt here!

For more information about SummerWrite visit our Things to Know page.


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Outdoor Writers | Ages: 9 - 16
$ 377.00


July 29 @ EST 9:30 am
August 2 @ EST 3:30 pm
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Writers & Books
(585) 473-2590
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Writers & Books
740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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(585) 473-2590
If you would like to make a request for any accommodation, please email us at accommodation@wab.org at least 10 days prior to the event or workshop.

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