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¡Bienvenidos! Fun with Spanish (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 5-7) If you want to explore the Spanish language in a fun and creative way, this is the camp for you! We will learn the language through songs, games, stories, outdoor play, and multimedia. In addition, a walking field trip to the public market will help us learn and review our colors and food words in a real-world environment. This week-long experience with Spanish promises great excitement. Families will be invited to a final fiesta on the…

Supernatural Shakespeare (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 8-11) Calling young thespians! We’ll spend the week walking into the world of William Shakespeare, with special focus on his use of the supernatural in his plays. We’ll explore his life and times and learn the secrets to his use of language. We’ll play theatre games, peek into some of his otherworldly plots and characters, and even learn how to ward off the curse of The Scottish Play! Come, let’s cook up some chaos, incite some sibling…

Your Incredible Illustrated Story (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 10-13) What do you want to say? In this exciting collaboration between Writers & Books and the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, you’ll create your own fantastically illustrated and self-written story while learning from master teaching artists: a writer and a visual artist. You’ll learn the tools of the trade—how to illustrate an idea, choose a fitting style, and draw things you don’t know how to draw—and learn the basics of plot, character, and…

Where’s Walden? (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 9-12) Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week 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. Try your hand at a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. Create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and…

Outdoor Writer (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 13-16) Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week 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. Try your hand at a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. Create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and…

Novel Tools (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 12-15) Whether you aspire to write fantasy, science fiction, historical, or contemporary realist novels, you’ll want to develop the skills and discover the tools that successful novelists use to bring their stories to life from intriguing beginnings to satisfying conclusions. We will focus on choosing point of view; developing complex characters, compelling setting, and atmosphere; and creating and sustaining interest through conflicts with important stakes, suspense, and surprise. We will also look at the use of dialogue…

Celebrating our Stories: A Workshop for LGBTQ+ Teens and Allies (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 14+) Together, we’ll create a safe and fun space to share LGBTQ+ stories, poetry, and songs. We'll learn about the craft of writing and storytelling and write our own stories about love, gender, friendship, family, coming out, and other joys and struggles of queerness in our lives. And we'll celebrate growing up "different." Come learn more about writing, meet new friends, write the stories you've always wanted to write, tell your truth, and be yourself.

Fairy Tales Around the World (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 5-7) Wish you could travel around the world? At Writers & Books you can! Come listen to stories and poems from cultures near and far—we’ll read fairy tales from various cultures ranging from Europe to Africa to Asia! Each day we will explore and experience a bit of different cultures, do crafts, and even learn words from different languages! This class will allow for us to celebrate diversity while exploring literature and discovering the details of different…

Fairytale Heroines (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) We’ve all learned about Sleepy Snow White and Drowsy Sleeping Beauty. But fairytales worldwide feature heroines with a little more oomph who were much less likely to doze off at inopportune times. In this camp students will explore fairytale heroines and discuss new ways to look at some of the classics we’ve read since we were just little kids. Students will work together to create a book of their very own modern fairy tales with a…

Meet the Magic Dragon (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 7-9) This camp is not about dragons, it is about writing, artwork, and trying to get published! Are you a serious writer or artist who would like to see your work in print? This camp provides a real opportunity for advanced students to have work considered for publication in The Magic Dragon, an award-winning, local art and literary magazine for young people. Each student will receive a complimentary copy of The Magic Dragon to see first-hand examples…

Find a Mystery (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) There’s something mysterious about Writers & Books. Was the building designed by a man who talked to ghosts? Where does the staircase go and what’s with the little door at the top? What happened to the cracker I left on the mantel last month? It’s a mystery! Whether your favorite sleuth is Nancy Drew or Herculeah Jones, Dink Duncan or Encyclopedia Brown, you’re sure to get a chance to follow their lead: something mysterious is always…

Live From Writers & Books: Comedy Writing and Performance (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 12-15) Have you ever seen a comedy sketch, or short comedy play, or a stand-up comedy routine and thought, “That looks like fun”? It is fun, and now you can try it at SummerWrite! In “Live from Writers & Books,” students will be given a brief introduction to different types of live comedic performance and learn different techniques to add humor to their writing. Students will have an opportunity to write and to try out stand up…

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