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Flash! Fiction and Photography

Flower City Arts Center Address: 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

In this collaborative experience with Flower City Arts Center, students will create their own fictional stories with a skilled writer and then learn how to create their own black-and-white photographs with a skilled photographer to illustrate their writing. Students will have craft lessons in setting, character, and story arc, and will gain hands-on experience using […]

$300.00

The Harvest Season (July 1 – July 3)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(ALL DAY: for ages 12-15) Many problems beset our world: global warming, environmental disasters, conflict, drought, flood, famine, medical epidemics, economic disparities, and more. In this camp we will begin a hypothetical story with those universal problems and devise our own unique solutions to them. The tale begins. . . "Twin siblings,a girl and a […]

$136.00

Senior Sleuths (July 8 – July 12)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(MORNINGS: for ages 12-14) This mystery camp for experienced detectives will help you hone your skills as sleuths, critical thinkers, and writers. With lots of logic puzzles and gruesome crimes, and plenty of opportunity to write your own mysteries, you’ll learn about the process of deduction and how logic helps us not only solve mysteries […]

$126.00

Dragons, Dice, & Roleplaying (July 8 – July 12)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(ALL DAY: for ages 13-16) Calling all quest-seekers! What do collaborative roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons and writing have to do with each other? Quite a lot, as you’ll discover! In this class, we’ll explore rich, fantastical worlds; create complex, driven characters; and learn how to hone our plot points into stories that the […]

$231.00

Fiction in a Flash (July 8 – July 12)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 12-14) How many words do you need to create a compelling story? Fewer than you think! Flash fiction is the art of crafting a very short story in which each and every word is essential. In this camp, we will learn about all the elements of fiction writing and how they relate […]

$126.00

World Building (July 15 – July 19)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(MORNINGS: for ages 12-14) Dragon riders! Snow storms on Jupiter! Join us for an exploration of surprising worlds, from fantasy to science fiction and everything in between. Learn new perspectives from which to build in-depth worlds in your creative writing. Together we will investigate classic tales of unconventional peoples and how stories are told. Every […]

$126.00

Tiny Tales: Flash Fiction (July 15 – July 19)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(MORNINGS: for ages 14+) Sometimes inspiration strikes you in a glimpse, an image, or a moment. Sometimes those nuggets lead to full-fledged poems, stories, or creative essays, but other times, those slices become more powerful in the shortest form—the flash. In this week-long fiction intensive for teen writers, we’ll discuss sharp muses and condensed language, […]

$126.00

Writing Movies (July 15 – July 19)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) All the best stuff happens before the cameras roll! In this camp we’ll talk about what makes screenplays work and learn basic techniques by focusing on structure, story, characters, dialogue, and format. We’ll watch scenes from different movie genres and break down their scripts to see how the writer made it […]

$126.00

Afrofuturism: Writing a New World (July 15 – July 19)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 12-14) Calling All World Makers! Using elements of science fiction, Afrofuturism explores the intersection of African/African-American culture with technology and ecology in order to interrogate and re-examine historical events. In this camp you will get to create a unique never-seen-before world! With magical amulets, future tech, mythology, mystery, history, and YOUR imagination, […]

$126.00

CAMP FULL: Dumbledore’s Army (July 22 – July 26)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(ALL DAY: for ages 14+) Are you considering a career as an auror? Do you look up to the members of the Order of the Phoenix? Do you wish you had more opportunities to gather with like-minded wizards and witches? We will begin each day in the Great Hall with all the Hogwarts students for […]

$325.00

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

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(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 […]

$126.00

Novel Tools (July 29 – August 2)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(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 […]

$126.00

Outdoor Writer (July 29 – August 2)

Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat 6581 W Hollow Rd., Naples, United States

(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 […]

$382.00

Fairytale Heroines (July 29 – August 2)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(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 […]

$126.00

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

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(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 […]

$126.00

Songwriter’s Workshop (August 5 – August 9)

Rochester Contemporary School of Music 1 Grove St #122a, Pittsford, NY, United States

(ALL DAY: for teens) NOTE: Camp meets at Rochester Contemporary School of Music, The Old Pickle Factory Building, 1 Grove Street, Suite 122A, Pittsford, NY 14534 Do you constantly have a tune playing in your head? Are you always listening to music? Do you wish you could write your own songs, like your favorite artists? […]

$319.00

Teen Comedy Improv (August 5 – August 9)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(AFTERNOONS: for teens) Have you ever seen the television show Whose Line is It Anyway? and thought, “I’d like to do that!” Here’s your chance! Comedy improvisation is the art of acting without a script. You will try many theatre games, sometimes plugging in audience suggestions, with the result being at best hilarious and at […]

$126.00

Writing with the Hermit Crab (August 12 – August 16)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(MORNINGS: for ages 14+) Hermit crab?! What does this creature have to do with creative writing?! Just as the hermit crab finds a new home in a shell that once belonged to another animal, writing of any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) can find a home in different shaped “shells” or forms. In this camp, students […]

$126.00

Teen Playwriting Workshop (August 12 – August 16)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(AFTERNOONS: for teens) We all know and love Young Adult novels, but where are the plays featuring strong teenage protagonists? This class hopes to fill the void! We’ll read scenes from contemporary plays that feature compelling teen characters, and talk about how to write dramatic structure, engaging dialogue, and perception shifts. Whether you’re drawn to […]

$126.00

Citizens: A Conversation on Race, Identity, & Democracy (August 12 – August 16)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) Using Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric, which recounts acts of racism in lyrical prose poems, as a jumping off point, we will engage in discussion and writing around racial, identity, and social justice issues. We will examine the question of what makes a person the “other.” Through open, ongoing […]

$136.00
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Writing Characters: Heroes, Villains, and Everybody In Between (August 19 – August 23)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(MORNINGS: for ages 14+) What makes Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, or Twilight’s Bella and Edward so real and beloved? Bringing characters to life in words can feel almost magical. We'll create some of that magic through fun exercises, discussions, videos, and lots of writing. You’ll learn to develop unique, dynamic, and passionate characters from the […]

$126.00
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Produce a 90-Second Newbery Film (August 19 – August 23)

RCTV Media Center 21 Gorham St., Rochester, NY, United States

(ALL DAY: for ages 13-16) NOTE: Meets at RCTV, 21 Gorham Street Over the course of this week-long camp, students transform into cast and crew to make their own short movie based on a Newbery Medal-winning book. You will learn how to run cameras, set up lights, operate audio equipment, direct, and edit. Oh, and […]

$260.00
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Deaf Lens: A Filmmaking Workshop (August 19 – August 30)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(ALL DAY: for ages 10-15) ‘As luck would have it, ASL is a language of moving pictures’ - Kenny Lerner & Peter Cook, The Flying Words Project Calling would-be filmmakers! In this two-week-long camp, Deaf and hard of hearing campers get an incredible opportunity to create your own short films! Under the careful guidance of […]

$470.00
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I Wonder: Exploring Eternal Questions (August 19 – August 23)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(ALL DAY: for ages 12-14) Do you enjoy arguing . . . in defense of your ideas? Are you endlessly curious? What about searching for what lies beneath the surface? If so, this is the camp for you! Become a modern- day philosopher, learning how to debate and write creatively. Your personal journal will help […]

$252.00

CANCELED: It’s Alive! Frankenstein and Sci-Fi (August 19 – August 23)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley in a competition with her husband and a friend to write the best horror story, is an early example of science fiction and, some have argued, the first true science fiction story. In this camp, we will use Frankenstein as a springboard to discuss the science […]

$126.00
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What is the World Coming To?! Exploring Dystopian Lit (August 26 – August 30)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(MORNINGS: ages 12-14) A dystopia is an imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, but is it really just imagined – or do we currently live in a dystopian society? In this camp, we will discuss the background and history of the genre of dystopian fiction with special attention to […]

$126.00
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Your Own Graphic Novel (August 26 – August 30)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(MORNINGS: for ages 14+) Are you a comics or manga fan eager to tell your own stories combining words and pictures? Together we’ll explore how to write a dynamic and visual plot, create compelling characters, script lifelike dialogue, and conceive action-oriented illustrations that leap to life on the page. No matter what your writing or […]

$126.00
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Create a Modern Day Radio Drama (August 26 – August 30)

RCTV Media Center 21 Gorham St., Rochester, NY, United States

(ALL DAY: for ages 12+) NOTE: Meets at RCTV, 21 Gorham Street Imagine if the Twilight Zone or War of the Worlds was on the air today. In this weeklong camp, students will write and produce a thrilling audio play. Students will work together to create a riveting script, learn voice techniques, create sound effects […]

$260.00

CANCELED: Uncanny Flash Fiction: Sinister Utopias and Magical Mega-Cities (August 26 – August 30)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) What if hackers used magic? Or ghosts explored space? Maybe aliens have already come to Earth but live inside our smartphones. Some worlds are stranger—and faster—than others. In this class we’ll take fantasy and sci-fi world-building to a new level by combining it with flash fiction. Students will craft short works […]

$126.00

CANCELED: We Breathe Fire: Poetry Slam (August 26 – August 30)

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 12-14) Slam Poetry is an art form where performance meets reality. It is used to show one's story, to speak and breathe life into a poem. Spoken word is an outlet. A voice for those to shine and bring words to life—from sharing a funny moment to grappling with challenges, from celebrating […]

$126.00
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