SummerWrite FAQs

Things To Know

Group Size and Instructor Ratio: Workshops are limited to a total enrollment of 12 students with the exception of a few specific classes. Most workshops are led by one adult teaching artist and one high school or college apprentice.

What to Bring: Unless otherwise noted in the description, all you need is a pen and paper, water bottle, and lunch if you’re staying all day. Please leave cell phones and other electronic devices at home or turned off completely and tucked in a backpack or bag.

Food: Snacks and water are provided for breaks, though please bring a water bottle. Full day participants bring their own lunches. Please make note of any allergies or dietary restrictions on the registration form and we will do our best to accommodate.

Choose Full days or Half days: Workshops offered are either half days or full days. A morning workshop may be combined with an afternoon workshop for a full day of programming. Students staying all day will be supervised during the lunch hour, from 12 pm-1 pm.

Supervision and Hours: Participants must be checked in and signed out by an adult. Supervision by staff and instructors is provided continuously from 8:45 am–4:15 pm. Any student arriving earlier than 8:45 am or departing later than 4:15 pm is expected to register for, and pay for, extended care.

Extended Care: Extended care is available if a child must arrive more than 15 minutes before class begins or stay more than 15 minutes after class is over. We need to know your extra care needs at least two weeks in advance to be sure we can fill your request. Payment is based on the week:

7:30 arrival = $45/week.
8:00 arrival = $30/week.

5:00 departure = $30/week.
5:30 departure = $45/week.

Field Trips and Final Presentations: Several of our camps take advantage of arts institutions close by, such as the George Eastman House and the Memorial Art Gallery. Many use dramatic arts as well—and therefore may end with a presentation on Friday, and/or a group publication.

Payment: Full payment for each workshop, for each participant, plus membership fee if due, is required at time of initial registration.

Withdrawal Policy: A full refund is given in the event that W&B must cancel a class. If you withdraw up to one week before the first day of a class, W&B will give a full refund, minus a 10% administrative fee. Within one week of a class, W&B will refund 50% or give a full credit toward another class. After the first class and up to the day of the second class, W&B will refund 50% or give a pro-rated credit. After the second class, there will be no refunds or credits.

Cancellation Procedure: In the rare event that a class has to be cancelled due to low enrollment or other unforeseeable circumstances, you will be notified a minimum of one week before the scheduled start of the class.

Facilities: Our beautiful 1903 Claude Bragdon building on ArtWalk in the Neighborhood of the Arts is fully wheelchair accessible, with three sun-lit, air-conditioned workshop rooms, a computer lab, and a performance space. We use our landscaped grounds and the playground next door for outdoor time during lunch. In addition, daily playground break-time or other outdoor activities are scheduled for each group. Some classes also take place at our rural facility, Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, located on 24 acres in scenic South Bristol.

Map & Directions: Writers & Books is located at 740 University Avenue between Merriman Street and Atlantic Avenue in the Neighborhood of the Arts. Click here for map and directions.

Where to Park: There is parking in our lot, which can be entered from University Avenue or Atlantic Avenue. Parking is also available on the streets surrounding W&B. Please be aware of signs for parking restrictions. If you wish to park close to the entrance, we suggest arriving early to ensure that a space is available in our lot. Please do not park directly in front of our door as this blocks our accessible entrance.

Referral Program: The highest form of flattery is referring your friends to us! You could earn a $10 credit toward SummerWrite for each new child you refer to us. Just be sure your friend mentions your name when registering. Questions? Call or email us: (585) 473-2590 x107,

Membership: It pays to be a member! Sign up for a student or household membership and receive discounts on SummerWrite classes, along with other benefits. Our special Turning Pages Readers’ Circle membership allows a unique way of discovering books while also supporting Writers & Books programs. Four times each year a surprise book will arrive in your mailbox! Also, throughout the year there will be exclusive events that will illuminate the selections and provide opportunities to meet other Readers’ Circle members. For more information on any of our membership levels, call (585) 473-2590 x107, or click here to become a member today!

Scholarships: Writers & Books is committed to making our programs available to all members of the community. We offer partial and full scholarships based on need. Click here for an application or contact Sarah Brown with questions:

Summerwrite Blog: During the week(s) your child is in camp, please visit to see a list of activities your child participated in during his or her class, which are sometimes accompanied by photos and other interesting tidbits about the SummerWrite program!

Accessibility: Writers & Books welcomes and encourages people with disabilities to participate in our programs! Our facility at 740 University Avenue is equipped with a lift and elevators to provide full wheelchair accessibility. Accessible parking is available in our lot at the rear of the building near our main entrance off Atlantic Avenue. If you would like to make a request for any accommodation, please email us at at least 10 days prior to the workshop.

Questions?: Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us! Contact our Director of Youth Education, Sally Bittner Bonn, at Or, for day-to-day questions during SummerWrite, to report absences, or to figure out logistics of your child’s day, please contact our SummerWrite Coordinator at

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.