Joy and creativity are at the heart of SummerWrite, a successful multi–week program since 1985. Youngsters at every level–from the reluctant reader to the budding novelist–find and share their unique voices, make new friends, grow in self-confidence, and pursue learning as an adventure.

Being involved in the creative process and the literary arts nurtures essential qualities of observation, critical thinking, imagination, and empathy. SummerWrite stretches our young people and asks them to grow in all these areas. We are here to plant seeds for a lifetime of learning.  Need-based scholarships are available for all SummerWrite camps.

SummerWrite partners with the Memorial Art Gallery, Flower City Arts Center, five Rochester branch libraries, and the Rochester School for the Deaf to deliver experiences at the intersection of storytelling, hands-on art making, and social justice. Tuition-free camps at Arnett, Lincoln, Lyell, Maplewood, and Phillis Wheatley libraries offer opportunities for Rochester children and teens to participate in their own neighborhoods.

Visit our Things to Know and Teaching Artists pages for more information.

For assistance, email Youth Education Associate Vanessa Fulmore at

See the complete list of SummerWrite 2023 camps