SummerWrite

Weeklong SummerWrite camps for readers and writers K-12 inspire creativity, confidence, curiosity, and self-expression. Joy and creativity are at the heart of SummerWrite, a supportive space where students are encouraged to find and share their unique voices and embrace opportunities to fine tune the mechanics of writing and other skills. 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 the seeds for a lifetime of learning.

For more information about SummerWrite visit our Things to Know page.
Visit our Teaching Artists page for more information about the instructors for SummerWrite.

For assistance email Vanessa Fulmore at vanessaf@wab.org.

Upcoming SummerWrite Camps


Percy Jackson’s Magic Pen | Ages: 8-12

Percy Jackson is mighty with his sword; his creator, Rick Riordan, is mighty with his pen. Experiment with the writing methods Riordan uses to weave a siren spell. You will […]

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$300

Dragons, Dice, & Roleplaying | Ages: Teen

Calling all quest seekers! What do collaborative role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and writing have to do with each other? Quite a lot, as you’ll discover. In this camp, […]

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$300

The Art of Storytelling, Myths & Motifs | Ages: 12-14

The Epic of Gilgamesh “Tell me a tale that always was. Read me a story that I can be in...Turn me around so that I can see everything I was […]

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$150

Native Peoples: Magic Tree House Adventure | Ages: 6-8

In this week-long camp we’ll immerse ourselves in the cultures of indigenous peoples from many lands while we explore favorite Magic Tree House tales Buffalo Before Breakfast, Polar Bears Past […]

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$150

Write a Short Play | Ages: 12-14

Do you love theatre? Do you have a big imagination? Have you always wished you could see the characters and stories in your head come to life in front of […]

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$150

Stories to Grow On | Ages: 6-8

Get to know YOU through the great world of books. We’ll read stories as a group, create art and games, venture out into the museum for special activities, and learn […]

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$150

Building Fantastical Worlds | Ages: 8-11

Have you ever wondered what it’s like living in a magical world, like that of Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, or The Borrowers? How do we leave everyday routines and […]

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$150

Supernatural Shakespeare | Ages: 8-11

Calling young thespians! We’ll spend the week walking into the world of William Shakespeare, with a special focus on his use of the supernatural in his plays. We’ll explore his […]

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$150

Novel Tools | Ages: 12-14

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 fiction writers use to bring […]

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$150

Writers & Illustrators | Ages: 10-13

In this exciting camp, a collaboration between Writers & Books and the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG), you’ll create your own fantastically illustrated and imaginatively written story. […]

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Hogwarts Express | Ages: 8-10

Immerse yourself in Harry Potter’s world! This workshop is for young wizards and witches who haven’t yet read the full series. With dramatic read-alouds, creative projects, and visits from special […]

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$150

Writing Movies | Ages: Teen

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, […]

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$150

Secrets of Trees | Ages: 6-8

Trees are central to our existence—providing the very air we breathe, and setting the backdrop for many of our favorite stories. This exciting new camp incorporates  both science and fantasy. […]

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$150

Hogwarts Academy | Ages: 8-14

Immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter as all of Writers & Books turns into Hogwarts! Throughout the week, students will attend classes such as Herbology, Care of Magical […]

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$385

Telling Tales | Ages: 7-9

In this exciting camp, a collaboration between Writers & Books and the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, you’ll create your own characters and explore your own story ideas. […]

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Tomar espacio, Hacer espacio: narración a través de la poesía en dos idiomas | Take Space, Make Space: Storytelling through Dual-Language poetry | Ages: 10-13

Todos tenemos una historia y ahora necesitamos unirnos para contarlas porque cada cuento importa. Durante este programa vamos a ‘tomar espacio, hacer espacio’ por la poesía para contar la historia […]

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$150

Story Writing Boot Camp | Ages: 12-14

Learn the essentials of voice, character, conflict, and dialogue to build a story and keep it going. Whatever kind of fiction you write, we’ll hone in on what makes a […]

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$150

I Wonder… Exploring Eternal Questions | Ages: Teen

Does the state of our world today concern you? Do you ask yourself, “What can I do?” Do you enjoy defending your ideas? Searching for what lies beneath the surface? […]

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$150

Deaf Lens: These Walls Are Signing | Ages: 11-15

Camp conducted in American Sign Language Calling future writers, visual storytellers, artists, and filmmakers! In this two-week-long camp, Deaf and Hard of Hearing campers participate in designing and painting a […]

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$600

Fiction in a Flash | Ages: 10-13

Flash fiction is a very short form of story writing where every word is essential. This genre has all the parts of a story—characters, setting, and plot—but in a nutshell. […]

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$150

Panel by Panel: Storytelling in Comics and Manga | Ages: 12-14

In this new camp you will learn the art of transforming a written story into a comic. We’ll look at and discuss media that has been made in both word […]

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$150

Poetry, Pottery, & Paper | Ages: 8-11

This collaboration between Writers & Books and the Flower City Arts Center provides a unique opportunity merging visual arts with creative writing. You will work with artists to handbuild a […]

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$375

Writing with Light | Ages: 12-14

The word photography means “writing with light.” Using a 35mm film camera (provided) and a pen and notebook, we will explore the uniqueness of the Neighborhood of the Arts. There […]

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$375

Build-a-Book | Ages: 10-13

  So you want to write a book, but you need a plan? Learn how to plot a book chapter by chapter, taking your great idea and turning it into […]

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$300

Theatre for Social Change | Ages: 12-14

Are you passionate about seeking justice? Do you listen in on current events and happenings in your community, wondering what you can do to make the world a better, more […]

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$150

Comedy Improv | Ages: 12-14

Have you ever seen a comedy improv show or the television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and thought, “That looks like fun!” It is fun, and here is your […]

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$150