SummerWrite: Things To Know

Registration takes place online at Email Clara O’Connor at with any questions or to request assistance.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, & Inclusion
Writers & Books commits to an antiracist philosophy and practice. Please visit for more information.

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 our secure, confidential online scholarship portal.

Writers & Books welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities, as well as individuals from the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities. To make a request for accommodations, such as captioning, please email us at at least 10 days before the camp begins.

Please make note of your camp’s location in the description. Most camps take place at Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester.

Satellite venues for select camps


  • Morning camps run 9 am – 12 pm: drop off 8:30-9 am; pick up 12 pm
  • Afternoon camps run 1 pm – 4 pm: drop off 12:45-1 pm; pick up:4 pm
  • Full day camps run 9 am – 4 pm: drop off 8:30 – 9; pick up 4 pm

Participants may attend SummerWrite for a full day by enrolling in both a morning and an afternoon camp. Campers who stay all day will be supervised continuously, 8:30 am-4:00 pm.

What to Bring to Camp
Unless otherwise noted:

  • Pen/pencil and notebook/paper
  • A water bottle
  • A snack to eat during break outside (optional)
  • Lunch, if staying all day

Please do NOT bring:

  • Nuts or nut products of any kind
  • Cell phone or other electronic device (if necessary, they may be turned off and stored in a backpack or bag)

Teaching Artists
Learn more about our Teaching Artists’ breadth of experience and expertise here.

High school-age and college-age apprentices assist in all our camps.

Group Size and Instructor Ratio
Camp sizes are kept small, generally with a ceiling of 12, to maximize group interaction and individual attention. Most camps are led by one adult teaching artist and one high school or college apprentice.

Final Presentations and Anthologies
Many camps have creative ways to celebrate participants’ works, including showcase presentations, digital anthologies, or Hogwarts’ Quibbler newsletter. We email families about these opportunities to engage with campers’ achievements.

Your Writers & Books membership goes far in supporting programs and opportunities that enrich and transform lives. Plus, it pays to be a member! Sign up for a student or household membership and receive discounts on SummerWrite camps.

Buying Books
Whether your SummerWrite camp recommends specific titles— or you simply want to add new books to your family library— our independent bookstore Ampersand Books is happy to help. Order online any time or browse in person, Wednesday – Saturday. Please visit our friends at Hipocampo Children’s Books to browse a robust, diverse selection of books for children and teens.

SummerWrite Tee Shirts
Every camper who registers prior to June 1, 2024, receives one complimentary tee. You have the opportunity to indicate size at the time of registration. A very limited number of shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis after the June 1 deadline.

Masking is optional for all participants, staff, parents, visitors etc.

All teaching artists, staff, apprentices, interns, and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination for students is preferred but not required.

Stay home if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or any other contagious illness, including, but not limited to: sore throat, congestion or runny nose, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

Returning to Camp
Any camper who has tested positive for COVID-19 may return to camp if all of the following are true:

  • No longer exhibiting symptoms
  • It has been at least 7 days since initial positive test result
  • Tested negative for COVID-19

Cancellations, Withdrawals, & Refunds

  • In the event that a camp is canceled due to low enrollment or other unforeseeable circumstances, registrants will be notified as far in advance as possible, generally 3-5 business days before the start of camp. A full refund will be issued.
  • If you withdraw at least 30 days before the first day of camp, you will receive a full refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. No refunds will be given for withdrawals with later email dates. To withdraw, email

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to be in touch! Email Clara O’Connor at with any questions or to request assistance..