Summer Writing Camps for Teens (Part One)



Writing camps for teens can be found all across the country. Some are free, some are expensive, and some actually pay teens to attend.

Here are a few… more to come!

Duke University Young Writers’ Camp (Durham, N.C.)

This summer program provides an opportunity to explore short fiction, poetry, journalism, and playwriting with instruction by professional writers and educators. Includes a daily Readers’ Forum (sharing work with peers) and recreational activities.

For those in grades 6 – 11 during the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • Session I: June 16 – June 28, 2013
  • Session II: July 7 – July 19, 2013
  • Session III: July 21 – August 2, 2013
  • Residential campers: $1,995
  • Extended Day campers: $1,225
  • Day Campers: $955

“Students who have average or above-average reading and writing abilities will benefit most from attending the program. Since the camp is academically rigorous, we encourage attendance only for students who are academically motivated and have the ability to manage their time to complete assignments.”

More info and registration forms at

The Young Writers’ Camp (Secondary Writing Institute) at Los Angeles Writing Project

This summer program, taught by university faculty and certified classroom teachers, features daily writing workshops introducing students to the writing process, strategies of professional writers, and a variety of writing types. Writing activities are blended with other creative arts, including drama, music, storytelling, drawing, and painting.

For students in grades 7-12 (grade level you will be entering in the Fall).

The duration of the camp is three weeks, July 8-25, Monday –Thursday from 9:00-12:30. Fee for the entirety of the camp is $300.00 ($325 if you are paying by credit card transaction.

More information and registration form at

The YAWP Summer Teen Fellowship

The Summer Teen Fellowship from Grub Street is an intensive, three-week creative writing program for incoming 9th-12 graders in the Boston area. Through classes, workshops, and readings, students will generate new work, learn about the craft of writing, and gain knowledge of the writing/publishing world. Each student will receive a stipend of $300 upon completing the program. The YAWP Fellowship is by application only and only 18 students will be chosen to participate.

When: July 15th-August 1st, Monday-Thursday from 10:30am-3:30pm. Snacks are included each day.

Information on this and other Grub Street writing camps for teens is at

More summer writing camps for teens in my next post!

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