What to bring:

  • Notebook with lined paper
  • Pencils
  • Snack
  • Water Bottle
  • Face mask (optional)
  • Sunscreen (labeled with name)
Creative writing activity, girl writing in her workbook

The Thrills and Chills of Creative Writing

One two-week session
June 12–23 (No camp June 19)
9–11:30 a.m. 
Rising 4th through rising 6th graders 


Pump up your writing with tips and twists from the award-winning (and frequently funny) author of 80+ children's books!

This is NOT your typical writing program. It is an eye-opening expedition into the sometimes challenging and always exhilarating experience of creating a story (or article, or essay, or ANY kind of writing) that will entertain others. You’ll download effective strategies including how to produce a propulsive plot, populate it with unpredictable characters, incorporate humor, build to a compelling climax, and leave readers wanting more.

On a structural level, you’ll learn how to come up with irresistible opening lines, craft cliffhangers both epic and subtle, and use metaphor to develop your distinctive voice as a writer.

Each session, you will (a) complete one or two short writing exercises and (b) relax while listening to the imaginative stories of your peers—a nurturing mix of writing, sharing, and lively discussion.

You’ll come away from the program motivated to write for fun and ready to embrace the writing required for school…AKA skills for life! Also, you’ll look at books and movies you love in a new way, with a more critical eye, which will help you write more vividly yourself.

All writing is done in session; no homework.

IMPORTANT: Please tell your young writer in advance that everyone will read aloud what they write at camp. With conviction!

Also check out The Writer's Workshop!