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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Summer Camps
Young Writers Programs Summer 2020

Led by the region's finest teachers, the Hudson Valley Writing Project offers children and teens unique writing and learning experiences at local cultural and historic sites, nature preserves, and college campuses. 

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AGES 7-9

WRITE ON THE FARM 
Poughkeepsie Farm Project 
July 29-Aug 2  |  9 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  $195
 
Join us as we explore a community farm together! Hands-on activities will inspire our writing and creativity as we grow, harvest, cook, and eat delicious, farm-fresh food. 

AGES 10-12 

WRITING FOR FUN 
SUNY New Paltz 
July 8-12  |  9 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  $275 

Exciting writing prompts, art activities, and inspiring visits to the campus art museum and planetarium will spark our creativity as we learn about and practice the craft of writing. 

CREATING COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS 
SUNY New Paltz 
July 15-19  |  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  $295  |  2 sections 
Who doesn't love a story with pictures? We will explore comics, graphic novels, and more as we develop our own characters, write dialogue, and illustrate our original stories to create exciting new texts. 

AGES 10-14 

BECOMING AUTHORS & ARTISTS 
Storm King Art Center, New Windsor 
July 22-26  |  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  $295 
This world famous sculpture park is the perfect setting to write, learn about and make art, while exploring the park's rolling hills, fields, meadows, and woodlands. 

WRITE THEN, WRITE NOW 
Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz 
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uly 29-Aug 2  |  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  $195 
Discover your creativity and your voice as a writer as we travel between the past and the present, exploring colonial-era stone houses and artifacts, a working community farm, and a magical wildlife sanctuary. 

AGES 12-14 

WRITING SCI-FI & FANTASY 
SUNY New Paltz 
July 8-12  |  9 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  $275 
Immerse yourself in a world of your own creation! Let your imagination loose and create a world in writing and art by developing characters, mapping out the places they live, and dreaming up an adventurous plot. 

FROM PLAYWRITING TO PERFORMANCE 
SUNY New Paltz 
July 15-19  |  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  $295 
In this playwriting workshop, we will take our writing from the page to the stage! Working together, we'll craft characters, produce exciting scenes, and bring our words to life in our very own production.

AGES 12-16 

COURAGEOUS WRITERS 
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, Hyde Park 
July 22-26  |  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  $195 

We will write and explore the power of history to inform the future as we hike beautiful parklands, visit FDR's Presidential Library, his family home, the Vanderbilt estate, and Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-kill. 

AGES 13-17 

WRITING THE COLLEGE ESSAY 
Vassar College: July 22-26  |  9 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  $275 
A good college essay communicates who you are and what you believe. Together we will study essays that work, brainstorm topics, and learn how to organize our ideas as we write in a relaxed, supportive setting. For rising juniors and seniors. 

TEEN WRITERS INSTITUTE 
Vassar College: July 29-Aug 2  |  9 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  $275 **This program is currently enrolled to capacity. Please consider another program or register for the wait list.**
Working in a creative workshop setting, we will tell our stories through personal essays, fiction, and poetry. We'll share ideas and respond to each other's work as we polish our writing for an anthology. 

 

HVWP offers a 10% tuition discount to: 

  • Families registering siblings and/or one child for multiple sessions. 
  • SUNY New Paltz faculty/staff, HVWP teacher consultants, and faculty/staff members of HVWP's partner sites. 

HVWP is committed to making our youth programs accessible to all students. To apply, please visit our Tuition Assistance page