Hudson Valley Writing Project

Young Writers Programs: Summer 2021

Experience the power of writing and community this summer! The Hudson Valley Writing Project is pleased to offer online, enrichment writing workshops to bring young people together to tell their stories, share their thoughts and ideas, and develop new friendships. HVWP's community is committed to the social and emotional wellbeing of all writers - students and teachers alike.

Please note that all classes will take place remotely via Zoom in summer 2021.

Download our program flyer PDFs in English and Spanish, or share programs by email.

WONDROUS WRITERS
Ages 8-9

Curiosity is the best inspiration for writing! Together, we will explore all sorts of questions as we write, create, and discover more about the world around us.

July 12-16 | 9 - 11 a.m. | $195

 

NATURE WRITERS
Ages 8-10

Through virtual walks in natural places and actual explorations of the world around us, we will develop our powers of observation. We will write stories and poems sharing what we see and care about.

July 5-9 | 9 - 11 a.m. | $195

 

GIRLS WITH SOMETHING TO SAY
Ages 9-12

Join us to meet new friends, tell your stories, and find your voice in a supportive circle of girls. Learning from women in history and women in our lives, we will speak and write about the issues that are important to us.

July 19-29 (2 weeks, Mon.-Thurs.) | 9 - 11:30 a.m. | $175

 

WRITING FOR FUN
Ages 10-12

Exciting writing prompts, art activities, and inspiring virtual field trips will spark our creativity as we learn about and practice the craft of writing.

July 12-16 | 9 - 11 a.m. | $195

 

WRITING & ROLEPLAYING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
Ages 12-14

Together we will create characters and write mythic stories, replete with magic and monsters, heroes and villains, then roll the dice and let the adventures (and the battles) begin!

July 12-22 (2 weeks, Mon.-Thurs.) | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | $295

 

RISE UP & WRITE
Ages 12-16

What kind of world do we want to live in? Join with other teens to explore, write, and speak out about the important issues in our lives. Use your voice. Change the world.

June 28-July 2 | 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | $250

 

WRITING SCI-FI & FANTASY
Ages 12-16

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.

July 26-30 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | $250

 

MAKING OUR VOICES HEARD
Ages 13-17

In this special workshop for teenage girls, we will tell our stories and speak our truth. Taking inspiration from women in history and women today, we'll gain new perspectives on feminism and social justice, and use our voices to shape the future.

July 19-29 (2 weeks, Mon.-Thurs.) | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | $195

 

TEEN WRITERS INSTITUTE
Ages 13-17

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.

July 5-9 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | $250

 

PODCASTING & AUDIO STORYTELLING
Ages 13-17

Find your voice! Taking inspiration from the worlds of journalism and performance, we will write for audiences of listeners and gain essential technical skills to record our own audio stories, colored by music and interviews.

August 2-6 | 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | $250

 

WRITING THE COLLEGE ESSAY
Rising high school juniors & seniors

A good college essay communicates who you are and what you believe. We will study essays that work, brainstorm topics, and transform our ideas into solid drafts, as we give and receive feedback in a relaxed, supportive setting.

July 12-16 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | $250

 

For more information about our online Young Writers Programs, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

As HVWP is a non-profit organization, please consider making a donation to help serve our students and support our mission.

Please contact us with your questions at hvwp@newpaltz.edu or (845) 257-2836.

For a list of past classes, see our Summer 2020 archive.