Summer with RYW is a mind-bending, paradigm-shifting, kindred spirit-finding blast. Young writers come from all over the state (and sometimes beyond) to work on fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenplays, hybrid work and more - and our slew of guest authors and artists is pretty unbeatable. Join us!

The basic details:

- Camps run from Monday to Friday, 3 hours a day

- There are morning sessions (10am-1pm) and afternoon sessions (2-5pm) 

- Guest authors visit to teach a 2.5-hour workshop on Wednesdays of each session

- The cost is $160; half/full scholarships are available  

- Cancellation requests must be submitted two weeks prior to the start date of class in order to receive a refund or a credit


[5A] I Was Dreaming When I Wrote This: July 24-28, 10am-1pm
With SUZANNE, ages 12-14
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Guest author: Kelli Jo Ford

Color your character's inner life with an intense dream sequence, spirit animal or fantastic shamanic journey. We'll dabble in Jungian dream analysis, research spirit guides and delve into oracles as a means for your characters to access the spiritual realm swirling around them. This is a great way to add mystery and dimension to your stories- join us as we ramp up the foreshadowing and symbolism in your writing!

[5B] I Talk Back: July 24-28, 2-5pm
With ELIZABETH, ages 13-17
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Guest author: Rachel Pater

Are you bursting with things to say about the world around you? Things that make you hopeful, angry, joyous, excited or scared? Your voice is one of your most powerful tools for acting on your world. In this class specially designed for female-identifying and gender-nonconforming youth, we’ll tackle big questions like equality, body image and current events through our letters, poetry, free-writing and more. Gain skills and confidence making your voice heard and persuading others on issues that are important to you.


[6A] Planet X: July 31-August 4, 10am-1pm
With BIRD, ages 9-11
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Guest author: Phil Hilliker

If you were to look at a great fiction writer's desk, you'd probably see thick swaths of notes, lists, drawings and random words scribbled on napkins. And possibly some cat-sized bites out of a few things from long nights too absorbed in the story to remember to feed Meowzer. This fiction workshop is designed for writers who want to build a world from the foundations onward, one that houses great stories featuring unusual characters, places, languages, creatures and societies. We'll be writing, drawing, making lists, pulling our hair out and jumping for joy together as we tell them.

[6B] Life in 10 Minutes: July 31-August 4, 2-5pm - FULL!
With VALLEY, ages 14-17
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Guest author: Samantha Willis

Writers are thieves--of their own lives. Learn how to tap into your experiences, memories and flashes of insight 10 minutes at a time to jump start that novel, short story, poem, memoir blog or creative journal that's been lurking beneath the surface. In this "writing from life" workshop, we'll explore how to access the right side of the brain, side-step writer's block and get all of our words, thoughts and ideas onto the page, determining the genre only after the essential words have been written.

[7A] We All Live in a YOLO Submarine: August 7-11, 10am-1pm - FULL!
With SUZANNE, ages 9-11

Guest author: Matt Micou

Yup, we've got room for all your unsung heroes, wacky sidekicks, and reformed con artists. Bring along your nutty best friend or arch enemy as we board a submarine bound for the high seas. Could Aunt Betty’s talking parrot be spouting secrets from a former mob boss, or has Matey just been watching too many crime dramas? Join us as we invite a hilarious assortment of characters into a tight space with no room for a quick exit. Who will come out on top? We’ll dive deep into character development, building suspense, and developing plotline.

[7B] Painting With Words: August 7-11, 2-5pm
With JULIE, ages 12-14
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Guest author: Patty Smith

We'll dive into the confusing colors and make them clear, and we'll look at the strange and the surreal in order to do some deep writing! Five days of storytelling based on historical or modern, local or international paintings and drawings and sketches—oh my!—begins at RYW. Some of the melty-est, odd-est, and quirky-est visuals will decisively get your interpretation and your story tacked onto them. Feel empowered to finally add explanation to the inexplicable! No paintbrush necessary.

[8A] Wild and Free: August 14-18, 10am-1pm
With VALLEY, ages 12-16

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Guest author: Lindsay Chudzik

Who are you? Who do you long to be? What makes you happy? Where do you feel you most belong? Yoga and freewriting, mindmapping, the power of place, and the power of voice are the tools for our interior journey. This special workshop with Valley promises to fill out the writing toolkit and expand the sense of self. 

[8B] Intensity in Ten Cities: August 14-18, 2-5pm
With BIRD, ages 13-17
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Guest author: Gail Giewont

Poets! This one’s for you! We’re going to write SO MUCH POETRY. We’re going to talk poetry. Eat poetry. Breathe poetry. (Okay, maybe not breathe, but we really will be eating it!) And while we might explore forms, don’t worry, quatrain-a-phobes: free verse will reign. We’ll dip into songwriting and reimagine the concept of the epic poem for modern times. It’s going to be… intense.

[9A] Creative Cardistry: August 21-25, 10am-1pm
With KAYLA, ages 9-11
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Guest artist: Julie Glover

Magic, memory, fortune-telling, trading, sleight of hand...there are many ways to use a deck of cards. In Creative Cardistry, writers, artists, and gamers will use their skills and imagination to create a deck of cards - traditional or revolutionary! We'll explore the history and art of cardistry, and play card games for inspiration. By the end of the week, each creator will have their own unique deck of cards to share with the world. 

[9B] Divination: August 21-25, 2-5pm
With BIRD, ages 12-17
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Guest author: Look into your crystal ball and tell us who you see.

Yes. DIVINATION CLASS. We aren't going to say too much about this one. Only this: would you like to predict your future as a writer?