RYW summer camps are week-long, creativity-sparking experiences during which young writers bond over the ecstasy and misery of storytelling.

Each camp week features a revered guest star - a published author, an inspirational community leader, a brilliant musician, etc. - as well as a sharp look at a favorite genre, plenty of writing time, snacks and camaraderie.

Please note the age group and time frame when you’re registering for camps, as we have two camps per week and each is geared toward a specific age range. We can accommodate students who fall within 6 months of the starting age if they’re already showing a commitment to writing and can work in a group setting with older writers.


6A: Monster Mayhem [ages 11-14]
August 5-9, 10am-1pm
With Phil, $160
Guest starring: Author Patty Smith, The Year of Needy Girls

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Monsters are amazing! Whether they're trying to eat us or give us snuggly hugs, it's impossible not to love them. Celebrate the full range of inhuman creatures as we explore historical monsters, admire mythical animals, and create a beastly menagerie of our own.

6B: Beginning to End [ages 14-17]
August 5-9, 2-5pm
With Elizabeth, $160
Guest starring: Author A.B. Westrick, Brotherhood

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Figuring out how to start a story or essay and how to end it can be one of the biggest challenges of the writing process. In this workshop we’ll ask: What are the characteristics of openings that suck us in? How do we craft endings that feel both inevitable and surprising? What can we do when we get stuck on those final pages—or on the first? Together we’ll mine our favorite stories, books, and movies for the secrets to memorable beginnings and satisfying endings. Writing exercises will be designed to grease our inner wheels and get us out of our writing ruts.

7A/8A: No, Seriously, I'm Writing a Book [ages 14-17] *** By much request, our very first TWO WEEK CAMP! ***
August 12-16 AND August 19-23, 10am-1pm
With Bird, $320
Guest starring: Author Angela Dominguez, Stella Diaz Has Something to Say AND Author/Editor Lindsay Chudzik, Feels Blind Literary


Get that longform on! Long fiction writers, this is your workshop. We’ll be working on one story. For two weeks. One. Very. Long. Story. Whether you’ve already made headway on a novel-length piece of writing or you want to get started on one, this salon-style workshop will catapult you into the deep end of your creative mind. We’ll tackle the heartbreak of getting “stuck,” the pain of editing, the triumph of the breakthrough and the crucial rules for actually getting the thing finished.

7B: Fairy Tale Remix [ages 9-11]
August 12-16 2-5pm
With Kayla, $160
Guest starring: Library Tech/Yogini Kisha Hughes

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Ever wonder what would have happened if Jack never came back down the beanstalk? How the witch would have prepared a dish of Hansel and Gretel? If Prince Charming came to save Snow White but encountered Baba Yaga instead?! Let’s find out! We will read, reenact, and rewrite tales from all over the world. All you need is your imagination...and some mischief, if you have any of that laying around.

8B: I Was Dreaming When I Wrote This [ages 12-15]
August 19-23, 2-5pm
With Suzanne, $160
Guest starring: Author Dr. Cindy Cunningham, ARGS Literary Arts Chair

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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!