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Young Writers' Camp (YWC)

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The San Diego Area Writing Project offers a variety of opportunities for students to grow and build self-confidence in their writing abilities. Our summer Young Writers' Camp (YWC) programs range from creative writing to improving analytic writing and writing the college admission essay.

Teachers working with San Diego Area Writing Project share the belief that writing is a process. Young Writers' Camp engages students in that process and allows them to discover their own style, voice and potential. Our goal is that each young writer, regardless of skill level, has the time and space to experiment in a variety of genres while developing creativity and confidence.

"My daughter absolutely loved this camp. The positive encouragement, new friendships and creativity she found has sparked a fondness for writing that did not exist before."

"My son loved your camp! You have a great, enthusiastic staff and a super program. The works he created and brought home blew us away! I'm really proud of him and what he accomplished during your program. We are looking forward to doing it again next year."

"Initially, I thought she would be bored out of her mind. Every day when I picked her up she was happy and full of energy. I believe the creative writing experience positively impacted my child's mind."

"He had a blast! The first day he was excited to inform me that 'this is different from school and it is really cool.' And I saw him working on his writing after camp at home--during the summer--that shows how engaged he was! Thank you for such a wonderful experience."

Basic Information

What is Young Writers' Camp?

Young Writer's Camp is a summer program that inspires creative thinking and writing. Students explore writing styles and methods of self-expression with new friends.

Participating Young Writers:

  • are challenged to grow and build self-confidence as writers.
  • write in an environment designed to inspire creativity.
  • receive individual attention in small groups from SDAWP writing teachers.
  • meet and share writing in a multi-age classroom with young writers from throughout the county.
  • engage in process writing: drafting, writing, revising, editing and publishing.
  • publish and receive an anthology, including writing from each camper.
  • develop writing skills as tools for self-expression.

Who should attend?

We offer a variety of programming for young writers from grades 3-college freshman in locations throughout San Diego County. Due to COVID-19, programs offered this summer will occur virtually.

Where will camp be held?

Programs for 2021 will occur virtually. The programs will use Eventbrite for registration.

When will camp be held?

Camps will be help between June 28 - July 23, 2021. (5 day and 8 day programs)

How do I register my child?

Registration for YWC 2021 programs will be via Eventbrite (service fees may apply).

Registration will become available mid April. Please check back for updates.

The San Diego Area Writing Project at UCSD recognizes that writing is a catalyst for the broad expression of ideas and opinions. We consider written expression by participants in our programs to be an opportunity for further dialogue and discussion. Teachers facilitating our programs make every effort to provide an environment that allows for all opinions and ideas to be shared, within the context of appropriate audience.

How much does camp cost?

Registration varies per program. More details coming soon.


Are there scholarships available for camp?

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for these programs. You will need to contact our office at 858-534-2576 to see if your family qualifies for a need-based scholarship and to receive the appropriate scholarship application.

Summer 2021

Registration for YWC 2021 will become available early to mid April. 


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