WriCampia 2016

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At WriCampia, writers from all regions enjoy intensive, intimate, author-led writing workshops, and dozens of artistic and athletic electives, including filmmaking, zine making, spoken word, poetry hikes, illustration, roleplaying games, graphic novels, playwriting, literary sports, gymnastics, swimming, boating, ropes course, zip-lining, and more. Most importantly, they get to spend a week or two entirely immersed in a world of creativity, community, and connection.

Campers develop short stories in daily author-led workshops and enjoy dozens of athletic and artistic elective offerings in the afternoons. (Graphic noveling, songwriting, filmmaking, zinemaking, illustration, poetry hikes, playwriting/performance, yoga, boating, tie-dye, literary sports, just to name a few!)

See a Typical Camp Day Schedule.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Join us for one or two weeks of WriCampia!



Where

Indian Head Camp
Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

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When

Session 1: 8/15/2016 to 8/20/2016
Drop-off from 12 PM to 12:30 PM on 8/15
Pick up follows 12 PM show on 8/20)

Session 2 8/21/2016 to 8/26/2016
Drop-off is at 12 PM to 12:30 PM on 8/21
Pick up follows 12 PM show on 8/26)

Both Sessions (including intersession programming) 8/15/2016 to 8/26/2016


Tuition

Session One: $1,600
Session Two: $1,600
Both Sessions: $3,400 ($200 intersession fee includes field trip and one night between sessions).

Limited financial aid is available


Ages

We welcome campers ages 9 to 18 (rising 4th graders and above). Bunks and workshops will be organized by grade.


A Typical Camp Day

  • 7:15 AM Wake Up Call
  • 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Writing Workshop (led by published author or produced playwright)
  • 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM Rest Hour
  • 1:50 PM Group Gathering
  • 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM Action Elective (Boating, Climbing, Poetry Hikes & Tie-Dye, Sports, Gymnastics, Literary Yoga, and more.)
  • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM General Swim and Snack
  • 4:10 PM to 5:30 PM Art Elective (Historical Fiction, Playwriting, Directing, Acting, Producing, Illustration, Graphic Noveling, Jewelry-Making, Zine Making, Filmmaking, Songwriting, Genre-Specific Electives, and more.)
  • 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM Dinner
  • 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Shower Hour
  • 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM Group Gathering
  • 7:45 PM to 9:00 PM Evening activity (Scavenger hunts, Improv, Campfires, Spoken Word, Camp Party and more.)
  • 9:00-10:30 PM Canteen/Writing Workshop (teens only)
  • 9:30 PM--Lower Camp Lights Out
  • 10:00 PM--Middle Camp Lights Out
  • 10:30 PM--Upper Camp Lights Out

WriCampia 2016 FAQs

What are the dates?
  • Session One: Monday, August 15th to Saturday, August 20th Buses will leave the morning of 8/15 from Manhattan, Westchester, and Washington, DC. Families are invited to enjoy a showcase of the campers’ works on August 20th. The show will run from 12 PM to 2 PM. Pick up follows the show.
  • Session Two: Sunday, August 21st to Friday, August 26th Buses will leave the morning of 8/21 from Manhattan, Westchester, and Washington, DC. Families are invited to enjoy a showcase of the campers’ works on August 26th. The show will run from 12 PM to 2 PM. Pick up follows the show.
  • Writers who will do both sessions will also participate in our inter-session programming, which includes an extra night and a field trip.
  • How do I apply?
    Register now! This year we are using CampDoc, a purpose-built camp registration system.
    I’m having trouble with the application process. Can you help me?
    If you are having any technical trouble with the website, you can use any of these options:
  • click on the life preserver in the upper right area of the browser window,
  • email support@campdoc.com, or
  • call 734-636-1000.
  • They have trained staff on hand who will be able to help you get past that page!
    When is payment due?
    A deposit of $350 per session is due upon registration (unless you are applying for financial aid). Payment is due in full by 3/31.
    Is financial aid available?
    Yes, we have limited financial aid available.
    How do I apply for financial aid?
    This all happens on CampDoc. To apply, fill out your WriCampia application, indicate that you are applying for financial aid, and submit your complete financials via CampDoc. If you are applying for financial aid, you will not be required to pay the deposit, however we will only be able to hold your spot for two weeks if you have not submitted your financials.
    Will Writopia provide transportation?
    We encourage all families to join us for a reading and performance at the end of camp. For campers whose parents are unable to attend the final shows, we will offer buses or carpooling back to New York City and DC for an additional fee.
    When does enrollment close?
    When camp fills up—which will be soon! We will accept registrations onto a waiting list, but we cannot make any guarantee about a spot opening up.
    How many writers are attending?
    We will host 136 writers per session.
    Will parents be able to see their writer’s works?
    Yes. Camp will culminate in a reading for our writers, and a presentation of the songs, plays, films, and art that were created in camp electives. The performance for session one will begin at 12pm on August 20th. The performance for session two will begin at 12pm on August 26th.
    Where will camp be held?
    IHC, about ten miles north of Honesdale, PA. Their website has tons of great information.
    How do we get to camp?
    Google maps can get you there. We have had mixed luck following various GPSes to get to camp.
    Where are most of the campers from?
    The majority of our campers come from New York City and its NY, CT, and NJ suburbs and from the greater Washington, DC area. Other campers come from all over the east coast, and from as far away as Texas and California.
    What is the camper to adult ratio?
    Three to one. Plus kitchen, grounds, support staff!
    How many campers will be sleeping in each bunk?
    There will be approximately 12 campers and two counselors in each bunk.
    Can I send my camper a package?

    No. WriCampia is a no-package camp. Letters and cards will be delivered to campers. Other items will be held at the camp office.

    If your camper forgot something he or she needs, please reach out to the camp directors and we will make arrangements to help you get things to your camper.

    Can my child bring his or her own food?
    The kitchen staff on campus is very accommodating, always providing vegetarian and gluten free options. If your child needs (because of allergies or dietary restrictions) to bring her or his own meals or snacks, please let us know ahead of time. All food must be stored in the kitchen. No food may be kept in the bunks.
    How are the workshops organized? What is the atmosphere of the workshops?
    Morning workshops will have a ratio of eight writers to one instructor. All workshop leaders are published writers or produced playwrights who are experts in helping young writers understand and implement elements of plot and key literary tools. Sessions are peppered with original and fun writing exercises, but focus primarily on writing—and completing—creative pieces.
    Are the campers allowed phones or other electronics?
    Campers may bring phones for the duration of the bus trip only, but please note that all technology will be turned over to counselors upon arrival at camp. This includes laptops; every writer will be given a Writopia laptop for workshop and writing. No personal laptops will be allowed at camp.
    Will I be able to speak with my child during camp?
    Writers can, and are encouraged to, email home every day. Campers who are staying for both sessions will call home on August 20th. They will call the phone numbers you supply when you register for camp.
    Will there be swimming?.
    There is optional swimming on most days. In addition to a swimming pool, IHC also offers boating activities on the lake and a waterslide. Pool and lake activities are only permitted when lifeguards are on duty.
    Does my child have to bring his or her own bedding?
    Yes. Campers must bring their own sleeping bags, blankets, sheets, pillows, pillowcases, and towels.
    Is there air conditioning?
    The bunks have fans but not air conditioners. Most workshop spaces have air conditioning.

    Writopia sleepaway camp was the best experience of my daughter's life. It changed her. She had never done sleepaway camp before, so we didn't know if she would like being away from home for a week. She said had never been with a group of kids where she felt like she could be completely herself.

    S.E., 2013 Parent

    I would like to thank you for what was probably the best week of my summer. I had such an amazing time working and creating with my fellow writers, young and old, male and female... I loved the amount of professionalism among the staff, but also the positive and loving attitudes of all the counselors. Thank you, especially my workshop leader, for helping me so much with writing a story with an extremely mature topic that I was hesitant to explore. You exude a vibe that lets all campers know how okay it is to write from the heart, and to not hold back. So, once again, thanks to everyone for an awesome experience.

    Ben R., age 16, 2013 Camper

    This week has been one of the best weeks of my life. Wricampia is amazing not just because of all the writing and the awesome location, the churros and the cool electives mostly because of my fellow campers and counselors. My fellow campmates are some of the coolest, smartest, nicest people I have ever met in my life. It's a well-known fact that writers, nerds and geeks are fabulous people to be around, but upon coming to this camp, I was astounded at how friendly and accepting everyone was and still is .... I've made more friends than I have in well, ever. Not just my new sisters in Cabin 27 other campers: young or old, boy or girl very the counselors too. Everyone here is unfailingly sweet and caring. They are all so friendly to me and I couldn't be happier that I signed up for this camp one lazy June morning.

    Caroline V., age 16, 2013 Camper

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