Join Writopia Lab for twelve days at our creative, fun, and productive sleepaway camp in the Poconos from August 14th through August 25th!
At WriCampia, writers will spend their mornings in intimate writing workshops led by published authors and produced playwrights, their afternoons participating in their choice of over 20 artistic and active electives, and their evenings at campfires, scavenger hunts, and readings. Photos from WriCampia can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Registration is now open. Because we expect camp to fill up quickly, we recommend signing up soon!
We will be returning to IHC
in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
8/14/17 to 8/25/2017
All campers will travel to and from WriCampia on buses that will leave from Washington, DC, Manhattan, and Westchester County, NY.
$3,450 ($1,700 for WriCampiaJr). Limited financial aid is available. To apply for financial aid, please register now and complete the financial aid application in Camp Doc.
We welcome rising 4th graders* through rising 12th graders. Bunks and workshops will be organized by grade.
* Rising 4th graders may also consider our six-day WriCampiaJr, for rising 3rd graders and rising 4th graders. Dates for WriCampiaJr are August 20th through August 25th. Tution is $1,700.
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)
- 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM Lunch
- 12:45 PM to 1:25 PM Free time (at bunk & main line)
- 1:25 PM to 2:50 PM Electives period 1
- 2:50 PM to 4:15 PM Electives period 2 *
- 4:15 to 4:25 PM Group gathering & snack
- 4:25 PM to 5:40 PM Electives period 3 *
- 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Shower hour and free time
- 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM Evening activity **
- 9:00 PM Lower Camp curfew (lights out 9:30 PM)
- 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM Middle Camp Evening Electives
- 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM Upper Camp Evening Electives
- 10:00 PM Middle Camp curfew (lights out 10:30 PM)
- 10:30 PM Upper Camp curfew (lights out 11:00 PM)
Electives: Filmmaking, zine making, spoken word, poetry hikes, illustration, roleplaying games, graphic novels, playwriting, ceramics, woodworking, musical theater, jewelry making, tie-dye, waterslide, songwriting, dungeons & dragons, literary sports, gymnastics, spin, step, dance, memoir, novel writing, swimming, boating, ropes course, zip-lining, photography, and more.
** Evening Activities include: Scavenger Hunts, Escape the Room, Improv, Campfires, Spoken Word, Dance Party, and more!
WriCampia 2017 FAQs
- What are the dates?
- August 14th through August 25th
- How do I apply?
- Register now! We use 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 email@example.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.
- What is your refund policy?
- If you withdraw from WriCampia before May 1st, and if we can fill the spot with another camper in your camper’s age range, then we can refund the fee minus the deposit. There are no refunds after May 1st.
- 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. Please do not email financial data to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Will Writopia provide transportation?
- Yes. All campers will travel to and from WriCampia on buses that will leave from Washington, DC, Manhattan, and Westchester County, NY.
- 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 180 writers.
- How can I see what my child is working on?
- We will be sending home a video featuring each camper.
- Where will camp be held?
- IHC, about ten miles north of Honesdale, PA. Their website has tons of great information.
- 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 8 to 14 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 will be calling home on Sunday, 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.