WriCampia 2021!

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Join Writopia Lab for twelve days at our creative, fun, and productive sleepaway camp in the Poconos in August!

At WriCampia, writers 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.

Waitlist Open for WriCampia 2021!

We are currently at capacity for WriCampia 2021. Please join our waitlist by visiting CampInTouch and filling out an application. Joining the waitlist does NOT require a deposit, though you will be required to enter eChecking information. You will not be charged anything unless and until you approve the charges in writing. If a spot opens for your camper, we will email you and give you time to confirm before moving forward.

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Open House

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To learn more about WriCampia, please check out the video of our Zoom open house that was held January 13th, 2021.

We are counting down the days until we can all be writing, connecting, and celebrating together at camp!

2021 Details

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Location

WriCampia 2021 will be held at
Independent Lake Camp in Thompson, Pennsylvania. (see map)

Dates

Monday, August 16, 2021 to
Friday, August 27, 2021

Tuition

$3,675 (Limited financial aid will be available.)

Ages

We welcome rising 5th graders through rising 12th graders. Bunks and workshops will be organized by grade.

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  • rising 5th through 12th Graders as campers
  • rising 12th graders as CITs (Counselors-In-Training). CITs take part in camp as campers and also receive additional leadership opportunities that prepare them for professional experiences in the future.
  • For Summer 2021, graduating 12th graders who have attended previously will also have the opportunity to take part in the CIT program.

Transportation

We will provide buses to and from WriCampia for all campers. Buses will leave from and return to Manhattan; Brooklyn; Hartsdale, NY; West Orange, NJ; and Washington, DC.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions.

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
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  • 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)

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Electives include: horseback riding, go karts, lake tubing, floating climbing structure, circus arts & trapeze, songwriting and recording (in a professional recording studio), filmmaking, zine making, spoken word, poetry hikes, illustration, roleplaying games, graphic novels, playwriting, musical theater, tie-dye, dungeons & dragons, literary sports, memoir, novel writing, swimming, boating, photography, and more.

Evening Activities include: Scavenger Hunts, Escape the Room, Improv, Campfires, Spoken Word, Dance Party, and more!


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WriCampia FAQs

What are the dates?
Monday, August 16, 2021 to Friday, August 27, 2021
How do I apply?
All camp registration will happen through CampMinder. We will update this page once registration has opened.
To apply, click here.
  • Early registration for returning families started on 12/1/2020.
  • Open registration started on 12/15/2020.
I’m having trouble with the application process. Can you help me?
Please email sleepaway@writopialab.org for assistance with the application process.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, we have limited financial aid available.
How do I apply for financial aid?
This all happens in CampMinder, where you will apply for camp. To apply, fill out your WriCampia application, indicate that you are applying for financial aid, and submit your complete financials via CampMinder. If you are applying for financial aid, you will not be required to pay a 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 sleepaway@writopialab.org.
Payment Schedule
A $200 deposit is due upon enrollment. (This deposit is waived for families applying for financial aid and families who have a credit on file from WriCampia 2020.)

Following enrollment, parents will have the option to pay in full or set up a payment plan in CampMinder. This payment plan will require four equal payments, to be made on the first of the month between February 1st and May 1st.

If your family has a credit on file, we will apply that to your WriCampia tuition once you have registered.
Tuition, Refunds, and Camp Status

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We hear your excitement for WriCampia 2021, and we are excited too! We also know that people are rightly concerned about COVID-19, and we share those concerns. We continue to plan for summer 2021, while paying close attention to all health guidelines given by state and federal government agencies. As long as it is deemed safe to run camp, we will do so!

Should the health situation prohibit us from running camp, we will inform you by May 15th, 2021. If we are unable to run camp, we will refund all payments aside from $100, which we will use to cover a small part of the planning and expenses we will already have put into WriCampia 2021.

Even though camp is going forth as planned, please note the following refund policy:
  • If you withdraw from camp before June 1st due to concerns about COVID-19, your tuition will be refunded except for the initial $200 deposit.
  • If you withdraw for any reason on June 1st or later, we will be unable to offer any refunds.

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Will Writopia provide transportation?
Yes! We will provide buses to and from WriCampia for all campers. Buses will leave from and return to Manhattan; Brooklyn; Hartsdale, NY; West Orange, NJ; and Washington, DC.
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.

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How many writers are attending?
WriCampia has hosted 200 campers for each of the last three years!
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?
Independent Lake Camp, in beautiful Thompson, PA..
Where are most of the campers from?
The majority of our campers come from New York City and its suburbs and from the greater Washington, DC area. Other campers come from all over the east coast, and from as far away as Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and even Europe.

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What is the camper to adult ratio?
Three to one. Plus kitchen, grounds, and 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.

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Can my child bring his or her own food?
The kitchen staff on camp 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.

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Are the campers allowed phones or other electronics?
Every writer will be given a Writopia laptop for workshop and writing. No personal laptops will be allowed at camp. Personal devices that can play music are allowed but not if they are capable of playing video.
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 approximately halfway through camp. They will call the phone numbers you supply when you register for camp.
Will there be swimming?
There is optional swimming every day except the first and last day of camp. In addition to a swimming pool, Independent Lake Camp also offers swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding, kayaking, tubing, and climbing activities on the lake. Pool and lake activities are only permitted when lifeguards are on duty.

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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.
Have any further questions? Watch the video of our recent open house with the camp directors to learn more.

I want to express my appreciation for all the work, love, learning and fun that you poured into the hearts and minds of your campers during this wonderful summer camp. My daughter had a wonderful experience. She will cherish the memories of this camp for many years to come!!!

Nadine, WriCampia parent

Thank you WriCampia. I want to let you know that my camper returned back home happier and more confident. His self-esteem has improved as well. It is unbelievable how two weeks has changed his personality

Parent of first-time WriCampian

I can not express my gratitude. I haven't seen this boy look so filled with joy, love and security. WriCampia allowed my son to find his voice, face his demons and commune with some of the kindest, open-hearted and talented people he may ever meet. He finally felt a part of something wonderful.

Parent of a three-year WriCampia veteran

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., WriCampia 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, 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., Five-Year Camper

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