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Summer Programs

The summer is an exciting time at Writopia Lab! We offer full programs that meet Monday through Friday. Students sign up by week, and many students choose to attend for multiple weeks. Our workshops are warmer and more productive than typical writing classes and courses offered for kids and teens online and in-person.

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Half-Day Workshops (In-Person and Online)

Schedule and Registration

In both multi-genre and themed workshops, writers in age-based groups work with a published author or produced playwright (highly trained in teaching the form, genre, or topic). Participants discuss, share, develop, and complete their own original works.

Half-Day workshops meet Monday-Friday for 3-hours per day. Workshops are age-based and enroll a maximum of eight writers. Offerings include Creative Writing, Essay Writing, Comedy, Screenwriting, Dungeons and Dragons, and more!

Full-Day Camps (In-Person)

Schedule and Registration

Full-Day camps are offered in-person at our Manhattan, Brooklyn, and DC labs.

Fiction & Fun

In the mornings, writers ages 9 to 16 work in age-based groups with a published author or produced playwright on developing and completing a short story, poetry collection, or a one-act play. After the morning workshop, writers will head to a nearby park for lunch and fun outdoor activities.

Writers will spend the afternoon in two exciting electives of their choice, ranging from filmmaking, songwriting, sketch comedy, zinemaking, worldbuilding, poetry, photo journalism, graphic novels, and more!

Playwriting & Performance

In age-based groups, young playwrights spend the mornings developing brand new plays or musicals under the guidance of a professional playwright. In the afternoons, they dive into the world of performance, with mini-workshops in character creation, theatrical design, voice and speech, and a look at acting fundamentals as they take on roles in their peers’ plays. The week will culminate in a live performance (that family and friends can watch over Zoom) of original one-act plays written and performed by these young dramatists of tomorrow.

Advanced Writing Seminar (In-Person and Online)

Schedule and Application

Advanced Writing Seminar sessions are immersive-two-week experiences for dedicated rising juniors, seniors, and college freshmen.

Writers will delve into their craft with published authors, and will meet and share their work with literary agents and editors. Each day will begin with a small author-led fiction workshop (8-10 participants) from 10 AM to 1 PM Eastern Time. During workshop, writers will have time to develop their own creative pieces, participate in creative writing exercises, and receive feedback on their work from the instructor and their peers. In the afternoons, writers will have the opportunity to take electives in poetry, memoir, ekphrastic writing, and more. Writers will also take part in evening readings, salons, and craft talks, as well as unstructured time to connect as a community of writers.

Advanced Writing Seminar sessions are offered online, in-person at our Manhattan and DC labs, and one special session will be offered as an overnight camp in NYC.