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.
Registration is Now Open for WriCampia 2020!
Review our Frequently Asked Questions.
We will be returning to IHC in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
Monday, August 17, 2020 to Friday, August 28, 2020
Limited financial aid will be available.
We welcome rising 4th graders through rising 12th graders. Bunks and workshops will be organized by grade.
- rising 4th through 11th Graders as campers
- rising 12th graders as CITs (Counselors-In-Training). CITs receive additional leadership opportunities that prepare them for professional experiences in the future.
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.
- What are the dates?
- Monday, August 17, 2020 to Friday, August 28, 2020
- How do I apply?
- To apply, click here.
- I’m having trouble with the application process. Can you help me?
- Please email email@example.com for assistance with the application process.
- When is payment due?
- A non-refundable deposit of $500 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 the same age as your camper, 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- How many writers are attending?
- We will host over 200 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 brand new 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.
- Have any further questions? Watch the video of our recent open house with the camp directors to learn more.