Writing Camps

The National Writing Project in New Hampshire, a site of the National Writing Project, is dedicated to improving the teaching of writing in our nation’s schools. Since 2002, we have offered summer institutes for the best teachers of writing in the state. Each summer we also offer unique day camp experiences specifically for young writers.

This summer we are also offering two one week residential programs for high school students. Students who attend will write in journals, write poetry, work with professional authors and illustrators, write on  computers, conference with peers and teachers, revise and publish their writing. The camps afford an opportunity to enjoy being part of a community of writers. Summer Camps for Young Writers and the Summer Institute for Young Writers are planned and staffed by National Writing Project in New Hampshire teacher consultants.

Please print the release of liability form for your child’s camp and the medical form below. Completed forms should be sent with your child on the first day of camp and given to the camp leaders. It is not necessary to mail these forms in advance. If you do not have access to a printer you must fill out the forms during drop off on the first day of camp.

NWPNH Medical Form (pdf)

Release of Liability form (pdf)

NWPNH Summer Camps for Young Writers 2017

Location Date Time Grade* Cost
Concord July 10-14 9-12 5-8 $150
Laconia July 24-28 9-12  3-6 $150
Meredith July 31-Aug. 4 9-12 M,W,F

9-2 T,TH

5-8 $200
Plymouth July 10-14 9-3:30 3-8 $250
Plymouth July 16-21  FULL

July 23-28

Residential** 9-12 $575 (one week)

$1100 (both weeks)

Quick Registration Form for Grades 3-8   Concord camp is full, but please sign up for the wait list.  We will likely have openings. 

Quick Registration Form for Young Writers Institute   Week One is Full.  You may sign up for the Wait List.  There is still space in Week 2. 

Camp Descriptions:

Plymouth–Plymouth State University  

July 10-14

Grades 3-8


Come Play–Write Now!  Come join us for a week filled with fun ways to express ourselves through play and writing.  During the week ,we’ll create and design board games and write and perform a play, along with a variety of other engaging activities based on our camp theme: Come play–Write now!

Daniele Cardonna teaches art in the Manchester School Disctrict.  She was an NWPNH fellow and has her master’s degree.

Maddy Carignan has worked in the Manchester School District for 14 years and has taught language arts and special education for the past seven years.


 Concord–2 Pillsbury Street, PSU Graduate Center 5th Floor 

July 10-14

Writing Life

Grades 5-8


We will use inspiration from the world around us to create stories, character sketches, poems and worlds for our stories to take place in.  Students will use prompts, artifacts, newspapers and photographs to help jump start their writing.  Craft lessons, reflections and mentor texts will be used to help guide campers on their writing journey.

Kari Allen coordinates the writing camps for the NWPNH.  She loves to write and loves writing camp!


Meredith  — Interlakes School    

 July 31- August 4  

Grades 5-8                                                                            

Make Your Writing Come Alive!                                                                                 

M & F 9:00 am-12:00 pm T, W, TH 9:00 am – 2:00 pm                                        

If you like to write and you enjoy using technology, this is the summer camp for you! At this camp, you are guided in the writing process to produce a final piece. You can choose to make your piece into a movie by narrating your writing and adding in photos and videos to illustrate it or you can turn your story into a video game using an easy-to-learn computer program. This camp requires extra time for you to publish your story using technology, so Tuesday through Thursday you’ll need to bring a bagged lunch.

Patty Browher enjoys mixing writing with the arts and technology. This year she has facilitated several writing workshops for children at the Meredith Public Library and recently hosted a Family Writing Night at Inter-Lakes Elementary School where she teaches fifth grade.

Jenna Stapleton enjoys drawing from best writing, technology, and storytelling practices to empower all learners. She is a private tutor and a high school English coach at TEAMS Charter School. Jenna has facilitated several National Writing Project comic courses at Plymouth Elementary School and volunteered for writing workshops at Woodland Heights Elementary School.
Laconia– Elm Street School    

July 24-28  

Grades 3-6                                                                                                             

9:00 am-12:00 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                           

In addition to writing poems about ourselves and nature, we will we design and create outdoor fairy or gnome houses. We will leave thought filled letters to our potential visitors, who may stop by to live in or admire our creative homes built from natural materials. Indoor and outdoor explorations will be combined with the study of the literary devices of expert children’s authors to jumpstart our writing.

Patty Browher enjoys mixing writing with the arts and technology. This year she has facilitated several writing workshops for children at the Meredith Public Library and recently hosted a Family Writing Night at Inter-Lakes Elementary School where she teaches fifth grade.

Janet Caouette is an avid writer who has published a book and enjoys poetry readings. She finds that nature is the inspiration for much of her work.


Plymouth–Plymouth State University

Young Writers Institute 

Week One-July 17-21  FULL– Sign up for Wait list 

Week Two-July 23-28   

Grades 9-12

Writers  arrive on Sunday afternoon  and the program runs through Friday afternoon.  Participants may attend both weeks of the Young Writers Institute,  but must go home during the weekend in-between weeks.

The purpose of this program is to create a community of writers that share in the art of writing together.

We will read as writers and explore genres of writing, including poetry, prose and memoir. Participants will partake in writing activities that will help strengthen their craft through quick writes, prompts, revision exercises and conferencing with both instructors and peers.

Exploration of craft will occur daily.  Students will work on character and setting development, dialogue, description, scene setting and more.  We will look at the work of published writers to help us dissect what works and what does not.

Young writers will have the opportunity to experience collaborative work with members of the other writing camps on campus, as well as, the NWPNH Summer Institute for teachers. Students will stay in a PSU dormitory supervised by program counselors and participate in evening activities.

Last year students took a trip to the Robert Frost House, painted on mini-canvases, made graffiti walls, heard from two visiting authors and visited the White Mountain Museum. They also studied dialogue, character, haiku and significant texts.  They looked at mentor texts and discussed what good writing looks like.

At the end of the week students’ revise, edit and polish pieces to share with family and friends on Friday.

Meals are provided and take place in the PSU dining hall.

After hour activities may include: ice-skating, games, open mic or movie nights, trips to downtown, visiting teachers/writers, swimming, concerts, community events and hikes/walks.

Families will be invited to a celebration on the last day of camp to hear students read and share final pieces.

Angela Pitrone  teaches English at Belmont High School.  This is her first summer at the Young Writer’s Institute.

Josh Greenbaum teaches English at Moultonborough Academy. This is Josh’s fourth summer with the Young Writer’s Institute.

Special Discounts:

Attend both weeks of the Young Writers Institute for $1100

Family Discount: $10 off the tuition of each additional child from the same family.

For More Information:
contact Kari Allen
email: kari.diederich.allen@gmail.com