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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Summer Camps



Led by the region's finest teachers, the Hudson Valley Writing Project offers children and teens unique learning experiences at local cultural and historic sites, nature preserves, and college campuses.

AGES 7-9

WONDROUS WRITERS
SUNY New Paltz
June 26-30   9am-12pm   $225 **

Curiosity is the best inspiration for writing. We will celebrate children's capacity for wonder, exploring many questions as we write, make art, and explore favorite places on the college campus.
** Email hvwp@newpaltz.edu to be added to the waiting list **

EVERYONE IS A WRITER
SUNY New Paltz
July 17-21   9am-12pm   $225 **
Imaginations soar in this unique camp where we will learn to think like writers by experimenting with many kinds of writing and gathering inspiration and ideas from playing games on campus, creating art, and reading children's books.
** Email hvwp@newpaltz.edu to be added to the waiting list **


AGES 10-12

FROM PLAYWRITING TO PERFORMANCE
SUNY New Paltz
June 26-30   9am-12pm   $225 **
This new playwriting lab will bring writing from the page to the stage. We will work together to craft characters, produce exciting scenes, and finally bring our words to life in their very own production.
** Email hvwp@newpaltz.edu to be added to the waiting list **

WRITING FOR FUN
SUNY New Paltz
July 17-21   9am-12pm   $225 **
Exciting writing prompts, art activities, and inspiring visits to the campus art museum and planetarium will spark our creativity as we learn about the craft of writing and how to revise and refine our work. 
** Email hvwp@newpaltz.edu to be added to the waiting list **


AGES 10-14

BECOMING AUTHORS & ARTISTS
Storm King Art Center
Session 1: July 10-14   9am-3pm   $295 **
Session 2: July 17-21   9am-3pm   $295 **
This world famous sculpture park is the perfect setting to write, learn about and make art, while exploring the Art Center's rolling hills, fields, meadows, and woodlands.
Photo credit: Robert Grosvenor, Untitled, 1970
** Email hvwp@newpaltz.edu to be added to the waiting lists **


STEP BACK IN TIME

Museum Village, Monroe
July 24-28   9am-3pm   $295
At this unique open-air historical museum, we will learn about daily life in the nineteenth-century Hudson Valley. Historic buildings, photographs, artifacts, and hands-on activities will inspire our own writing.

EXPLORING NEW PALTZ, THEN & NOW
Huguenot Street, New Paltz
July 24-28   9am-3pm   $295 **
In one adventurous week, we will tour historic stone houses, explore a wildlife sanctuary, and spend time on a working farm as we learn and write about the remarkably rich history of this land and its people. 
** Email hvwp@newpaltz.edu to be added to the waiting list **


AGES 12-16

MAKING ART & HISTORY 
Clermont State Historic Site

July 10-14   9am-3pm   $150
Explore regional history and the writing process as we sit on the banks of the Hudson River and join centuries of writers and artists who have celebrated the landscape through word and image. This program is being offered at a discount due to the generosity of the Friends of Clermont.

COURAGEOUS WRITERS: HYDE PARK
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historic Sites
July 31-Aug 4   9am-3 pm   $295
We will write and explore the power of history to inform the future as we hike beautiful parklands, visit FDR’s Presidential Library, his family home, the Vanderbilt estate, and Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-kill.


AGES 13-17

TEEN WRITERS INSTITUTE
SUNY New Paltz   July 17-21   9am-1pm   $275 **
Vassar College     July 24-28   9am-1pm   $275 **
Working in a creative workshop setting, we will tell our stories through personal essays, fiction, and poetry. We'll share ideas and respond to each other's work as we polish our writing for an anthology.
** Please email hvwp@newpaltz.edu to be added to the waiting list **

WRITING THE COLLEGE ESSAY
SUNY New Paltz                            July 10-14   9am-1pm   $275 **
SUNY Ulster, Kingston Center    July 17-21   9am-1pm   $275 
A good college essay communicates who you are and what you believe. Together we will study essays that work, brainstorm topics, and organize our ideas as we write in a relaxed, supportive setting.
** Email hvwp@newpaltz.edu to be added to the waiting list **