Hudson Valley Writing Project

Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Young Writers Programs?

For twenty years, the Hudson Valley Writing Project has provided literacy enrichment programs for children and teens, giving them myriad opportunities to write and learn in welcoming, supportive settings. Our HVWP community celebrates the power of writing. Writing allows young people to explore who they are, where they are, and what they care about.

Who teaches the programs?

HVWP's experienced writing teachers lead our youth programs. All have completed a rigorous professional development program sponsored by HVWP and the National Writing Project. Our programs have a teacher-to-student ratio of 1:8 and SUNY New Paltz future teachers offer additional support to young writers.

What do the youth programs look like?

HVWP offers in-person, virtual, and place-based Young Writers Programs each summer. In all settings, our teachers provide guidance and support to students as they work together and independently in developmentally-appropriate ways. Programs are designed around a central theme and use an inviting, fun, and constructive process that encourages writers to try many types of writing. Teachers offer creative writing prompts to spark students’ imaginations and introduce them to craft strategies they can use to draft and revise their writing. Writers have opportunities to share their work in small groups, learning ways to give and receive feedback to improve their writing. Every program closes with a celebratory reading for families and the community.

Will my child have work to do outside of the allotted class time?

There is no homework, but many students are motivated to write outside of class, exploring new ideas or continuing to work on a piece that they have started.

For what kind of student is the program geared?

HVWP teachers work to reach every kind of writer, from the reluctant to the most passionate. We find young people embrace writing when they are given freedom to choose what they write about, exploring topics of genuine interest to them. They build confidence by writing in a variety of genres, gaining new skills, and developing their voices. 

Will classes take place online or in person this year?

We will offer all of our programs in person in Summer 2023. However, in the event that there is a significant shift in the public health situation, we are experienced at pivoting to offer our programming in a virtual format. Should this become necessary, we will notify families immediately of any changes.The current format for each class is noted in the program descriptions and on the registration form.

What is HVWP’s COVID-19 Policy ? 

HVWP is committed to providing safe experiences for students, teachers, and visitors at our Summer Young Writers Programs. We follow SUNY New Paltz COVID-19 policies for in-person events. As of January 1, 2023, masks are currently optional on the New Paltz campus.

What writing supplies will my child need?

Writers attending in-person classes will be provided with materials and supplies. Some program leaders will reach out to request that students bring a laptop computer if available. Online students will need access to a computer with Wi-Fi, a camera, and audio. They will also benefit from having writing and drawing materials (paper, pencils, markers, etc.) on hand.

How can I support my child during online programs?

Prior to the start of the workshop, you will receive a welcome letter from the teachers with logistical information and suggestions for supporting your child during the program. Working in real time using secure online platforms, all instruction will be live, with time interwoven for students to reflect, write, and talk together in small and whole group discussions. Younger writers (ages 6-10) will likely need someone close by during short instructional breaks. Older students will work independently, writing on their own for brief periods before bringing their work back to the group.

How can I support my child as a writer during and after the summer program?

The National Council of Teachers of English offers helpful advice on promoting writing and language development at home.

What if my child cannot attend the full program?

Writers benefit most from attending the full program and contributing to the writing community. Programs are designed so each day's work builds upon the prior meeting. We cannot offer make-up days or provide refunds for missed classes.

How does the waiting list work?

When a class is fully enrolled, we invite families to sign up for a waiting list using the online registration form. If a spot opens up in the class or another section is added, we will accommodate families on the wait list in the order in which they signed up. Payment will not be due until you are fully registered. There is no guarantee that space will become available for those on the waiting list.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

Tuition is non-refundable, but we will issue a credit good for one year for cancellations due to illness or family emergency.

How do I get a tax receipt?

After your child completes the program, please email us at and provide your name, your child's name, and your mailing address.

Other questions? Please email us at or call us at (845) 257-2836.