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Do you have a budding writer who cannot seem to put the pen down? Well, this camp is a perfect fit!

Young Author Camps are an incredible opportunity for young writers across the state of Maine. Dynamic and engaging writing experiences are facilitated by experienced and passionate teachers. Students explore a wide array of genres and develop their skill through playful exploration, guided practice, and even some art to enhance the writing experience. Our Young Author Camps provide students a place to write in a relaxed, comfortable, and creative environment where they can bring their love of writing to life.

Campers will:

  • Explore different genres of writing that may include memoir, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, multi-genre, etc..
  • Develop their writing with the help of experienced teachers/Southern Maine Writing Project teacher-consultants.
  • Celebrate and share in a relaxed, non-competitive summer atmosphere.    
  • Become published authors by having some of their week’s work included in our anthology.

2024 Camps

We are happy to announce the return of our writing camps. Our facilitators have planned new and exciting activities. Campers can look forward to some indoor activities, but we will be outdoors as well. Get ready for an exhilarating week of writing fun! 
5 hours a day for 5 days. Cost $222 (scholarships will be considered).

Registration for Gorham, Yarmouth and Freeport camps IS NOW OPEN (see below).

We are still waiting for confirmation on camps in Auburn, Kennebunk, and Portland. Please just keep checking the website for updates or reach out to yac.smwp@gmail.comIf the camp fills up, you will be informed and asked if you want to be put on a waiting list.

GORHAM YOUNG AUTHORS CAMP (6/17-6/21/2024) – current 3rd-7th graders, exceptions can be requested)

Information and non-electronic registration form  

Online Registration Link

YARMOUTH YOUNG AUTHORS CAMP (6/17-6/21/2024) – current 4th-8th graders

Information and non-electronic registration form — (use link below for online registration)
Online Registration Link

FREEPORT YOUNG AUTHORS CAMP (7/15-7/19/2024) – current 3rd-7th graders

Information and non-electronic registration form  

Online Registration Link

Once you register, more information will follow about the camp details.

What Our Campers Say

“Teachers are sweet and inspiring.”
“This camp was really fun! I did a lot of writing and I thought deeply about a lot of things.”  
“I think this is one of the top three camps that I have ever been to.”
“Group activities are the best and going outside was inspiring.”
“I loved the socializing and the humor.”
“It was fun and improved my writing!”
“I really liked that the instructors were very enthusiastic about writing and the camp. The feeling was contagious! This camp gave me sooooooo many new ideas for stories.”

What Parents Say

“The variety of activities and level of engagement was what my child liked.”
“Location and price was great! Content and instructors are an obvious draw.”
“My son loved it. He felt safe to be creative and share his work. Atmosphere was supportive and creative.”

Learn more about the Southern Maine Writing Project