Writing Camps


The National Writing Project in New Hampshire (formerly known as the Plymouth Writing Project), 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 offer unique day camp experiences specifically for young writers.

This summer we are also offering a one week residential program 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 2014

Peterborough July 14-18 3-8 9-12 $125
Meredith July 28-Aug 1 5-8 9-12 ** $150
Laconia Aug 4-8 3-5 9-12 $125
Concord July 7-11 5-8 9-12 $125
Hampstead July 7-11 5-9 9-1:00 $150
Plymouth July 21-25 3-8 9-3:30 $225
Plymouth July 20-25July 27-Aug 1 9-12 Residential $550
Bethlehem July 28-August 1 7-12 8:00-4:00 Grant funded

*Grade is incoming for the fall of 2014

**Additional hours included.  See description.

Quick Registration Form for Grades 3-8

Quick Registration Form for Young Writers Institute 

Brochure and Registration form for Writing/Hiking Institute of the White Mountains

Half Day Camps

The cost for each grades 3-8 half day camp is $125.00 per camper per session.

Find Your Voice

July 14-18 9am-12am 

Monadnock Center for History and Culture, Peterborough

Grades 3-5, 6-8  $125

We all have stories to tell. Using the resources and the grounds of the Monadnock Center of History and Culture, we will build on the stories of others’ lives to create our own. Young writers will discover and write about their families and their own communities. We will write from artifacts and our senses, from remnants of the past as well as what we find around us, sharing our stories as we begin to write our own history.

Jill Lawler is a retired English teacher;  she works with teachers and students around the state through the National Writing Project of New Hampshire.

Liz Lawler has taught kindergarten, second and third grade at Antrim Elementary School for the past six years; previously she was a teacher in the Leadership Decisions Institute at Camp Kieve in Nobleboro, Maine.

Hats Off to You, You’re A Writer!

August 4th-August 8th

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Woodland Heights, Laconia

 Grades 3-5 $125

Writers will discover the sheer pleasure of creating fun characters for their stories by using a variety of props such as hats and costumes that will spark ideas for individual and group writing pieces. 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.

Make Your Writing Come Alive!

July 28th-August 1st

Inter-lakes, Meredith

M & F 9:00am-12:00 pm T, W, TH 9:00am – 2:00pm  $150

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.

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.

The Writing Life

July 7th-11th

PSU Graduate Floor, Pillsbury Building, Concord

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Grades 5-8   $125 

Love to write?  Want to explore different genres, challenge yourself and strengthen your craft?  Then join us at camp where we will explore what works for us as writers through prompts, activities, art, reflection and projects.  We will work on longer pieces throughout the week as well.

Kari Allen is a teacher consultant and the youth program leader for the NWPNH.

July 7th-11
Hampstead Middle School
Grades 5-9

We will create journals, take pictures, and collect writing ideas that spark a writer’s imagination. As we explore nature, we will fill our journals with poems, stories, songs, ideas, and pieces of our lives. We will also explore how words influence what we see and what we convey to our audiences. We will hike in surrounding nature trails for inspirations.

Jessica Marrone is a 5th grade language arts teacher at Hampstead Middle School. She enjoys taking pictures, and is inspired to write poetry based on her surroundings.

John Edmondson is a 6th grade teacher at Hampstead Middle School. He is also a newspaper columnist in Southern NH who enjoys writing about the many facets of his own life.

Full Day Camps

Plymouth State University, Plymouth

July 21st-25th

Plymouth State University, Plymouth

Grades 3-8  $225  9:00 am – 3:30pm

“The Journey Begins With A Journal”

This camp will allow children to explore journals in many forms.  We will use book and papermaking techniques to create journals for quotes, poetry, and art.  For our nature journal we will record our observations outdoors and undertake a recycled art and writing project.  Also, integrating writing, art, technology, and science, we will create an electrifyingly fun journal that contains actual working circuits and LED lights!

Daniele Caradonna has taught art in the Manchester School District for 14 years. She has also taught cartooning and animation at the Currier Art Center for 13 years.

Maddy Carignan has worked in the Manchester School District for 13 years and has taught Language Arts and Special Education for the past seven years.

Plymouth State University camps run for an extended day and cost $225/camper per session.

Residential Camps

Summer Institute for Young Writers (residential program)

Young Writers Institute

Grades 9-12

July 20th -25th

July 27th – August 1st

(Campers arrive on Sunday afternoon prior to start of camp.)

$550 ($1000 for two weeks)*


The purpose of this program is to create a community of writers to 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. 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. Activities may include: ice-skating, open mic or movie nights, trips to downtown, visiting authors and hikes/walks.

Families will be invited to hear the writing created at the Institute during an open mic celebration on Friday afternoon.


Amanda Leslie is a NWPNH fellow and Colby Sawyer College writing instructor and has a masters degree in the teaching of writing from PSU.

Josh Greenbaum is a NWPNH fellow and a teacher at Farmington High School.

The PSU Summer Institute for Young Writers (residential program) Grades 9-12 costs $550 per student.

Hiking/Writing Institute of the White Mountains

Grades 7-12, M-F July 28-August 1  8:00-4:00

The program will run from 8am-4pm each day. We  will begin and end at Profile High School, 691 Profile Road, Bethlehem, NH.

Transportation to and from the hikes, writing materials, lunch and snacks will be provided.  Students must come prepared with a backpack to carry supplies, a water bottle, rain coat, extra layers (quick dry material), wickable socks, and sturdy sneakers or hiking boots.  At 12:00 on Friday, August 1st, we will gather with parents and families at The Society For the Protection of NH Forest’s Bretzfelder Park for a celebration of our week of writing and hiking.  Student writers, teachers, parents and families will come together to read our finished writing, share stories and have a cook-out.

Special application form available here.

Send payments to:

Meg Petersen
Attn: NWPNH Summer Writing Camps
MSC #40 17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264

Special Discounts: Register by June 1 and receive a $10 discount!

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

Check out writing from students who attended the 2009 and 2010 PWP Plymouth writing camps.

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

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