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 2015

Peterborough July 13-17 3-8 9-12 $125
Plymouth July 13-17 3-8 9-3:30 $225
Hampstead July 6-10 5-9 9-2 $150
Laconia August 3-7 3-6 9-12 $125
Meredith August 10-14 5-9 9-12** $150
Concord July 6-10 5-8 9-12 $125
Plymouth*** July 19-24July 26-31 9-12 Residential $575

Bethlehem                     July 13-17                   5-12               8-3:00

*Grade entering in Fall 2015

*Additional Hours, please description for full schedule

***Young Writers Institute begins  Sunday afternoon and runs through Friday afternoon.


Quick Registration Form for Grades 3-8

Quick Registration Form for Young Writers Institute 

Quick Registration Form for Hiking/Writing Institute


Camp Descriptions


 Peterborough //Monadnock Center for History and Culture
Write What You See
Grades 3-5, 6-8
July 13-17,  2015

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Plymouth–Plymouth State University

Grades 3-8

July 13-17


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.

 Hampstead–Hamsptead Middle School

Grades 5-9

July 6th-10


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.

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

World Around Us

Grades 5-8

July 6-10


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!


Make Your Writing Come Alive!    

August 10-14, 2015                                                                               

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   

August 3-7                                                                                                                           

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 

Grades 9-12

July 19-24

July 26-31

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.

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.

Bethlehem –Profile School 

Grades 5-12

July 13-17

Watch this video of last year’s camp.

For more information and registration, see brochure



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!  $25 for the Young Writers Institute.

Attend both weeks of the Young Writers Institute for $1000

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