We’ve got both in-person AND virtual options this summer!

Camps: $125/week with tuition assistance levels available

Once-a-week series: $75-125/workshop with tuition assistance levels available

One-day workshops: $25 with tuition assistance levels available

Use the filters to sort through our offerings by age, date, category (once-a-week series, one-day workshop, or camp), teacher, or location (virtual or in-person).

You’ll find the cost of each workshop, along with tuition assistance levels if needed, at the bottom of the form once you click ‘REGISTER.’

Once again, our heroes at Studio Two Three have made it possible for us to safely come together for camp in their roomy, well-ventilated event space. Here are our COVID protocols there:

  • Single entry/exit to the building for all students

  • Staff and students will wear masks when not at their desks

  • One 6-foot table per student

  • No shared writing tools, no snacks provided

  • Tables disinfected daily

The RYW experience is one of deep thinking, raucous laughter, unfettered support for each other, and writerly bonding. We’re all doing the hard work of wrangling our imaginations onto the page, and imaginations are unruly beasts. In the process of understanding and taming these beasts, who we are - the quicksilver of our true selves - shines forth, too.

Come get real, share your thoughts, commiserate, celebrate, and play with words!

Mon Apr 11, 4:30 PM - Mon May 30, 6:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
The Picture Book Project is an annual collaboration between Richmond Young Writers and professional artists in the community in which kids become published authors! Students ages 11-17 write stories in a spring workshop, after which they are paired with professional artists in the community to plan a real, honest-to-goodness published picture book. Artists bring them to life visually over the summer, and the books are published each fall by Richmond Young Writers Press.

Thu Apr 14, 4:30 PM - Thu Jun 2, 6:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
Come, all writers of legends, myths, and fairytales! Bring your basilisks! Your heartbreak! Your sentient staplers! Fantastical tales and faux-histories of all kinds will emerge here, in short story and poem form. Like our popular Picture Book Project, Book of Legends is an 8-week intensive dreaming, writing, and editing experience in which stories find their fullest expression.

Mon Jun 27, 10:00 AM - Fri Jul 1, 12:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
When Bird was younger, she made little books of poems out of all kinds of things: fabric that was run through a typewriter, receipts sewn together, stapled handwritten orange peels, whatever was around. If you want to open your poem-writing and book-making lens and come away with a unique little book of your own, we’ll do that together this week! We’ll explore free verse, haiku, odes, tankas, cinquains, and other short poetic forms.

Mon Jun 27, 1:00 PM - Fri Jul 1, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
During this science and creative writing workshop, we take a close look at nature (flowers, insects, trees, etc) and learn more about their anatomy and functionality in nature. We will also work on our own creative and scientific stories about objects in the natural world that resonate with us. Inspired by the book, The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science, we will use our time to closely observe so that we may be better able to understand the simplicity and complexity of the natural world and our role in it.

Wed Jul 6, 1:00 PM - Fri Jul 8, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
Ever wondered what the world looks like to your family’s cat or dog? What about the hamster your sister had that one year? What about a chicken on a farm? Or a pine tree, a tulip, or a worm? Or a frisbee, a pepper shaker, or a bowling ball? In this workshop, we’ll stretch our imaginations by thinking about the possible inner lives of non-humans, including animals, plants, and objects. We’ll explore possibilities through poetry, stories, and thinking about the magic of point of view!

Mon Jul 11, 10:00 AM - Fri Jul 15, 12:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
What does a mind look like when it’s alive on the page? How can we mix our personal lives and memories with deep exploration and analysis of the world around us? In this class, participants will explore and write in a range of creative nonfiction forms such as meditative essay, personal memoir snapshots, and found forms as we wonder at our inner lives and outer world.

Mon Jul 11, 1:00 PM - Fri Jul 15, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
Dungeons & Dragons is a collective storytelling game played amongst friends with dice telling you what you can and can't do. Over the course of one week in July, you are cordially invited to come play D&D at Richmond Young Writers -- to build a character and go on an adventure with us. What makes this particular D&D game unique is that we will be taking breaks over the course of the game to allow writers space to write the story of their character, with the hope that -- at the end of the week -- the story will continue.

Mon Jul 18, 10:00 AM - Fri Jul 22, 12:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
Have you ever wondered what the cards have in store for you? Have you ever wanted to tap into your intuition and explore the realm of tarot? We will discover the meanings behind the images, learn to write our own interpretations, and create characters and stories based on the cards. Whether you are already a tarot lover or just curious, please join us for this magickal opportunity to reveal the truth of the cards and discover more about ourselves along the way.

Mon Jul 18, 1:00 PM - Fri Jul 22, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
What does it mean to see something anew, in all its startling potential? How can we cultivate that sense of joy and discovery as we grow up and the world starts to seem a little less magical? Reclaim the magic of attention in this workshop, which will use close observation of day-to-day life, the natural world, and mentor texts as the raw material for writing across forms: poetry, creative essay, written collage, you name it!

Mon Jul 25, 10:00 AM - Fri Jul 29, 12:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
You have to learn to sit with a story. Its characters, its movement—the story is a living, breathing creature over which you have only so much control. In the end, stories want to be their own beings, and you’re bound to their particular voice, pace, and desire to reveal themselves. We’ll learn to stick with them and listen deeply in this camp to write one fully-realized short story, with lots of encouragement, trust, teeth-grinding, and laughter along the way.

Mon Jul 25, 1:00 PM - Fri Jul 29, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
In this workshop, we will explore the themes of neighborhood, belonging and community in Sandra Cisneros’ widely acclaimed book, The House on Mango Street. Campers will explore the special kind of language experimentation found in the book, write their own vignettes, and look at their community with a new lens.

Mon Aug 1, 10:00 AM - Fri Aug 5, 12:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
Remember catching a glimpse of that little blue fuzzy thing in your closet, just before it bolted out of sight? Or the mysterious shape in the forest shadows that you couldn’t quite place? The Curious Creature Compendium is the repository for important sightings like these. We’ll write stories, compare descriptions, draw pictures, and create a shared guidebook highlighting the creatures that perhaps, in all the world, have only been spotted by us.

Mon Aug 1, 1:00 PM - Fri Aug 5, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
Got an idea for a science-fiction or fantasy story? Got a character from another world living in your head rent-free? Wonder how authors go about building the sweeping worlds their characters inhabit? In this workshop, we’ll use writing prompts to imagine other worlds and follow the threads of your ideas to see where they lead. How does your cool magic system impact the economy of your world? How does the time travel you’ve invented impact people’s personal relationships? Sign up and let’s find out how your world works!

Mon Aug 8, 10:00 AM - Fri Aug 12, 12:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
During this science and creative writing workshop, we take a close look at nature (flowers, insects, trees, etc) and learn more about their anatomy and functionality in nature. We will also work on our own creative and scientific stories about objects in the natural world that resonate with us. Inspired by the book, The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science, we will use our time to closely observe so that we may be better able to understand the simplicity and complexity of the natural world and our role in it.

Mon Aug 8, 1:00 PM - Fri Aug 12, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
Dungeons & Dragons is a collective storytelling game played amongst friends with dice telling you what you can and can't do. Over the course of one week in July, you are cordially invited to come play D&D at Richmond Young Writers -- to build a character and go on an adventure with us. What makes this particular D&D game unique is that we will be taking breaks over the course of the game to allow writers space to write the story of their character, with the hope that -- at the end of the week -- the story will continue.

Mon Aug 15, 10:00 AM - Fri Aug 19, 12:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
Got a good story that you can imagine being a great movie or TV show? Learn the basics of screenwriting--format, act structure, dialogue and more--and get started on a screenplay that you can submit to competitions, act out with friends or film yourself! Campers will familiarize themselves with the most malleable of professional writing genres while developing a screenplay or teleplay concept.

Mon Aug 15, 1:00 PM - Fri Aug 19, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
Have you ever wondered what the cards have in store for you? Have you ever wanted to tap into your intuition and explore the realm of tarot? We will discover the meanings behind the images, learn to write our own interpretations, and create characters and stories based on the cards. Whether you are already a tarot lover or just curious, please join us for this magickal opportunity to reveal the truth of the cards and discover more about ourselves along the way.