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 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.

Mon Sep 19, 4:00 - 5:30 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
Originally created by Jim Simmerman in The Practice of Poetry, Twenty Little Poetry Projects is an exercise that requires participants to create a 20-line poem. Each line has a specific direction and/or purpose and can be arranged in any order, besides the opening and closing lines. The exercise is challenging, and the final product is not limited to just fulfilling the lines - it can be anything you want it to be! Even if you only create a few lines that you fall in love with, it can lead to future pieces with no limits.

Wed Sep 21, 4:30 PM - Wed Oct 26, 6:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
Qapla’! Today is a good day to create a new language! Writers will learn the ins and outs of language creation for fiction writing. Famous fictional languages include Elvish, Dothraki, Klingon…and yours! Take your love of writing to the next level by creating a whole new language to express yourself.

Mon Sep 26, 4:30 PM - Mon Oct 17, 6:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
How do you describe the color red without using color? How would you describe rain without talking about the weather? Writers will write poetry and prose to practice expressing ideas without naming them, giving their readers access to different emotions and experiences inspired by just one word.

Tue Sep 27, 5:30 PM - Tue Oct 18, 7:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
This workshop will be a place where we can do deep dives into elements of writing. Each week we will explore a different element, for instance, imagery! Each class will consist of a brief description, a reading, and several writing prompts so that we can play and practice.

Thu Sep 29, 5:00 PM - Thu Nov 3, 6:30 PM (EDT)

Virtual
Dungeons & Dragons is a collective storytelling game played amongst friends with dice telling you what you can and can't do. You are cordially invited to come play D&D over the course of six weeks in this online campaign -- 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 to allow writers space to write the story of their character, with the hope that -- at the end of the workshop -- the story will continue.

Mon Oct 3, 5:30 - 7:00 PM (EDT)

Byrd Park (Fountain Lake), 600 S Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA, USA
Let’s gather to read poetry to each other! In this workshop, we’ll start by reading favorite poems to each other and discussing them, then we’ll write our own poems/pieces. Let’s get to know this form, ourselves and our writing in new ways! Please bring your favorite poem (or a newly discovered poem) to share.

Sat Oct 8, 1:00 - 3:00 PM (EDT)

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA
Have you seen the Art Nouveau collection at the VMFA? Have you ever wondered who owned or used those pieces in their daily lives? Writers will spend time exploring the Art Nouveau collection together, and imagine who might have used the furniture, worn the jewelry, and lived among these incredible pieces of functional art. We will then spend time writing down the details of their daily lives, interests, and personalities. This workshop is entirely process-focused and designed to encourage writers to look at objects from a different perspective.

Thu Oct 13, 4:30 PM - Thu Oct 27, 6:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
The 27 Club refers to the tragic coincidences in rock & roll history of the deaths of stars at age 27. The term gained notoriety after Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, with rock fans connecting his age to that of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones and Jimi Hendrix. When Amy Winehouse died at age 27 in 2011, it attracted even more attention to the significance of the age. In this exploration, in addition to considering the circumstances of their deaths, we will listen to their music and write a poetic response: what would their next song be? What message would they want as their last?.

Tue Oct 25, 5:00 PM - Tue Nov 8, 6:30 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.

Sat Nov 5, 10:00 AM - Sat Nov 12, 12:00 PM (EDT)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
The thought of a time travel story (or movie) often creates visions of bizarre worlds, robots, or other elements of science fiction. While this can be true, there is also a place for time travel in contemporary narratives about love, heartbreak, loss, moving on, family, social justice, and more. This workshop will explore three major paradoxes used in time travel tales. We’ll discuss how time travel can serve a story as a tool instead of a gimmick, possible techniques and rules, and thoughts about why time travel as a topic fascinates people in the “real” world. Session one will focus primarily on topic discussion. Session two will allow time for idea generating, sharing, and workshopping through tricky non-linear timelines.

Mon Nov 7, 5:30 - 7:00 PM (EST)

Byrd Park (Fountain Lake), 600 S Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA, USA
Let’s gather to read poetry to each other! In this workshop, we’ll start by reading favorite poems to each other and discussing them, then we’ll write our own poems/pieces. Let’s get to know this form, ourselves and our writing in new ways! Please bring your favorite poem (or a newly discovered poem) to share.

Sat Nov 12, 1:00 - 3:00 PM (EST)

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA
Have you seen the Art Nouveau collection at the VMFA? Have you ever wondered who owned or used those pieces in their daily lives? Writers will spend time exploring the Art Nouveau collection together, and imagine who might have used the furniture, worn the jewelry, and lived among these incredible pieces of functional art. We will then spend time writing down the details of their daily lives, interests, and personalities. This workshop is entirely process-focused and designed to encourage writers to look at objects from a different perspective.

Mon Dec 5, 5:30 - 7:00 PM (EST)

Byrd Park (Fountain Lake), 600 S Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA, USA
Let’s gather to read poetry to each other! In this workshop, we’ll start by reading favorite poems to each other and discussing them, then we’ll write our own poems/pieces. Let’s get to know this form, ourselves and our writing in new ways! Please bring your favorite poem (or a newly discovered poem) to share.

Mon Dec 12, 4:00 - 5:30 PM (EST)

Richmond Young Writers, 2707 W Cary St, Richmond, VA, USA
Originally created by Jim Simmerman in The Practice of Poetry, Twenty Little Poetry Projects is an exercise that requires participants to create a 20-line poem. Each line has a specific direction and/or purpose and can be arranged in any order, besides the opening and closing lines. The exercise is challenging, and the final product is not limited to just fulfilling the lines - it can be anything you want it to be! Even if you only create a few lines that you fall in love with, it can lead to future pieces with no limits.