Young Writers' Camps

Every summer OWPC hosts multiple young writers' camps for youth of all ages. Usually face-to-face, these camps provide an opportunity for young writers to practice their writing skills, expand their creative toolbox, and receive positive, constructive feedback. To be the first to know about upcoming camps, sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook.

If you're interested in leading a future camp, contact Susanna Thornhillemail address


2019 Camps

Mysteries at the Museum: Stories of mayhem, mystery, and more!

Want to know how to create a mystery? Come write, untangle, and solve your own stories while practicing your writing skills in a fun and collaborative environment. We will explore plot design, character development, and new techniques to improve your writing, as well as sharpen the ones you have. This workshop is designed to not only help you grow as a writer, but set you on the path of the lucrative mystery writer.

When?
Monday through Friday, July 29-August 2: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each day
Friday, August 2: 12 p.m. - Light reception, family and friends invited!

Where?
Face-to-face at the Hallie Ford Art Museum, 700 State St, Salem, OR 97301

Who?
Students entering grades 5-12

How much?
$95 per student

In case of student cancellation, full refunds will be granted up to 30 days prior to the start of camp (June 29). After this date no refund will be granted. Deadline to register is July 22.

Questions?
Contact Stephanie Bestland


New this year: $10 off each for registering with a sibling or friend, or for signing up for both camps!


Myths & Tales: Fantasy in Word and Art

From Spiderman to Cinderella, Hercules to Harry Potter, myths to fairytales, and novels to comic books, fantasy transforms us! Through writing and drawing, we will explore the fantasy genre and create our own myths and tales, all while taking our skills as readers and writers to the next level. Students will leave with a keepsake anthology of their own work and connections to kids who share their passion for writing.

When?
Monday through Friday, July 22-26: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each day
Friday, July 26: 12 p.m. - Light reception, family and friends invited!

Where?
Face-to-face at the Hallie Ford Art Museum, 700 State St, Salem, OR 97301

Who?
Students entering grades 5-9

How much?
$95

In case of student cancellation, full refunds will be granted up to 30 days prior to the start of camp (June 22). After this date no refund will be granted. Deadline to register is July 15.

Questions?
Contact Stephanie Bestland

Help us spread the word! 

Feel free to send, print, and distribute 2019 Young Writers' Camp flyers (PDFand PNG) to your friends and classmates.

 2019 YWC Flyer 

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 In Their Own Words

Comments from Program Participants


"My child liked that there was something new every day. She got some great ideas and tools to use in her future writing.


"I so appreciate that you helped campers find their talents and encouraged them to find more ways to express themselves as writers. Thank you!"


"My daughter came home after the first day of the writer’s camp thrilled, and remained happy with her experiences. Bravo. Thank you for providing her with a positive learning experience."


"My son really liked the variety of writing activities—animation, science and creative writing. Bringing in science teachers was a great idea. My son is seeing the connection between writing and science."


"The camp built confidence, a belief that his writing is really good. It was a safe place to express his thoughts and feelings."


"My child improved in being excited about writing, having a desire to explore learning though technology, and understanding the writing process. I cannot thank you enough. This was fantastic!"