FAQs

Once I apply, how soon can I expect to hear back?
We will inform all applicants of their status within 3 weeks.

What is the cost of attendance?
$800 for all eight days.

Do you offer scholarships?
Yes. Please read the scholarships section on the Tuition & Costs page.

When is the full tuition due?
A deposit of $400 is due upon acceptance to hold your spot. This is fully refunded through April 1. After that date, the deposit is forfeited. The remaining balance of $400 is due by May 1. Applicants who do not pay the remaining balance by that date may lose their spot in the camp, and will not be provided a refund.

Is this an overnight or non-residential (day) camp?
We are a non-residential camp. Please see the Summer 2019 camp schedule for the daily schedule, including arrival and pick up times.

Do you require students to be picked up by a parent/guardian?
Upon acceptance to the camp, we’ll ask for additional information, including approved transportation for participants. This can include pick up by a family member or other approved adult; taking public transportation; taking a ride share; or walking. Due to limitations and the difficulty of parking in DC, we recommend that students do not drive themselves.

Where is the camp located?
We are in the process of finalizing a location, and we will inform all applicants once confirmed. We can share that the camp will be in downtown Washington, DC in a Metro accessible location.

Does my student have to be a native English speaker to attend?
Not at all. We welcome students from a variety of language backgrounds, though please note that all of our instruction will occur in English.

Does my student have to be an advanced writer?
We believe that developing writing skills is a lifelong, ongoing pursuit that requires practice. Our camp is designed for students who have a passion for and interest in the written word. Whether that means they would like to explore writing further; hone their writing skills; experiment with a new genre; or get to know other youth writers and be part of a writing community, the faculty works with each student individually to develop their writing goals and support them throughout the camp.

Does my student have to live in the District of Columbia to attend the camp?
We accept students from anywhere! While we anticipate that most of our students will live in the DC area (DC, northern Virginia, or Maryland-adjacent counties), students who have family in the area and would like to attend are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Do you accept international students? If so, what paperwork is required?
We accept international students applicants. PEN/Faulkner does not require additional paperwork regarding citizenship status.

If I pay the full tuition and my student is unable to attend, do you provide a refund?
Our payment schedule is as follows:

Deposit $400 Due: upon acceptance
Remaining Balance $400 Due: No later than May 1
Deposit Refund Yes, full refund Before April 1

No deposits will be refunded after April 1

Remaining Balance Refund $400 (full)50% (half refund)

25% (quarter refund)

No refund on remaining balance

Before April 15Between April 16-May 1

Between May 2-May 15

After May 15

What if my student plans to attend the camp, but a family emergency or other situation comes up last minute?
Unfortunately, after May 15 we cannot provide refunds.

We can’t wait to attend! However, my student will miss a day or two of camp. Can we pay a lower tuition?
We do not pro-rate tuition. The $800 cost is to cover the breadth of activities happening throughout the eight days, and we cannot isolate those costs to a single day of camp.

What if I have other questions?
Please email Lacey N. Dunham, Youth Writers Camp Director at lacey@penfaulkner.org.