Summer Creative Writing Camp for Teens

AMPLIFIED is an intensive creative writing camp just for teens. Over 9 days, you’ll practice the art of writing and explore themes of social justice in a supportive environment through a variety of writing activities, field trips, conversations with authors, and craft discussions.

Summer 2020 – Dates & Times

  • Monday, June 29
  • Tuesday, June 30
  • Wednesday, July 1
  • Thursday, July 2
  • Monday, July 6
  • Tuesday, July 7
  • Wednesday, July 8
  • Thursday, July 9
  • Friday, July 10


Camp runs from 9am – 2pm each day.

PEN/Faulkner / WeWork Wonderbread
641 S Street NW
Washington, DC 20001 

1 block from the Shaw/Howard University Metro stop (green/yellow lines) and on several DC bus lines. 

Our Summer Writing Programs, including AMPLIFIED, are no-cost experiences for students.   

Deadline to sign up is June 1. Space is limited. Camp is open to students who will be rising 9th-12th graders at the end of the current school year, as well as 2020 high school graduates.

AMPLIFIED Registration Is Here.
After the form is complete, additional required paperwork will be emailed to the parent/guardian listed on the form. Once these forms are completed and returned, we’ll confirm participation in the camp. 

Sample Schedule – Field Trip Day

  • 9am – Quick jot writing warm-up
  • 9:30am – Exploration of craft elements
  • 10am – Field trip to Smithsonian American Art Museum to engage in ekphrastic writing
  • 12:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:15pm – Writing deep dive and one-on-one writing conferences

Sample Schedule – Author Visit Day

  • 9am – Quick jot writing warm-up
  • 9:30am – Mentor text exploration and discussion
  • 10:30am – Writing workshop
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1:00pm – Author visit, discussion, and book signing

Summer 2020 Anchor Texts & Themes

We’re still finalizing this summer’s anchor texts and themes, but to give you a taste of what you might read and explore, here’s selections from our 2019 and 2018 camps.


  • Social Justice Themes: Gentrification/Displacement
  • Texts: Poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks, Carl Sandburg, Pages Matam, Fatimah Asghar; Prose by Natalie Hopkinson (visiting author), Renee Watson, Sandra Cisneros; creative engagement with poet and performer Regie Cabico


  • Social Justice Themes: Gender, Race & Identity
  • Texts: Prose by Nicole Chung (visiting author), Jennifer Abelson and Chessy Prout (visiting authors), Christine Grimaldi (visiting journalist), bell hooks, Black Lives Matter resources 

Thoughts from Prior Participants:

“My favorite part was talking with the professional poet and author!”

“I’ve learned that it’s okay to sometimes struggle as a writer.”

“You can’t have tension or suspense [in writing] without comfort/a safe spot.”