Register for Summer Writing Camp with Day Eight

Register Your Child for Day Eight’s Summer Writing Camp for an Unforgettable Literary Adventure! 

July 10th-14th, 2023 and August 7th-11th, 2023

10am-4pm at Shepherd Park Library

Looking for an extraordinary summer experience that sparks the imagination, cultivates creativity, and ignites a lifelong love for writing? Look no further! Our free Summer Writing Camp is the perfect destination for 6th-9th grade youth to embark on an unforgettable journey of self-expression, storytelling, and literary exploration.

Day Eight offers two week-long sessions of Writing Camp this summer: July 10-14, or August 7-11. The camp day runs 10am to 4pm, and both weeks are based out of the Shepherd Park / Juanita Thornton Library, 7420 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Field trips and specific dates occur at additional locations.

Through engaging workshops with professional poets and artists, interactive activities, and hands-on writing and art exercises, your child will unlock their unique voice and discover the magic of storytelling. At our Summer Writing Camp, creativity knows no bounds! From daily poetry open mics to collaborative co-creating sessions, our campers engage in dynamic and fun-filled activities that unleash their creative potential. They experiment with literary techniques, wordplay, and embrace the joy of language, discovering the infinite possibilities within their own words.

A maximum of 14 campers are enrolled per week, and the camp is FREE for all DC residents thanks to support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

To enroll, submit the online registration request form below. After completing the form, you will be emailed additional forms required to complete enrollment.

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Camp staff

Casey Catherine Moore (she/her) holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and in her fifteen-year career in education has taught writing, literature, and language at the collegiate and secondary levels, including from 2021-2023 at KIPP-DC.

Jeffrey ‘Big Homey’ Banks (he/him) is an editor of Day Eight’s literary magazine, Bourgeon, and is co-editor of the afro-latin poetry anthology book, Diaspora Café, D.C. He has performed nationwide and is recipient of multiple grant awards including through the DC Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs and the National Association for Poetry Therapy.

Asha J. Watson (she/her) is featured regularly at poetry series in the D.C. area, and is the author of two books of affirmations for children. She is also a breast cancer conqueror, passionate about awareness, support, and education around how our wellness and our words are connected.

Regie Cabico (they/them), master educator and camp co-director, consults for the DC Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Pen Faulkner, and others, bringing his love of language to school-aged youth.