Registration Open for 2022 Writing Camp at the Shepherd Park Library

Day Eight is excited to be partnering with the Shepherd Park Library and Friends of Shepherd Park Library to provide five weeks of in-person writing camp this summer. The camp brings in exceptional DC-area poets and journalists as faculty within a comfortable and supportive place for youth to develop as writers.

Students in the program will:

  • Generate story and poem ideas.
  • Work in supervised groups of three to practice writing, reporting, editing, and creative writing.
  • Produce a story or poem for potential publication.

A total of twelve students will be enrolled each week, and the 2022 camp is FREE thanks to support from individual donors to Day Eight, the Friends of the Shepherd Park Library, Learn24, HumanitiesDC, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Still have questions? Visit the 2022 Summer Camp page, or download the Summer 2022 Camp Information Packet (PDF).

Summer 2022 faculty include Jonetta Rose Barras, Regie Cabico, Joe Davidson (Washington Post), SeKeithia Johnson, Kayla Randall (NPR), Shaquetta Nelson, Dwayne Lawson-Brown (Spit Dat), Jeffrey Banks, Norah Vawter (DC Trending), John Johnson, Anne Becker, Denaise Seals (Slingshot Video), Lisa Traiger (Washington Jewish Week), Asha Watson, Ebone Bell (Tagg Magazine), Holly Karapetkova (Arlington Poet Laureate), and Casey Catherine Moore (KIPPDC).

Who is writing camp for?

Writing camp is for any high schooler, or advanced middle-schooler, with real interest in writing, particularly those interested in journalism or poetry. Writers between the ages of 11 and 18 may attend.

What Covid protocols will be followed?

Writing camp will follow protocols established by the DC Public Library regarding indoor masking. Additionally, individuals that are close contacts will be asked to report their contacts and socially distance with masks on. Individuals positive for covid must stay home and provide proof of negative test before returning to camp. Proof of covid vaccination status and booster if eligible is required to enroll in 2022 writing camp.