Register for Day Eight’s Summer 2024 Middle School Writing Camp at the Shepherd Park Library

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

Looking for an extraordinary summer experience that sparks the imagination, cultivates creativity, and ignites a lifelong love for writing? Day Eight’s Writing Camp is a place for 6th-9th grade youth to embark on a journey of self-expression and literary exploration. Summer 2024, Day Eight will offer five week-long Writing Camp sessions: June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19, and July 22-26. Camp will be closed on July 4.

Update May 21: The July 24-28, the July 1-5, and the July 8-12 camp weeks are now fully-enrolled. Additional registration requests received for those weeks will be added to the waitlist.

The camp day runs 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, at the Shepherd Park / Juanita Thornton Library, 7420 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Thursday morning of each week the campers will take a literary field trip. Friday afternoon each week the campers host a reading of their work — open to families and the community!

Thanks to support from Learn24, the Friends of the Shepherd Park Library, and individual donors to Day Eight, our summer 2024 camp is FREE for DC residents. The camp is open to rising 6th – 9th graders, only.

To ensure equitable access, each youth may enroll for 1 or 2 weeks of Writing Camp. Campers enrolled for 2 weeks may request to be added to the waitlist for additional weeks and if space is available will be permitted to attend a third or fourth week. From past experience, we do not expect that will occur. A maximum of 14 campers are enrolled per week.

Each week of our Summer 2024 Writing Camp is organized around the presence of a Writer in Residence. Those writers will share their books and writing process as models. Select writing by youth at the camp will be collected and published online in Day Eight’s literary magazine, the Mid-Atlantic Review.

Summer 2024 Writers in Residence

  • Week 1: Rebecca Bishophall, author of Breaking the Blank
  • Week 2: Brandon Douglass, author of Dipped in Cerulean
  • Week 3: Regie Cabico, author of Rabbit in Search of a Rolex
  • Week 4: Jessica Simon, author of Built of All I Shape and Name
  • Week 5: Casey Catherine Moore, author of Psyche.

Through engaging workshops, 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. 

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