The Hudson Valley Writing Project brings young people together to share their ideas, tell their stories, and develop new friendships. Our experienced teachers create warm, welcoming, joyful environments for writing and learning.
Ages 7-9
WE ARE WRITERS
SUNY New Paltz
Curiosity is the best inspiration for writing! Together, we will explore all kinds of questions as we write, make art, and discover our favorite places on the college campus.
July 11-15 | 9am-1pm | $275
Ages 7-9
NATURE WRITERS & EXPLORERS
Environmental Cooperative at Vassar Barns  
Join us as we explore pond, stream, forest and meadow habitats, writing in and about nature. We’ll learn about ways we can create environments that support the needs of local plants and animals.
July 18-22 | 9 am-1 pm | $275
Ages 10-12
WRITING FOR FUN
SUNY New Paltz
Inspiring writing prompts, art activities, and visits to the planetarium and campus museum will spark our imaginations and creativity as we learn about and practice the craft of writing.
July 11-15 | 9am-1pm | $275
Ages 10-12
GIRLS WITH SOMETHING TO SAY
SUNY New Paltz 
Join us to meet new friends, tell your stories, and find your voice in a supportive circle of girls. Learning from women in history and women in our lives, we will raise our voices and use our words to weigh in on the issues that are important to us. Trans and non-binary people welcome.
July 18-22 | 9am-3pm | $225
Ages 10-12
BOYS ON THE MOVE
Huguenot Street, New Paltz 
Do you love being outdoors? Join us for a week of exploration and adventure. We'll go on a scramble at Mohonk Preserve and explore other natural places to inspire our stories – humorous and serious, scary and fantastic. Trans and non-binary people are welcome.
August 1-5 | 9am-3pm | $150
Ages 12-14
WRITING & ROLE-PLAYING,
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
Together we will create characters and the worlds they live in, write mythic stories replete with magic and monsters, heroes and villains, then roll the dice and let the adventures (and the battles) begin!
Online for 8 days | June 27-July 8 | 10am-1pm | $295
In-person | SUNY New Paltz | July 11-15 | 9am-3pm | $295
Ages 12-14
FROM PLAYWRITING TO PERFORMANCE
Parker Theatre, SUNY New Paltz
Bring your writing from the page to the stage in this playwriting lab! Working together with other writers and actors, you'll craft characters, produce exciting scenes, and bring your own short plays to life.
August 1-5 | 9am-3pm | $295
Ages 12-16
WRITING SCI-FI & FANTASY
Online
Immerse yourself in a world of your own creation! Let your imagination loose and create a world in writing and art by developing characters, mapping out the places they live, and dreaming up an adventurous plot.
July 25-29 | 9 am-12 pm | $250
Ages 13-17
TEEN WRITERS INSTITUTE
SUNY New Paltz 
Working in a creative workshop setting, we will tell our stories through personal essays, fiction, and poetry. We'll share ideas and respond to each other's work as we polish our writing for an anthology. 
July 11-15 | 9am-1pm | $275
Ages 13-17
MAKING OUR VOICES HEARD
SUNY New Paltz 
In this workshop for teenage girls, we will tell our stories and speak our truth. Women writers and artists will inspire us as we explore feminism, gender equality, and social justice. Trans and non-binary people welcome.
July 18-22 | 9 am-3 pm | $225
College Essay
Rising Juniors & Seniors
WRITING THE COLLEGE ESSAY
A good college essay communicates who you are and what you believe. We will study essays that work, brainstorm topics, and transform our ideas into solid drafts as we give and receive feedback in a relaxed, supportive setting. 
Online | July 18-22 | 10am-1:30 pm | $275
SUNY New Paltz | July 25-29 | 9am-1pm | $275
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Tuition assistance is available to make our workshops accessible to all students.
hvwp@newpaltz.edu | (845) 257-2836