Registration deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018.
Scholarship deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018.

General Camp Information

Every summer we host 2nd-8th graders at the most creative camp in Central Ohio. Our campers invent monsters, write poetry, and save the world from aliens. Guest authors, storytellers, poets, and more always keep our campers guessing and their imaginations brimming with new ideas and confidence!

All camp sessions are held at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, next door to Thurber House. Thurber Summer Writing Camp has been inspiring and encouraging young writers since 1994.


Enrollment is first-come, first-served, and each week of camp is limited to 40 students. Campers will be split into four groups of ten, with one counselor per group. Our camps fill quickly, so get your registration in early. The final deadline for registration is Friday, May 4, 2018.

Thurber House takes online registrations as well as regular mail. We will confirm receipt of online registrations via email. If you do not receive an email within one week of submitting the registration, please contact us at 614-464-1032 x16.


Contact Meg Brown at or 614-464-1032 x16.

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2018 Summer Writing Camp Schedule

Grade levels refer to the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2018. Please register your child for only one week of camp.

2/3 Grade Camps: 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. — $150
June 4-8        June 11-15

Better stretch your writing muscles before camp because we will create “random” story generators, learn how to write from our own memories, and create story stones, just to name a few activities. You will walk away with everything you need to keep writing! Each day includes a mid-afternoon snack.

4/5 Grade Camps: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — $225
June 18-22 [FULL]*        June 25-29 [FULL]*        July 9-13 [FULL]*

*To be added to the wait list, email Meg at

There is no rest for your creativity this week. You will solve elaborate mysteries using your best writing and deductive skills, break out watercolors for onomatopoeia books, compose poetry, dig deep into character development, and much more. Your journal will be exploding with stories and ideas. Campers bring their own lunch each day; Thurber House provides an afternoon snack.

6/7/8 Grade Camps: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — $225
July 16-20 [FULL]*             July 23-27 [FULL]*
July 30-Aug. 3 [FULL]*       Aug. 6-10 [FULL]*
*To be added to the wait list, email Meg at

If you’re tired of writing essays and can’t wait to use your imagination, don’t miss camp! Our teachers are excited to work with you on creating new worlds, adding suspense to your stories, breaking out new poetry prompts, using music, nature, and more to inspire your senses, and maybe a little improv and lots of laughing along the way. You will not be bored this week and your imagination will thank you. Campers bring their own lunch each day; Thurber House provides an afternoon snack.


Students whose families need financial assistance may apply for one of a limited number of scholarships, thanks to our generous sponsors. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Full scholarships require a $10 non-refundable registration fee and verification of enrollment in a free school lunch program or letter from a school official stating financial need.  Partial scholarships require the $10 registration fee, and one half of the tuition fee ($45 for grades 2-3, $83 for grades 4-8) and verification of enrollment in a reduced school lunch program or letter from a school official stating the need for partial financial assistance.

Scholarship spaces are reserved in the requested week along with all other registrations.  Since our camps fill quickly, we highly recommend submitting your scholarship request as soon as possible.  

 Four special full scholarships, also based on financial need, will be given in memory of Thurber House friends Ruth Spain, Norm Spain, Jan Hammock, and Peggy Touvell.  To apply for these scholarships, follow the guidelines and deadlines listed above.

Refund Policy

The registration cost includes a non-refundable administration fee of $10. If a camp session is full or is cancelled by Thurber House, a full refund minus the administration fee will be given. Tuition is 70% refundable for cancellations received no later than two weeks before the scheduled start date for your chosen week of camp. There are no refunds of any kind within two weeks of your chosen week of camp.

Annual Book Drive

Is your bookshelf getting a little out of control? We can help! During camp, we collect new or gently used books to donate to local organizations. Last year, our collection went to Books for Bedtimes, a nonprofit created by Thurber House Young Docent Meagan Warren. Please consider donating some of your books!

Camp Crafts
Two Campers
Camp Field Trip



Thanks to the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council and The Harry J. and Marion A. Schreiner, Newton A. and Eleanor Thompson Brokaw Unrestricted, and Elizabeth Shedd Mykrantz Family funds of The Columbus Foundation for their ongoing support.

The Columbus Foundation