Summer Writing Camp

Inspiring Central Ohio's next generation of creative writers since 1994

Make sure you bring your pencils and your imaginations to our summer writing camp!

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. At Thurber Summer Writing Camp, we do it all. We always keep our campers guessing and their imaginations brimming with new ideas and confidence. 

SAVE THE DATE! Our 2018 Summer Writing Camp registration will open on March 1! In the meantime, check out the weeks of camp we have this year. Grade levels are based on what the student will be entering in the fall of 2018.

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

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

6/7/8 Grade Camps: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — $225
July 16-20
July 23-27
July 30-Aug. 3
Aug. 6-10


General Camp Information
All camp sessions are held at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, next door to Thurber House.  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.  Grade levels refer to the grade the student will be entering in the fall.  Our camps fill quickly, so get your registration in early.


Thurber House takes online registrations as well as regular mail. We will be confirming 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 ext. 16. 

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 the nonprofit, Books for Bedtimes that was created by Thurber House Young Docent, Meagan Warren. We filled two carloads and we hope to collect even more this summer. Please consider donating some of your books. For more information, visit their website:  http://www.booksforbedtimenonprofit.org/.

Please contact Meg Brown at megbrown@thurberhouse.org with any questions about Thurber Summer Writing Camp. To be added to the email mailing list to receive future information about camp and other Thurber House programs for children, send your contact information to thurberhouse@thurberhouse.org.

Thurber House would like to extend a special thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support of our Children’s Education Programs: PNC Foundation and Chase.


We also thank 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 of our programs.