Thurber Summer Writing Camp is an incredible week of writing for students in 2nd-8th grade! We focus on nurturing a passion for writing and creativity - not spelling, grammar, and the red pen.

Grab your thinking caps and imagination because it’s going to be an awesome week of camp! Join us as we take you on writing adventures from solving mysteries to creating codes, to discovering inspiration in nature, music, and more. The only thing you won’t get at camp is writer’s block! Here's just a glimpse at some of the fun:

(If the week you are looking to register is sold out, please email Meg Brown at to be added to the wait list.)


Our campers flattened themselves this week, seriously. They created a “flat” version and went on adventures all week with Linda Forte-Spearing. As if that’s not crazy enough, Lyn Ford is guided our campers into mysterious worlds with her writing activity based on different artwork. We jotted down all of the fun we had with Andra Gillum’s letter prompt and we’ll never forget the memories we made this week.


The topics we covered this week had wheels turning and your imagination burning. From writing chilling mysteries with Jim Flanagan to making and breaking codes in your stories with Beth Grace, there was never a dull moment. There are some “mad scientists” in town who may threw a twist in our schedule too. We never know what to expect when Dan Mushalko and Kathy Matthews come to camp.

FOR RISING 6th, 7th, & 8th GRADERS: 

If you think writing is just essays, check out a few of the things we did this week! Kelsie O’Hanlon took us to the past where we will took on the ins and outs of historical fiction while Zach Westhoven kept us in the present with his hilarious character activities that had us putting our characters in funny, and sometimes awkward, situations. We broke out your best penmanship with Valerie Cumming’s letter-writing project where we were pen pals with local nursing home residents.

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. Registration will begin in April. 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:

Please contact Meg Brown at 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

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

We also thank the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Pauline C. Wittwer, Elisabeth State, and Sayre funds of the Columbus Foundation for their ongoing support of our programs.