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 pencils and thinking caps and get ready for a wild and wonderful ride! You will go on adventures, solve mysteries, create worlds, write songs, lose yourself in poetry, and laugh along the way. We are leaving no stone unturned or idea unwritten this summer and can’t wait for you to join us.

Camp Teaser! Mark your calendars for the following dates:

2nd & 3rd Grade: June 5-9, June 12-16; 12:30 - 4:00 p.m.; Cost: $ 100

4th & 5th Grade: June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Cost: $175

6th, 7th, & 8th Grade: July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31 - August 4; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Cost: $175

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.

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. 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.


Please contact Jessica Sarber 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

Thank you to our sponsors: Greater Columbus Arts Council, PNC Bank, State Auto Insurance, The Susan Scherer Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Pauline C. Wittwer, Elisabeth State, and Sayre Charitable funds of The Columbus Foundation.