In today’s test-prep dominated academic landscape, the teen who loves to write as an expression of personal creativity may find little time to dedicate to this and other creative pursuits.
Drawing inspiration from TY’s 150 beautiful wooded acres on the banks of the Delaware River in Barryville, New York, and the exploration of their Jewish identities and beliefs, teens have the time, space, and mentorship to hone their writing skills.
Part of TY’s new two-week intensives, Writopia Lab consists of workshops led by established authors. Working on a short story, memoir, play, or poem, teens will spend time brainstorming, drafting, sharing, and refining their writing with professional guidance and within a group of their peers.
In the same way that TY creates a safe space for teens to be themselves and explore their personal connections to Judaism, Writopia’s workshops are a sanctuary that fosters joy, literacy, and critical thinking in everyone from aspiring writers to those who struggle with verbal and written expression. They also continue the Tel Yehudah emphasis on peer leadership as teens become a thoughtful community of writers and thinkers.
Teens who are edging closer to college application deadlines have the opportunity to focus a portion of their Writopia time working on their college essay. With the guidance of our experienced authors, teens will learn to identify their unique story and authentic voice, and draft and complete their college essay while also enjoying everything they love about camp, like sports, arts, trips, programs about Israel, and, of course, their friends.
At the conclusion of the Writopia Lab program, teens leave not just with a polished piece of fiction writing, poetry, memoir, or their college essay, but with stronger writing skills and greater confidence in communicating their message or story to an audience.