Rochester NY: Writers & Books invites local youth, ages 5-18, to participate in a
number of week-long Frederick Douglass-inspired camps during summer break in
celebration of the 200th anniversary of Douglass’ birth. Writers & Books will offer
eight, age-appropriate SummerWrite camps that will focus on Douglass’ life and
times as well as social justice issues.
The workshops are:
Who Will Tell Your Story? Is Anybody Listening? (June 25 – 29)
This class explores the historical and cultural underpinnings of the artistic,
scientific, and philosophical contributions made by indigenous American and
African peoples, as well as the diverse contingent of immigrants to our country’s
Afrofuturism and Black Panther (July 2 – 6)
Blend Black Panther-like movie storytelling and writing with your own
interpretation of distinctive African cultures, history, and Sci-Fi fantasy.
Rebels, Leaders, & Innovators (July 9 – 13)
Learn about people like Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Abraham
Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller, Lou Gehrig, and more by reading age-
Heroes of Social Justice (July 9 – 13)
We will learn about local heroes in our history like Susan B. Anthony and Frederick
Douglass, as well as today’s heroes and innovators such as refugee and Olympic
swimmer Yusra Mardini, human rights activist Yeonmi Pak, and more!
Writing the Unexpected: A Fiction Workshop for Writers of Color (July 30 – Aug
Ages: 14 & Up
This class will be comprised of serious and advanced fiction writers of color.
Students will learn how to build strong, complex characters who subvert
stereotypes of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc. We will read, write,
and workshop story drafts, examining craft elements.
Citizens: A Conversation on Race, Identity, & Democracy (Aug 6 – 10)
Ages: 14 & Up
Using Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric, which recounts acts of
racism in lyrical prose poems, as a jumping off point, we will engage in discussion
and writing around racial, identity, and social justice issues.
We Breathe Fire: Teen Poetry Slam (Aug 13 – 17)
This camp requires two prerequisites for all participants: Open mind. Open heart.
The world is eager to hear you! “A lot of people resist transition and therefore never
allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is;
once you do, you can learn about the new world you’re in and take advantage of it.”
– Nikki Giovanni
Write for Write: A Social Justice Workshop (Aug 13 – 17)
Ages: 14 & Up
Located in Geneseo at the Wadsworth Library
This fiction-writing workshop honors the life of Claire Allen and her humanitarian
legacy. Participants will discuss relevant and urgent social justice issues affecting
local, national, and global communities, study short stories that address those
issues, and help one another write their own stories that illuminate the realities of
these issues. This work will culminate in a public reading intended to raise
awareness and stir discussion that leads to community action to create positive