Adventures in Creative Writing: A Virtual Summer Camp





The purpose of this creative writing summer camp is to explore the amazing, fascinating and FUN world of writing. There are countless ways to surprise yourself through writing—some writers choose to reflect on actual stories from their lives. Others are drawn to create worlds and characters that may exist only in the writer’s imagination. Still others prefer the brevity and muscle of poetry. Whatever form of writing calls to you, during this summer camp we will deepen your creativity and explore a variety of ideas. Everything about you—your thoughts and feelings, distant memories and dreams, endless surprises—are yours to give to your writing. 

Each day we will learn about the elements of fiction, memoir and poetry and write in response to prompts. During the week we will receive feedback from our peers and instructor, and at the end of the week each writer will leave with a short story, memoir essay, graphic story or series of poems, which they will then share during our Adventures in Creative Writing reading. Student work will then be compiled in a class anthology that will be shared with all campers.


My hope is that as a result of this camp writers will see that there are a variety of ways to create through words and all you need to do to start writing is to pick up a pen (or pencil)…





Who is the Instructor?
Melissa Fraterrigo is the author of the novel, Glory Days ( University of Nebraska Press), which was named one of "The Best Fiction of 2017" by ​Chicago Review of Books. 

Melissa is also the author of the short story collection, The Longest Pregnancy (Livingston Press). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of journals including Puerto del Sol, Massachusetts Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester and Shenandoah. She has twice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and also teaches fiction writing at IUPUI in Indianapolis. 

In addition to her publications, she has taught creative writing at Bowling Green State University, Southern Utah University, Penn State-Altoona, and at the Indiana Writers’ Center. Melissa is the founder of Lafayette Writers’ Studio. 

To learn more about Melissa or read some of her work, visit

When is this class offered?

This class is offered live on Zoom for one week beginning 6/22-6/26 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. 

Who should take this class?
Open to writers ages 10 and older. It is capped at 16 students. 

What is the cost?
$295 . Nonrefundable fee of $25 included in each registration.