Craft Your Story: A Summer Camp for Writers and Illustrators


Cultivate your aspiring writer and illustrator this summer by immersing your artist in Craft Your Story: A Summer Camp for Writers and Illustrators  during the week of June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in collaboration with artist Susan Doster and author Melissa Fraterrigo

Students will spend the week exploring the amazing, fascinating and fun world of writing. Each student will learn about a variety of forms and writing techniques and will then apply these to develop his/her story idea during each day of camp. 

In addition to writing, students will also learn the best methods for illustrating their story whether it be a riveting scene or the cover illustration for their book. Students will work with Ms. Dorster and go through the design process from initial brainstorming sketches to a completed painting with the title and their selected font settled into place. 

Through practicing the steps used by professional writers and illustrators, participants will create the final rendition of their illustration as a painting and their stories will be included in an electronic anthology which will include all class members’ work. 


Who are the Instructors?
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.

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. 

She lives with her husband and two daughters in West Lafayette, and is a native Chicagoan. Despite horrible bouts of insecurity, through praise and plenty of rejections, Melissa has continued to write and looks forward to the opportunity to help you do the same. To learn more about Melissa or read some of her work, visit

Susan Dorster Susan Doster studied Fine Arts at Purdue and then earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the Graduate School of Figurative Art at the NY Academy of Art, in NYC. Since returning to IN, in ‘07, she has been drawing, painting, and sculpting in her studio and outdoors. Susan enjoys teaching these skills to numerous art students, who have ranged in ages from 5 through 80.

Susan is an Adjunct Art Instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis and is the Art teacher at Montessori School of Greater Lafayette.

When is this class offered?

This class is offered for one week from June 18-June 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MatchBOX Coworking Studio,17 South 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. On Friday, June 22, our final day of camp, there will be a reading and showcase of student artwork at 1 p.m. All parents and friends of campers may attend.

Who should take this class?
Open to writers ages 10 and older. It is capped at 20 students so that each camper receives individual attention on his/her writing and artwork. 

What is the cost?
$220 (includes $20 supply fee) There are no refunds.