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Writing - All Genre Programs

Our list of writing programs and writing summer camps for teens has something for everyone. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, poetry or songs, plays or scripts, if you love writing we have the perfect summer program here for you. Develop your 'words' while experiencing new places around the country and across the globe. These programs provide a safe, encouraging atmosphere for budding writers in middle school and high school to hone their writing skills and inspire creativity. We also feature some programs exclusively for girls. Browse through our listings, and have a great summer!


Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design(opens in a new window)

Summer art camps at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design for high school teens who are serious about building their portfolios for college admission.

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Putney School Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenage students at our summer camp work closely and cooperatively with professional artists, writers and performers in the visual arts, the performing arts, and creative writing on a spectacular hilltop campus in southern Vermont.

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French Woods Festival(opens in a new window)

America’s leading performing arts summer camp where every child or teen chooses their own individual schedule, from more than 80 activities run by certified teachers and counselor specialists.

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Barnard Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Experience college life and prep at our academic summer camps while exploring New York City with high school teens from across the country and around the world!

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Idyllwild Arts(opens in a new window)

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program camp has offered teens an exciting array of performing and visual arts courses since 1950.

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Art Institute of Boston Young Artist Residency Summer Program(opens in a new window)

The Young Artist Residency Program (YAR) summer camp at The Art Institute of Boston (AIB) at Lesley University offers a full schedule of summer courses and activities for college credit. Experience Boston and college life.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago(opens in a new window)

The Early College Program Summer Institute at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers two- and four-week summer camp sessions for teens beginning in June and July.

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Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute(opens in a new window)

Teens can directly observe and research whales, dolphins, porpoise, puffins, seals in their natural habitat. College credit for writing and art summer camps. Based on beautiful Grand Manan Island between Maine & Nova Scotia.

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Juniper Institute for Young Writers at UMass(opens in a new window)

Intensive fiction and poetry workshops, and exposure to world-renowned authors, for teen writers finishing 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. At our summer camp, write new work, revise work-in-progress, and gain insight into the creative process.

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University of Miami Summer Scholar(opens in a new window)

Teens entering their junior and senior years in high school learn about the college experience by studying for three weeks and earning college credit at the University of Miami!

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Tufts Summer Study(opens in a new window)

An opportunity for teens to assess their talents, interests, and values. Your summer camp experience will help you clarify your options as you prepare for the college application process.

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UCSD Writing Online(opens in a new window)

Academic online courses designed to prepare high school teens for the demands of college-level writing.

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Center for Creative Youth(opens in a new window)

Supported by National Endowment for the Arts, high school students spend 5-weeks at Wesleyan University. Our summer camp program offers 10 art forms, plus amazing interdisciplinary classes. All arts, all of July.

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Syracuse Summer College(opens in a new window)

This 6-week academic summer camp allows high school teens to study, explore career interests and earn college credit.

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School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston's Pre-College Summer Studio(opens in a new window)

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s Pre-College Summer Studio--Teenagers can explore painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, video, digital photography, and more while earning college credit at summer camp.

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Stanford Summer College(opens in a new window)

Summer students enroll in undergrad courses, earn college credits, and live in a student dormitory to gain an inside perspective on college life.

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Emma Willard's Writer's Retreat(opens in a new window)

Writer’s Retreat enables teen girls to practice and hone their writing talents. Our summer camp combines specialized courses, activities, and field trips to help girls discover and use their unique voices.

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ArtsAbroad Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Dance summer camp and travel programs in Europe and the Caribbean. Open to teen students age 14-19. Prepare for college, see the world, and improve your art!

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Duke University Youth Programs(opens in a new window)

Summer camps that offer enrichment opportunities for students in grades 9-11. Creative writing, performing arts, leadership/service learning, and college prep (selection/admissions). Study with professionals and published writers.

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Cranbrook Summer Art Institute(opens in a new window)

This summer camp program offers 3-week summer classes to teenagers serious about art. All abilities welcome! Classes include video, photography, architecture, sculpture and zine-making

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Harvard Summer School(opens in a new window)

Motivated high school students find the Harvard Summer School a challenging, rewarding, and exciting Ivy League college camp program experience.

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Atlantic Center for the Arts(opens in a new window)

Atlantic Center for the Arts’ your word: Teen Creative Writing Residency summer camp program offers writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir.

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Summer Institute for the Gifted(opens in a new window)

SIG is the ultimate 3-wk summer camp for gifted teenagers. Great campuses and 30+ academic, performing arts and sports classes. Then show off your talent at the SIG Final Program!

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California College of the Arts Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Teens can explore art, design, architecture, creative writing and more in a summer camp that provides an art-school setting for four weeks. Our students earn college credit during the summer and experience college life.

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Teen Ink's NYC Summer Writing Program(opens in a new window)

A two-week intensive creative writing summer camp in NYC for teen girls in grades 9-12. Students and staff stay at Juilliard. Program includes classes, daily writing time, museum visits, city sights and Broadway shows.

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Johns-Hopkins Pre-College(opens in a new window)

Anxious to see a university and sample courses and campus life? This academic summer camp lets teenagers begin their college journeys early.

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Augustana Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

Fun college-like academic summer courses for high school students taught by popular professors. From Harry Potter to human cadaver dissection, there’s something for everyone. Evening summer camp activities included.

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Earlham Explore-A-College(opens in a new window)

A college-level summer camp for high-schoolers. Take a class from an Earlham professor and earn 2 college credits. Classes in Sciences, Languages, Humanities, Art and Outdoor Education

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Interlochen Center for the Arts(opens in a new window)

Study creative writing, music, theatre arts, visual arts and dance at a summer arts camp for students ages 8-18 or an arts academy for 435 high school teens.

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Southern California Institute of Architecture(opens in a new window)

Design Immersion Days summer camp program introduces teen students to careers in architecture and design through the exploration of how products, buildings, and environments are imagined and made.

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The Jewish Museum: SummerArts(opens in a new window)

The Jewish Museum has an annual studio arts summer camp for high schoolers, where teens will learn new approaches to painting, sculpture, videography & ceremonial arts while exploring NYC!

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College of Saint Rose Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

Our exciting Summer Academy for teens in grades 6-10 provides parents and students many different summer camps to choose from that are flexible and convenient.

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Georgetown University: Summer Programs for High School Students(opens in a new window)

Explore an array of exciting subjects for high school teens at Georgetown University this summer. Space is limited; apply today to secure your spot in our summer camp.

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Design at Harvard(opens in a new window)

Our Career Discovery summer camp helps teens decide if a career in design is right for them and prepares them for admission to a professional degree program.

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Smith College(opens in a new window)

Explore Smith’s diverse programs for high school girls on our beautiful campus. Choose from Summer Science and Engineering, Women’s Writing Workshop, Discovering Women’s History, Field Studies for Sustainable Futures, or College Admission Workshop. Financial aid is available!

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Bard College at Simon's Rock Young Writers Workshop(opens in a new window)

Since 1983 the Young Writers Workshop summer program has offered teens the opportunity to explore new directions in their writing in a supportive, collaborative summer camp environment.

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Yale Summer(opens in a new window)

Our academic summer camp program seeks exceptionally promising teen students of all backgrounds and educates them to develop their intellectual, moral, civic and creative capacities to the fullest.

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Writing and Thinking Workshop at Lake Forest College(opens in a new window)

Join our supportive and dynamic summer camp community of teen writers and thinkers on the beautiful campus of Chicago’s national liberal arts college.

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Oxbow Summer Art Camp(opens in a new window)

NO LANYARDS MADE HERE! Teens get professional instruction, field trips, state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor studios, lots of art, gourmet food, and FUN! No applications, portfolios or previous art training needed to attend our summer camp. Ages 14-16.

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Alfred U. Summer Writing Institute(opens in a new window)

This dynamic overnight summer camp will expand teens' identities as writers through intensive workshop experiences.

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US Performing Arts(opens in a new window)

Taught by leading industry professionals and partnered with universities across the country, our summer camps give teenagers the opportunity to pursue their passions while getting a taste of life on a college campus.

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University of Maryland(opens in a new window)

College-bound middle and high school teens pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and explore university life at this summer camp. Enjoy interactive activities with students who share similar abilities.

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USC Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Summer camp workshops for teens include The USC Young Actors Workshop and The USC Summer Science Program for Girls

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University of Chicago Summer(opens in a new window)

This college-preparatory summer camp engages teens in the most rigorous and rewarding study of their lives.

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New York Film Academy Summer Camp(opens in a new window)

Hands-on summer camps available to teenagers 14-17 in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting, Photography, Musical Theatre, Music Video, Broadcast Journalism and Game Design spanning from one-week to six-weeks.

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Portsmouth Abbey(opens in a new window)

Teens learn in a friendly and structured summer camp and strengthen their academic position while also taking enrichment courses.

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Arts and Performing Arts Camp at Long Lake(opens in a new window)

An oasis for Performing and Fine Arts. YOU design your perfect summer camp in Fine Arts, Music, Theater, Rock Bands, Dance, Circus, Magic and fun water fun and land sports.

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Beloit Summer Language(opens in a new window)

If you’re serious about learning a language, come to one of the nation’s finest language summer camp programs, the Center for Language Studies (CLS) at beautiful Beloit College in Wisconsin.

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Sewanee Young Writers(opens in a new window)

Been bitten by the writing bug? Teens, visit our summer camp for two weeks of literary discussion and creation.

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Cushing Academy(opens in a new window)

A unique boarding school summer camp experience for teenagers from across the U.S. and the world, combining challenging academics with great athletics, performing and visual arts, and excursions across New England.

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Emory Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

The Emory Pre-College summer camp program gives college-bound high school students an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university.

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University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute(opens in a new window)

The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute in Philadelphia offers intensive summer camps for high school teens in art, media + design, creative writing, dance, music, and theater.

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BIMA -The Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts(opens in a new window)

BIMA summer camp engages Jewish teens in an intensive arts program at Williams College to advance their skills in music (choral/jazz/chamber ensembles), creative writing, or painting.

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Montserrat College of Art(opens in a new window)

Visual arts pre-college summer camp for credit for teens entering 11th and 12th grades. On Boston’s beautiful North Shore.

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Cornell University Summer College(opens in a new window)

The best summer of my life! Join other talented high school students in this summer academic camp as you take college-credit courses with Cornell faculty and explore college and career options.

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Emerson College Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenagers, explore your passion at Emerson College. Choose from summer camps in filmmaking or film writing, acting, musical theatre, stage design, creative writing, journalism or political communication-social advocacy-leadership.

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Iowa Young Writers Studio(opens in a new window)

Join us this summer to share your work, practice craft, and improve your writing. Find out how much your writing can improve after just 2 intensive weeks at our summer camp!

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Creative Writing Institute(opens in a new window)

Held at UC Berkeley and Stanford, this two-week imaginative writing summer camp is designed for entering 10th-12th graders. Students choose a focus of Poetry, Fiction, or Non-fiction.

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UNE Early College Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenagers can immerse themselves in an accelerated academic summer camp program in Coastal Marine Ecology, Creative Writing (Poetry), Neuroscience, or Pre-Law. Experience college life on the scenic Maine coast, and earn 3 college credits. Scholarships available!

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Northwestern University College Prep Program(opens in a new window)

Teens, experience college life, pursue new academic challenges and earn college credit at our summer camps. Take a two-week seminar or choose from a variety of three- to eight-week courses.

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Great Books Summer Program(opens in a new window)

Great Books Summer Program is a lively, warm and welcoming summer camp community of outstanding teens, grades 6th-12th, who love literature and ideas.

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The University of Virginia's Workshop for Young Writers(opens in a new window)

Work with published writers, live on the University of Virginia campus, and join a visionary teen artist’s community. At this camp, take your writing where it’s never been before.

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Julian Krinsky Pre-College Enrichment(opens in a new window)

JKCP offers an innovative lineup of summer camps that include instruction by professionals in tennis, business leadership, science, computers, fitness, cooking, the performing arts, engineering and more.

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8 Keys SuperCamp(opens in a new window)

This academic camp program helps teens get ready for the world with learning and life skills that get you motivated to make things happen. Fun 7- and 10-day summer programs held on college campuses.

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Art on the Farm at Cow House Studios(opens in a new window)

Make art in Ireland during this three-week summer camp where teens study painting, drawing & photography. Live on our family farm, work in a beautiful studio, and travel the county from Dublin to the West.

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Great Summers(opens in a new window)

Experience the summer of a lifetime! Free info. and expert guidance on 800+ outstanding summer programs and teen camps for high schoolers, from pre-college, academic, teen tour, and language, to community service and travel.

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EXPLO: Exploration Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

At Yale University, Wellesley College, and St. Mark’s School, make teen friends from around the world, discover new interests and abilities, and have fun. More courses, activities, and trips than any other summer camp or program!

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Carnegie Mellon PreCollege(opens in a new window)

Internationally recognized for our summer camp programs in computer science, fine arts, engineering, business and the humanities. You’ll find a dynamic, intense teen student body working very hard -- and playing hard, too!

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Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships(opens in a new window)

Welcome to Summer Discovery Pre-College Programs, the world's finest and most popular teen summer high school enrichment programs, internships, and middle-school summer camps.

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Savannah College of Art and Design(opens in a new window)

SCAD offers summer art camps and workshops for younger teens in Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., and a precollege experience for rising high school seniors in Savannah.

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Washington University Summer(opens in a new window)

At Washington University Summer camps, pre-college teenagers can get a taste of college life, live in residence halls, and make new friends from around the world.

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Abroad Programs by SPI(opens in a new window)

High school study abroad programs for college credit in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and China. Earn college credit and have the summer of your life with an SPI summer program!

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Focus at UC Berkeley(opens in a new window)

Summer Focus camp allows entering 11th-12th grade students to earn college credit while still in high school! This six-week pre-college summer program at UC Berkeley gives teens an excellent idea of what college life will be like!

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Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Summer camp opportunities in theater, creative writing and visual art for teens ages 13-18. Come immerse yourself in poetry, fiction, playwriting, acting, dance, and musical theater right outside Boston!

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Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp(opens in a new window)

Campers (ages 9-16) freely explore the performing and creative arts in a supportive, non-competitive summer camp environment with professional artists and instructors.

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Boston Architectural Center(opens in a new window)

A summer camp for high school students entering grades 10-12 who want to explore architecture and interior design.

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George Washington Univ. Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Discover GW and DC! Two residential summer program enable teens to explore their academic interests and college life: a 6-week for-credit program for 11th graders or 10-day camps for grades 9-11.

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Maine Media Workshops(opens in a new window)

These intensive hands-on programs for teens are taught by working artists using state-of-the-art equipment. Combine an exploration of filmmaking, photography or multimedia with a true Maine summer camp experience.

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design(opens in a new window)

Teenagers who enroll in our summer camps can study art in the unique atmosphere of a college for the visual arts. On-campus housing is available.

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RISD Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

A 6-week academic art summer camp tailored toward highly motivated teens who want to develop their visual arts skills along with college admission portfolio pieces.

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Challenge Program at Saint Vincent College(opens in a new window)

This summer camp offers unique “District” and “Pirate” themes that teen lovers of the Hunger Games and Elizabethan-era lore will find incorporated into fun events, courses, activities and campus housing for one or two weeks!

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Pratt Summer(opens in a new window)

Study the fine arts, architecture, creative writing and more at this prestigious institute's summer camps for teens.

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Penn Summer: University of Pennsylvania(opens in a new window)

Summer at Penn provides among the most comprehensive and academically-stimulating credit course summer camps for teens in the U.S. on a beautiful, historic campus.

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Sarah Lawrence College Programs For High School Students(opens in a new window)

Discover Sarah Lawrence’s unique programs. 2-week courses in 8 fields. Whatever your interests, SLC will help teens explore their passions in a supportive summer camp environment. High School courses offered in Fall and Spring too!

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Blue Tree creative programs for girls(opens in a new window)

A creative summer camp for girls ages 11 to 17... Writing, Fashion, Dance, Acting, Story Arts, (maga)Zine and more! Two-week residential sessions at Bryn Mawr College (PA) and Smith College (MA). Join us!

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Video Production Camp(opens in a new window)

In our summer camps held at Stanford and UC Berkeley, teen filmmakers’ creativity and technology skills will definitely be challenged! Students entering grades 7-12 work with top Bay Area professionals and start shooting on day one!

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Parsons Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

This summer, teens from around the world will come to summer camps at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and Paris to learn more about design and themselves through intensive pre-college courses.

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UNE Early College Creative Writing Program(opens in a new window)

Work with well-known writers, earn college credit, and make friends with teens from across the country! Develop your writing style and experience life on a college campus at our summer camp. Find inspiration on the scenic Maine coast!

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Travel for Teens(opens in a new window)

Travel for Teens offers community service, language immersion, photography, and cultural immersion trips to Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, and Australia for students 13 to 18 years old.

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Ringling College of Art and Design PreCollege Perspective(opens in a new window)

This four-week intensive summer camp provides teens in high school with focused, challenging artistic experiences in a structured, rigorous program. Integrates fundamental studio practices with major-specific immersions and a robust student life.

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Between the Lines(opens in a new window)

An exciting two-week creative writing and cultural exchange summer camp for teens. Improve your writing, make international friends, live in university dorms, and have fun in the UNESCO city of literature, Iowa City.

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