Since its beginning in 2008, the week-long BC Youth Writers Camp has offered aspiring authors and artists a chance to meet professional illustrators, fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, and others, who strive to pass down inspiration and knowledge. Most importantly, the camp provides a space for encouragement, friendship and community among like-minded kids, and support for their creativity for years to follow.
We intend to keep things that way. Yasmin John-Thorpe, founder and lead organizer of the camp, has passed on the torch to Chelsey Baron under the new name of "Write the Summer". With new leadership there is always change, but the ideals we hold are the same. Our goal is to give a supportive space to young creatives throughout British Columbia, while also providing the skills they will need to make their dreams a reality, meet professionals in a variety of fields, and build everlasting friendships throughout their community.
Banner art by Zoe Baron
May 31 2018
Mail-in registration is closed. Until this date, please mail all forms and fees to PO Box 1477 Victoria Rd N, V0H 1Z0.
June 15 2018
Online registration has been extended to this new deadline. Online registration is available at Eventbrite:
June 18, 2018
Due to a lack of registrations, Write for the Summer 2018 has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience. We hope to be back next bigger and better than ever!
May 28, 2018
Reminder to all parents currently registered or thinking about registering: Write for the Summer needs AT LEAST 15 registered kids to run at a minimal level. If we do not reach this goal, Write for the Summer 2018 may be cancelled.
May 23, 2018
Online registration has been extended to June 15th! That being said, mail-in registration will still only be accepted until May 31st. The anthology contest and print publication has been cancelled this year due to a lack of submissions. However, I would still like to put something together digitally with the work created during the camp week.
December 3, 2017
Changes for this upcoming year
1. Harold Simpson Memorial Location!
2. Dates are from June 29 - July 2
3. Top three anthology submissions will be given free to discounted registration fees, with additional prizes. All submissions will be published. We are also accepting original artwork!
4. Consideration is for a volunteer board to help with decision-making and planning. Please email for more info.
5. Online Registration is available through Eventbrite and we now have a Facebook page!
6. For those living farther from Summerland but still in the Okanagan area, we will be looking into transportation options in case parents are not available for the drop-off and pick-up times.
There was plenty to learn from Write for the Summer's first year: both in successes and failures. Changes for the second year will be made based on the feedback from students, ranging from more diverse food options, more presenters, and smaller group sizes.