Pump up your writing with tips and twists from the award-winning (and frequently funny) author of 80+ children’s books!

This is NOT your typical writing program. It is an eye-opening expedition into the sometimes challenging and always exhilarating experience of creating a story (or article, or essay, or ANY kind of writing) that will entertain others. You’ll download effective strategies including how to produce a propulsive plot, populate it with unpredictable characters, incorporate humor, build to a compelling climax, and leave readers wanting more.

On a structural level, you’ll learn how to come up with irresistible opening lines, craft cliffhangers both epic and subtle, and use metaphor to develop your distinctive voice as a writer.

Each session, you will (a) complete one or two short writing exercises and (b) relax while listening to the imaginative stories of your peers—a nurturing mix of writing, sharing, and lively discussion.

You’ll come away from the program motivated to write for fun and ready to embrace the writing required for school…AKA skills for life! Also, you’ll look at books and movies you love in a new way, with a more critical eye, which will help you write more vividly yourself.

All writing is done in session; no homework.

IMPORTANT: Please tell your young writer in advance that everyone will read aloud what they write at camp. With conviction!

Marc is the author of 80+ books for young readers—nonfiction and fiction, drama and humor. His titles include Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman (which changed history, inspiring the Hulu documentary Batman & Bill, as well as a TED Talk), Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story, and The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra.

He has done assemblies and workshops for kids in 30+ states and almost 20 countries, from Peru to Vietnam, and has two kids of his own. He’s had a blast working with young writers every summer at Landon since 2015 and Georgetown Day since 2020.

Fun fact: Marc’s first published writing was a poem about his mom that ran in his small hometown newspaper when he was 9 years old.

This is a one week program. Students will spend the morning portion participating in the writing camp and the afternoon will consist of lunch, recess, and fun camp activities such as games, challenges, experiments, arts and crafts, etc.