Venturing beyond reading and writing, Page 15’s popular Young Writers Summer Camp gives authors in 2nd – 12th grades the opportunity to write, illustrate, and publish their very own book with help from published authors, editors and illustrators.  The Young Writers Camp is perfect for readers and writers of all abilities – from the budding young wordsmiths who love the process, to the reluctant writer who hasn’t yet found the know-how or interest in writing.

Spanning over the course of the summer, each one-week long camp encourages writers to explore their creative voices and write their very own stories. Throughout the week students experience a one-on-one art consultation with a professional illustrator and attend a reading and book signing with a local author. On the last day of every camp, students are given their own time on stage to read their story to a crowd composed of friends and family.

Page 15 is excited to announce a partnership with UCF’s CREATE program to offer STEAM+FUN (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) afternoon workshops for students in 4th & 5th grade camps.  More info soon!

2020 Summer Camp dates:

Rising 2nd & 3rd graders
June 1 – 5
July 6 – 10

Rising 4th & 5th graders
June 8 – 12
July 13 – 17

Rising 6th – 8th graders
June 15 – 19
July 20 – 24

Rising 9th – 12th graders
June 22 – 26

IF YOUR CAMP IS ON A WAIT LIST: The Young Writers Camps fill up very quickly but it is not uncommon for spaces to become available throughout the Spring season.  If your preferred camp is filled please email info@page15.org to place your child’s name on a camp waiting list. Please include: (1) your name, (2) your child’s name, and the (3) week of camp requested. Wait list spots are offered in the order they are received.

Tuition Rates
Young Writers Camp Tuition: $220 per student
Sibling Discount: When registering 2 or more students you will receive a 5% discount for every child. Use promo code: SIBLING5
Teacher discount: If you are a public school teacher (any subject!) and are registering your own child(ren), please email info@page15.org for a special teacher discount on tuition.

Camp Schedule
Monday – Friday from 9am – 12:30pm
Family reading and showcase every Friday from 11am-12pm
Early drop-off: 8:30am, Late pick-up: 1:00pm

Camp Location
UCF Downtown Orlando; Dr. Phillips Academic Commons
, 500 W. Livingston St. Orlando, FL 32801. Located in the heart of the new Creative Village in downtown, the new UCF Downtown is a world-class 21st-century campus for digital media, communication, public service, and health-related programs in an innovative, urban environment. Through visits to different locations on campus, Page 15 campers will have the opportunity to experience the expansive timeline of storytelling – from manual printing presses to virtual reality and video games.

Refunds & Cancellation Policy
If you have already submitted your payment and need to withdraw your child from the program, refunds will be issued as follows:
Cancelling more than 2 weeks before camp: full refund will be applied less a 5% processing fee.
Cancelling 1 – 2 weeks before: full refund will be applied less a 20% cancellation fee.
Cancelling within 1 week: no refunds will be processed. For scholarships: For cancellation you will be charged $20 registration fee.

Page 15 offers a limited number of full scholarships during each week of camp. Scholarships cover tuition, lunches, and all supplies for camp. To apply, please complete the simple scholarship application form. Scholarships will be awarded and announced in May 2020. Because of the limited number of scholarships available priority is given to students who (1) have been nominated by a teacher, and (2) have not received a scholarship in prior years. For more information on scholarships, please contact us at info@page15.org.

Writers Camp FAQs

How is this writing camp any different than school?
No tests, no quizzes, and no grades are just some of the many ways Page 15 is unlike school. This camp is tailored to the uniqueness of each student. We encourage creative exploration and support our students throughout the creative writing process.  And, most of all, we make writing fun!

Who is Page 15?
From academics and careers, to personal relationships and civic participation, literacy is vital. Through a variety of creative programs that playfully and powerfully engage youth in sharing their unique creative voice, Page 15 aims to enhance communication skills, encourage creative expression, and improve academic progress for Orlando youth (2nd – 12th grades), with a special emphasis on the city’s most economically challenged neighborhood, Parramore. Page 15  is a program of the Urban Think Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit in Orlando, FL., and programs are supported by Disney, Dr. Phillips Charities, United Arts of Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way, Martin & Gracia Andersen Foundation, and many more individuals and companies in our community.

What is included in the price?
Camp tuition includes all necessary supplies including journals, teaching and art supplies, use of word processing computers, a camp t-shirt, and a pizza lunch on Friday.

What about lunch?
Lunchtime is scheduled for 11:00am Monday – Thursday and campers must bring their own lunch. On Friday’s, Page 15 will serve all campers and families a pizza lunch at no additional cost. Pizza will be served after the final showcase around 12:00pm.

How will pick-up and drop-off work? 
All parents and authorized pickups must have Page 15 issued car signs or valid IDs available for pickup. Specific pick-up and drop-off instructions will be announced in early May.

What time is drop off and pick up?
Early drop off begins at 8:30am every morning, and pick-up is no later than 1:00pm.

Do you offer after care?
Page 15 does not offer after care. However, Page 15’s creative partner UCF CREATE will be offering an afternoon STEM workshop for students in 4th & 5th grade camps only. More information about these camps will be released soon.

What should my child bring to camp?
Page 15 provides campers with all camp supplies including journals, paper, pens, craft supplies, etc. Things you need to bring…
– Camper lunch
– Comfortable attire and tennis shoes.
– Children not purchasing camp lunches should bring a bagged lunch.
– Prescribed medication (if necessary)
– A good attitude and a creative brain!

Who is staffing the camp?
The staff is led by qualified teachers including Paul Driscoll and Emily LaPadura and supported by students from UCF’s MFA writing program. All staff members have successfully completed a mandatory Level 2 background check.

Can I purchase an additional copy of my child’s book?
Yes! Additional copies of your child’s book can be ordered for purchase.

How do I apply for a financial scholarship for my child?
A limited number of scholarships are available in each week of camp and cover tuition, lunch, and supplies. Priority is given to students nominated by a teacher. If your child’s teacher has not received nomination instructions, please have them email Page 15 directly with the information below. Once nominated, you will be asked to fill out our short scholarship application form. Page 15 staff will review each application and get back to you within one week. Our goal is to ensure that every enrolled child who needs financial assistance receives a scholarship.

Do you offer sibling discount?
Page 15 offers a 5% sibling discount for the registration fee. Use code SIBLING5 at checkout.

I am a teacher and want to nominate a student, how do I do that?
Teachers can nominate up to 3 students. Email the following information to info@page15.org
 – Student’s first/last name
– Student’s current grade & school
– Parent or Guardian first/last name
– Phone and/or email contact (if available)
– A short explanation for why you’re nominating each student (economic need, academic need, love of writing/creativity, etc.)
Teachers can expect to receive permission slips for most of the students they nominate. Please keep an eye out for these after you’ve sent us nominations, because it is up to you to send your student home with this information, and thus notify the parent. Camps fill quickly, and nomination does not guarantee a space in camps.

“I have never seen my daughter so excited to participate in a program. I have taken her to art classes, gymnastics, after-school clubs, etc. But Page 15’s summer camp is by far her favorite. She yelled at me for picking her up 5 minutes early!”

Young Writers Camp Parent

“Page 15 has been the highlight of our daughter’s summer for the past two years. While she is here, her creativity is nurtured and she is encouraged in her love of reading and writing. She is also given specific tools to use to
help her in the creative process.”

Young Writers Camp Parent

“When my child got in the car after the first day of camp, he begged me to register him for the second week of camp this summer and next summer! And this was after being reluctantly dropped off that morning.”

Young Writers Camp Parent

They all have stories to tell.

At Page 15, we believe every child should have the opportunity to share their voice, and tell their story.

With your help, we can provide summer camp scholarships for up to 35 Orlando kids.