Writopia Lab @TY is a new two-week intensive providing teens the opportunity to hone writing skills and connect via their literary passions in a camp setting.

Dates: July 29-August 13, 2019
Cost: $2,650
For: Current 9th-11th Graders

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Writopia Lab: National Community of Young Writers & Thinkers

TY is proud to continue our partnership with Writopia Lab, a national youth, teen, and young adult program that fosters literacy and critical thinking through creative writing. Through Writopia Lab’s innovative workshop method, teens are empowered as peer leaders as they gain skills in writing, editing, analysis, and effective communication. 

Workshops: Student-Centered & Author-Led

Under the tutelage of established authors, writers will brainstorm, write, and polish their own original short story, memoir, play, and/or poetry upon learning core elements of plot, key literary tools, and mechanics of a coherent story. The workshops allow a community of teen writers to find each other and connect via their literary passions. The peer-leadership model blends perfectly with TY’s own leadership development methodology.

College Essay/Memoir Opportunity

During this two-week module, teens may opt to participate in the college essay/memoir Minor. If so, they will be guided through the process of identifying unique and meaningful personal stories and allowed the space to tell those stories in their own authentic voices. Writers will leave camp with a completed college essay or memoir in hand, and perhaps more importantly, a deepened confidence in their own writing talents.

Tel Yehudah provides a one-of-a-kind Jewish environment, where teens interact with others from Jewish communities in the U.S., Israel and around the world. In addition to all the creative offerings of Writopia@TY, the “best of camp” at TY includes the opportunity to partake in sports, arts and Israel education programs. Each week culminates in Shabbat, amidst the natural, serene setting of Tel Yehudah and is followed by a wild Israeli dance party.

Program Outcomes

Teens participating in the two-week Writopia Lab @TY Intensive will:

  • Complete a polished piece of fiction writing.
  • Grasp knowledge of core plot elements and key literary tools.
  • Perfect the ability to construct a story.
  • Gain confidence in conveying a message to an audience.
  • Become familiar with Jewish texts.
  • Come to understand and better express their own identity.
  • Be provided the opportunity to participate in a college essay/memoir elective.


Participants in Writopia Lab @ TY spend 4-5 hours a day engaged in developing their creative writing in collaboration with other participants and staff. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to choose another Intensive as a minor and explore all of TY’s other specialty areas (ropes course, Israeli dancing, and singing, sports, etc.)   Below is a sample daily schedule:

What's Included?

  • Daily creative writing workshops with Writopia Lab staff
  • Room and board within our furnished cabins
  • 3 healthy, nutritious and kosher meals a day, plus stipend for snacks and treats from our camp canteen
  • 24/7 professional medical staff that can dispense first-aid and prescription medicines
  • 160+ dynamic and trained camp professionals
  • Regular laundry-service
  • Full time on-site 24/7 security services
  • Coach Motorbus transportation to/from Newark International Liberty Airport on opening and closing day for teens who will be traveling to camp by plane


Yes! If you are…

  • Currently in 9th through 11th grade
  • Ready to join a community of writers as you develop your own original creative writing
  • Ready to explore your Jewish identity through your writing
  • Interested in living with Jewish teens around the US and the world

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