Adventures in Writing Summer Camp

For Middle School Writers (as of Fall 2022)

Young writers, get ready to go on an exciting exploration with Adventures in Writing Summer Camp!

July 18-22, 2022
Mon – Thurs 1 pm – 4 pm
Friday 1 pm – 5 pm

This is an in-person event.

Shelton McMurphy Johnson House
303 Willamette Street
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Members $199
Non Members $229

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this event.

Did you know that we have student and family memberships? Members save 10% on this class and every class. To find out more Click here.

Wordcrafters Adventures in Writing Summer Camp welcomes young writers to undertake an exciting exploration of different branches of creative writing. Campers will enjoy a variety-pack of wordcrafts and genres by working with a new author or instructor each day. Examples of past topics include… Pirate Ballads, The Hero Cycle, Spoken Word Poetry, Fractured Fairytales. This week-long writing journey will take place at the beautiful Shelton McMurphy Johnson House.

On the last day, parents and friends are invited to a reading of our newly-created stories! This last day will run a little longer and the readings will be from 3-5 PM. More details will be provided closer to the start of the camp.

A limited number of scholarships are available to young writers with financial need. To apply for a scholarship fill out this application.


As a child, Sarina Dorie dreamed of being an astronaut/archeologist/fashion designer/illustrator/writer. Later in life, after realizing this might be an unrealistic goal, Sarina went to the Pacific NW College of Art where she earned a degree in illustration, and to Portland State University for a master’s in education to pursue the equally cut-throat career of teaching art in the public school system. After years of dedication to art and writing, most of Sarina’s dreams have come true; in addition to teaching, she is a writer/artist/ fashion designer/ and dancer. Sarina is the author of over 160 published short stories, and novels too numerous to count. Now, if only Jack Sparrow asks her to marry him, all her dreams will come true.

Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA from 2013-2016. In 2019, she won the Zocalo Poetry Prize. She is the author of Night Court, winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Award, Wild Place, and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets. Recent work appears in Lake Effect, Atticus Review, Contrary, Convergence, Spillway, Cider Press Review, Eclectica, The Tishman Review, Tinderbox, The Red Wheelbarrow, and Main Street Rag, among others. She is the founder of Girls’ Voices Matter, an arts education program for teen girls. Erica is the editor of Sticks & Stones, a monthly poetry newsletter. Please visit her at