Why We Write Inc. is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to Kentucky students and adults learning happiness through writing, listening, performing, and giving gratitude.
2024 SUMMER CAMPS
2024 Theme: On Cloud Nine—What Makes Us Happy
Major art project: Van Gogh’s “Wheat Field with Cypresses”
Guest Speakers: The sky’s the limit
Silver Lining Writing Journal
Lofty traditions: camp song; Camper Feud; Poetry in Flight;
published virtual writing; t-shirt
LEXINGTON Inkspire writing camp June 17-21, 2024
WINCHESTER Inkspire writing camp July 29-Aug. 2, 2024
NEW CAMP that combines writing and acting!
The Little Apple Theatre Camp presents
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
LOCATION TBA. Camp July 8-12, 2024
Grand Gratitude Initiative
Is your organization hosting a special speaker or performer?
Do you want to elevate the event with your audience giving
a small act of kindness?
Give audience members a chance to write short notes of gratitude and receive a sticker—sure to be a conversation starter about your event!
Why We Write offers the “I Gave Gratitude” program free of charge to a non profit and for a small fee to a for profit group.
We simply want to spread the feeling that Central Kentucky is the nicest place in the world!
We create unique and memorable writing experiences for all ages and for all types of groups. Make your next meeting or adventure an inkspiration. Choose from a set program or we can custom design your theme.
Writing sessions related to travel adventures, ancestors, major life events, minor life events. We also provide seminars for poetry, college admission essays, and business writing.
You can also book our Executive Director for a speech or presentation at the link "Book A Talk."
Our writing camp director Mizz JJ loves to visit schools and read her stories. Left, a group of the some 110 students at Strode Station Elementary School in Winchester, enjoyed her story Ocean Eyes about a blue sea turtle.
Great guest speakers
from our 2023 camp
Seashells — Love Letters from the Sea
Lexington artist Laura Goins loves the beach. She creates handmade seashell and beach-themed jewelry from shells she finds while beachcombing. “The ocean heals me and makes me happy," she writes, "and my hope is that my jewelry brings the same joy to each person that the ocean brings to me."
Lexington Fire Dive Team
Engine 9 crew brought their equipment to the Lexington camp and told daring tales of their scuba work, including the rescue of more than 100 Kentuckians during the recent Eastern Kentucky floods.
"Shell" We Gather at the River?
Dr. Monte A. McGregor, Ph.D., is an aquatic scientist and malacologist with Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Wildlife. He works in Frankfort with the Resources Center for Mollusk Conservation. His stories of saving endangered species in Kentucky is incredible.
Her love of navigating the water began in high school with a family trip in Maine and a chance outing on a 65 Morgan. She sailed on and off for many years. In 2012, she joined the Cave Run Sailing Association and has sailed with members to Italy, Greece, Tahiti, Key West, and several other places around the US and world.
Every afternoon during writing camp, small groups of students attend art class and learn about a great masterpiece connected with our camp theme. Students love painting on that real 16 by 20 canvas.
The other campers are also in small groups--writing groups. Each camper receives a Pulitzer Prize card in their notebook with a variety of writing and creative activities. Students are given guidance for any path they pick. Above out 2023 card is the gold medal that is part of a writer winning the real Pulitzer Prize.