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2024 Writing Camp Dates
Celebrating our 12th year


June 17-21

Had a great camp!
Check back next spring!


July 29 - Aug. 2

Photos = 1,000 words

Happy Guest Speakers
For 2024 Writing Camps

Different guest speakers will participate in our different locations. More speakers are added weekly. We bring the best speakers for the best campers!

What Makes Dogs Happy?
Transylvania University professor and researcher, Dr. Ellen Furlong, will discuss the work she does in her campus laboratory. Her dog Olive will also make an appearance! 

Does Writing Humor Make You Happy?
Kentucky Monthly editor-in-chief Steve Vest will wow campers with his wit and wisdom. He will share secrets on how he comes up with his monthly creative column "Vested Interest" for the magazine.

Are All Reporters Superman?  
Winchester reporter and feature writer Matt Cizek details everything that makes his work up, up, and away happy.

Can Weather Make You Happy?
WKYT meteorologist
 and reporter Alexa Minton explains how sharing the weather reports in Central Kentucky makes her happy.

What Makes A Kid A Hero?  Author Steve Flairty gives inside secrets about writing a book about kid heroes in Kentucky.

Photo of Transylvania University professor and researcher, Dr. Ellen Furlong, with her dog, Olive, who has a white face
Dr. Ellen Furlong
Photo of Kentucky Monthly editor-in-chief Steve Vest
Steve Vest
Photo of Winchester reporter and feature writer Matt Cizek
Matt Cizek
Photo of WKYT meteorologist and reporter Alexa Minton
Alexa Minton
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Steve Flairty
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  • 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? 

  • Why We Write offers the “I Gave Gratitude” program free of charge to non-profits and for a small fee to a for-profit group. 

  • We want to spread the feeling that Central Kentucky is the nicest place in the world!

Contact our Executive Director if you're interested in giving gratitude at your next event.

         We create unique writing experiences for all ages. Make your next meeting or adventure an inkspiration. Choose from a set program or let us custom design a theme.

         Our set  programs include participants learning to craft stories related to travel, family, major life events, and minor life events. We also provide seminars on poetry, college admission essays, and business writing.

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Contact our Executive Director if you're interested in hosting a writing workshop.

 Students Listen

Image of school children with Jacqueline Hamilton, Executive Director, and our blue sea turtle stuffed animal

Our writing camp director Mizz JJ loves to visit schools and read her stories. Left, a group from the 110 students at Strode Station Elementary School in Winchester, enjoyed her story Ocean Eyes about a blue sea turtle.

Writers are


A photo of our blue stuffed animal sea turte.
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