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FAQs (2022)

Who can attend Inkspire camp?

3th-12th graders (entering third grade and finishing twelfth grade. Up to 35 campers served by 3 teachers & 3 college assistants. Camp founder and executive director is Dr. Jacqueline Hamilton.

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What  is “workable fun” that happens at Inkspire Camp?

"Workable fun" is the core of Why We Write's mission.

We have a theme that focuses our "workable fun" experiences. Details on 2023 theme: Moby INK (ocean) forthcoming. Activities are designed to stretch thinking, writing, and listening skills (work) but they are always steeped in fun.

Examples with our 2022 theme:  Write-A-Touille (food)  — 10th year celebration

  • Meeting people who work with food and other tasty topics

  • Reading books with a food focus

  • Studying famous Kentucky foods and edible traditions

  • Learning table manners

  • Adding in the special ingredient — listening skills

  • Going to the Literary Feast.  In 1022, the Mad Hatter Tea Bash with Alice in Wonder Ink

  • Releasing sky lantern with poetry

  • Singing a great new camp song

  • Painting a canvas replica of Van Gogh’s “Still Life with Apples”

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When is Inkspire Camp? (2023)

Week of July 31-August 4 (Monday-Friday)


M, T, W, F — 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Th — 1:45 to 7 p.m.  Families pick up students and head to Winchester Walking trail for release of sky lanterns for Poetry in Flight. 


MONDAY DROP OFF BEGINS AT 8.30 a.m. Parents will sign a wavier of liability form when they drop off campers, as well as bring their water and snack contribution.

Drop off for other camp days begins no earlier than 15 minutes before camp starts.

****Special note for Friday — Closing program for all families and friends starts at 2:45 p.m. Students wear their camp t-shirts.

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Where is Inkspire Camp?

Grace Academy 

250 N. Main St.

Winchester,  KY. 40391


This is the site of the former Fannie Bush Elementary School.  We are an educational camp grateful for the donated use of this facility for one week every summer.

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Why Inkspire Camp?

Our mission statement: Build an enthusiastic mindset for writing and listening skills. 

Our experience statement: When students are having fun, motivation to learn zooms--and learning sticks.

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How do we sign up and pay for Inkspire Camp?

Navigate to the Apply for Camp page to complete a virtual application. You can pay via website or with a check via mail.   The early bird discount of $175 ends May 31, 2023.  Camp fee is then $190, if space permits. Interested families should complete the application with camper age/level and they will either be notified of an available space or put on a waiting list.

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What is your refund policy?

A 50 percent refund is available with a cancellation in writing by July 1, 2023, to

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What about lunch/dinner/snacks during Inkspire Camp?

Each student brings a lunch or dinner with drink in a bag with first/last name plainly marked. No soft drinks, please. Refrigeration available, but no microwave. On the first day of camp, Monday, August 1, all families will bring a contribution for the camp canteen: one dozen water bottles and a minimum of 20 non-sugary or limited sugar snacks to share with others. Snacks should be individually wrapped such as chips, popcorn, cheese/crackers, fruit gummies, granola bars. No cookies or candies, please.

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What about personal property and clothing?

Students will have art lessons with acrylic paints and should dress appropriately. Each non-rain day includes outdoor recreational times. The camp is not responsible for the loss of personal property. Cell phones can be a distraction and should not be out except in an emergency or involving pick up. Teachers follow these rules the same as students. Teachers do have their cell phones with them to check and respond to any parent messages,  but they do not use them for personal business--even googling information. All of our research work is done before and after camp day. Parents are given the cell phone # of their children's small group teacher the first day of camp.


We value your commitment to your child’s enrichment and want to make every second count.

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