Summer Writing Camps


Young Writers Camp

The Young Writers Camp, a summer division of the Steinbeck Young Authors program, provides middle school students a chance to develop their writing skills long after the bell rings!

The Young Writers Camp provides campers an opportunity to strengthen their writing skills through fiction, nonfiction, journaling, and other creative projects while exploring the legacy and style of writers like John Steinbeck. The Young Writers Camp also includes exploratory activities, such as guest speakers on the art of storytelling, and inspirational field trips to local sites.

On the final day of the two-week Young Writers Camp, campers will present their work in a reading for family and friends. Campers’ work is collected in a printed anthology, of which each camper receives a copy to memorialize their writing camp session.


Have an enthusiastic young writer in your household?

Sign up today! Middle school students (grades 6-8) may register for Session A, Session B, or both sessions.

Session A:

June 11-15, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM daily | $175 registration

Session B:

June 18-22, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM daily | $175 registration

Both Sessions:

June 11-15 AND June 18-22, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM daily | $325 registration


Registration and payment are due by June 8th, 2018

How to register:

  • Drop off or mail these signed documents to
    • Young Writers Camp (Session A or B)
      The National Steinbeck Center
      1 Main Street
      Salinas, CA 93901

How to pay:

  • Pay with cash, check, or credit card in our Museum Store
  • Pay with credit card over the phone: 831.775.4721
  • Mail checks to:
    • Young Writers Camp (Session A or B)
      The National Steinbeck Center
      1 Main Street
      Salinas, CA 93901
 Please send any question to or call 831.775.473


Summer writing camps provide additional instruction and practice for students and budding writers who want an extra boost before school starts in the fall. Attending a camp outside of the classroom setting can allow students to expand their ideas and creativity without the constraints of grades or pressure.

Would you like to help underserved students attend camp?

With your generosity, students who need financial aid can have the opportunity to enhance their writing while having a great time!

Click here to sponsor a Young Writer summer camp student!

Once you have donated, please email our Director of Finance & Administration, David Butler with subject line: Summer Writing Camp Donation

In the email, please indicate that you would like your donation to sponsor a student’s camp tuition! Thank you!