District Writers’ Academy’s mission is to create a safe and inspiring space for young writers to explore, learn and empower themselves through writing.

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Enrollment Cap:  12 students.

Instructor: Suzanne Zweizig

Location: Virtual

Camp Tuition: $360 (Includes Handbook)

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College Essay Summer Bootcamp

Session I: July 29 - 31.  1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Session II: August 19 - 22. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Our college essay writing camp will help your rising Senior get their college essay done early and in a fun, interactive workshop that will teach them valuable writing skills to boot! We’ll brainstorm topics, learn strategies for effective introductions, practice writing with vivid detail, and learn how to compress and expand narratives to tell stories effectively. Students will leave the camp with a solid rough draft, improved writing skills, and a handbook with writing tips and strategies. Students who are daunted by the idea of writing the college essay will find encouragement, guidance and camaraderie in our group workshop--and hopefully have some fun too.

This course will 

  • Provide students the structure, guidance and schedule to complete a rough draft of their college essay
  • Help students brainstorm creatively about a college essay topic.
  • Use dynamic exercises and an interactive workshop structure to teach writing skills such as effective introductions, description, and narrative structure
  • Give students plenty of time to write, rewrite and practice
  • Provide supportive, constructive feedback to each individual student
  • Provide a handbook with models, tips and reference tools that students can keep as a writing resource

Instructor: Suzanne Zweizig. Suzanne is the Founder and Director of District Writers Academy She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. An award-winning writer herself, Suzanne has been teaching writing for almost 30 years, the last ten of them to students privately in the D.C. area.
Read more about Suzanne here.


What people are saying about our courses:

"Suzanne convinced my kid that her creativity is worth sharing. I feel great knowing those foundational skills and confidence will benefit my daughter well into college and beyond.” 


Parent, Walt Whitman High School (MCPS)

“Suzanne heavily influenced both of our children to open up and write like nobody had ever done before!  She has a gift!!”


Parent, Maret School, Washington, D.C.

“I loved working with Suzanne. I never thought I could like writing and poetry, but somehow she made me enjoy it.” 


Former Student

“Camp was very fun because I felt like, as much as the teacher was teaching us, we were all working together and sharing thoughts and feedback as a group.” 


Student, Summer Poetry Camp 2023

"Suzanne helped me discover my creativity and confidence, and most importantly, she taught me how to love writing."

Ariana S.

Former Student, Maret School

“It was fun! There were many writing exercises that I had never explored before. My instructor was very helpful and encouraging. We all took turns sharing our work, and everyone was kind. It made me feel very secure.”


Student, Summer Poetry Camp 2023

District Writers’ Academy’s mission is to create a safe and inspiring space for young writers to explore, learn and empower themselves through writing.