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


Enrollment Cap:  8 students.

Instructor: Suzanne Zweizig

Location: Hera Hub DC, 5028 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite #100, Wash DC

Camp Tuition: $425 (Includes Handbook)

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Jr. Storytellers Write-Your-Book Camp (Rising 7-9 Graders)

June 24- June 28 — 9 a.m.-12 a.m.

Designed for middle-school ages, this camp will provide your young writer a chance to tell their story in a fun, interactive workshop space. No experience necessary or assumed, this class will

teach the basics of storytelling (plot, description, character, scene, dialogue) and give students a chance to experiment with different aspects of fiction writing as they build their story.

Students will:

  • Learn basic elements of story writing (plot, description, character, scene setting, imagery) through fun, interactive writing exercises and games
  • Write their own stories in our guided, interactive workshops
  • Receive constructive ungraded feedback
  • Explore creatively with language and words.
  • Develop awareness of and confidence in the writing process.
  • Learn writing skills that will translate to academic courses
  • Receive a course handbook with writing exercises and tips.

Instructor: Suzanne Zweizig is the Founder and Director of District Writers Academy Her poetry and creative nonfiction has been published in journals such as Subtropics, RHINO, 32 PoemsVerse Daily, Grace and Gravity and others, and have received support from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Washington, D.C. Arts and Humanities Commission. Zweizig holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as well as an MFA in Poetry from the University of Florida.
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.