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:  6 students.

Instructor: Suzanne Zweizig

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

Camp Tuition: $385 (Includes Handbook)

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Jr. Story Writers Camp (Rising 7-9 Graders)

June 26- June 30 — 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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

teach the basics of storytelling (plot, description, character, scene) and give students a chance to experiment with different aspects of fiction writing. Our creative writing camps encourage students to experiment and nurture a love of writing.

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
  • Have the opportunity to submit one story for publication in our 2023 District Writers’ Academy Camp Anthology
  • Receive a course handbook with writing exercises and tips.

Instructor: Suzanne Zweizig 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 is excellent at both the craft of writing and teaching it to young adults . . .she motivated students to become better writers through a combination of understanding, empathy, skill, and patience."

Betty W.

Former Learning Specialist, Maret School

“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

Suzanne demystifies the writing process, from organizing ideas and developing arguments to sentence formation and transitions. More than that, she’s 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 helped me discover my creativity and confidence, and most importantly, she taught me how to love writing."

Ariana S.

Former Student, Maret School

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