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:  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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Creative Writers Camp Level II--Poetry Writing
(Sr. Level-Rising 10-12 Graders)

July 22- July 26 — 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

This camp will dive into the art of poetry—teaching the basic elements of image, sound, form, description, and figurative language through fun, interactive exercises. We’ll also look at some great writing and meet some wonderful local poets to inspire us. No previous experience in poetry writing is required, just a commitment and curiosity to learn and explore. Students will get plenty of hands-on time to write and create their own body of poetry. This is a great camp for students who are seriously interested in creative writing, or for those who just feel stuck in more traditional writing classes and want to gain confidence writing. The skills learned here will translate into improved academic writing as well.

Students will

  • Learn basic elements of poetry writing (sound, image, form, description, figurative language) through fun, interactive writing exercises and games
  • Write their own poems in our guided, interactive workshops
  • Be introduced to great poetry writing
  • Have a chance to meet and interact with published DC poets
  • Receive constructive, ungraded feedback
  • Explore creatively with language and words.
  • Develop confidence in the writing process and become better overall writers
  • Receive a course handbook with writing exercises and tips.

Instructor: Suzanne Zweizig. Suzanne 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.