Writers at Harriman

Writers at Harriman is a week-long residential writing workshop for high schoolers each summer

Operating as usual


For our final Writers craft talk, Sherry Briscoe, Author, presented her work, including the first chapter of her urban fantasy novel that’s currently in production!

Photo Credit: Cole/Nicole Lefavour

Photos from Idaho Art Lab's post 08/04/2023
Photos from Writers at Harriman's post 08/04/2023

Tonight students gathered as a group to perform their stories with the help of Story Story Night expert, Jessica Holmes.


Sometimes, after a long day of hiking and writing, you just need to relax in the Scovel Center.

Photo Credit: Kara Hidalgo, Idaho Art Lab


It might be raining today, but that’s not stopping students from writing and exploring!

Photo Credit: Allen Dale

Photos from Writers at Harriman's post 08/03/2023

Yesterday, students went on a hike, led by our naturalist, Allen Dale! Kara Hildago of Idaho Art Lab gave the students a quick lesson on cell phone photography to help students capture better wildlife and outdoor shots!

Picture credit: Kara Hildago


Naturalist. Allen Dale, greeted the students this morning, talking about how he discovered his love of bugs and birds, as well as his writing process when explaining complex scientific journal articles!

Photos from Writers at Harriman's post 08/01/2023

Today, students had the opportunity to learn more about watercolor painting!

Do you know a student who may be interested in Writers at Harriman? Go to www.writersatharriman.org to learn more!


Our friends with the Idaho Art Lab are here to teach watercolor and paper making today!


Students are busy working away in their classes! Today, Sherry Briscoe, Author and her students have taken up shop in the Scovel Center, a building specially designed with groups like Writers at Harriman in mind!


Our first morning of Writers at Harriman has begun with sunny skies! Students are attending tours of the historic buildings of Harriman State Park and getting ready for their writing group sessions!


After a busy day of get-to-know you’s, unpacking, and beginning writing, Proctor (camp counselor) Tristan prepares some wood for tonight’s campfire and s’mores.


Good morning from Harriman State Park of Idaho! In just a few short hours, 19 students will be arriving for a week of creative writing, arts and the outdoors!


We officially have our Writers at Harriman Class of 2023 and we are so excited to meet them on July 30! This year's students represent some of the best and bright the West has to offer!



We have less than a week until our final deadline! Do you know a teen who loves to write? Encourage them to apply today!


Do you know a teen who dreams of having their writing published?

Since 2009, our students end their week by submitting writing to be anthologized in the Henry's Fork Journal. Our class of 2022 students were no different! Students have submitted a variety of work over the years, including poetry, prose, fantasy, autobiographical and more.

The 66 page book is available on Amazon! Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Henrys-Fork-Journal-2022-Rick/dp/1734192445?asin=1734192445&revisionId=&format=4&depth=1

Photo: Writers at Harriman Group Photo, Summer 2022


There are only 6 more days for students to submit applications to Writers at Harriman!

Do you know a student who loves to write? Send them to WritersAtHarriman.org to apply to a one-week, residential, creative writing program at Harriman State Park of Idaho!


Have you ever been interested in what students at Writers at Harriman write? While our students submit a variety of genres and styles for publication at the end of the week, here is a poem from the 2022 Henry's Fork Journal, featuring Choloe Lomas's piece, "What the Gods Don't Know":

What the Gods Don’t Know
by Chloe Lomas
we will never tame the stars
and never will they tame us.

eons apart, we tell stories
of their greatness to slumbering children,

yet we are the ones dreaming.
a thread tossed into darkness

to bind the cosmos’ many diamonds returns only with fizzles of a secret

we could not catch. our fingers are not strong enough to hold on,

yet we grab at the sky anyway,
because we’ll risk anything:

we’ll risk the burn, the blinding light, and the tumbling fall back down

to see the universe bathed in gold. we trade it all just to understand

what it’s like to fly.
just to comprehend the story

of why we cannot.


The Laura Clarke Scovel Education Center is one of several facilities Writers at Harriman uses at Harriman State Park of Idaho. Nestled in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, students get to enjoy the beauty of nature, both inside and outside.


Seven days until Writers at Harriman extended deadline closes!

Do you know who a student who loves to write? Maybe they missed the June 1 deadline? Well, they're in luck! Writers at Harriman is a residential, one-week, summer program, located in Harriman State Park of Idaho! Every year, we welcome teens from across Idaho, the Northwest, and beyond to hone their writing skills with the help of professional writers!

To learn more or apply go to www.WritersAtHarriman.org!


Do you know a student who would love to go to a creative writing summer camp but missed the deadline for Writers at Harriman? Great news! We've extended our deadline until June 15!

For more information go to www.WritersAtHarriman.org!


We have extended our application deadline!

Do you know a student who missed our application deadline? We have extended the date until June 15!


There are only 6 more days to apply to Writers at Harriman!

Do you know a teen who loves to write? Encourage them to apply to Writers at Harriman! We are a week-long, residential, creative writing summer camp located in Harriman State Park of Idaho.

Go to WritersAtHarriman.org to learn more!


🐸 Watching frogs is often a big pastime for Writers at Harriman campers when not in classes. Over the years, students have been enraptured by their cute little sounds and springy legs.

Do you know a high school student ready for a frog hunt? Send them to WritersAtHarriman.org to learn more. 🐸

🐸 🦟 🐸


Throwback Thursday!

Did you know, that nearly 15 years ago, our director was once a Writers at Harriman student? Before becoming director, Heidi Hughes was a student and later became a staff member. For a decade, Heidi would return to camp as a camp counselor.

“Over the past 15 years, I think I’ve accomplished a lot,” Heidi says, “I was a first-generation college student. I’m a two-term National Service alumna. I was the first person in my family to have a white-collar job. I’ve worked in nonprofits, government agencies, and colleges. I’ve run programs, built resources, and managed grants, but at the end of the day, the thing I am most proud of is my continued association with Writers at Harriman. Teenage me could not have imagined the profound impact Writers at Harriman would have on my life – which is saying a lot, because I fell in love with the program instantly. It’s been an honor over the last 10-15 summers to watch teenagers fall in love with the program that made me who I am.”

After her first summer at Writers at Harriman, Heidi wrote the following, “I want to go to Writers at Harriman [again] because it is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Not only did camp greatly increase my writing ability but also my self confidence…Writers at Harriman has made me a better writer, a better friend, and an overall better person.”


There's only a week left to apply to Writers at Harriman! Applications close June 1!

Do you know a high school student who loves to write? Encourage them to apply to Writers at Harriman! We are a one-week, residential, creative writing program at Harriman State Park, Idaho!

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