FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can attend? Any high school student can apply. Since we have only 40 slots per year we focus on 11th and 12th grade students first. Students must have a passion for writing. We also sometimes accept those who just graduated from high school and those who will be attending in the fall.
What should I send for my writing sample? Send something three pages or less. It can be poetry, a short story, an essay, or a school newspaper article. Send something you’re proud of.
What email address should I use? On your application, please use the email address that you check most often. Almost all of our communication with you will be to that address, so it's important that we have the right one. If you have a number where you can get texts, please include that in your application.
What should I bring with me? You'll need a sleeping bag, pillow, towel and personal items. You should also bring at least one KF-95 facemask. You're encouraged to bring a thumb drive and a couple of pens. More details will be sent to you once you have been accepted, so you'll have all of July to prepare.
What are the COVID protocols? All students must provide a digital facsimile of their COVID vaccine card prior to camp. Each is required to bring at least one N-95 mask with them. For indoor gatherings, we'll require masking. We will make a special effort again this year to hold classes and make presentations outdoors, weather permitting. Masking outdoors will be at the discretion of the student.
Should I bring a laptop? Yes. We have Wi-fi access indoors and out, though it can be slow. If you do not have a laptop, consider borrowing one for the week. You can write everything in the tablet we give you. When you and your teacher have decided what you want to submit for Henrys Fork Journal, you can enter it onto a thumb drive on a central computer
How do I get there? Getting there is up to you. We encourage carpools. Once all the applications are processed, we will share some basic contact information about each of our students, and one reason is so that you can plan your travel to be the most efficient possible. You'll have most of July to work on that. Can't find a ride? Salt Lake Express makes stops in many towns in southern Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, and Arizona. They will drop you off about five minutes from the park. We'll pick you up if you let us know when to expect you.
Where can my parents stay? Many parents drop off students and return home. If they do wish to stay in the area, there are some facilities at Harriman State Park, so it is worth checking with them. You might also suggest Henrys Lake State Park, which is about half an hour away, and the U.S. Forest Service Riverside Campground, about ten minutes away.
What about scholarships? Some scholarship funds are available. To apply for a scholarship, register here. Your request will be reviewed by a small committee, so think about the questions they might have. They want you to come to camp also! We have partial and full scholarships, depending upon the demand, so if your family can pay part of your tuition, that's great!
When is tuition due? Early bird registration is due on or before June 1. The final registration deadline is June 15. See the tuition page for details on pricing.
How do I apply? Just click here to apply online. There is a $25 application fee. It is returned if you are not accepted.
Will I have any expenses once I get to Writers at Harriman? Probably not. The tuition includes lodging, all meals, and class supplies. In some ways, this will be like a camping trip in the backwoods. You might want to bring your favorite snack that travels well, including enough to share or trade.
What if I need to cancel? You can cancel up to two weeks before camp and receive a refund of your tuition, minus the initial $25 application fee. If the cancelation is for a family emergency we will work with you on a refund at any time.
Why is there no apostrophe in Henrys Fork Journal? It drives me crazy! Alas, lovers of language, grammar, punctuation, and all, place names do not generally include possessive apostrophes. That's a rule from the United States Board on Geographic Names. Here's a fun explanation.
If you have any questions that weren't answered here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writers at Harriman is an educational program of Friends of Idaho State Parks