Creative Writing Summer Camp hosted at James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

This summer, kids will be able to explore their creativity at the J.W.R Home Creative Writing Summer Camp hosted at the home of Indiana’s most famous poet, James Whitcomb Riley. Four half-day sessions will be offered.

The camp features workshops and classes designed to help kids find their creative muse and express themselves through writing. The kids will learn about the life of James Whitcomb Riley and his work, the museum home, and also enjoy the summer days with outdoor time in the beautiful neighborhood of Historic Lockerbie Square.  There will also be a snack provided each day.

The camp will be hosted by James Whitcomb Riley and Professor Watermelon, portrayed by Chadwick Gillenwater, an education entertainer and creative writing teacher. Gillenwater will also serve as camp counselor.

WHO: Students in second through eighth grade
WHEN: June 13 – 17  Two sessions: 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
            and Aug 1 – 5  Two sessions: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home,
              528 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46202
COST: $100 per week-long camp session, (snack provided each day)

REGISTER: Begins March 10. Contact Chris Mize, Museum Coordinator at 317-808-8565 or for registration information.

About the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Billie Lou Woods Visitor Center
528 Lockerbie Street is a true preservation of the Victorian home the great Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley, resided in the last twenty-three years of his life. Open to the public since 1922, the home features the same furnishings and ornate décor Mr. Riley enjoyed during his lifetime. Visitors to the museum home will see beautiful ceilings painted by Italian Artisans, the desk where Mr. Riley penned some of his most well-known works such as Little Orphant Annie and The Raggedy Man, and a myriad of other treasures. The Billie Lou Woods Visitor Center, adjacent to the museum home, is a state of the art venue perfect for corporate functions and social gathering. It is modeled after the carriage house that was previously on the grounds. Both properties are supported by the Riley Children’s Foundation. More info at


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