Book Passage Summer Camp 2024: The Author’s Club

The Author’s Club
Summer Camp at Book Passage
with instructors Kate Mahoney and Allison Zimmerman

June 17 - June 21, 2024
Mon - Fri, 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Book Passage Corte Madera

For kids entering 4th - 6th grades
$395 for full week session



Do you have an aspiring young writer in your home? A storyteller? A book lover? This is the summer camp for them! Join us for an opportunity to build writing skills, meet like-minded kids, and experience the accomplishment of producing a finished story!

WHAT: For kids entering 4th to 6th grade, this weeklong camp will include fun and challenging activities to guide the young writers through creating their own short story. Campers will take the journey of storytelling through every stage: from conceptualization to execution.

HOW: We will use our surroundings, both in the bookstore and outdoors, to find inspiration for sensory details. Each day will consist of refining technique through writing exercises, games, and reading works of published children’s book authors. Students will regularly workshop their writing with the group to help them become more reflective writers. There will also be time for crafts, so the authors can create their own illustrations, covers, and bound books.

FUN: While writing is the focus, we will also be playing lots of games and getting outside! Movement will be included each day through morning games and lunchtime outdoor adventures.

Kids will unleash their imagination through:

  • creating characters
  • developing plot
  • crafting descriptive settings
  • generating interesting dialogue
  • making creative book covers

The Week

Day One:   Character: Creating and developing your story’s characters
Day Two:   Elements of Plot: How to create a compelling story
Day Three: Setting: Finding Inspiration from what’s around us
Day Four:   Dialogue: What to say and how to say it
Day Five:    Completion: Putting It all together. Camp will culminate in an Author's Showcase reading that all friends and family are invited to attend!

Example Day *

10:00AM-10:30AM: Welcome: check-in and charades to get the creative juices flowing
10:30AM-10:45AM: Overview of story element: Setting
10:45AM-11:15AM: Exploration: Find inspiration from what’s around: explore the store and outside plaza. Jot down what you hear, see, smell, feel. 
11:15AM-12:00PM: Writing time: Return to the classroom for writing about your experience
12:00PM-1:00PM: Lunch/Movement
1:00PM-1:15PM: Reading for writing: Read and discuss the writing of a children’s book or passage
1:15PM-2:00PM: Writing time: work on a segment of your story
2:00PM-2:30PM: Workshop: Share work with class
2:30PM-3:00PM: Game time: Bananagrams (or other words/storytelling game)

* This schedule is subject to change.



Please direct all questions about The Author's Club to
Limited scholarships available. Please email to inquire about eligibility and availability.


Meet our wonderful, returning instructors!

Kate Mahoney is a Middle School English and Service Learning Teacher as well as the Director of Aftercare at Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley, CA. Kate has a BA from University of Central Florida and a Masters in English from George Mason University. She loves swimming, hiking, photography, and of course writing! Kate's experience as a teacher and camp counselor make her the perfect fit for The Author's Club.



Allison Zimmerman is a 3rd Grade Teacher at Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley, CA. She holds a degree in Psychology from Chico State University and a Masters in Education from the University of the Pacific. Allison is also a volunteer at The Marine Mammal Center and enjoys spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and kayaking. A beloved elementary school teacher with experience with all ages, Allison is thrilled to work with Book Passage this summer. 




Cancellation policy:

  • Cancel by May 1 for a full refund.
  • Cancel by May 15 for a refund, less a $50 administration fee.
  • No refunds offered for any cancellations made after May 15. 
  • We can not offer prorated fees or refunds for partial participation. 
  • If Book Passage must cancel the camp (e.g. for low enrollment, COVID or other health issues), we will do so two weeks before the camp and a full refund will be issued to all campers.