Summer Workshops and Camps


Intensive programs during the summer!

Each summer brings new and exciting projects to YSF. We often pilot new initiatives and/or collaborate with other organizations over the summer. Here are some of our current and past program offerings. It feels like camp for us too!

Interested in participating in one of our Summer Camps? Fill out this form in English or Spanish.

Script to Stage at Determined to Succeed

June 15 through June 19, 2015. Free. By invitation only.   

This summer, YSF will partner with Determined to Succeed, an educational non-profit organization serving motivated low income middle and high school school students.  Each day, 22 8th grade students will work in pairs with a 10th grade mentor who will guide and encourage them as they imagine and develop their own short scripts.

Participating writers and mentors will be selected from the Determined to Succeed student community.  As a group, they will explore what makes a great story and learn how to write a screenplay using fun and games.  10th grade mentors will receive mentor and leadership training during a two day intensive before the summer program begins.

On June 19th, Hollywood actors from film & television will perform the scripts written by the students at the Big Show.


Script to Stage at Culver City Free Summer Lunch Program

First Session: June 15 through June 26th
Second Session: July 13th through July 24th
La Ballona Elementary School. Free and open to all graduating and incoming 5th grade students
(priority for students attending a Culver City partner school)

For 10 sessions, a group of ten 5th grade students will work with mentors from the entertainment industry who will guide and encourage them as they imagine and develop their own short scripts. As a group, they will explore what makes a great story and learn how to write a screenplay using fun and games. On Thursday, July 31st, Hollywood actors from film & television will perform the scripts written by the students at the Big Show!



Script to Stage at Camp Crescent Moon

August 3rd through August 7th 2015. Free.  By invitation only.

This summer YSF is excited to partner with Camp Crescent Moon (CCM), the nation’s first and oldest camp for children with sickle cell disease.  YSF will do a weeklong Script to Stage intensive with twenty thirteen and fourteen year olds attending the camp.  CCM young writers will work in pairs to create a five page screenplay.  Each pair will be mentored by a YSF high school alum or a UCLA student participating in our College Chapter Program.  Two trained Young Storytellers Head Mentors will guide the entire group through the program.  On the last day of the program professional actors will perform each script for the entire camp at our Big Show.


Movie Makers Summer Bootcamps

Brought to you in part through the generous support of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds Initiative.

Applications for the Movie Makers Summer Bootcamps are by invitation only.

The Movie Makers Summer Bootcamps are one week filmmaking programs for middle school students selected from the Young Storytellers alumni pool. Students will write, direct, and film their own movies with the help of high school mentors (also members of our alumni community).   Films will be shot on ipads and created using the 3-2-1 exercise (3 pages, 2 actors, 1 location). The week-long camps will culminate in a screening for family and friends, as well as the creation of a trailer for each film that students will pitch to industry professionals.

Movie Makers Summer Bootcamp

Camp Days – July 13-17th 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location – TBD

Movie Makers Summer Bootcamp at Sony Pictures Studios

Camp Days – July 20th-24th 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location – Sony Pictures Studios, 10202 W. Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232

YSF at New York Film Academy, Universal Studios

Applications are due by May 15
Screenwriting Intensive: July 27 – July 31, 9AM-12noon every day
NYFA Camp: August 3rd – August 7th, 9AM-6PM every day

Applications for the YSF at NYFA Program are by invitation only.

Young Storytellers has partnered with New York Film Academy to offer 15 full scholarships to their week-long filmmaking intensive for high school students. Students will have the opportunity to write, direct, and edit their own short films on the back lot of Universal Studios.

Students will work with Young Storytellers to create a screenplay for their short film, which will be shot the following week at NYFA’s camp. Scripts will be developed through game play, brainstorming exercises, script-writing study, and group feedback. At the end of the week, professional actors will do a table read of all the scripts.

During the NYFA camp students will learn how to use a professional camera, direct actors, and turn their screenplays into a short film. At the end of the week students will get to film all day on the Universal backlot, edit their films, and attend a screening of their films for friends and family to enjoy.

“People telling me that I have talent, and helping me to progress that talent…That’s mind-blowing!”
Anthony (student, August 2011 program)

Watch a short documentary from the 2011 camp below, or check out their finished films on our YouTube page:

2011 Films

2012 Films

2013 Films

2014 Films


Past Offerings

This is a sampling of programs offered in past summers.


YSF at The Moth

YSF was invited by Participant Media to help with the social action campaign planned around the summer release of the film The HelpHillsides Education Center teens attended a week of training with the storytelling organization The Moth, then performed stories on the theme of “Standing Up” live before an invited audience.

Make Your Very Own Movie Trailer! at the Iverbe Arts Camp

Lights, Camera, Action! Spend a week at Iverbe  writing, directing, and editing your very own movie trailer. During the camp you will choose what kind of movie you want to make, write a short script, shoot your footage, record your voice-over, edit the trailer, and screen it…all in one week! During the week you will be using iPad2 tablets to write, shoot, edit, and share your movies. We will be using a variety of apps to help you make your masterpiece. Learn about filming using live actors, stop-motion animation, and Tabletop Moviemaking. You will work with a high school film student from Culver City High School who will guide you through the entire process. In collaboration with Tabletop Moviemaking. Ideal for students aged 9 to 12. Check out the finished movie trailers on our YouTube page.


LA Stories at the Natural History Museum: Lights, Camera, Los Angeles!

Give your child the chance to experience Los Angeles through film! Learn about 19th and 20th century L.A. while exploring the Museum’s brand new exhibits. Using today’s latest technology, campers will spend the week writing and directing a film that they will share with the entire camp! 

Check out the student’s movies here!


Natural History Museum Camp Dino

In Paris, in the 1870’s, there is a T-Rex on the loose. He’s not looking for food. He’s looking for love.

That’s the logline created by the campers in the 2012 Dino Summer Camp. They had the unique opportunity to write and perform a play alongside Hunter the T-Rex, NHM’s popular life-size dinosaur puppet, on the Dino Stage in the North American Hall of Mammals.

Check out the movie students made in our 2011 Summer program, and Outtakes on our YouTube page.


“A Place Called Home” at Lennox Educational Neighborhood Zone (LENZ)

In partnership with the New Visions Foundation, we will be leading at-risk Middle School students in the LENZ Summer Program in a creative writing exploration on the theme of A Place Called Home. The program will use improvisational games, council led storytelling, and free writes culminating in a public performance of their work, by them, in their own voice.