We can never decide what the perfect camp length is (other than forever, maybe). Four days? Five? Whether you're looking for an express version (long enough to get some work done, but short enough to not make crazy arrangements for jobs and kids and pets), or really want to dig in and take just one more day heading back into the real world, we've got a camp for you.

Camp 1: Thursday, June 21-Sunday, June 24
4 days, 3 nights

  • Private room: $500

  • Shared room: $350

  • Bunkhouse: $375

  • Tent camping: $300 (New this year! You bring the tent, we'll provide the food and bathrooms.)

Camp 2:  Wednesday, August 1 - Sunday, August 5
5 days, 4 nights

  • Private room: $595

  • Shared room: $475

  • Bunkhouse: $495

Note: we won't pair strangers in the shared occupancy rooms, but we'd love for you to bring a friend and save some money! If you'd like to share a room, please include your roommate's name on your application.

What do you get for your fee?

Housing Options

 Private room

Private room

Your choice of a private room, a shared room, or a space in the bunkhouse. (See our facilities and location page to learn more about each option.)



Meals and Drinks

All meals will be prepared by Godspeed Hostel and are included in the price. If you have any dietary considerations, just let us know - Bart and Lyn, our hosts, are excellent cooks and can accommodate just about anything.  All meals will include vegetarian and gluten-free options. If you need additional dietary allowances, let us know. There may be a $25 fee.

Barrelhouse will pay for a welcome party (beer, wine, bourbon, soda, whatever) on the first night and we'll figure out any beer/wine/bourbon cost sharing after that. 

Meet with an editor

One-hour sessions with an editor. One during the shorter camp, or two during the longer camp. You choose the topic, and we try to pair you with an editor in a similar genre. Please note: this is totally optional. If you'd rather take the extra time to write (or nap, or fish, or whatever), you won't hurt our feelings. :)

Group Activity

Something off-site every day. Hiking, canoeing, trips to the Penn State Creamery, or visiting State College. 

What’s not included?

Travel. We can pick you up and drop you off at the State College airport, or the local train stations, but other than that, travel costs are your own. 

Alcohol after the first night. Either bring your own or pitch in - ten or twenty bucks should take care of it for the remainder of camp.

Note: It’s rustic. The hostel is in the middle of Pennsylvania and pretty close to route 220, which isn’t a big road but is still a road. Even the private rooms don’t have bathrooms. The internet works best closer to the office, and it can get tempermental. We’ll be in pretty close quarters. The hostel is new and really nice, but it's not a hotel and Port Matilda, PA is not Manhattan. If there's a little voice in your head whispering that this may not be for you after all, you should probably listen.

Writer Camp is so much fun! I made new friends, worked on some new stories, drank beer around a campfire. The location is beautiful and inspiring. The people are awesome. I’ve been telling all my friends they should go next year!
— Shasta Grant, summer 2016