Squash and Creative writing / summer 2018

program’s cost: $1600 for 6 days program

Age: 14-18 

Squash and Creative writing 

Do you have an idea for a short story? Have you always wanted to write poetry? Or do you have a screenplay partially written, and you’re looking for the feedback and time that will help you push through until the end? If so, Squash and Creative Writing is a workshop offers campers and intensive way to both train for the squash season and embark on or finish a writing project in a week.

Squash and Creative Writing campers spend much of their time putting pencil to paper– or fingers to keyboard– and learn how to share their work with each other in productive ways. The workshop is headquartered at Williams College’s Paresky Center, just above the dining hall, but takes advantage of other inspiring, writing-friendly venues within walking distance of the squash courts and dormitory.

Although they’ll spend two hours a day of writing and critiquing, Squash and Creative Writing campers will engage in the same squash training and social activities as those who are at Squash and Beyond solely to play squash. At the end of the week, they’ll return home with some good writing in addition to sharpened squash skills and increased fitness.

How does it work?

The Squash and Writing program offers the same level of squash training as any other squash session during the summer at Squash and Beyond Camps, combining twice-daily training with an intensive writing workshop. After dinner, campers will participate in fun outdoor activities through 9 PM. Upon return from the night activities, each camper will be responsible for completing one hour of homework before going to bed.

Note: all Squash and Beyond writing courses require that students bring a laptop to camp.

The instructor: Jim Moore


Jim Moore chairman of the English department and director of the squash program at Blair Academy. A writer of fiction and non-fiction, Jim has served as board chairman of Writers & Books, a literary organization with over 5,000 members in Rochester, NY. Before becoming a full-time teacher, Jim directed the college counseling programs at Blair and Savannah (GA) Country Day School; he also served as director of alumni relations at the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School Business. Jim has been a staff coach at Squash and Beyond since 2012; in addition to his work on the court, currently leads our College Essay Workshop and other writing programs in July. In 2015, Jim and his wife Wendy led the Squash and Beyond trip to the Dutch Junior Open in Amsterdam.

Jim earned a BA in English from Cornell University.

Night Activities:

Sunday night: Volleyball tournament

Monday: Ramblewild Mountain park 

Tuesday: Movie night

Wednesday: Kayaking on the Deerfield River 

Thursday:  Soccer night