Participants select a genre for their core instruction during the camp: prose (fiction and nonfiction) or poetry. Under the guidance of writing instructors, youth writers participate in a variety of writing activities, workshops, field trips, electives, and craft discussions in a supportive atmosphere that values risk taking as an important part of the writing process. Participants also receive one-on-one personalized feedback on their writing from faculty instructors. Electives are cross-genre and allow for participants to build relationships with other writers regardless of their chosen genre.
Camp participants will experience the process of writing the way professional writers do: through generating material, self-reflection and collaboration, receiving structured feedback from peers and instructors, looking to the world around them for material and inspiration, revising and editing, and learning from mentor texts and other writers.
Participants will also discover how the act of writing and the written word can be a means to explore topics of social justice, bring awareness to underrepresented voices, and to share a message that the writer feels is essential.
While every day is different, each day will focus on individual and collaborative writing and the elements of craft, exploration, and creative risk-taking that are an inherent part of the creative process.
Sample Daily Schedule
8:45am – 9:00am – Arrival
9:00am – 10:30am – Art of Prose or Art of Poetry (fundamentals course)
10:30am – 11:00am – Full camp writing activity or Field trip
11:00am – Noon – Elective course
Noon – 12:30pm – Lunch
12:30pm – 1:30pm – Writing workshop
1:30pm – 2:30pm – Individual writing time and One-on-one meetings with faculty instructors
2:30pm – 3:00pm – Student reading of work-in-progress / Moment of Appreciation and Inspiration
3:00pm – Dismissal