Each summer my friend Emily and I host a writing camp for children at Westminster College. It’s sort of like soccer camp or drama camp–only instead of kicking a ball or performing on stage, you play with words and explore lots of different kinds of writing. For the right kids, it is just the camp they have been looking for.
One of our campers favorite parts of writing camp is choosing “club time.” Our writing clubs this year include:
- Poetry Party
- Secret Agent Spy Writing
- Fractured Fairy Tales
- Claim to Fame–Places to Publish
- A Game of Clue–Writing a Mystery
- Essays Made Easy
- So You Want to Write a Novel . . . or Listen to What I’ve Written So Far!
Our professional author guests this year will include Caralyn and Mark Beuhner and (someone else great!) Our guest authors in the past have included:
Other “stars” of our camp are our interns. They are themselves budding authors who are involved in honors programs in their high schools or studying writing at a university. (One of our interns, Nick Klinkefus, recently self-published his first novel!) A club choice is always the “editor’s table” where campers work on stories one on one with an intern.
This year, our focus is going to be contest writing. We want our campers to leave with several finished products–with at least one of these products submitted to a writing contest.
My experience with this camp is students leave feeling like real writers. They then approach writing projects confidently and with a positive attitude because they “love to write!” It also serves to give the kid who doesn’t exactly fit the playground-king-mold a chance to shine. Writing is an interest that isn’t often celebrated by peers–and it is fun to be in a place where the written word is top!
- Date: June 14th-18th
- Place: Westminster College
- Morning Session 9:00-12:00 for 2nd – 4th graders. (As of this writing, this session has 2 spots left!)
- Afternoon Session 1:00-4:00 for 5th -8th graders.
- Cost: $120.00
For more information check out our website at www.writeonworkshops.com.