Each summer my friend Emily and I host a writing camp for children at Westminster College called Write On! Workshops.
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 from past years 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!
We also include a day of professional author visits and books signings. 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, Kate Coursey, recently won the Scholastic young novelist contest and is now working with her New York agent!) A club choice is always the “editor’s table” where campers work on stories one on one with an intern.
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 17th-21st
- Place: Westminster College
- Morning Session 9:00-12:00 for 2nd – 4th graders.
- Afternoon Session 1:00-4:00 for 5th -7th graders.
- NEW SESSION 1:00-4:00 for 8th and 9th graders.
- Cost: $139.00
For more information check out our website at www.writeonworkshops.com.
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