Carrie has four daughters and runs Write On! Workshops--a summer writing camp for children.

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Summer Writing Camp for Children and Teens

Each summer my friend Emily and I host a writing camp for children at Westminster College called Write On! Workshops.

write on tm 3It’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. write on tm

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.write on tm 2

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

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The Summer Journal

Four Secrets to Listening and Responding to Your Child’s Writing

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  1. Rachael Herrscher 04/02/2013 at 7:46 am

    I need to do this with my kids this summer! They would love it!

    • Carrie 04/03/2013 at 7:22 am

      Okay Rachael–you’re on! I will save them a spot!

  2. Carol Rice 04/02/2013 at 8:40 am

    How fun! If you are looking for sponsors or we can help in any way by pitching in to let some of these young authors put their penned treasures into a book, feel free to email me. You can visit the website link to see more info and a little video. What a great thing you’re doing! Have fun!

    • Carrie 04/03/2013 at 7:22 am

      Thanks Carol–what a neat resource! I will definitely look into it!

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  4. Laurie 07/24/2014 at 2:20 pm

    This is amazing! I’m so sad I missed it this year… Do you know of anything else we could do this summer or during the school year? Thanks 🙂 I would love your suggestions. I have a ten year old who wants to be an author.