Creative Writing Camp for Kids

Session I: Monday-Friday, July 10-July 14, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Session II: Monday-Friday, July 17 – July 21, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Session III: Monday-Friday, July 24 – July 28, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SESSION ONE CAMPS: 

Grades 3-5: Story Camp with Terry Levinson

We all need to discover the power of our words and have an avenue for expression. During this lively week of camp, we start by creating personal journals, then fill them with our poetry and prose, photos, and art. To perk our inner writers, we host a visiting author, take field trips downtown, and stimulate our senses through music and tasty desserts. Other experiences include writing activities with the older campers, and giving our gift of words to the community.

Grades 6-8: Writing Circle with Erin James

During this week, young writers will explore the craft and fun of creative writing through a variety of prompts, journaling, music, brainstorming, people-watching and visits to inspiring nearby locations. Modes of expression and experimentation will include poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and more! Throughout the week, we will learn about and participate in all elements of the writing workshop process from start to finish, sharing and receiving ideas and refining our work. At the end of the week, each young writer will publish a piece in a journal of collected works from this exciting week of writing!

Grades 9-12 and 2017 Graduates with Abby Baum

In a world that is increasingly colored by diversions and distractions, how do we, as artists, learn to leverage inspiration? This five-day intensive study will be situated in the study of that seemingly elusive muse: inspiration. The course will seek to locate a beginning point for each member, appropriate to wherever he or she currently finds him or herself as a writer, and we will work forward from there. We will practice the ways in which we can draw from our surroundings (through day trips), each other, research, and other artists, all in service of uncovering the idea that inspiration is not something that happens to us, but rather something we can actively create. All levels and genres of writers welcome: the course will use fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, song, graphic art, and film as model texts for investigation.

SESSION TWO CAMPS:

Grades 3-5 Poetry Camp with Robin Albertson-Wren

Come enjoy a week immersed in poetry! We will be reading poems, studying various styles and creating our own. We will be inspired by stories in verse, local artists, downtown venues and even by making homemade ice cream!

Grades 6-8: Writing Circle with Jen Buckett

Are you a young writer looking for inspiration and feedback on your work? Join us this summer as we search for stories between the musty shelves of used bookstores, inside the paintings of local artists, and outside in overheard conversations on the Downtown Mall. We’ll become a a community of writers as we create stories and poems together, and we’ll spend time giving everyone feedback on their work. Whether you have a novel in progress or the seed of an idea about to blossom in your brain, your creativity will find an outlet this summer at WriterHouse!

Grades 9-12 and 2017 Graduates with Abby Baum

In a world that is increasingly colored by diversions and distractions, how do we, as artists, learn to leverage inspiration? This five-day intensive study will be situated in the study of that seemingly elusive muse: inspiration. The course will seek to locate a beginning point for each member, appropriate to wherever he or she currently finds him or herself as a writer, and we will work forward from there. We will practice the ways in which we can draw from our surroundings (through day trips), each other, research, and other artists, all in service of uncovering the idea that inspiration is not something that happens to us, but rather something we can actively create. All levels and genres of writers welcome: the course will use fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, song, graphic art, and film as model texts for investigation.

SESSION THREE CAMPS: 

Grades 9-12 and 2017 Graduates Advanced Camp with Hannah Barnaby

You already know that you love to write — but great writing is equal parts passion and skill. This summer camp session is designed to help you find that balance. We’ll spend the week focused on going deeper into your stories, getting to the core of what sets your writing apart and what can get stronger in your work. We’ll work on character, setting, and plotting in real time. You’ll also meet authors and people in the publishing profession so you can learn about getting your writing out into the world.

Admission to this session requires the submission of a 3-to-5 page writing sample of fiction or creative non-fiction. Please send submissions to programs@writerhouse.org. 

Please fill out the Permission and Enrollment Form and include it with your registration payment.

Limit: 10 students per age group, per session. Snacks and walks outside will be incorporated into the daily activities. At the end of the writing camp session, we’ll have a reading for parents and friends. Each writer will be published in our writing camp magazine. Fee includes snacks, writer’s notebook, and one copy of the magazine.

All instructors are teachers with creative writing experience.

All camp sessions will be held at WriterHouse, 508 Dale Ave., Charlottesville, behind the Preston Ave Bodo’s Bagels. 434-296-1922, www.writerhouse.org

Registration Cost

On or before March 25th= $200

On or before April 30th = $220

May 1st or thereafter = $235