Do you love to write? Do you spend your free time scribbling in notebooks, scratching poems in the margins of your math homework, and thinking up stories and characters? Or maybe you’ve never done creative writing before and want some guidance on how to start. Either way, this workshop is for you—guaranteed to inspire you and keep you writing all summer long!
In this week-long Creative Writing Camp, campers will write without worrying about grades or deadlines, create new work and polish existing pages, and work closely with professional writers who will help to guide their process and answer any questions about writing, publishing, living the writing life, and more.
Throughout the week, writers will craft personal essays, short stories, and poems and present one of their works at our Friday showcase for family and friends. Best of all, campers get to meet other young writers who are serious and excited about their stories!
The week will have several components:
- Mentor Readings: Students will read a piece of published creative work and discuss it each day as craft discussion.
- Writing: Writing prompts will spark imagination, help break through blocks, and encourage new heights of creativity. Each day, Zac will have students send their work to him and he will read, make comments, and return the work with feedback the following day.
- Workshopping: You will share work and give feedback on what’s working well and what opportunities we can find in each piece (whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, or poetry). We’ll talk about where we can extend scenes and dialogue to push the narrative, how word choice can affect the piece as a whole, how to spice up language and how writers can find—and trust—their own amazing original voice.
- Showcase: Campers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform their written work via Zoom. A link can be shared with friends and family members from around the globe; anyone who wants to tune in is welcome.
Timeline and Breakdown
- 10am: 30 minutes – Writing Exercises5 minute break
- 10:35am: 40 minutes – Reading Mentor Texts and Discussing Craft5 minute break
- 11:20am: 40 minutes – Working on Longer Pieces and Writing Games
- 12:00pm: END