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2024 Youth Summer Camp: Fiction 6th-8th Grade IN PERSON

$325.00 · July 22

In this week-long Fiction Writing Camp, campers will write without worrying about grades or deadlines, create new pieces of fiction 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.

Start Date

July 22

Day(s) of the Week

Monday

Class Times

9:00am – 12:00pm CT

Sessions

5

Location

Chicago Studio

Instructor

Price

$325

In stock

Description

Do you love to write? Do you spend your free time scribbling in notebooks, thinking up stories and characters? Then this camp is for you—guaranteed to inspire you and keep you writing all summer long!

In this week-long Fiction Writing Camp, campers will write without worrying about grades or deadlines, create new pieces of fiction 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 flash fiction, short stories, and the beginnings of novels, and will present one of their works at our Friday showcase for family and friends. Best of all, campers get to meet other writers who are serious and excited about their stories!

The week will have several components:

  • Mentor Readings: Students will read published creative work and take part in craft discussions.
  • Writing: Writing prompts will spark imagination, help break through blocks, and encourage new heights of creativity.
  • Workshopping: You will share work and give feedback on what’s working well and what opportunities we can find in each piece. 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 for family and friends!

About Denise A. Santomauro

Denise Santomauro is a writer, editor, author coach, and teaching artist. She has over a decade of experience in arts education working with young people of all ages. As an arts educator, she's worked with the Auditorium Theatre, Columbia College, Northern Illinois University, Imagination Theater, and more, and has taught fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting classes, as well as used the performing arts as a way to help young people tell their stories. In her own writing, she has written middle grade and young adult novels, developed plays and scenes for young people, contributed content to many blogs, been published in the Dear Sister anthology, and performed live lit around Chicago. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.