Youth Summer Camp: 5th-8th Graders with Zac Ginsburg

Online for summer 2023

StoryStudio is proud to offer multiple week-long writing workshops for young scribes across the nation. That’s right, now that we’re online, you can join us from anywhere. With our talented instructors, young writers can expect to learn elements of writing, build friendships and community with fellow peers, and get feedback on their creative works. Check out our different sessions here, ranging from 5th grade to 12th grade, and a special session for our genre writers.

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June 26 – 30 Morning Camp: 10am – 12pm Central
July 17 – 21 Afternoon Camp: 1pm – 3pm Central

For 2022, we’re pleased to welcome back instructor Zac Ginsburg for this week-long creative writing camp.

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? Then 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 teenage 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, poetry, or theater). 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.

Zac Ginsburg, from Chicago, teaches composition and rhetoric at Pace University and creative writing through StoryStudio. He has a passion for helping young writers develop their own unique voices. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Wired, The Adroit Journal, Public Seminar, Midway Journal, The Corvus Review, and The Writing Disorder.

Daily Timeline & Breakdown

  • 10am: 35 minutes – Writing Exercises
    • 7 minute break
  • 10:45am: 35 minutes – Reading and Discussing Craft
    • 7 minute break
  • 11:30am: 35 minutes – Working on Longer Pieces
  • 12:00pm: END
  • 1pm: 35 minutes – Writing Exercises
    • 7 minute break
  • 1:45pm: 35 minutes – Reading and Discussing Craft
    • 7 minute break
  • 2:30pm: 35 minutes – Working on Longer Pieces
  • 3:00pm: END