Creative Writing Summer Camps for Kids and Teens
1. Putting Pen to Paper: Creative Writing Intensive for Teens
Ages: 12+ (teens)
Time: 9:00 - 1:00pm
Cost: $275 for one writer; $475 for teen siblings
Days: Monday - Thursday
Dates: July 9 - July 12th
The Writing Barn is now offering a four-day long creative writing intensive for young adults (ages 12-17). Students will be exposed to a variety of critically acclaimed prose, poetry, and nonfiction, and will participate in invigorating discussion on the fundamental elements of craft. Throughout the week students will have the opportunity to write creatively, meet published authors, and have one piece workshopped for a final reading ceremony, where guests may be invited.
Each day will begin with activities designed to inspire and energize the writing process. As they create new work, students will participate in a series of workshops where they will hone literary analysis and speaking skills, gaining confidence in their own work as well as learning to support their fellow writers.
At the conclusion of the week, students will be invited to share their work at a celebratory reading for family and friends. Pieces will also be published on The Writing Barn’s website with permission from the writer.
2. Camp Spitfire: Creative Writing for Kids
Time: 9:00 - 12:00pm
Cost: $300 for one writer; $525 for siblings (includes signed book)
Days: Monday - Friday
Dates: July 16 - July 20th
Description: This writer’s workshop summer camp is all about creative writing, active play, and connection with nature. Modeled after picture book author Bethany Hegedus’ latest book, Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, this camp is a mix of both words and world. Children will spend time each day in games, observation, and play outside on our beautifully wooded campus. During the writer’s workshop students will have the freedom to choose from a variety of forms and writing prompts.
Workshops will be a place where ideas are shared and instructors and students discuss character development, plot, tone, and all other aspects of short stories, poetry, and more. The young writer in your family will learn more about him or herself while the camp environment fosters creativity and personal development. This camp is a great fit for a variety of students: those who love to write, those looking to improve their reading and writing abilities, or those looking to expand their creative skills set.
Students will also receive their own signed copy of Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, and have the opportunity to meet the author, Bethany Hegedus, and participate in a Q&A, where she will answer questions about the book and life as a writer.
10202 Wommack Road
Austin, TX 78748
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