WRITING CAMPS

Many young people love to write, but most do so alone. Imagine being a part of a writing community, where people share the same goals and work to support one another. Make life-long friends under our Poet-tree and in the Centauri Writing Room as you kick-start a year of great writing!

Choose one specialty writing program per session, and select additional arts or sports electives every afternoon.
To see a chart listing all the programs and their sessions click here.

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WRITING CAMPS IN JULY

Young Writer

Writing: In the Footsteps of Giants

Ages 12-18
Session 1, Instructor: Maria Rothenberg

Have you ever read a novel, and thought: how do they DO that? Our starting point for this program will be the work of bestselling authors like Scott Westerfield, Leigh Bardugo and Eric Walters. We’ll look at how they structure tight plots, build tension and sculpt characters a reader will love (or love to hate). We’ll create outlines for our own original novels, write terrific opening scenes, and even design dramatic climaxes! If you’d like to be the next J.K. Rowling, join us for this popular program with all-new content, and discover a wealth of techniques that will bring you one step closer to realising your dream.

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Writing Camps

Writing for Film

Ages 13-18
Sessions 1

If you love creating visual worlds, building exciting characters and writing dialogue that leaps off the page, then this is the program for you. You’ll learn why writing for film is a technical craft, and discover how to structure your writing for the industry. But this is only half of cinematic storytelling! You’ll also learn to build a tight plot, write with an original voice and fill your on-screen world with fascinating characters. Explore the unique demands of screenwriting as you build characters, learn to tell a story visually, discover how to pitch an idea, and create the first few pages of short film all of your own.

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Young Writer

Writing Styles

Ages 13-18
Session 2, Instructor: Maria Rothenberg

Fantasy, mystery, science fiction, adventure stories… do it all as we explore genre fiction, and other writing styles, too! Explore graphic fiction, creative non-fiction, rants, spoken word poetry, monologue writing, and more. There’s no better way for a writer to discover their unique voice than to sample as many writing styles as possible. Try a wealth of prompts, build worlds, and fill your notebooks with ideas. Laugh, discuss, read and write with us as you learn more about the kind of writer you would like to be.

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Teen Writing Camp

Where the Wild Words Are

Ages 9-14
Session 2, Instructor:  Alanna Balicki

 

Join our community of writers as we seek out gripping stories in the most unlikely places! Each day we’ll take inspiration from something new: art, music, faraway places, the natural world, our memories, dreams, and the people around us. Our writing adventures will lead us all over camp as we scavenge for raw material. We’ll build fantastical worlds, explore the wonderful wildness of poetry and learn more about ourselves as we try our hand at everything from flash fiction to fantasy, memoir to monologues. Harness the power of words and discover all that is wild about YOU!

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WRITING CAMPS IN AUGUST

Writing Fiction

Writing: Brave New Worlds

Ages 12-18
Session 3

Join us for this genre fiction program and try your hand at fantasy, science fiction, and more! Discover how to build an imaginary world so compelling your readers will lose themselves in it. Create rounded characters, construct flawless plots and learn how to make the incredible credible. The technical skills we’ll learn apply to all forms of fiction – so everyone is welcome! Experiment with cross-genre writing as fantasy meets science fiction, steam punk, historical fiction, mystery and the Gothic. Join us under the Poet-Tree and discover how the support of other writers can make all the difference as you create your own Brave New Worlds.

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Writers' salon

Creative Writing: A Fiction Writer’s Salon

Ages 12-18
Sessions 4

Writing is a serious activity, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a blast doing it! In this lively writing program we’ll tackle exciting prompts alone and collaboratively, exploring both the craft and the creative art of telling great stories. Writing is all about playing with language: there are endless ways to tell a story, but only YOU can tell it your way.  Whether you’re a beginning or experienced writer, join us under the Poet-Tree this summer! Experiment with fiction – micro, short and long – get inspired, and leave with a notebook bursting at the seams.

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writing for film camp

Writing for Film

Ages 13-18
Session 3: Instructor – Abby Buchmeyer

If you love creating visual worlds, building exciting characters and writing dialogue that leaps off the page, then this is the program for you. You’ll learn why writing for film is a technical craft, and discover how to structure your writing for the industry. But this is only half of cinematic storytelling! You’ll also learn to build a tight plot, write with an original voice and fill your on-screen world with fascinating characters. Explore the unique demands of screenwriting as you build characters, learn to tell a story visually, discover how to pitch an idea, and create the first few pages of short film all of your own.

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writing text based games

Creative Writing: Game Makers!

Ages 13-18
Session 4, Instructor: Olivia Alexander


Apply your writing skills to the creation of online text-based games in this exciting and unique creative writing program! Discover how to create your own worlds using non-linear plot structures, and then populate them with intriguing characters. You’ll develop traditional writing skills through daily prompts and exercises, and we’ll help you further your writing technique… but we’ll also introduce you to the world of writing for text based video games. Try your hand at basic coding as we move from the writing studio to the computer room, creating interactive, text-based games to share with friends after camp.

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