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Creative Writing Camp

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Creative Writing Camp works because it’s where writing is an exploration. It’s where one day your child will create their own map to a planet they’ve just discovered, and the next day they’re writing the ending to a 3-act play with a group of friends. It’s where they’ll publish their first poem. It’s where they’ll begin to see what they can become. Whether they’re not sure how to get started or they already write a million pages a day, they’ll feel at home writing here. This is where the spark of invention begins.

Only Place

The Only Place Where Children Learn from Talented Educators & Writers
In addition to being accomplished educators working in classrooms year-round, many have Masters and Ph.D.s in writing and education and are published authors. Our instructors are experts at this, and they’re ready to help your child shine.

Measure Up

How We Measure Up
For 20 years, Dr. Carl Scott of the University of St. Thomas has evaluated the success of the program and found students improved in writing skills, creativity and self-confidence.

How Creativity

How Creativity Leads to Success
According to Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us about Raising Successful Children (Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Golinkoff), what children most need for 21st-century learning are the 6Cs: collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation and confidence.

Creative Writing Camp is where 21st-century learning happens.

 

Before You Register

Creative Writing Camp is utilizing a new registration system for 2022! We encourage you to read through the information below to make the process as smooth as possible. You will be creating a Family Account in your own name that will make it possible for you to enroll your child(ren) and place them in the appropriate classes. Should you need step-by-step instructions, they are outlined below for registering a single child or registering siblings. We have also included a printable version, should that be helpful.

Before registering, you will need the following:

1. A choice of location and grade-level for each child you plan to register. Make your selection based on the grade each child will enter in the fall of 2022. Please note that classes sometimes feature multi-age groupings but are always created with the developmental needs of young writers in mind.

2. If registering for virtual camps, a unique email address for each child you plan to register.

Cost

Single child: $495

Two or more: $445.50 each (10% discount per child)

For Refund Policy, see Frequently Asked Questions.

How do I register a single child?

When registering a single child, you will need to create a Family Account. That registration process is outlined below. You can also print the directions.

1. Find your grade level and campus or online option below.

2. Click the appropriate link, and you will be redirected to your cart with the camp added. Proceed to checkout.

3. You will be redirected to the “Family Checkout Option Available” web page. Click the “Family Checkout” button.

4. On the right side of the page, under “Create a New Family Account”, create a new family account in your name as a parent/guardian, and click the “Create Account” button.

5. Complete the “Family Contact Information” form and click the “Continue” button.

6. Click the “Add a Member” button, and in the resulting pop-up field click the “Add Family Member” button.

7. Complete the “Family Member Profile” for the camper you are registering. When complete, click “Save”. Note: If registering for a virtual camp, the email provided here will be used to access the camp online, so it must be a valid email address. Next, you will be presented with a summary of your family account members. Click the “Continue Checkout” button.

8. You will be redirected to cart summary, now with the option to “Add/Remove Members” to the camp already in your cart. Click this link, select the family member attending camp and click “Enroll Members”.

9. Proceed with check out.

10. On the next page, select the appropriate t-shirt size for your camper from the drop down, and select “Continue Checkout”.

11. Read through the privacy policy and check the corresponding box. Failure to do so will prevent completion of registration. Click “Continue Checkout”.

12. Enter payment information and complete your transaction.

13. If you need assistance with registration, please call 713-348-4803.

How do I access my Family Account after I register?

After you create your Family Account, you will be sent an email directing you to set your password. Once you set your password, CLICK HERE to access the Family Account log-in page. Log in using the user name entered when you created your account and your password.

Download a printable version of the single child registration instructions.

Some of us are visual learners, so we have included a video walkthrough below. Note: This example shows a user adding two family members.

How do I register siblings and get the discount?

When registering two or more children, you will need to create a Family Account. That registration process is outlined below. You can also print the directions.

1. Find your grade level and campus or online options below.

2. Click the appropriate link for the first child you are registering, and you will be redirected to your cart with the camp added.

3. Confirm that your selection is in your cart, then return to glasscock.rice.edu/creative-writing-camp using the back function on your web browser (the left-facing arrow at the top of your screen) to add additional registrants. DO NOT USE THE “KEEP SHOPPING” BUTTON.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until each camp selection has been added to your cart, then proceed to checkout.

5. You will be redirected to the “Family Checkout Option Available” web page. Click the “Family Checkout” button.

6. On the right side of the page, under “Create a New Family Account”, create a new family account in your name as a parent/guardian, and click the “Create Account” button.

7. Complete the “Family Contact Information” form and click the “Continue” button.

8. Click the “Add a Member” button, and in the resulting pop-up field click the “Add Family Member” button.

9. Complete the “Family Member Profile” for the first camper you are registering. When complete, click “Save”. Note: If registering for a virtual camp, the email provided here will be used to access the camp online, so it must be a valid, unique email address.

10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you have added all family members you intend to register for Creative Writing Camp.

11. Review the summary of your family account members. Once all are added, click the “Continue Checkout” button.

12. You will be redirected to cart summary, now with the option to “Add/Remove Members” to the camps already in your cart. Click this link under the first camp in your cart, select the appropriate family member attending this camp and click “Enroll Members”. You will now see “x 1” next to the price of tuition for that camp indicating that the student has been added.

13. Repeat this process for each camp in your cart, until the right family member for each camp has been added.

14. Once complete, you will now see the option to “Apply a discount” with a drop down menu to choose from. Check the box, then select the “CWC Siblings” discount from the drop down menu, repeating this for all camps within your cart in order to receive the discount for sibling registration.

15. Proceed with check out.

16. On the next page, select the appropriate t-shirt size for each family member from the drop down beneath each of their names. Once complete, select “Continue Checkout”.

17. Read through the privacy policy and check the corresponding box. Failure to do so will prevent completion of registration. Click “Continue Checkout”.

18. Enter payment information and complete your transaction.

19. If you need assistance with registration, please call 713-348-4803.

How do I access my Family Account after I register?

After you create your Family Account, you will be sent an email directing you to set your password. Once you set your password, CLICK HERE to access the Family Account log-in page. Log in using the user name entered when you created your account and your password.

Download a printable version of the sibling registration instructions.

Some of us are visual learners, so we have included a video walkthrough below.

Camp Descriptions

Just Write It (K; 1; 2; 3; 4;5; 6; 6th/7th; 8th/9th; 10th/12th virtual)
Our flagship Creative Writing Camp experience invites writers of all ages and abilities to jump into the magic of creative writing! Creative Writing Camp offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized experiences designed to help students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will not only share their work with peers, but also engage in conversation with and receive feedback from instructors. Students will share their creations on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

Magical Worlds (6th/7th)
Do you enjoy folklore, stories with magical settings, characters with superhuman abilities? As far back as ancient times, people have lived by the phrase, “Life is what you make it so make the best of it.” In this playful course you will do just that—build your own world! Guided by your writing coaches you will learn the basics of world-building and create, explore and develop your own original world. You will delve into narrative genres such as science fiction, fantasy, and superhero fiction as you explore writings with a fantastical edge. You will leave with the tools needed to help you create new worlds in a variety of genres.

Writing and Art: A Self-Portrait (6th/7th)
How can writers use visual art to spark new creative energy and enliven the details of their thoughts, feelings, and experiences? This course focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, inviting students to explore how texts and visual art can work together to forge vivid, meaningful accounts of a writer's inner life and unique perspective on the world. Students will read work from a spectrum of artist-writers who model how art can animate, elevate, and transform the written word. Using art installations across the Rice University campus and virtual field trips to museums around the world as inspiration, students will practice using their own visual art to invigorate their own writing. At the end of camp, students will host a showcase featuring pieces from their unique portfolios of written and visual work. 

Finding your Voice through Poetry (8th/9th)
In this course students will explore various types of poetry from haiku to spoken word as they reflect on who they are, who they want to become, and the world they want to live in. The mysteries of what make poetry both beautiful and challenging will be unlocked; enriching experiences of reading poems and writing original verses. Young poets enrolled in this session will learn tangible tools to create and revise poems of various styles and forms as they discover their own voice and organize their memories and dreams into poetry.

Writing for the Stage (8th/9th)
In this fun summer course, students will work together to write and perform one-act stage plays under the guidance of professional writers and playwrights. Throughout the week, students will learn about the conventions and craft elements of this exciting genre by exploring the works of contemporary playwrights. They will consider how writing for the stage is different from other types of written genres, and how paying attention to the world around them can aid in the creation of lively stories for the stage. Drawing inspiration from character studies and locations throughout the Rice campus, students will collaborate to plan 15-20 minute performances which they will share at a culminating celebration on the last day of camp. 

The Art of the Personal Essay (10th/12th)
The history of the essay finds its origins in the core Renaissance ideal of “rebirth.” This course will allow you to give “new life” to the art of essay writing by asking you to examine your personal story and connect it to a broader world of concepts and ideas. We’ll analyze this important and passionate literary form that will take your writing beyond familiar boundaries. We’ll experiment with fun, contemporary non-fiction forms like flash non-fiction, recipe writing, humor, and even lampoon to expand and sharpen your essay writing skills. This course is especially important for those of you who are preparing to write college entrance essays and to write personal statements for scholarship applications. Through the writer workshop model of peer review, you will work with your fellow writers to hone techniques and approaches, and you will leave with a portfolio of several completed essays.

Writing and Art (10th/12th)
How can writers use visual art to spark new creative energy and enliven the details of their thoughts, feelings, and experiences? This course focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, inviting students to explore how texts and visual art can work together to forge vivid, meaningful accounts of a writer's inner life and unique perspective on the world. Students will read work from a spectrum of artist-writers who model how art can animate, elevate, and transform the written word. Using art installations across the Rice University campus and virtual field trips to museums around the world as inspiration, students will practice using their own visual art to invigorate their own writing. At the end of camp, students will host a showcase featuring pieces from their unique portfolios of written and visual work. 

Spoken Word Poetry (10th/12th)
It’s time to speak your mind. This session is designed to teach you how to write and perform original poetry and stories about the issues that are important to you. Award-winning performance poets will serve as coaches to help you explore current events, your community and neighborhood, and your own truths. You will learn the tricks and techniques to make your words more powerful and develop your writer’s instinct, gain confidence, and improve your public speaking skills. Our coaches will focus on the importance of knowing your audience when performing, and you will explore how writing on paper takes on a different life when spoken on stage. At the end of camp, you’ll broadcast your message to the world with a performance of your own work.

Register Today

Begin the registration process by finding your grade level and campus below. Please note camps often fill up quickly. You must complete checkout to secure your spot.

Filter by grade:

Map of Locations

Choose among four in-person camp locations, or an online option for campers anywhere!

Annunciation Orthodox School – 3600 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
Holy Spirit Episcopal School – 12535 Perthshire Rd, Houston, TX 77024
Rice University – 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005
St. Vincent De Paul School – 6802 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025
 

Map of CWC Locations

Frequently Asked Questions

For questions about Creative Writing Camp programming – Please leave a voice message at 713-348-5333 or 713-523-3877. Your message will be answered as soon as possible. For technical help with registration, please contact 713-348-4803.

All Participants - What if the class I would like to register for is full?

If all spaces are filled, your registration will be put on a waiting list. In the event space becomes available, you will be notified. You will not be charged for the class until you have confirmed registration.

All Participants - What is the refund policy?

If you are enrolling your child in the 2022 Rice + WITS Creative Writing Camp, you have read and understand the following cancellation and refund policy:

A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final 30 days before classes start. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to slc@rice.edu. Refunds for credit card payments will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit on your statement for up to four to six weeks. Refunds for enrollments paid by check take up to four to six weeks to be processed and mailed by the Rice University accounting office. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.

If multiple children are registered and have received the sibling discount, and later one or more registrations are canceled so that only one child remains registered, the remaining child's registration will be adjusted to the full price, and a refund for the appropriate amount will be issued.
All Participants - How do I access my Family Account after it is created?

After you create your Family Account, you will be sent an email directing you to set your password. Once you set your password, CLICK HERE to access the Family Account log-in page. Log in using the user name entered when you created your account and your password.

For In-Person Participants - What should we expect?

All classes will be team-taught with class sizes capped at approximately 20 students. 

  • Health and safety protocols for each camp session will be dependent upon CDC and campus-based policies in effect at the time camp is offered. COVID-19-related protocols will be campus specific and included in parent packets, which will be emailed prior to your student's camp experience. Masks are mandatory for students and staff. Rice + WITS reserves the right to move in-person camp to an online delivery as circumstances regarding COVID-19 dictate.
  • Participating campers will be invited to bring basic supplies for individual use throughout the week of camp.
  • Classes will be divided into age-level groupings that may include students from more than one grade level. Although we try our best to keep classrooms confined to one grade level, we reserve the right to place students in a multi-age or multi-grade classroom based on enrollment.
  • Creative writing and fine arts activities will be planned by highly-qualified teacher/writer pairs and feature low staff-to-camper ratios.
  • Should you have requests regarding class placements for friends within a grade level, please reach out to mail@witshouston.org. We will try our best to honor these requests.

 

For Online Participants - What should we expect?

Focus groups of professional writers and highly effective teachers have come together to craft this exciting online approach to Creative Writing Camp, which has received positive review from parents and students since it's inception in 2020. Wherever possible, student experiences will draw upon our traditional camp model, but we will also embrace this opportunity to explore new approaches and think creatively. Join us as we explore just what is possible in a virtual environment!

All classes will be team-taught with class sizes capped at approximately 20 students. Classes will be divided into age-level groups:

  • Morning: Kindergarten, Primary (1st), Elementary (2nd/3rd & 4th/5th)
  • Afternoon:  Middle school (6th/7th & 8th/9th), High School (10th/12th)

Live community-building activities: 

  • Live large and small group times
  • Live personalized consultation with experienced writers and
  • Independent pre-recorded activities and extension projects to enjoy at your family’s convenience.

Classes for younger students will include a combination of:

  • Live community-building activities
  • Live large and small group times that might include anything from the reading of a great children’s book as inspiration for creative writing to a virtual field trip
  • Live story dictation activities with a teacher and
  • “Center time” featuring pre-recorded activities and a wealth of independent art and extension projects to enjoy at your family’s convenience.

Classes for older students will include:

  • Live community-building activities 
  • Live large and small group times
  • Live personalized consultation with experienced writers/teachers and
  • Independent pre-recorded activities and extension projects to enjoy at your family’s convenience.
For Online Participants What equipment and supplies will we need to have at home to ensure a rewarding experience?
  • All camp courses will utilize the Canvas learning platform. Each student will need a unique e-mail address to access the system.  Emails are to be provided by the parents.
  • Students will also need a laptop, tablet or phone to access the course, but we recommend a laptop or tablet. The best user experience is achieved through the Google Chrome web browser.
  • Each student will need a notebook, journal, or folder with blank paper and writing implements such as pencils, pens, and markers.
  • Extension activities will utilize basic arts and crafts materials such as scissors, colored paper, glue, watercolors, etc. that students typically use at school. Parents will not be asked to buy specific art materials.
For Online Participants - What do we need to know about technology and tech support should it be necessary?
  • All families will be asked to complete a “tech check” the week before their virtual camp session. Support staff will be available for assistance that day should families have any challenges logging into the system.
  • During “tech check” students will be able to “meet” their teachers as they view pre-recorded videos uploaded by the teachers and writers leading the course. Students will also be asked to record their own introductory video to share with their classmates.
  • “Tech check” will also provide an opportunity for parents to receive more detailed information regarding each class’s daily schedule, should they have a need for specifics.
  • Finally, should families have challenges with technology at any point during the camp experience, they will be able to connect directly with IT support staff via e-mail or phone.
Creative Writing Camp Partnership

Creative Writing Camp is a collaboration between Writers in the Schools and Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture and has inspired young writers for over 30 years. Our online and in-person camps deep dive into writing topics that hone creativity and prepare students for future success. With low student-teacher ratios and mentorship from professional writers, Creative Writing Camp offers a writer’s workshop experience!

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