A Camp For K-12 Students
Creative Writing Camp

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Summer 2021

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We live in a creative world where ideas, collaboration, and adaptability are a must–and writing is essential. So how do we prepare our children for their future? How do we ensure that they become thoughtful leaders for change, passionate learners, and curious thinkers we need to improve our world? Through Creative Writing Camp, young people discover the power within themselves – to create, innovate, and connect with others.

Choose the option that works best for your family in Summer 2021!

In-person camps adhering to CDC and campus-based health and safety protocols

One-week half day options

St. Mark’s Episcopal School | Grades: K-5 | Monday to Friday, June 14–18 | 8:30 – 12:30
St. Mark’s Episcopal School | Grades: K-5 | Monday to Friday, June 21–July 25 | 8:30 – 12:30

One-week full day options

Rice University | Grades: 6-12 | Monday to Friday, June 21–25 | 9:00 – 3:00
Annunciation Orthodox School | Grades: K-8 | Monday to Friday, July 19–23 | 9:00 – 3:00
Rice University | Grades: 6-12 | Monday to Friday, July 19–23 | 9:00 – 3:00

Online two-week, half-day camp following Summer 2020’s popular interactive format

Virtual two-week half-day camp
Rice University's Online Platform | Grades: K-5 | Tuesday to Friday, July 6-9 and Monday to Friday, July 12–16 | 9:00 – 12:30
Rice University's Online Platform | Grades: 6-12 | Tuesday to Friday, July 6-9 and Monday to Friday, July 12–16 | 1:00 – 4:30

Additional campuses and sessions may be added soon. Please sign up using the form at the bottom of the page to receive updates!

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Why has Creative Writing Camp been so popular for more than 30 years?

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.

The Only Place Where Children Learn from Talented Educators & Writers

Many have Masters and Ph.D.s in writing and education. Our instructors are experts at this. And they’re ready to help your child shine.

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 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, listing the 6Cs: collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation and confidence.

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

Notes

Grade Selection
Please register students for the grade they will enter next school year, fall 2021.

Sibling Discount
Sibling discounts will be applied at the final step of registration. At checkout, please make sure the first child tuition is $330 for half-day programs or $495 for full day or two week virtual programs and each additional sibling is $300 or $445. You will not see this discount until checkout.

T-Shirts
Each registration comes with one free t-shirt. You will be asked for your child’s t-shirt size when entering your child’s registration information. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase for $10.

Full Classes
If your preferred class is full, your child’s registration will be put on a waitlist. If space becomes available or another campus opens, you will be notified and payment will be transferred upon your approval.

Enrollment Packets
All student paperwork will be completed and submitted electronically in advance of the camp start date.

Refund Policy
Creative Writing Camp will offer refunds for the full tuition minus a $75 cancellation fee for each child if requested ten (10) business days prior to the first day of that session of Creative Writing Camp.

Questions
If you encounter any problems during registration, please call the WITS office at 713.523.3877. For all other questions, please see FAQ's below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should we expect for in-person camp?

  • 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.
  • Participating campers will be asked to bring a packet of basic supplies for individual use throughout the week of camp.
  • Classes will be divided into age-level groupings.
  • Creative writing and fine arts activities will be planned by highly-qualified teacher/writer pairs and feature low staff-to-camper ratios.

What should we expect for virtual camp?

Focus groups of professional writers and highly effective teachers crafted this exciting virtual approach to Creative Writing Camp. 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.

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 and
  • Independent pre-recorded activities and extension projects to enjoy at your family’s convenience.

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 Friday before the beginning of 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.

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. An e-mail address provided by the parents will be necessary to access the system.
  • 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

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