Young Writers Creative Writing Camp

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 723 Elm St Winnetka IL 60093  See map

Do you love to write? Do you spend your free time scribbling in notebooks, scratching poems in the margins of your math homework, and daydreaming about stories and characters? Dream of writing a best selling novel some day? Then this workshop is for you — guaranteed to get you inspired and writing all summer long!

In this week-long Creative Writing Camp, you’ll 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 your process and answer any questions you have about writing, publishing, living the writing life, and more.

At the end of the week, you’ll join your campmates in presenting your stories and leave camp with a poem, short story, monologue, essay, or even a graphic novel. Best of all, you’ll get to meet other teenage writers like yourself who are serious and excited about their stories!

The week will have several components:

• Writing: Writing prompts to spark your imagination, help you break through blocks, and learn to reach new heights of creativity.

• Workshopping: We’ll share our work and give each other feedback on what’s working well and what opportunities we can find in each piece (whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or theatre). 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 to find—and trust—your own amazing original voice.

• Performance: Campers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform their written work!

• Electives: Each day there will be time set aside for electives:

Monologues/Essays/Scenes: Develop your voice through memoir and dramatic monologue. You will draw from personal experience to create performable memoir pieces or generate original character monologues.

Performance Poetry: Take your words and send them flying. Using material you generate at camp, you’ll learn to add images and experiment with words and rhythms to write a performable poem.

Graphic Novel: Word and pictures have always gone together. Take your story ideas and convert them into the popular graphic novel form. And no, you don’t have be good at drawing!

Short Story: If you love making up characters, then writing short stories is the perfect mix of characters, action, dialogue and scenes. Create a new story or bring an old one that you’d like to improve.


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