writing camp

Registration will open March 1st for Summer 2017!

2017 Camp Information

Dates:   July 24-28, 2017 & July 31-August 4, 2017

Location: College of Education Building at UIUC

Time: 9 am to 3 pm

Each week will feature separate topics of instruction so student can sign up for one or two weeks of the camp.   

Students need to bring a sack lunch on Mondays through Thursdays. Lunch will be provide on both Fridays of the camp.  

Students will also be provided with a camp t-shirt.

Prices and Discounts

  • One Week Attendance: $325

  • Two Week Attendance: $550

  • Early Bird discount: $50 OFF TOTAL UNTIL MAY 1st

  • Sibling discount: $25 OFF TOTAL for up to 3 siblings

  • Loyalty discount: $25 OFF TOTAL

  • Scholarships:

    • Free and Reduced Lunch Discount is $150 OFF TOTAL

    • Please email Christine Campos for more information about possible teacher sponsorship opportunities.

For more information, contact the camp director, Christine Campos, at campos.christine@gmail.com.  

Previous campers are welcome to apply! 

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Elementary Summer Camp (Students Entering Grades 1-3)

The University of Illinois Writing Project sponsors writing camps in the summer led by experienced teachers. The Elementary Camp provides an enrichment opportunity for young writers. Students learn how to write in a variety of genres including:

  • Poetry
  • Fairytales
  • Plays
  • Comic Strip Writing
  • Story-telling
  • Short stories

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Intermediate Summer Camp (Students Entering Grades 4-7)

New this summer, we have created a new section of camp to provide an experience more similar to the secondary camp, yet still focusing on writing skills and content needed at this intermediate level. Students will be required to write more independently than in the elementary camp.  They will spend their time partly with the secondary camp, and partly on their own.  

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Secondary Summer Camp (Students Entering Grades 8-12)

Are you a middle or high school student who likes to write? Would
you like to learn new techniques and experiment with fun, cutting
edge technology?

You will work with technology and learn how to write in a
variety of genres including: 

  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Flash fiction
  • Novels
  • Personal Essays


Our Camp Philosophy

Students come to the camp to experience being in a community of writers.  Our teachers guide that community and teach students skills to expand their writing abilities.  The students work in small groups, as well as getting some focused attention from teachers.

Students will be free to create unique original pieces of writing in this communal environment.  Students will make friends, learn to work collaboratively with others, and have great fun writing.  We strive to provide students with an enjoyable experience that will leave them with a positive attitude about their ability to write.

See the News Gazette's Coverage of the 2012 UIWP Writing Camps.