writing camp
You may email ejmaske@gmail.com for questions about camp. Registration for the 2018 camp is closed. 

2018 Camp Information

Dates:   July 23rd-27th, July 30th-August 3rd

Location: College of Education

Time: 9am-3pm, with before and aftercare available from 8am to 5pm.

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.

Registration for the 2018 camp is closed.

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 Elizabeth Maske for more information about possible teacher sponsorship opportunities.

For more information, contact the camp director, Elizabeth Maske, at ejmaske@gmail.com.  

Previous campers are welcome to apply! 

Registration for the 2018 camp is closed.

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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

Registration for the 2018 camp is closed.

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Intermediate Summer Camp (Students Entering Grades 4-7)

Due to our growing numbers, 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. Last year was a success and this was our biggest group by far! The students focused on genres including:

  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Reflective writing
  • Personal narratives

Registration for the 2018 camp is closed.

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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

Registration for the 2018 camp is closed.

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.

Registration for the 2018 camp is closed.