writing camp

Registration for 2019 has ended.

Email wendymaxson@gmail.com for questions about camp, or to be placed on a wait list.

Camp Information

Dates:   July 22nd-26th, July 29th-August 2nd

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 students 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 provided 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

  • 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

For more information, contact the camp coordinator, Wendy Maxson, at wendymaxson@gmail.com.  

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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, which may include:

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

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Intermediate Summer Camp (Students Entering Grades 4-7)

Our Intermediate Summer Camp was created to provide an experience more similar to the secondary camp, yet still focus on writing skills and content needed at this level. Students will be required to write more independently than in the elementary camp. A variety of genres will be explored based on student interest, including:

  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Reflective writing
  • Personal narratives

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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, which may include: 

  • 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.

Registration for the 2019 camp has ended.