Creative Writing Summer Camp
What is Creative Writing Summer Camp?
Each summer, Badgerdog hosts three-week writing workshops for rising 3rd- through 12th-graders. These intensive writing workshops allow students to work closely with a professional writer as they explore the arts of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting. All campers experience the joy of performing and publishing their original work.
How Summer Camp Works?
Lessons are designed to be creative, surprising, and engaging. From 9 a.m. to noon each morning, campers learn through discovery, practice, mentorship, and collaboration. Each day, campers encounter the work of classic and contemporary writers, and they study the techniques these writers use to craft artful poetry and prose. Campers author numerous creative pieces in various genres, sharing their work along the way with their workshop colleagues. These summer workshops emphasize all aspects of the writing process, from idea generation to revision to publication.
Not Just Writing for Writing’s Sake
In and of itself, writing is a worthy pursuit, but at Badgerdog, we allow writers to take their work from the insides of a spiral notebook out into the world. That’s why each camp session culminates with a reading on-site, where students perform an original poem or story before an audience of fellow writers, parents, family, and friends.
At the end of the summer, all students will have their work published in one of two professionally produced anthologies—Rise, for elementary-aged writers, and Emerge, for middle- and high-school writers. In September, Badgerdog hosts an end-of-summer reading, where selected campers from each camp location perform their work at the annual Austin Teen Book Festival. All summer camp writers are invited to attend, and the reading coincides with an anthology-release party and book-signing event that includes all campers.
What Do Parents and Campers Say About Summer Camp?
What do campers like most about Badgerdog?
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Cost, Discounts & Refund Policy
The $450 registration fee includes a writing journal for each student, a water bottle, a Badgerdog T-shirt, one copy of Rise or Emerge, and a writing field trip or a visit from an author or a teaching artist in another discipline.
Refund Policy: Full refunds, minus a $50 processing fee, will be granted for requests made more than 30 days prior to the start of the summer session. A partial refund of $200 per registration will be granted for requests made between 7 to 30 days prior to the start of the summer session. Refunds are not granted for requests made within 7 days of the start of the summer session.
Sibling & Friend Discounts: Parents registering more than one camper will receive a discount. The first registration is full-price. Additional registrations receive a discount of $55.
Can Any Young Writer Attend?
Of course! Both eager and reluctant writers find Badgerdog’s workshops engaging and empowering. Our creative approach to the craft of writing allows hesitant writers to practice an essential skill in a no-fail, supportive environment—while also having fun! For more advanced writers, Badgerdog’s teaching artists provide challenges and offer personalized feedback.
For more information about Badgerdog’s summer camp program, contact Programs Manager Cecily Sailer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read students' poems and stories on our blog, Unbound.
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