Summer writing camps for teens

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Summer writing camps for teens
Writing camps give teens the opportunity to practice their craft. (writing image by Petro Feketa from

Many teens across the United States head off to summer camp during their break from school. These camps can focus on recreation, sports, adventure or skill development. Camps designed to help children with specific skills give kids the opportunity to practice and refine those skills and connect with others who share their interest. A number of camps across the U.S. cater to teens who lean toward the literary.

The Putney School Summer Creative Writing Program

Situated on a farm in southern Vermont, the Putney School offers a summer creative writing program for teens aged 14 to 17. Campers can choose either a full-day or half-day writing curriculum. Those who opt for the half-day curriculum fill the second half of the day by enrolling in another of the Putney School's programs, such as visual or performing arts. The writing camp offers areas of study in fiction, drama and poetry. The camp offers workshops, instructional seminars and peer-group editing to help teens with their writing. The Putney School offers two 3-week sessions; campers can choose to enrol in one or both.

The Putney School Summer Programs Elm Lea Farm 418 Houghton Brook Road Putney, VT 05346 802-387-6297

Young Writers Workshop of the University of Virginia

The University of Virginia's Young Writers Workshop began in 1982 and continues to provide a place for teen writers to gather and learn. This program features professional authors as counsellors and residential staff. Past guest writers have included Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey and Iowa Short Fiction Award winner Merrill Feltell. The workshop offers two sessions. The first session is geared toward writers with varying degrees of experience; the second session caters to experienced writers.

Young Writers Workshop of the University of Virginia P.O. Box 400273 Charlottesville, VA 22903 434-924-0836

Butler University Creative Writing Camp

Butler University Creative Writing Camp is open to students from grades 3 through 12, and campers are grouped by age. The camp strives to make the writing process fun as well as to give young writers instruction and guidance. Guest writers come to the camp each day to talk with campers, and campers are paired with college student mentors for extra writing help. Past guests and teachers at the camp include Brian Dunn, Alessandra Lynch and Susan Neville. Camp workshops include fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, children's book writing, journalism and advertising. There are two camp sessions for students to choose from.

Butler University Creative Writing Camp 4600 Sunset Avenue Jordan Hall 308D Indianapolis, IN 46208 800-368-6852

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