Creative writing camps

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Find creative writing camps for kids and teens listed below. These teach kids a wide range of creative writing skills, in different styles, genres, and formats. Below, find the following:
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Programs offering Creative writing as an activity (37 results)

Camps listed below offer creative writing activities within a varied syllabus.

  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $440
VaughanOntario

Cultivate your communication and persuasion skills through exercises that enhance your written and verbal expression! Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
Online

Power of Words Academy is committed to providing the highest quality of written and oral communication training to children. Visit website

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 5 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $3,343
VaughanOntario

Learn how to communicate clearly and concisely in both speech and writing! Visit website

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  • Newmarket, ON
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $5,450
NewmarketOntario

Pickering College’s ESL Summer Camp combines English language learning with a summer vacation in Ontario, Canada. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $140
Online

This workshop exposes students to ground-breaking insights about how great world geniuses conceived their ideas. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
Online

By the end of the program, your child will have the talent to write fantastic essays and deliver strong speeches! Visit website

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  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $40
MississaugaOntario

Your child's learning needs are unique, and so is our approach. We offer diverse writing programs to fit your child's needs. Visit website

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $694
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Develop a different genre of creative work: ranging from short stories to personal essays, plays, and poems. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Students are introduced to basic coding concepts through the creation of animated stories and starter games. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
Online

Power of Words Academy is committed to providing the highest quality of written and oral communication training to children. Visit website

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 5 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $3,343
VaughanOntario

Learn how to communicate clearly and concisely in both speech and writing! Visit website

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $140
VaughanOntario

The program exposes students to ground-breaking insights about how great world geniuses conceived their ideas. Visit website

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  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 5 to 6 (Coed)
  • From $3,343
HamiltonOntario

Learn how to communicate clearly and concisely in both speech and writing! Visit website

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  • Vaughan, ON
  • Age 11 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $1,851
VaughanOntario

Each dynamic and exciting class of this popular workshop consists of both a grammar component and a writing component! Visit website

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $3,343
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Learn how to communicate clearly and concisely in both speech and writing! Visit website

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  • East-End, Toronto
  • Age 6 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $150
TorontoEast-EndEast-EndOntario

Students are introduced to basic coding concepts through the creation of animated stories and starter games. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
Online

Power of Words Academy is committed to providing the highest quality of written and oral communication training to children. Visit website

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Oct 05, 2022 - Jun 17, 2023

  • East-York, Toronto
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $85
TorontoEast-YorkEast-YorkOntario

Teens will be involved in writing exercises that emphasize an understanding of the technical requirements Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $1,851
Online

In this workshop, students will gain advanced training in the fundamentals of the English writing process. Visit website

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  • Fenwick, ON
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $450
FenwickOntario

NAC is offering a hybrid learning and adventure option this year for students who want the best of both worlds! Visit website

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  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $21,000
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Experience the individualized Oxford approach with the benefits of socialization in a small bilingual classroom environment. Visit website

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  • Oakville, ON
  • Age 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $25
OakvilleOntario

Our Saturday Boost is a half day program on the weekend for those who are busy after school with extracurricular activities Visit website

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  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Age 6 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $5,830
Parry SoundOntario

Your camper deserves a summer of fun, friends and success! Learn how a summer at Camp Kodiak can change their life. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $720
Online

This 12-week course is ideal for students wanting to master high school English (novel study, short stories, poetry). Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $95
Online

Group classes and tutoring for STEM programming (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math). In-person and virtual program options. Visit website

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $1,500
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Low teacher-student ratio, high academics, we work to ensure our University-bound students acquire the skills for success. Visit website

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  • New York, USA
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $6,000
New YorkUnited States

"Summer school" doesn't begin to cover Gow's exciting and enriching summer program. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $1,500
Online

Students develop skills in public speaking, essay writing, advanced vocabulary, grammar, and critical thinking. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $95
Online

Improve english and language scores, prepare for a test, build confidence in the English language. In-person also available. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $48
Online

BKLearning private tutoring aims to help students achieve academic success through customized one-on-one learning programs. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $95
Online

Tutoring for kids and youth. Feel more comfortable speaking, reading and writing in French. Virtual or In-peron available. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $95
Online

Private or group math sessions and tutoring. Online or in-person. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $600
Online

This 12-week course is perfect for students wanting to delve into the exciting world of literature. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,500
Online

Academic success begins with mastering writing and public speaking skills. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $1,000
Online

Crimson Rise maximizes student success - academically, extracurricularly, and personally - for the future in high school. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $1,500
Online

Academic success begins with exceptional writing and public speaking skills. Visit website

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $440
Online

With over 35+ years of educational experience, we will provide your child with the online tools to excel in all subjects. Visit website

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What children learn in creative writing camps

Creative writing camps teach kids teens numerous skills. Many of these apply well beyond the  realm of writing and even academics. Some of the main skills you can expect your child to learn at a creative writing camp are discussed below. Consult with programs above to learn specifics of what they teach.

Spelling and grammar. Correct grammar and spelling is one of the foundations of good writing. Creative writing camps give children to help them understand the rules of grammar and spelling. This will enable them to write more effectively and produce polished work.

Good work habits. Homework is typically assigned to kids in creative writing camps. Students are expected and urged to hone their writing skills and habits at home and in school. Among other things, this forces them to balance their academic priorities and use their time wisely, in camp, school, and at home. This can help them develop strong study skills and a robust work ethic.

Storytelling skills. Within various creative styles and genres, kids are taught to paint vivid pictures in the reader’s mind. To help them accomplish this, they’ll learn characterization, various literary devices, dialogue, setting, conflict, and description.

Self-expression. Instructors normally give students plenty of freedom to write about topics that excite them. This enables them to express themselves through the characters or worlds that interest them, and to disclose personal feelings and thoughts to readers. This can be a powerful creative outlet and help nurture children’s passion for writing.

The writing process. The three main stages of the writing process are brainstorming, writing, and editing. Kids will receive in-depth practice in each stage. This includes conducting research, preparing outlines, drafting, redrafting, self-editing, and peer-editing. Learning the writing process will help kids produce more powerful and polished work.

Organization. Longer written pieces, such as short stories or personal essays, require planning and organization. Kids will learn how to organize their ideas and put them in the proper order, for instance, through outlines. This makes for more effective plot and character development.

The benefits of creative writing camps

Creative writing camps provide a wide range of benefits for kids. Below are some of the most important ones.

Explore multiple writing styles and genres. Various writing styles such as poetry, short stories, personal essays, and plays are explored during camp. Kids and teens will learn different writing styles, skills, techniques, and concepts. They’ll explore various genres like adventure, mystery, drama, and fantasy. They’re also given the flexibility to find and develop their own writing style and voice.

Improve writing through workshops. Writing workshops require kids to read, dissect, and edit one another’s work. Mistakes in structure, spelling, grammar, and tone often become more evident when students share their work with others and receive feedback. This can teach kids the collaborative part of writing and build their skills and confidence.

Improve academic performance. During camp, kids will analyze texts, brainstorm ideas, research information, and edit their work. This will help improve their critical thinking, problem-solving, reading comprehension, and organizational skills. These skills can boost kids’ academic performance as well, not just in English, but in other subjects as well, such as history, social studies, math, and science.

Build mentorships. In creative writing camp, classes tend to be smaller and more intimate. This allows students to build mentorships with their instructors. Instructors work closely with each camper, ensuring they’re comfortable, supported, and continuously improving their skills.

Prepare kids for the future. Kids receive professional-level instruction in creative writing. They’re also assigned plenty of assignments to practice their skills and showcase what they can accomplish. Students often build creative writing portfolios in these camps. These portfolios can strengthen post-secondary applications as well applications for jobs that involve creative writing.

Improve communication. Good communication is direct, clear, and cohesive. Kids are taught various techniques to write clearly, using sharp, concise, and powerful prose. They’re also given reading and writing exercises in creative writing camps to help expand their vocabulary. A larger vocabulary can help them more accurately articulate their emotions, ideas, and opinions. This can significantly improve their written, but also verbal, communication skills.

Questions to ask before enrolling in a creative writing camp

You’ll want to ensure you find a good creative writing camp for your child. It’s important to ask camp directors and teachers questions before you make your choice. Here are some vital questions you should raise.

  • How often are children expected to write outside of camp?
  • How much time do instructors spend working with kids one-on-one?
  • How much freedom are kids given in creating and developing their stories?
  • What are the instructors’ qualifications for teaching kids creative writing?
  • How many pieces are likely to be completed by the end of camp?
  • Do you have a specific emphasis on a writing style, genre, form, or set of skills?
  • What level are most of the kids at in class?

Related camps

Creative writing camps are ideal for kids and teens interested in writing. In addition, there are many other types of camps they may be a good fit for. Below are just a few of the options you might consider.

Journalism camp gives budding writers a new and exciting way to develop their skills. Kids learn to research and report events and stories in these camps. They’ll also learn about the importance of the unbiased written word in non-fiction writing.

Academic writing camp students are mainly taught to write different types of essays. A major focus is on writing academic essays that construct logical arguments, or try to persuade or educate the reader. This can improve various writing skills, such as organization, clarity, reflection, and concision. It can also improve one’s written and verbal communication skills.

Drama camp provides activities and exercises that can harness children’s writing and storytelling skills. An important part of drama camp is playwriting, where students are given the chance to apply their creative writing skills. Storytelling is also an important part of drama camp, as kids tell stories through performances such as plays.

Public speaking camp focuses on improving children’s oral communication, they provide kids with the opportunity to verbalize their writing skills (often in front of an audience). Also, as they write and prepare speeches, kids will practice brainstorming, writing, and editing their work (the three main parts of the writing process). 

Combine this with more advice from OurKids.net

Sources and further reading

"Why learn creative writing?" Sean Glatch. Writers.com

"Why creative writing is important." James Bellamy. Paragraffs.com


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What are the fees to attend Creative writing camps?
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