Writing camps near you
There’s no denying it: writing is an essential skill in life. This is reflected in the list of writing camps, which is ballooning across the country. Below, find writing camps close to where you live.
More than just summer camp
For those interested in writing and the language arts, there are alternatives to summer camp. Writing programs are offered in the winter, fall, and spring. This includes after-school and weekend classes, some of which take place throughout the year. Use our site to find the right option for you.
Writing is one among a rapidly growing list of arts and education camps. Some other camps your child might be interested in include the following:
Visual arts camps: Focus on the fine arts, such as drawing, painting, sculpting, and fashion.
Debate and public speaking camps: Your child will learn the basics of debate and public speaking, such as presentation, organization, reasoning, clarity, articulation, evaluation, and analysis.
Animation camps: Offer curriculum and teaching in specialized animation programs, software, techniques, and related areas.
Graphic design camps and programs: Teach kids the basics of real-world design and presentation including design for logos, flyers, and more.
Cartooning camps: Offer instruction in drawing fundamentals, character design, and visual storytelling, among other things.
Video game design camps: Kids learn different types of design and function, creation of 3-D characters, lighting, sound effects, and programming with the state of the art tools and technology.
Types of writing camps
There are several types of writing camps, each of which offers unique curricula and programming. You should select one that suits your child's learning goals, interests, and needs. Keep in mind that some camps focus on several different types of writing and related pursuits.
Creative writing camps: Focus on skills and concepts such as freestyle writing, imaginative writing, brainstorming, character development, metaphors, similes, and symbolism
Non-fiction writing camps: Focus on technical writing, copywriting, editing, copy-editing, grant writing, proposal writing, online writing, advertising copy, scholarly writing, and more.
Journalism camps: Focus on reporting, researching, editing, copy-editing, proofreading, fact-checking, writing headlines, and more.
Poetry camps: Focus on different types of poetry and prose, verse, alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, meter, stanzas, irony, and more.
Language arts camps: Focus on language, literature, grammar, punctuation, reading, writing, poetry, non-fiction, and more.
Literature camps: Focus on reading, writing, classic novels, textual interpretation, literature genres, literary devices, allegories, and more.
Skills learned at writing and journalism camps
Writing and journalism camps enable kids to acquire critical knowledge and skills. These skills can be useful during childhood, the teen years, and throughout one’s life. They can also open up interesting career possibilities.
Here are some skills and kinds of knowledge your child may acquire at a writing and journalism camp:
- Sentence structure
Depending on the level and focus of the camp, your child may also learn some other important skills.
- Fiction writing/creative writing
- Non-fiction writing
- Character development
- Textual interpretation
Benefits of writing and journalism camps
As mentioned, writing and journalism camps help kids acquire pivotal knowledge and skills. This can motivate your child, stir their creative juices, and shape their educational, personal, and vocational development.
Beyond these, there are numerous other potential perks of writing and journalism camps. They include:
Career trajectories for writers
Most writing camps have an eye to the present and future. They provide kids with flexible learning options to pursue current interests. But they also often give them the flexibility to pursue various educational pathways.
Many writing camps also pave the way for potential jobs and careers, sometimes long-lasting ones. Here is a list of some of the jobs and careers people with writing skills pursue (source: Tradeschools.net - jobs for writers):
Jobs for writers
- Technical writer
- Book editor
- Proposal writer
- Content strategist
- Copy editor
- Grant writer
- Web content writer
- Travel writer
- Social media specialist
Choosing a writing camp
What’s the best way to choose the right writing camp for your child? Start with your child—their aims, goals, age, experience, interests, etc.
- Is your child aiming to just learn the basics of writing? Or are they looking to take an important step towards a career in this field?
- Do they want to focus on a specific area of writing, such as poetry or creative writing? Or are they looking to acquire a general background in the basics of writing?
Then, you should look closely at the camps themselves. Talk to directors and staff, and visit camps whenever possible. Learn as much as you can about each camp to gauge whether it’s a good fit for your child.
Here are some key questions to ask:
- What courses/programs do you offer?
- What level (e.g., introductory, intermediate, advanced) are they at?
- What exactly do they cover?
- What’s your teaching/instructional approach?
- What skills can I expect my child to come away with?
- What qualifications do the instructors have?
It can be helpful to dig even deeper. For instance, if it’s a camp focusing on creative writing, ask some of the following questions:
- How do you teach creative writing?
- Is there a specific approach you use?
- How much direct instruction do you offer?
- How do you provide feedback?
- Does my child need any specific background in this area?
- Do you focus more on short stories or novels?
- Do you have course syllabi or daily schedules?
- How might creative writing help my child?
- What educational opportunities or careers might this provide the basis for?
For further guidance on choosing the right camp for your child, check out the following resources:
Round out your research
Camp might seem like an easy decision, but it’s not. It’s best to get a sense of the landscape before you make your decision. A great place to start is the Our Kids camp expo, held each winter in Toronto. You’ll find many camps there, including writing and journalism camps, and you can speak with directors, staff, and campers. We also offer valuable information sessions at the expo.
Finally, to learn more about writing, we recommend consulting the following sources:
English Club: What is Writing?
Grammarly: 30 Writing Tips
Smashing Magazine: 50 Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills