At the beginning of the day, campers work with Carrie and Emily alongside other kids their own age in their homeroom. Here, they share what they’re working on and learn how to use new writing techniques to make their work shine even brighter.
Ask any of our young authors, and they’ll tell you: club time is one of the best parts of the camp. Each day, we host four to five different writing clubs that allow students to explore different areas of writing, from fantasy to playwriting to two-voice poetry. In-person, this means moving to different locations on campus. Online, this means hopping into different Zoom rooms!
Each year, professional authors visit our camp (both in-person and online)to give our campers advice, teach them about the life of a professional writer, and (of course) sign books. Past guest authors include Brandon Mull, Jessica Day George, J. Scott Savage, Jennifer Nelson and Mark Pett.
At the end of the session, each camper chooses their favorite piece from the week to polish and publish in the camp magazine or online on Flipgrid. Every writer goes through revision, edits, and conferences with coaches to make sure their work is ready to be shared. As we say goodbye at the end of the week, we raise plastic cups of Sprite in our traditional author’s toast and celebrate the chance to share our writing with a real audience.
Every year, we select a small group of high school and college-aged interns to help bring Write On to life. Our interns each act as a writing coach for a small group of students throughout the week. Students flock to them for writing advice, to share stories, or even just for a high five.
Our interns are always the stars of Write On. Students flock to them for writing advice, to share stories, or even just for a high five. It’s a unique and valuable experience for both the intern and the young writer.