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We live in a creative world where ideas, collaboration, and adaptability are a must–and writing is essential. So how do we prepare our children for their future? How do we ensure that they become thoughtful leaders for change, passionate learners, and curious thinkers we need to improve our world? Through Creative Writing Camp, young people discover the power within themselves – to create, innovate, and connect with others.

Creative Writing Camp works because it’s where writing is an exploration. It’s where one day your child will create their own map to a planet they’ve just discovered, and the next day they’re writing the ending to a 3-act play with a group of friends. It’s where they’ll publish their first poem. It’s where they’ll begin to see what they can become. Whether they’re not sure how to get started or they already write a million pages a day, they’ll feel at home writing here. This is where the spark of invention begins.

The Only Place Where Children Learn from Talented Educators & Writers

Many have Masters and Ph.D.s in writing and education. Our instructors are experts at this. And they’re ready to help your child shine.

How We Measure Up

For 20 years, Dr. Carl Scott of the University of St. Thomas has evaluated the success of the program and found students improved in writing skills, creativity and self-confidence.

How Creativity Leads to Success

According to Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us about Raising Successful Children (Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Golinkoff), what children most need for 21st-century learning, listing the 6Cs: collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation and confidence.

Creative Writing Camp is where 21st-century learning happens.

Campus Details

Two-week sessions are available throughout the Houston area in the month of June. Please click on a campus below for available session dates.

Address: 3816 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

Session 1: June 1-12, 8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Full: K-5

Session 2: June 15-26, 8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Full: K-5

Afternoon camp available through St. Mark's.

Address: 6802 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025

Session Dates: June 8-19, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Grades: K-5

Address: 3600 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Session Dates: June 15-June 26, 8 a.m. - noon

Grades: 1, 3-8
Full: K, 2

This location offers themed workshops for middle and high school students. See below for detailed course descriptions.

Afternoon camp available through AOS.

Address: 12535 Perthshire Rd, Houston, TX 77024

Session Dates: June 15-June 26, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Grades: K-6

Address: 2120 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

Session Dates: June 8-June 19, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Grades: K-5

Address: 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005

Session 1: June 1-5, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Grades: 10-12
Full: 6-9

Session 2: June 8-12, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Grades: 8-12
Full: 6-7

This location offers themed workshops for middle and high school students. See below for detailed course descriptions.

There is a 10% discount per student for enrolling in subsequent sessions at the Rice campus.

 

Before You Register

Grade Selection

Please register students for the grade they will enter next school year, fall 2020.

Sibling Discount

Sibling discounts will be applied at the final step of registration. You will not see this discount until checkout.

T-Shirts

Each registration comes with one free t-shirt. You will be asked for your child’s t-shirt size when entering your child’s registration information. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase for $10.

Full Classes

If your preferred class is full, your child’s registration will be put on a wait list. If space becomes available, you will be notified and payment will be transferred upon your approval.

Questions

If you encounter any problems during registration, please call (713) 348-5333.

Refund Policy

If you are enrolling your child in the Rice + WITS Creative Writing Camp, you have read and understand the following cancellation and refund policy:

  • Creative Writing Camp will offer refunds for the full tuition minus a $75 cancellation fee for each child through Thursday, May 21.
  • Creative Writing Camp will offer refunds of 50% tuition for each child from Friday, May 22 through Friday, May 29.
  • No refunds will be given after May 29. Creative Writing Camp will not prorate tuition for students who cannot attend the full schedule of classes.

 

Course Descriptions

Our Rice University (one-week sessions) and Annunciation Orthodox School (two-week session) locations offer themed workshops for middle and high school students. See below for detailed course descriptions.

Just Write It (6th-7th Grade) FULL
Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 6th and 7th grade students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will write at various locations throughout the Rice campus, peer review each other’s work, and receive one-on-one feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

A Writer’s Look at the Natural World (6th-7th Grade) FULL
The magic of nature has inspired generations of writers. In this course, students will engage with the natural world through literature, photography, and new understandings of their environment. Each day students will explore various sites across Rice University’s serene campus, becoming naturalists as they strengthen their writing skills. Students will use field notes from their walks and explorations to generate creative writing projects. At the end of the week, students will showcase their writing and artwork alongside a montage of photos they took on their nature journeys.

Write with Confidence (8th-9th Grade) FULL
Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive, and generative writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 8th and 9th grade students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will write at various locations throughout the Rice campus, peer review each other’s work, and receive one-on-one feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

Writing for Social Change (10th-12th Grade) Literature and teen voices are powerful forces for social change. This course offers an array of writing activities and customized exercises designed to help teens develop the literary tools to be in conversation with what they see in the world. With the help of a professional writer, students will explore a range of essays, poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction and use their writing to interrogate and examine issues that are important to them. They will create and share a student-led interactive showcase on the last day of camp.

Just Write It (6th-7th Grade) FULL
Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 6th and 7th grade students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will write at various locations throughout the Rice campus, peer review each other’s work, and receive one-on-one feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

Write with Confidence (8th-9th Grade) FULL
Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive, and generative writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 8th and 9th grade students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will write at various locations throughout the Rice campus, peer review each other’s work, and receive one-on-one feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

Performance Poetry Workshop (8th-9th Grade) Should all poems be read aloud? Yes! The goal of this workshop is to create poems that can be taken from page to stage. Performance poetry allows students to be in constant conversation with the world around them and equips them with the tools to amplify their voices. In their exploration of contemporary language and stage presence, students will analyze both the written work and videos of performance poets. The poems they write will result in a collection of written work and a dynamic performance showcase.

Comedy and Satire (10th-12th Grade) You’ve got a story to tell, but how can you transform painful, strange, or even mundane life experiences into humor? In this new summer course, students look closely at their own lives for material to make audiences laugh.They will read and write fiction, short essays, and poetry using humor, irony,and exaggeration to structure and perform a piece for comedic purposes. They will learn and expand on different storytelling forms: Improvisation, Stand-Up, and Sketch Comedy to further their understanding of how they can utilize comedy in their writing. A student led comedy showcase celebrates the work at the end of camp.

Just Write It (7th-8th Grade) Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 6th and 7th grade students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will write, peer review each other’s work, and receive one-on-one feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

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Section Title
Creative Writing Camp
Contact Hours
208.0
Delivery Options
On-Campus  
Off-Campus  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $495.00