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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 is the 6Cs: collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation and confidence.

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

Campus Details

Annunciation Orthodox School
3600 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., aftercare available
Available: 2, 4-6
Waitlist: K-1, 3, 7-8

St. Mark's Episcopal School
3816 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., aftercare available
Available: K
Waitlist: 1-3

St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School
6802 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025
8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., aftercare available
Available: 3-5

Holy Spirit Episcopal School
12535 Perthshire Rd, Houston, TX 77024
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Available: K
Waitlist: 1-6

St. Mark's Episcopal School
3816 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., aftercare available
Available: 4-5
Waitlist: K-3

Rice University

Incoming 6-12, 9:00 a.m.-4 p.m.

6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005

Course Descriptions

Just Write It (Waitlist: 6th-9th)

Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 6th-7th or 8th-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.

Silent Storytelling (7th-9th)

Lights, camera, action! In this new summer course, students will learn how to design, write, and film short silent movies. Working together in small groups, students will discover best practices for collaborating on a creative team as they explore the structure and elements of a successful story. With professional writers and teachers as their mentors, students will storyboard their films, gather props and create costumes, and plan their scenes. Using the beautiful Rice campus as their set, students will gain experience in directing, acting, and various production roles. At the end of the week, students will design and lead a red carpet premiere party for parents and friends— popcorn required!

Writing and Art: A Self-Portrait (10th-12th)

How can writers use visual art to spark new creative energy and enliven the details of their thoughts, feelings, and experiences? This new summer course focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, inviting students to explore how texts and visual art can work together to forge vivid, meaningful accounts of a writer's inner life and unique perspective on the world. Students will read work from a spectrum of artist-writers such as Maira Kalman, Richard McGuire, and Eleni Sikelianos who model how art can animate, elevate, and transform the written word. Using installations throughout the Rice campus as inspiration, students will practice using their own visual art to invigorate their own writing. At the end of camp, students will host a showcase featuring pieces from their unique portfolios of written and visual work.

Rice University

Incoming 6-12, 9:00 a.m.-4 p.m.

6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005

Course Descriptions

Just Write It (Waitlist: 6th-9th)

Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 6th-7th or 8th-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.

Digital Storytelling (7th-9th)

In this hands-on multimedia workshop, students will utilize digital apps and online platforms to bring their stories and poems to life. Through technology-infused writing activities and small group projects, students will explore how creative writing and technology can work hand-in-hand to persuade, inform, or inspire an audience. With support from professional writers and teachers, students practice skills such as character development, world-building, and dialogue creation as they learn new, innovative approaches for shaping and sharing their writing. Using tools such as Adobe Spark and Pixton, students will design and create digital writing projects to share with family and friends at a culminating celebration.

 

*All participating students must bring their own laptop.

 

Know Thyself: The Art of the Essay (Waitlist: 10th-12th)

The history of the essay finds its origins in the core Renaissance ideal of rebirth. This course will give students a chance to breathe new life into their personal stories with the goal of sharpening their essay-writing skills in a fun and supportive environment. Professional writers and teachers will guide students in learning how to connect and situate their individual stories within a broader world of ideas. By engaging with contemporary nonfiction forms, students will expand their understanding of what makes an essay effective and how they can utilize a fresh and memorable approach in their own essay-writing, especially as they prepare for their college entrance applications.

Rice University

Incoming 6-12, 9:00 a.m.-4 p.m.

6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005

Course Descriptions

Just Write It (Waitlist: 6th-9th)

Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 6th-7th or 8th-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 the Stage (7th-9th)

In this new summer course, students will work together to write and perform one-act stage plays under the guidance of professional writers and playwrights. Throughout the week, students will learn about the conventions and craft elements of this exciting genre by exploring the works of contemporary playwrights. They will consider how writing for the stage is different from other types of written genres, and how paying attention to the world around them can aid in the creation of lively stories for the stage. Drawing inspiration from character studies and locations throughout the Rice campus, students will collaborate to plan 15-20 minute performances which they will share at a culminating celebration on the last day of camp.

Poetry & Pop Culture (10th-12th)

What if everything we loved could find a home in our writing? This new summer course celebrates memes, movies, music, and social media as vital ingredients within the contemporary world of creative writing. Professional poets and writers will encourage students to embrace their obsessions and see themselves as capable curators of artistic expression within their daily lives. Using spoken word poetry as an anchor, instructors will guide students in practicing how to "read" pop culture critically and articulate the value of their favorite artists, musicians, writers, and online personalities. By the end of the week, students will have accumulated their own "mixtape" of creative writing that they will share in a culminating showcase or open mic.

 

Before You Register

Grade Selection

Please register students for the grade they will enter next school year, fall 2019.

Sibling Discount

Sibling discounts will be applied at the final step of registration. At checkout, please make sure the first child tuition is $495 and each additional sibling is $445. 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 23th.
  • Creative Writing Camp will offer refunds of 50% tuition for each child from Friday, May 24 through Friday, May 31.
  • No refunds will be given after May 31. Creative Writing Camp will not prorate tuition for students who cannot attend the full schedule of classes.
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Section Title
Creative Writing Camp
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
On-Campus  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $495.00