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Gate City Writes Young Writers' Camp
Gate City Writes Young Writers' Camp
Gate City Writes Young Writers' Camp
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Young Writers’ Camp
Sponsored by: Gate City Writes

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Campers at the UNCG Young Writers’ Camp create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging, and movie-making during this two week camp experience. In daily writing workshops, campers work with UNCG faculty, graduate students, NC teachers, and local authors. The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers, and supports development of variety of writing styles. All work is published on our website.

The UNCG Young Writers’ Camp is held for two weeks in July, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm on the UNCG campus. Enrollment is limited to 100 students. Students will be divided into three different sections based on grade level (K-2, 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12). Each section will have approximately 30 students and at least two instructors. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • General Session (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM for two weeks): This session begins with an author talk. We invite local authors to come speak to our campers about their writing process. After the short talk, campers are divided into groups based on their grade level. Writing coaches take campers through the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). Campers will have the opportunity to write, engage in mini-lessons based on their writing needs, brainstorm and revise with peers, and read aloud their writing to an audience. Campers can write about a topic of their choice in a genre of their choice. Campers’ work is published online.
  • Special Topic Workshops (1:00-4:00 PM for two weeks): We offer afternoon sessions that focus on a special topic. Please read the descriptions of those workshops in the What We Offer section. Each workshop caters to a specific grade level.

Grades K-5
July 11-22, 2022

  • 9am -12pm: General session
  • 12-1 pm: Lunch with counselors (bring your own)
  • 1-4 pm:  Special topics classes: TBA (e.g., robotics, making, art)

Grades 6-12
July 25-Aug 5, 2022

  • 9am – 12pm: General session
  • 12-1 pm: Lunch with counselors (bring your own)
  • 1-4 pm: Special topics classes: TBA (e.g., fiction, spoken word, podcasting)

Campers can attend a general session OR
special topics course (half-day) or general session
+ a special topics course (full-day).
Half-day camp for 2 weeks = $275 | Full-day camp for 2 weeks = $500

Parent Orientation

There are two options available to attend a parent orientation held via Zoom. Parents may attend on Wednesday, July 6 at 6:00 PM OR Saturday, July 9 at 10:00 AM. During the orientation, you will get to meet our instructors, hear about our daily schedule, and ask questions to our staff.

We will also have two drop in times (Thursday, July 7 from 5:00-6:30 PM OR Saturday, July 9 from 11:00- 1:00 PM) for parents and campers who would like to pick up their camp packet and get a tour of the classrooms. Campers who do not retrieve their camp packet during one of these times will receive it on the first day of camp.

Parking – You may park for free in any parking lot designated for C-permits. There is a C-permit lot across the street from the School of Education Building. 

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"I felt really nervous because I've never really shared my writing with anyone besides my parents before and I also just get nervous when I have to do any type of public speaking. I feel happy now because they liked my story. I'm most proud of the descriptions I used to describe the characters and the setting; the people in my group said they could visualize the story because of the imagery."

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"I felt nervous before workshop and embarrassed but after, I felt a bit more confident towards my abilities as a writer because of the support."

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"Before workshop I was skeptical about how strong the ending of my story was; afterwards I was confident in my story."

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"Before workshop I was kind of worried that my story was too short and didn't get the plot across. Now I'm proud of the way I formed/described the world, it's coming together like I'd seen it in my head."

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Why Choose this Camp

Why Write?

“When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness. I’m trying for that. But I’m also trying for the language. I’m trying to see how it can really sound. I really love language. I love it for what it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and delicacies of our existence. And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language. We need language.”

– Maya Angelou

Why do young writers choose this camp?

  • Campers share their work with other writers
  • Authors speak to the campers about their writing experiences and they answer questions about writing
  • It’s not like school because it is creative, non-judgmental, and fun Campers create friendships fast
  • Writers get to choose what they want to write about

Why would parents or teachers recommend the camp for young writers?

  • Campers have opportunities to meet and talk with authors. Past campers have maintained communication with authors and continue to receive advice about writing.
  • Campers have the opportunity to engage in 21st century literacies, which are linked to current teaching and learning standards.
  • Young writers are given time to work individually, with peers, and with certified NC teachers.
  • Young writers will have the opportunity to share their writing during a reading on the last day of camp, at a display table at the Grasshopper’s game, with young writers in Africa, and as an online publication on this website.

What we offer

Advanced Courses

Science in 3D; 3rd-5th graders
July 11-22; 1:00-4:00 PM
Instructors: Dearing Blankmann and Teena Martin

Campers will engage in a study of macro and micro aquaria in the UNCG wetlands and nature journaling around the UNCG campus. This will serve as inspiration for students to share the wonders of the natural world with others through the creation of virtual reality environments.

Writing and Robotics; 3rd-12th graders
**NOTE: To sign up for this workshop, go to the Writing and Robotics website.**

July 18-22 (Week 2 of 3rd – 5th grade camp) 1:00-4:00 PM
August 1st – Aug 5th (Week 2 of 6th – 12th grade camp) 1:00-4:00 PM
Instructor: Matt Fisher

Writing and Robotics is an afternoon companion program for campers who are rising 3rd grade – 12th grade. This camp works in conjunction with the School of Education Young Writer’s Camp. In this robotics program, we will give students an opportunity to design and construct a working cardboard and craft robot based on the writing they create in the Young Writer’s Camp. The tool we will be using is called the Hummingbird Robotics kit. Students will also have access to 3D printers, laser engraver, sewing supplies, and other arts / craft materials.

Website: Writing and Robotics – UNCG School of Education

Podcasting Course; 6-12th graders
July 25-Aug 5; 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Instructor: Audrey Smith

Do you have a story to tell that doesn’t fit on the page? Through podcasting, we are able to tell stories using the power of our own voices, and then publish these stories for a wide audience. During our two weeks together, we will read widely, write creatively, and listen actively as we explore the connection between story and voice. We will become practiced in the art of active listening as we immerse ourselves in the ways podcasters use their voices to communicate to their audiences, and we will explore the influence of sound and voice on our own personal narratives. You will end the course with two finished podcasts and knowledge about how to publish your work for others to hear. Through this course, you will learn to engage with, reflect upon, and manipulate sound, developing proficiency in technologies for podcast production as well as confidence in your unique storytelling voice.

Making and Writing; 6-12th graders
July 25-Aug 5; 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Instructor: TBA

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Spoken Word Poetry; 6-12th graders
July 25-Aug 5; 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Instructor: Josephus Thompson

Spoken word poetry is a catalyst for young voices and the building of self esteem. Students will learn to create work that describe who they are and the things that make them unique. In addition to writing, students will also learn to present and memorize their work.

Fiction; 9-12th graders
July 25-Aug 5; 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Instructor: Molly Haile

How do stories draw us in and make us want to keep reading? In this class we’ll discuss the things writers do to create a compelling story—like set up a potent conflict, develop complicated characters, and show us vivid details. Then we’ll learn how to bring these narrative elements to the page. The class will take you through the major steps of writing fiction: finding story ideas, drafting, revising, and editing. In the first week, we’ll do a range of fun activities and exercises to generate ideas. Then you’ll move on to drafting a story or novel chapter in any genre of fiction you like (realistic, fantasy, historical, science fiction, etc.). In the second week, you’ll finish your draft and practice revising and editing. You’ll have the opportunity to share your work in a friendly, supportive environment and to help your fellow writers take their work to the next stage. By the end of camp, you’ll have a polished work to publish on our website. And you’ll go home with some tools you can use to write your next great work of fiction.

E-textiles; 3-5th graders
July 11-22; 1:00-4:00
Instructor: students from TED 647 Teaching and Learning in Makerspaces

Campers will explore simple circuitry as they build and create a puppet that can light up or make sounds. They’ll start with paper circuits and lil bits as they learn how electricity flows. They’ll learn simple sewing techniques and design and sew a puppet of their choosing.

Stop Motion Animation; 3-5th graders
July 11-22; 1:00-4:00
Instructor: students from TED 647 Teaching and Learning in Makerspaces

Campers will work in teams to create short stop motion animation movies from start to finish. They’ll write a script, design background sets, and film their movie using iPads, legos, clay, and green screen technology.

Bird watching and building; K-5th graders
July 11-22; 1:00 – 4:00
Instructor: students from TED 647 Teaching and Learning in Makerspaces

Students will explore birds on UNCG campus and learn about the different species of birds here in North Carolina. Then they’ll have their choice of making projects to build based on their learning about birds. Choices include a simple bird house, a model of a bird, or a book of North Carolina birds.

Movement and Storytelling: 3rd-5th graders
July 11-22; 1:00-4:00 PM
Instructor: Amanda

Students will explore storytelling through movement. Understanding how characters, emotions, and relationships are expressed through movement helps students build richer worlds in their imagination and deeper bonds in the real world. During this workshop, students will explore the movements and messages in nature, popular culture, and nonverbal communication. At the end of two weeks, students will have both a written and performed experience to take back to their creative process.

Movement and Storytelling: 6th-8th graders
July 25-Aug 5; 1:00 – 4:00
Instructor: Christine

Students will explore storytelling through movement. Understanding how characters, emotions, and relationships are expressed through movement helps students build richer worlds in their imagination and deeper bonds in the real world. During this workshop, students will explore the movements and messages in nature, popular culture, and nonverbal communication. At the end of two weeks, students will have both a written and performed experience to take back to their creative process.

Registration & Payment

Campers can attend a general session OR special topics course (half-day) or general session + a special topics course (full-day).

Half-day camp for 2 weeks = $275 | Full-day camp for 2 weeks = $500

Registration

Tuition includes all materials, snacks, drinks, and a camp T-shirt.

Payment

To confirm your place in the camp, please make an online payment.

  1. Pay online – You can choose to pay in one installment or three.

Scholarship Information

​Consideration for a needs-based scholarship requires that the following materials be submitted to our office no later than June 1:

  1. Complete the online registration form.
  2. A $25.00 non-refundable deposit paid online.

Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation is held in the School of Education building at UNC Greensboro. You may park for free in any parking lot designated for C-permits. There is a C-permit lot across the street from the School of Education Building. Please read over the following documents if you are unable to attend.

All parents/guardians, please take note of the following:​​

  • If you DO NOT attend the orientation on Saturday, please review the paperwork in your child’s camp folder and you or your child can return it to their instructor during the first camp week. All forms will be emailed to you as well. They are also posted below. Parents are also welcome to park their car in the Oakland Deck (off of Forest Avenue) and walk their child into the building on MONDAY. We will be in front of room 118.

Accessibility

Campus Accessibility Map

The Office of Accessibility Resources & Services produces a Campus Accessibility Map with clearly marked accessible routes for the UNC Greensboro campus.

Animals on Campus

If you have questions about the UNC Greensboro policy for guide animals, trained assistance animals, emotional support animals, and pet animals on campus groups and in campus facilities, please refer to Animals on Campus webpage.

Previous Event Materials

Click on the links below to review materials from our camp.

Publications

Take a look at our most recent publications, from our 2019 camp.

Previous year’s publications

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Contact

If you have any questions about Young Writers’ Camp, please contact Dr. Amy Vetter at amvetter@uncg.edu