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Young Writers Camp

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.

Student Works

Below you will find student works that were created during our most recent summer camp.

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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.

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