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Campers at the UNCG Young Writers’ Camp, sponsored by Gate City Writes, 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. Campers have the option of attending half day or full day sessions. Enrollment is limited to 100 students. Students will be divided into different sections based on grade level (e.g., 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-served basis.


Click below to see student works that were created during previous summer camps.


“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


  • 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


  • 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.

Science in 3D; 3rd-5th graders
July 10-21; 1:00-4:00 pm
Instructors: TBA

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.

Art of the Picturebook; K-2nd graders
July 10-21; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: TBA

Campers will have the opportunity to create artwork associated with their writing. Campers will study a familiar genre–picturebooks–and learn how authors and illustrators create meaning with both words and images. Campers will create their own picturebook too.

Making and Storytelling; 3rd-5th graders
July 10-21; 1:00-4:00 pm
Instructors: TBA

Campers will have the chance to use Scratch, MaKey MaKey, green screen, stop motion animation, escape rooms (both physical and digital), Twine, Book Creator, laser engraving, and 3D printing. They will use these tools to create a final project connected with a piece of writing.

Arte y escritura; 3rd-5th graders
July 10-21; 1:00-4:00 pm
Instructors: TBA

This class will be held in Spanish. Campers will engage in various art and writing activities, drawing from different genres such as poetry and fantasy.

Making and Writing; 6-8th graders
July 24-Aug 4; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: TBA

Campers will have the chance to use Scratch, MaKey MaKey, green screen, stop motion animation, escape rooms (both physical and digital), Twine, Book Creator, laser engraving, and 3D printing. They will use these tools to create a final project connected with a piece of writing.

Poetry; 9-12th graders
July 25-Aug 5; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Justin Nash

What is this thing we call a line break, and what makes poetry different from anything else? What can we do in verse that we can’t do elsewhere? In this dynamic and engaging two-week workshop, students will set their own goals for writing. With frequent exercises to inspire and spur creation, as well as readings from contemporary poets (with an eye for how they reinvent and overturn classical traditions), students will gain experience with a wide range of poetic styles. The class will conclude with a reading of students’ original work and the opportunity to publish their work.

Fiction; 9-12th graders
July 24-Aug 4; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: TBA

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.

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

Refund Policy: Full refunds will be given by June 6. There will be a $30 processing fee. No refunds can be granted after June 6.


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


​We will consider campers for for a needs-based scholarship. Please indicate on the registration form that you would like to be considered for a scholarship and answer the posed questions. We require a $25 non-refundable deposit.


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.


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Contact Us!

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