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Youth Writing Camps

Summer 2016

The Meadow Brook Writing Project is hosting summer writing camps in “America’s Castle,” the Meadow Brook mansion. Discover secret staircases, amazing playhouses, and writer's workshops at one of America’s grandest architectural structures. Young authors will interact with award-winning, specially-trained experts in the field of writing. Collaborative teaching teams consist of K-12 writing teachers and Oakland University faculty from the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. All are alumni of Meadow Brook Writing Project's Summer Institute, an intensive writer's workshop for master teachers involved in the National Writing Project. All camp teachers are involved in continuing education through the NWP conferences, publications, and teacher-training workshops.

Every day young writers will tour the historic house museum and world-class gardens to nurture, polish, and ultimately publish their original works. Published works include both written and digital presentation.

Scholarships available for siblings of children battling life-threatening illnesses: The Elsa and Ingrid Scholarship for Young Authors and Artists. Please contact Laura Gabrion to apply. 

 

 

 

Camp Director: Rebecca Rivard (rivard2@oakland.edu)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Facilitators: Lisa Hine, Christina Hall, Laura Gabrion, Matthew Brown, John Jeffire, Ann Denison, Kathy Hill, Jenifer DeBellis, Elizabeth Davis, Mary Beth Revesz, Celeste Turner, Allison Bohn, Pamela Todoroff, Rosemary Haacke, and Lauren Rinke

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Camp Programs

Grades K-2: Emerging authors will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents, and workshop with fellow writers in their age group. Students will be guided using shared reading, read-alouds, shared writing, narrative writing, poetry and literacy stations. Presentations of one polished work will be conducted at the close of the last day of that week’s camp. $225

Grades 3-5:
 Developing authors will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents, and workshop with fellow writers in their age group. Different genres of prose and poetry will be explored using mentor texts in historical fiction, fantasy, folklore and biographical origins. One day of camp will be spent at OU rendering one of their works into an orally narrated digital movie that will be uploaded to YouTube. Presentations of one polished work will be conducted at the close of the last day of that week’s camp. $225

Grades 6-8: Maturing authors will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents, and workshop with fellow writers in their age group. Students will be engaged in poetry and prose in genres such as gothic, fantasy, historical and personal narrative. One day of camp will be spent at OU rendering one of their works into an orally narrated digital movie that will be uploaded to YouTube. Presentations of one polished work will be conducted at the close of the last day of that week’s camp. $225

Grades 9-12: Young authors will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents, and workshop with fellow writers in their age group. Advanced writing opportunities will include challenging poetry and prose in genres such as gothic, fantasy, historical and fan fiction, along with narrative reflections. One day of camp will be spent at OU rendering one of their works into an orally narrated digital movie that will be uploaded to YouTube. Presentations of one polished work will be conducted at the close of the last day of that week’s camp. $225

Camp A
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
AND
Grades 6-8
June 20-24, 2016
9 am - 1pm

Camp B
Grades K-2 
Grades 3-5
AND
Grades 6-8
June 27-July 1, 2016
9 am - 1pm

Camp C
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
AND
Grades 6-8
July 11-15, 2016
9 am - 1pm

Camp D
Grades 3-5 AND
Grades 6-8
July 18-22, 2016
9 am - 1 pm

Camp E
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
AND
Grades 9-12

July 25-29, 2016
9 am - 1 pm 

Camp F
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
AND
Grades 9-12

August 1-5, 2016
9 am - 1 pm


The fee includes Youth Writing Camp t-shirt and daily entrance to Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens.

Note:  There is a four-week cancellation policy for all camps.  You must cancel four weeks prior to the first day of camp in order to receive a full refund.

Register for 2016 Youth Writing Camps