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Youth Writing Camps

Summer 2014

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 

Camp Director: Rebecca Rivard

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, and Lauren Rinke


A Camp for Young Writers

Camp A
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
AND
Grades 6-8
June 23-27, 2014
9 am - 1pm

CAMP A IS SOLD OUT!






















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


Camp B
Grades K-2 AND
Grades 3-5

July 7-11, 2014
9 am - 1pm












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


Camp C
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
AND
Grades 6-8
July 14-18, 2014
9 am - 1pm

























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


Camp D
Grades 3-5 AND
Grades 6-8
July 21-25, 2014
9 am - 1 pm


















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


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

July 28-August 1, 2014
9 am - 1 pm 





























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

August 4-8, 2014
9 am - 1 pm 





























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



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

Register for 2014 Youth Writing Camps online.