Meadow Brook Writing Project

O'Dowd Hall, Room 147 and 147A
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)

Camp FAQ

1.  Is there before care or after care?  No there is not available before care or after care.  Parents often team up with other attending camper families and handle drop off and pick up of campers on alternate days

2.  Will my child be able to eat during camp time? Yes!  You will be packing a lunch and water for your camper.

3.  What do I do if I feel like my child is writing far above or below their assigned grade level?  Contact Camp Director, Rebecca Vornberger at rvornberger@oakland.edu to discuss available options

4. Are there any scholarships available for your camps?  Yes there is one scholarship currently available for siblings of children with terminal illness.  Many school systems sponsor registration for students in their school district so you should contact the principal in your school district.

5.  Can my child be paired up in a group with their friend?  We generally try to place those in the same grade in the same group.  If you have campers attending in different grade and you feel that they would flourish together then you should contact the Camp Director, Rebecca Vornberger, to work on which grade would suit the group best.

6.  What are you doing regarding COVID protection and screening?  An in depth COVID response system, building on our already stringent sanitation processes, can be found on this website.

Youth Writing Camps

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Our traditional camps are OPEN for the summer.  We will have face to face camps, as well as a one week virtual camp.

We apologize, but due to COVID restrictions we will not be able to offer any before or after care at our camps.

Summer 2021 Registration is on hold

Registration is currently on hold as Oakland University is considering virtual only youth camps

QUESTIONS? EMAIL THE CAMP DIRECTOR AT rvornberger@oakland.edu

We are so excited to write with you this summer!

Grades K-2 Emerging authors will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., 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.


Grades 3-5

Developing authors will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents from 9 a.m.until 1 p.m., and workshop with fellow writers in their age group.  Different genres of prose and poetry will be explored using mentor texts of fiction, fantasy, folklore, mystery and biographical origins.  One day of camp will be spent at Oakland University rendering one of their works into a 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.


Grades 6-8

Maturing authors will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents from 9 a.m.until 1 p.m., and workshop with fellow writers in their age group. Students will be engaged in poetry and prose in such genres as art journaling, fantasy, dystopian, historical, personal narrative, and magical realism.  One day of camp will be spent at Oakland University rendering one of their works into a 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.


Grades 9-12

Young authors will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents from 9 a.m.until 1 p.m., and workshop with fellow writers in their age group. Advanced writing opportunities will include challenging poetry and prose in genres such art journaling, fantasy, dystopian, historical, personal narrative, and magical realism.  One day of camp will be spent at Oakland University rendering one of their works into a 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.

Camp A

July 5- 9  from 9am- 1pm

Grades K-2   3-5    6-8

Cost: $300.00

Camp B

July 12-16 from 9am-1pm

Grades K-2    3-5    6-8

Cost $300.00

Camp C

July 19-23 from 9 am - 1 pm

     Grades K-2      3-5      6-8  

Cost$ 300.00

 Camp D

Full Day Camp

July 26-30 from 9am-4pm

 Grades K-2  3-5  6-8

Cost: $400.00

Camp E

August 2-6  9 am-1pm

Grades 3-5   6-8   9-12

Cost: $300

Camp F

August 9-13

Grades 3-5  6-8  9-12

Cost $300

              

Virtual Camp Week

registration for virtual camp will open March 15th


In order to keep our virtual classrooms small and accessible, registration numbers are limited in each class.  When classes fill, registration will close for that grade level, so sign up today to secure your spot!

Grades 3-5  July 19-23.   10:00 am-12:00 noon M-F 

The cost of camps is $100 for the first student, $85 for siblings

MWF will involve genre writing with the supervision of award winning teachers; TTh will involve flexible online check in to allow for individual and small group counseling feedback with the same teachers 

Campers will receive registration confirmation and camp information about logging into our class via the email address collected 

 Grades 6-8 ** and Grades 9-12 

July 19-23   11:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Cost: $185 for the first student and $170 for each additional sibling

A journey into the creative mind of our writers will begin every morning with a group meeting discussing genres curated for each day and continuing with workshopping portions of completed works.

Recorded lectures will be available for reference and for those that check in late to the group.

MW: Students will also be able to choose from different writing prompts and lessons each day and will meet virtually with a group of their peers and award winning teachers. Informal lunch breaks will be included each day.

Optional assignments will be given at the close of each day for the campers to showcase their writing during following classes.

T Th Group writing assignments will be explored under the guidance of our teachers and one on one conferencing sessions will be scheduled between the teachers and each student tailored for their individual growth.

F In addition to the writing prompts and lessons this day, each camper, if desired, can present their completed work which will be recorded for publishing on our private Youtube channel.

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