Meadow Brook Writing Project

O'Dowd Hall, Room 147 and 147A
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Youth Writing Camps

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Summer 2018

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.

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, Colleen Tharme, Leah Landmesser, Terrea Hall, Janice Rakoczy, and Lauren Rinke

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

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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. $250

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. $250

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. $250

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. $250

Full-day Camp: Camp D will run from 9 am - 4 pm. Camp will start at Meadow Brook Hall, with mansion and garden tours, genre-based writing, and digital storytelling. The afternoons will utilize various spaces on Oakland University's main campus, and include activities such as writing marathons, readers' theater, art gallery tours and more. Presentations of one polished work will be conducted at the close of the last day of that week’s camp. $325

Camp A
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
AND
Grades 6-8
July 9 - 13, 2018   
9 am - 1 pm

Camp B
Grades K-2 
Grades 3-5
AND
Grades 6-8
July 16 - 20, 2018
9 am - 1 pm

Camp C
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
AND
Grades 6-8
July 23 - 27, 2018
9 am - 1 pm

Camp D - SOLD OUT
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
 AND 
Grades 9-12

July 30 - August 3, 2018
9 am - 4 pm

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

August 6 - 10, 2018
9 am - 1 pm 

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

August 13 - 17, 2018
9 am - 1 pm

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

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

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.

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