2017 Writing Camps
WITS summer camps provide an exciting adventure for 3,000 Houston youth. For 27 years the renowned Creative Writing Camp with Rice University has nurtured storytelling, literacy, and creative learning. WITS also provides creative writing camps throughout the summer in partnership with the University of Houston-Downtown, Duchesne Academy, Sherwood Forest Montessori School, and the Jewish Community Center. Additionally, we offer interactive digital camps and slam camps for older students.
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WITS + Rice University : Creative Writing Camp
In partnership with Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture, WITS offers the acclaimed Creative Writing Camp at campuses in Houston for students entering K-12 grades in fall 2017. Creative Writing Camp pairs talented, professional authors with experienced classroom teachers for a high-quality summer program that feeds the imagination.
Programs before and after camp are available to extend the camp day at the sites listed below. Please contact the site directly for cost and to register.
- St. Mark’s Episcopal School: Click here for more info or contact their office at (713) 667-7030
- The Shlenker School: Contact their office at (713) 270-6127
- St. Francis Episcopal School: Contact their office at (713) 458-6100
WITS + University of Houston-Downtown: WritingCamp
In partnership with the University of Houston-Downtown, WITS offers one-week, full-day courses at five Houston-area locations. WritingCamp is the place for young writers looking to find or develop their voices. The courses include creative topics for 2nd through 6th graders, performance writing for 7th-10th graders, and essay writing for 10th-12th graders who are preparing to enter college. After-care is available at select campuses. For more information contact: 713.221.8032.
WITS + Duchesne Academy: Heart of the Summer
In partnership with Duchesne Academy’s Heart of the Summer Program, WITS offers two-week creative writing summer sessions in June and July for 1-12 grade boys and girls. Students work with a professional writer, and the low teacher-student ratios ensure individual attention. Through grade level appropriate activities such as writing stories, poetry, essays, and plays, children develop new skills, stretch their creativity, and enjoy inspiration and mentoring from professional writers. The workshops end with culminating events and published anthologies. Non-Duchesne families are welcome to attend. For more information contact: 713.468.8211, ext. 200.
In partnership with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center Summer Camp, WITS provides a two-week camp, helping 1st and 2nd grade students develop strong writing skills. At Camp WITS, students take part in hands-on activities that garner an understanding and command of writing, utilizing engaging exercises and lessons. Students use knowledge and abilities to create an anthology of short stories and poems. After-care is available for a full-day camp experience combining a morning of WITS with an afternoon of camp activities. ERJCC membership is required to participate in camp programs. For more information contact: 713.551.7208.
WITS Digital Camp
Digital Camp (Grades 3-6) WITS Digital camp is open! In this 2 week course, students will explore writing through the creation of their own video games. Their poems and stories will serve as content as they design original games with tools like Gamestar Mechanic, and become creators versus consumers of media.
This pioneering STEM and IB-aligned educational experience will introduce your child to technology and storytelling at the same time, driving their critical-thinking and creative writing skills. Whether your child is an enthusiastic or reluctant writer, this camp will inspire them to draft a poem or story, turn it into a game, and work in collaboration with their peers to refine their work until it is ready to share with the world.
WITS + Sherwood Forest
This Writers in the Schools (WITS) session is designed to get young students excited about creative writing. Students will write daily and explore drama, short stories, and poetry. We will explore the nuts and bolts of writing, and through fun prompt-based exercises, we’ll help your young students develop their own voice, have fun with vocabulary, and allow them to use their imaginations. We’ll create new worlds and put thoughts down on paper. At the end of the session, students will perform finished pieces for you and your family in a celebration event, and they’ll leave with a portfolio of their own written work.