Where Words Fly

The BEST camp in Houston for unleashing the creativity of young authors.
–Sarah Gish, author of Gish Picks and The Summer Book

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Creative Writing Camp: WITS + Rice University

For 24 years the renowned Creative Writing Camp has made Houston summer an exciting adventure
that nurtures storytelling, literacy, and creative learning for 1,200 Houston youth.

In partnership with Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture, WITS offers the Creative Writing Camp at nine Houston campuses for students entering K-12 grades in fall 2014. Creative Writing Camp pairs talented, professional authors with experienced classroom teachers for a high-quality summer program that feeds the imagination.

Two-week and three-week programs are available depending on the campus. All programs consist of 45 hours, a field trip or visiting artist, a culminating performance or reading, and a publication with student work. Families may request a student be placed in a class with another PP_Seal0508student, and we will try our best to honor that request. Although most classrooms are confined to one grade level, multi-age or multi-grade classrooms may occur based on enrollment.

*** Before and after care will be available at select campuses provided by WITS or Kidventure. Please see campuses for more details. ***


Grade Levels

  • Grades K-2:

    Storytellers experience dramatic play, reading, dictation, journaling, and independent writing in fun, creative ways. Children create short stories, plays, and poems for a class anthology and performance. Basic literacy skills are addressed in context, and are not a prerequisite for entering kindergarteners.

  • Grades 3-5:

    Writers write stories, essays, poems, and plays with daily exercises that teach literary techniques, extend vocabulary, and encourage creative expression. Students write, edit, and revise original writing that is shared through readings, performances, and an anthology.

  • Grades 6-8:

    Inventors explore different literary genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) in a supportive writing environment that includes individualized attention and group interaction. Students participate in readings, performances, and publish their work.

  • Grades 9-12:

    Authors experiment with genres and emerging art forms (such as performance poetry or graphic novels), helping them excel at advanced writing. Students develop their voice through daily writing, one-on-one conferences, peer review, publication, and performance.
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Tuition: $495 per student (Sibling Discount: $445 per additional student)

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Other Summer Writing Camps

In addition to the Creative Writing Camp in June, WITS provides writing camps throughout the summer at numerous locations across Houston. Stay connected by joining our list to learn more about registration and WITS programs at independently organized camps. WITS also offers free workshops for children and teens throughout the year.

WritingCamp at University of Houston
In partnership with the University of Houston-Downtown, WITS offers one-week, full-day courses at six Houston-area locations: Downtown, Cinco Ranch, Sugar Land, Clear Lake, and Southwest Houston. 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.
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WITS-Kidventure @ Northwoods Catholic School
In partnership with Kidventure, WITS provides two-week, full-day camp sessions during July in the Spring area for students entering grades 1-7. In the morning campers creatively explore writing stories, poetry, essays, and plays with WITS. In the afternoon, kids get moving with Kidventure’s camp games, athletics, science and art.
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Camp WITS @ Jewish Community Center
In partnership with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center Summer Camp, WITS provides one-week camp sessions in July, helping six and seven-year-old 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. Half-day and full-day options are offered. ERJCC membership is required to participate in camp programs.
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The WITS Summer Experience @ Duchesne Academy
In partnership with Duchesne Academy’s DASH into Summer Enrichment Program, WITS offers two creative writing summer sessions in July for 1-8 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-Duschesne families are welcome to attend.
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Job Opportunities

Camp Interns – WITS is looking for interns to serve as summer workshop teaching assistants. Interns will work in a variety of areas, gaining experience in creative writing instruction, early childhood education, non-profit administration, and/or arts education. Internships also serve as networking opportunities to meet colleagues in education, arts education, and creative writing fields. Upon successful completion of the internship, WITS will serve as a reference and will provide letters of recommendation. The internships (part-time, unpaid) will begin June 2014. Visit our Employment Opportunities page for more details »