About The 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, and Duchesne Academy. Additionally, we offer interactive digital camps and slam camps for older students.
Available Grade Levels
- StorytellersGrades K-2:
Storytellers experience dramatic play, reading, dictation, journaling, and independent writing in 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 kindergartners.
- WritersGrades 3-6:
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.
- InventorsGrades 7-8:
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.
- AuthorsGrades 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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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.
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 three two-week creative writing summer sessions in June and 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-Duchesne families are welcome to attend. For more information contact: 713.468.8211, ext. 200.