About The Camps
WITS summer camps provide an exciting adventure for 3,000 Houston youth. For 25 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 at numerous locations across Houston in partnership with the University of Houston, Duchesne Academy, Jewish Community Center, and others. Stay connected to learn more about registration, WITS summer programs, and free workshops for children and teens throughout the year.
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 kindergarteners.
- 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.
Creative Writing Camp: WITS + Rice University
In partnership with Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture, WITS offers the acclaimed Creative Writing Camp at eight Houston campuses for 1,300 students entering K-12 grades in fall 2015. Creative Writing Camp pairs talented, professional authors with experienced classroom teachers for a high-quality summer program that feeds the imagination.
All programs are two weeks and consist of 40 hours, a field trip or visiting artist, a culminating performance or reading, and a publication or portfolio with student work. Families may request a student be placed in a class with another student, 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. There is no early-care or after-care available. Cost: $495 | 10% Sibling Discount: $445
WritingCamp: WITS + University of Houston
In partnership with the University of Houston-Downtown, WITS offers one-week, full-day courses at five Houston-area locations: Downtown, Cinco Ranch, Sugar Land, Clear Lake, and Meyerland. 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. Cost: $269 ($315 for high school students) | Early Bird discount before 3/30/15: $249 ($285 for high school students)
WITS Writers Workshop at DASH: WITS + Duchesne Academy
In partnership with Duchesne Academy’s DASH into Summer Enrichment 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. Cost: $350
Camp WITS: WITS + Jewish Community Center
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. Cost: $400 | $640 for full-day