Young Writers' Camps

Every summer OWPC hosts multiple young writers' camps for youth of all ages. Usually face-to-face, these camps provide an opportunity for young writers to practice their writing skills, expand their creative toolbox, and receive positive, constructive feedback. To be the first to know about upcoming camps, sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook.

If you're interested in leading a future camp, contact OWPC Leadership.


2020 Camps

Graphic Novel Writing Camp

Love to draw? Live to write? Graphic novels are the perfect combination of the two! More complex than a comic book, but with the visual excitement and accessibility that novels sometimes miss, graphic novels are taking the world of Young Adult Literature by storm. In this camp, we will use mentor texts to develop both writing and drawing skills and use them to begin your very own graphic novel.

When?

Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Short reception for families at noon on Friday, July 24

Where?
Hallie Ford Museum, Salem, Oregon

Who?
Ages 11-14

How much?
$120 per student (Early bird rate of $95 through May 1)

In case of student cancellation, full refunds will be granted up to 30 days prior to the start of camp (June 20). After this date no refund will be granted. Deadline to register is July 17.


$10 off each for registering with a sibling or friend, or for signing up for multiple camps! 


Choose Your Own Adventure Stories

This camp was requested by many of last year's campers. Choose Your Own Adventure books are written form a second person point of view. The reader makes choices that determine the main character's actions and the plot's outcome.

The format we will use will have our writers develop a story where two choices appear, the writer writes out what will happen on each storyline. This can also be a collaborative effort if two writers want to work together. We will cover plot, characterization, setting and of course plot twists and choices.

An example: Karen is lost in the woods. She follows a path for some time, then she comes to a fork in the path--which way should she go? If she goes left, the story continues and she must face a hungry bear. If she goes right, she continues and finds her way out of the woods. Karen and the reader will face other decisions down each storyline. The reader chooses the story they want to read. 

When?
Monday-Friday, August 3-7, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Short reception at 12:00 on Friday

Where?
Hallie Ford Museum, Salem, Oregon

Who?
Students entering grades 5-12

How much?
$120 per student (early bird rate of $95 through May 1)

In case of student cancellation, full refunds will be granted up to 30 days prior to the start of camp (July 4). After this date no refund will be granted. Deadline to register is July 31.


Students as Thinkers & Writers: Writing for College, Career & Civic Readiness

Do you think and then write, or write and then think? Do you want to write about neighborhood problems or maybe about your dream job? Can you imagine inventions in the future and write about them? Do you need to write an application essay for a scholarship or college applications? Come write with us! We will learn new writing strategies and tweak the ones you already know. This camp offers opportunities for collaboration, brainstorming, writing for fun, and writing for change.

When?
Monday-Friday, August 3-7, 2020, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Short reception at 12:00 on Friday

Where?
Hallie Ford Museum, Salem, Oregon

Who?
Students entering grades 9-12

How much?
$120 per student (early bird rate of $95 through May 1)

In case of student cancellation, full refunds will be granted up to 30 days prior to the start of camp (July 4). After this date no refund will be granted. Deadline to register is July 31.

 

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 In Their Own Words

Comments from Program Participants


"My child liked that there was something new every day. She got some great ideas and tools to use in her future writing.


"I so appreciate that you helped campers find their talents and encouraged them to find more ways to express themselves as writers. Thank you! "


"My daughter came home after the first day of the writer’s camp thrilled, and remained happy with her experiences. Bravo. Thank you for providing her with a positive learning experience. "


"My son really liked the variety of writing activities—animation, science and creative writing. Bringing in science teachers was a great idea. My son is seeing the connection between writing and science. "


"The camp built confidence, a belief that his writing is really good. It was a safe place to express his thoughts and feelings. "


" My child improved in being excited about writing, having a desire to explore learning though technology, and understanding the writing process. I cannot thank you enough. This was fantastic!"