Summer Camp in Writing Fairy Tales

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The Oregon Writing Project Collaborative at George Fox and  the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University welcome  student writers. 

New for 2018, the Writing Fairy Tales Camp!  Led by teacher-consultant Christy Beckstrom, this Writing Fairy Tales Camp will be held at the Hallie Ford Art Museum at Willamette University.  Camp is offered to participants in grades 5-9 as an opportunity to explore original, traditional, and reimagined tales. This Young Writers Camp will run from August 6-10, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day and   will culminate at  noon   on  Friday, August 10  with a light reception when students will share their writing and take their families and friends on free, guided tours of the museum.

This camp will give students the opportunity to develop imaginative and creative writing in response to fairy tale structures. "Once upon a time" is just the beginning as we explore the character path to becoming a hero/ heroine, while developing obstacles and adversaries to challenge our hero/heroine as they move through plots toward our conclusion of happily ever after, or not. We will also take advantage of the art museum to explore setting, using art as a lens to develop new and interesting scenes and environments. Using these elements, participants will craft a short story or two in the fairy tale genre. Participants will also have the opportunity to be part of an editing conference as they polish their work.

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Bestland at

Registration Closed


Monday through Friday, August 6-10: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each day

Friday, August 10: 12 p.m. - Light reception, family and friends invited!


Face-to-face at the Hallie Ford Art Museum,  700 State St, Salem, OR 97301

Who is Invited

Students entering grades 5-9



In case of student cancellation, full refunds will be granted up to 30 days prior to the start of camp (July 7). After this date no refund will be granted.  Deadline to register is July 29.