Creative Writing Contests for Young Writers

Each summer youth ages 8 to 14 come to learn about writing techniques and develop their own creative projects in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Camp Director Beth Harrison engages campers in writing activities and games designed to stimulate their imaginations and teach them effective writing strategies. Guest writers join in to teach and inspire participants.

The camp is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2124 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City (corner of Lowell), which has convenient street parking and a neighborhood park a block away.

Sessions and Age Groups:

Morning (9 am to noon), afternoon (1 - 4 pm) and full day (9 am - 4 pm) sessions are available. Participants are grouped with others in the same age and experience range. Each day's workshop includes writing instruction, writing games designed to help participants develop ideas, time to write and revise, and a snack/break time (snack is provided).

In fiction and poetry workshops, campers write, revise, edit, and publish their own book. Two late afternoon “literary salons” are scheduled for participants to share their writing with family members and friends.

Fiction and Poetry: one week sessions focusing on fiction or poetry techniques including plot structure, characterization, dialogue, rhythm, rhyme, verse forms, and revision and editing. All age levels.

For the Love of Lit: a one week high school preparation workshop. Read and discuss from a collection of short stories. Learn to write thoughtful and well-developed analytical essays. For incoming 8th and 9th graders.

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