Youth Writing Camps- Comp Camp

What is Youth Writing Camp?
At Youth Writing Camps, students
  • improve their writing skills,

  • meet new friends,

  • become published authors, and

  • celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family!

Youth Writing Camps

​Students learn from experienced and effective classroom teachers and have access to computers at Ball State University. They participate in a creative workshop experience writing stories, poems, and essays taking a close look at the power of word choice, voice, organization, sentence fluency, organization, and presentation. Students develop their writing skills as they spend time immersed in the writing process and receive personalized feedback through participation in peer response groups, teacher conferences and author's chair.

Poetry Writing Camp

​We will practice strengthening our writer’s craft by working on figurative language, experimenting with different types of poetry, and trying out unique style and sound elements. We will study mentor poetry texts and use the campus setting as our canvas for ideas. Your kiddo won’t want to miss this fun, engaging, comprehensive writing experience! 

Who should attend?

Students of any writing ability can attend.  We are offering two all-genre Youth Writing Camps, one for students entering grades 4-8 and another for students entering grades 9-12.  Students entering grades 7-12 may attend poetry camp.

Where will camps be held?

Camps will be held in-person on Ball State's campus. We will adhere to Ball State's COVID-response plans and follow CDC guidelines for youth and summer camps. Camp will be mostly outside, at various locations about campus. However, drop off and pick up will always be at the same location.

What will my student need to bring?

Camp will be BYOD - Bring Your Own Device (laptop/tablet) - this year, and campers will need to bring a backpack and water bottle each day. We will provide notebooks and pencils. Please reach out if bringing a device is an issue for your camper, as we don't want this to deter anyone from attending. You can email IWP at

How much does camp cost?
  •  $150/student for the 2-week writing camp

  • $75/student for the 1-week writing camp

Register online







Indiana Writing Project reserves the right to cancel the workshop or class because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If camp is cancelled, students are notified before the scheduled starting date, and registration fees will be refunded.


Refund policy

No amount will be refunded once a student attends at least one session of camp.

FREE Saturday Sessions
Weekend Writing

For students in grades 4-12 who want to grow as writers

Ball State University campus, Robert Bell, Room 295

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Register for Saturday camps online


  • 3/12 Storytelling: What are the elements of an effective story?

  • 4/9 Poetry: How can literary devices enhance your writing?

  • 5/14 Writing & Art: How do writing and art connect?

  • 7/9 Exploration: How can writing help us learn about ourselves and others?

Summer Writing Camps


Register for summer writing camps online

Youth Writing Camp (all genres)

For writers entering grades 4-8 and 9-12

June 13-24, 2022

M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

Robert Bell building, Ball State campus

Open to: Grades rising 3-8 and 9-12

Cost: FREE


Poetry Camp

Perfect for the budding poet! We'll experiment with different types  of poetry and use the campus setting as our canvas for ideas!

June 20-24, 2022

M-F, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Robert Bell building, Ball State Campus

Open to: Grades rising 3-12

Cost: FREE


Journalism Camp

Calling all journalists and future news writers! This camp is for middle and high school students who are interested in exploring nonfiction, journalistic writing.

June 20-24, 2022

M-F, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Robert Bell building, Ball State Campus

Open to: Grades rising 6-12

Cost: FREE


Nonfiction Writing Camp

This camp is for students interested in exploring the creative side of nonfiction writing, including writing from personal experience and observation.

June 20-24, 2022

M-F, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Robert Bell building, Ball State Campus

Open to: Grades rising 6-12

Cost: FREE