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Writing Camps

 

THE INDIANA WRITING PROJECT offers programming in the summer and throughout the academic year for youth in grades 4-12 who are interested in opportunities to write and have fun with some of the most engaging teachers in the local area.

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

  • meet new friends,

  • become published authors, and

  • celebrate their writing with friends and family!

Creative Writing Camp

One of the camps we offer each summer is our traditional Creative Writing Camp. In this camp, students learn from experienced and effective classroom teachers. They participate in a creative workshop experience writing stories, poems, and more, focusing on 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.

Journalism Camp

Another camp we have offered in the past is Journalism Camp, which is an opportunity for upper-elementary through high school students to gain real-life experience working as journalists. Students will gain hands-on experience in reporting, producing newscasts, and creating multimedia content resulting in a physical (and possibly virtual) published newspaper.

Who should attend?

Students of any writing ability can attend. Camps are open to students entering grades 4-12. 

Where are camps held?

Camps are held in-person on Ball State's campus. Camp will take place indoors and 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 is usually be BYOD - Bring Your Own Device (laptop/tablet), 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 iwp@bsu.edu.

Registration for and more information about our summer 2024 camps coming soon!!

 

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FREE Saturday Sessions
Weekend Writing Camps

Saturday Sessions are for students in grades 4-12 who want to grow as writers. 

If there are questions, contact: julierinkerbailey@gmail.com

 

Spring 2024 Saturday Sessions
The sessions for January-May 2024 will focus on creative writing.

Registration: 

January-May Saturday Sessions Registration!!

WHEN: Saturday morning, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Room 295, Robert Bell Bldg, Ball State campus

DATES:​

  • 1/13/24: Twisted Fairy Tales, Unreliable Narrators and Other Spooky Tales: Learn techniques for building suspense in your writing.

  • 2/10/24: Writing and Crafting Collide - Journaling and Bookmaking: Crafters unite! Make your own writing journal in this session.

  • 3/9/24: The Art of the Graphic Novel: Compose a story with words and images.

  • 4/13/24: Poetry is Fun!: We'll tune in to some contemporary poets sharing their work and write our own poems.

  • 5/11/24: Writing for the Stage: We'll be joined by Muncie Civic Theatre as we explore together how to compose plays.
     

Fall 2023 Saturday Sessions
The sessions for August-December 2023 will focus on using writing to create positive change in our community and the world!

Registration: 
August-December Saturday Sessions Registration

WHEN: Saturday morning, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Room 295, Robert Bell Bldg, Ball State campus

DATES:​

  • 8/12/23: Muncie & Me: Learn about issues in our community that matter to you.

  • 9/9/23: Taking a Stand: Use writing to advocate for civic action.

  • 10/21/23: Problem and Solution Writing: Write to solve problems.

  • 11/11/23: Op-Eds: Make YOUR opinion matter by writing opinion pieces for public audiences.

  • 12/9/23: Journalism Journeys: Learn about the media's role in civic engagement.

 

Policies
Cancellations

Indiana Writing Project reserves the right to cancel any 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.

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