The Taylor University English Department invites students entering grades 4-12 to attend WORDshop, a creative writing camp, on July 15-9. Organizers say the general camp will run from 9–12 pm, and will provide students with a fun setting in which they can play with words, genres, and ideas that help develop their sense of voice and identity as a writer. Throughout the week, students will engage with different authors, work to better understand their own writing process, and participate in guided writing times. An advanced camp will be offered for students entering grades 7-12. This section will run daily from 1–4 pm and provide space for writers looking to dig deeper with work in progress or seeking focused writing time with support.
“Not only am I excited about WORDshop as an educator and a director of the camp, [but] I’m excited as a mom who is sending her two children,” said Carie King, Assistant Professor of English at Taylor and Director of WORDshop. “This camp gives students who love to write an opportunity to grow as writers, to interact with other writers, to play with words and ideas, and to do it in a space that is encouraging and provides feedback that will help them developmentally meeting each student where they are as a writer.”
King said the creators and teachers of WORDshop believe that this kind of writing provides students with an invaluable creative outlet that is not only fun, but also compels students to think critically about the words and images they use as they interpret themselves and the world around them through writing.
Camp sessions will meet at the university’s Reade Liberal Arts Center and King said students will have plenty of opportunities to step outside the classroom throughout the morning for fresh air and inspiration.
The cost of the camp is $75.00, which includes a t-shirt and a writer’s notebook. To register, visit the WORDshop website at www.wordshoptayloruniversity.wordpress.com.