Summer Writing Camp
July 6-17, 2020
The RIWP Summer Writing Camp is a program designed for students in grades K-12 who enjoy writing. Staffed by experienced local educators, our camp helps students develop their writing as they share their work in a lively, interactive, and supportive community.
Summer 2019 Reflections
The 2019 edition of Summer Writing Camp was once again a resounding success. The camp, which took place from July 8-19 at Henry Barnard School on the RIC campus, welcomed 49 students ranging from grade 1 to grade 10. Seven Rhode Island teachers facilitated the camp; Jane Allard, Jeff Lawton, Becky Limoges, and Aimee Ryan returned as facilitators, joining new camp teachers Janine Boiselle, Caitie Shea, and Cathy Zirilli. The teachers were also supported by two college students, Maddy Dulude, who served as camp intern, and Tracy Edwards, who assisted with the students in grade 1-3. During the two weeks of camp, students in all grade levels participated in a wide range of writing activities, both in the classroom and in and around the RIC campus. At the conclusion of the two weeks, students left with anthologies of their writing and drawstring backpacks as tangible reminders of their attendance to go along with the friendships, memories, and writing strategies that continually make Writing Camp a rewarding and valuable experience. Check out this video that captures some of the joy!
Camp features include:
- Writing exercises designed to jumpstart thinking and improve each writer’s craft
- Exploration of the work of published authors to use as models in a variety of genres
- Freedom to explore individual writing interests
- Opportunities to collaborate with instructors and peers and to receive constructive feedback for revision
- A space for students to see themselves as writers with individual voices
At the end of the program, each participant will publish a self-selected piece in a compilation of student writing. All students will receive a copy of their group’s anthology.
Frequently Asked Questions
RIWP Parent Feedback
My son looked forward to camp every day. He never once "didn't want to go". I believe that is because each day he had fun, learned, was included in all activities and was proud of his work. We will be back next year!
What was most important to me is that my kids woke up each day and looked forward to going. They had to get up at 7:30 for two weeks and there was never a morning of complaining or grumbling. Once you set up an environment in which kids actively want to participate, the growth (be it academic, creative, or social) will happen.
As a reluctant writer, my son was not initially excited for this camp. Happily, it turned out to be “surprisingly good!” Fun counselors, amiable co-participants and a safe creative outlet. Thanks!!!
The camp turned out to be, by a very considerable margin, my daughter’s very best summer experience ever! The camp succeeded not only in teaching its students about many dimensions of the writing process but also in establishing a bond buoyed by trust that never wavered.
It is a very relaxed environment and you do different things everyday.
For anyone who loves writing but hasn’t done this camp, it is worth it!