Campers will develop their skills in writing fiction and poetry and explore other forms of creative writing, such as flash fiction, screenwriting, and copywriting. The week’s activities include journaling, free-writing, guided writing, structured exercises, and revision strategies. Campers will participate in workshops to learn to give and accept constructive criticism. Instructors will provide individual feedback on campers’ work to help them develop their unique voice and style. Each day will include time for writing and reading. The week will close with a lunch reception for campers and their families in which campers will read from their best work and receive a booklet compiling highlights from the week’s writing in each genre.
Creative Writing Day Camp Director: Gillian King-Cargile is a Communications Specialist for NIU’s Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Information Technologies. She earned her BA in Film Production and MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University, where she also taught English Composition, Honors English, and Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Carve Magazine, River Styx, Pacific Northwest Inlander, and Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin Stories.
Instructors: Clint Cargile has a BA in English from the University of Alabama and an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University, where he taught English Composition and Creative Writing. He worked as a writer and editor for Old Southern Times Publishing. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in History from Northern Illinois University.
Summer Day Camp Fees: $200 ($225 after TBA); NIU employees are eligible for an additional $25 discount on request.
For more information contact College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming: call 815-753-5200 or e-mail LASEP@niu.edu