Creative Writing Day Camp


Campers entering grades 6-8
TBA, 2016

Creative Writing Day Camp 2012

Early bird registration ends TBA, 2016!

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
directs Northern Illinois University's STEM Read (, a program that uses popular books, author events, and online resources to introduce readers to science, technology, engineering, and math. She earned her BA in Film Production and MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University where she also taught composition and creative writing. In addition to co-directing Creative Writing Day Camp with her husband, she also coordinates a sci-fi summer camp for high school students. Her work has appeared in Carve Magazine, River Styx, and other publications. She is the co-author of Bridges to Wholeness. Her first picture book will be published in fall 2015.

Clint Cargile has worked as an English teacher, freelance writer, magazine editor, academic conference coordinator, landscaper, dish washer, car washer, dog washer, and veterinary assistant (not in that order). He has a BA in English from the University of Alabama, an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University, and an MA in history from Northern Illinois University, where he co-directs the Creative Writing Day Camp each summer with his wife Gillian. His award-winning book Five-Mile Spur Line: A Railroad History of Sycamore, Illinois was released in June 2014.

Summer Day Camp Fees: Day campers $225 ($250 after TBA, 2016); 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

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