Campers will develop their skills in writing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Journals, free-writing, guided writing, structured exercises, and revision strategies are all part of the week’s activities. Participation in workshops will help campers learn to give and accept constructive criticism. Campers are also encouraged to bring samples of their work in all stages of completion, from brainstorms to rough drafts to final product. Staff members and counselors will be available to offer personalized advice on campers’ work. In addition, every day will include time not only to write, but to read, since being well-read helps develop an eye and ear for form, tone, structure, and style. The week will close with a reading for campers and their families in which campers will read from their best work.
Creative Writing Camp Director: Chris Lapeyre, Affiliate Instructor in NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, teaches humanities and creative writing at DeKalb High School. He is the advisor for New Pennies, DHS’s art and literature magazine, which continually receives the highest ratings from the National Scholastic Press Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.
Summer Camp Fees: Residential campers $545 ($595 after TBA); returning LA&S Academic Summer campers, multiple campers from the same household, or 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