Creative Writing Camp


Campers entering grades 9-12
June 19-24, 2016

 Creative Writing Camp 2012


Early bird registration ends June 3, 2016!

Campers, immerse your minds in the world of creative writing! Take specialized workshops in poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction with experienced collegiate and professors and instructors. Experience guest workshop leaders that have PhD, MFA and MA degrees in creative writing and English. Engage with women and men that have published their works; those who know what it is like to put personal thoughts down on paper; and who want to help you look inward as well as outward.

Creative Writing Camp will offer:

  • Techniques in workshopping and criticism (or, How to Make Friends While Helping Them to be a Better Writer)
  • Regular poetry and prose readings by staff and campers
  • Writing and reading time
  • Personalized advice and assistance from a variety of professionals and graduate students
  • Personal development (What is “Style,” Anyway?)
  • The essences of oratory, slam poetry, and verbal narratives
  • Community-building
  • A safe environment where you can feel free to be yourself!

Camp will close with a reading for campers and their families, given by the campers as they read from their best work.

Creative Writing Camp Director: Aaron Geiger is a PhD student in the English department at Northern Illinois University. He specializes in digital rhetoric and composition, algorithmic rhetoric, New Media and creative writing. His master’s work was done at West Virginia University, and he received his B.A. in creative writing at the University of Illinois. Aaron has worked as a developmental editor, publications manager and journalist, and he served in the U.S. Navy, performing search and rescue duties.

Aaron has published his poetry in two book anthologies and several journals, his creative nonfiction has won him scholarships and graduate writing awards, and his newspaper reporting has won two state awards. He is only posting his publications so you’ll have confidence in him, and would rather be known for his ability to have fun at any time and any place. His favorite writers will be the campers this summer.

Summer Camp Fees: Residential campers $595 ($650 after June 3, 2016); 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

Housing and Security
Campers will stay in an on-campus residence hall. Campers may request a roommate, however, if they have no preference, roommates will be assigned from the same camp, of the same gender, and of approximately the same age. Male and female counselors reside on the same floor as the campers in a ratio of at least one counselor for every 13 campers. Each room has two beds, two desks, and closet with drawer space, AC unit, microwave and mini fridge. Linens and pillows are NOT supplied. Students must bring their own pillows, sleeping bags, linens, towels, etc.

Security is tight in the residence hall at night, and keys are needed for the elevators to gain access to the floors. The residence hall will be locked down at 11 p.m. Campers must not lose their keys. Replacement keys are billed to the parent/guardian at a cost of $160.00 per occurrence.