Creative Writing Camp


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

 Creative Writing Camp 2012

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Frequently Asked Questions

Early bird fee 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: Doug DePalma is a Ph.D. student in the English Department at Northern Illinois University, where he specializes in Renaissance Literature, religious poetry, and American Civil War Poetry. He received a Master's Degree in Literature at NIU in 2016, and his Bachelor's in Sociology and English from DePaul University in 2014. He has worked on editing scholarly editions of Renaissance manuscripts, has published on the literature of the era, and has presented at conferences across the country. Outside of his official scholarly pursuits, Doug has a passion for pulp fantasy literature, comic books, and the literary use and quality of video games. He is the third DePalma to take up the craft of college education, and deeply values the work of teaching writing professionally and personally.

He has traveled in Latin America and Europe, has working use of Spanish, Latin, and C++, is an avid gamer, a lover of baseball, and parent to a clinically needy cat. Doug was a counsellor in last yera's Creative Writing Camp, and hopes to continue the well regarded experience at the camp with new and old ideas.

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.