Creative Writing Camp



Campers entering grades 9-12
June 17-22, 2018

   Creative Writing Camp 2012


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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: Troy Doetch is a dedicated teaching professional specializing in composition and adolescent education. He holds an M.A. in English from Northern Illinois University, a certificate of English Education, as well as an Illinois Teaching License, with endorsement in English/Language Arts, English as a Second Language, and Social Science.

Troy has worked as a writer and editor for Northern Illinois University's The Northern Star, has taught Rhetoric and Composition at the college level, and has worked as a graduate teaching intern at NIU's ESL Center. He currently teaches culturally and linguistically diverse students in DeKalb Community Unit School District 428.


Register before May 18, 2018: $675

Register after May 18, 2018: $725

A $25 discount is available to NIU employees, families sending more than one camper, or campers attending more than one camp.

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.