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Student Programs

School Literacy and Culture offers programming for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Creative Writing Camp - Online

A 30-year collaboration goes virtual for the first time!

Creative Writing Camp, a collaboration between Writers in the Schools and School Literacy and Culture at Rice University, has a longstanding history of excellence. For the first time ever, camp will be offered online during three sessions this summer.

Session One
June 1–12
1st to 5th grade: 8:30 – 12:15 
6th to 8th grade: 9:00 – 12:45 
 
Session Two
June 15–26
K to 5th grade: 8:30 – 12:15
6th to 8th grade: 9:00 – 12:45
 
Session Three - NEW!
July 20–24
Grade Levels: For students entering 6th-12th grades in fall 2020
Course structure: 2 hours per day, 10 total instructional hours
Course Content: Subject matter varies per grade level. Descriptions can be found below.
Times: Camp is offered in two blocks
  • Block 1: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • 6th-7th; Just Write It
    • 8th-9th; Just Write It
    • 10th-12th; Just Write It
       
  • Block 2: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • 6th-7th; Writing and Art
    • 8th-9th; Digital Storytelling
    • 10th-12th; Know Thyself Essay

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Questions?

To find out more, contact Writers in the Schools at 713-523-3877.

Just Write It (6th-7th; 8th-9th; 10th-12th)
Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will peer review each other’s work, and receive feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.
 
Writing and Art: A Self-Portrait (6th-7th)
How can writers use visual art to spark new creative energy and enliven the details of their thoughts, feelings, and experiences? This course focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, inviting students to explore how texts and visual art can work together to forge vivid, meaningful accounts of a writer's inner life and unique perspective on the world. Students will read work from a spectrum of artist-writers who model how art can animate, elevate, and transform the written word. Using virtual field trips to museums around the world as inspiration, students will practice using their own visual art to invigorate their own writing. At the end of camp, students will host a showcase featuring pieces from their unique portfolios of written and visual work. Students will need basic art supplies for the course, and we invite students to use what they have available at home.
 
Digital Storytelling (8th-9th)
In this hands-on multimedia workshop, students will utilize digital apps and online platforms to bring their stories and poems to life. Through technology-infused writing activities and small group projects, students will explore how creative writing and technology can work hand-in-hand to persuade, inform, or inspire an audience. With support from professional writers and teachers, students practice skills such as character development, world-building, and dialogue creation as they learn new, innovative approaches for shaping and sharing their writing. Using tools such as Adobe Spark and Pixton, students will design and create digital writing projects to share with family and friends at a culminating celebration.
 
Know Thyself Essay (10th-12th)
The history of the essay finds its origins in the core Renaissance ideal of rebirth. This course will give students a chance to breathe new life into their personal stories with the goal of sharpening their essay-writing skills in a fun and supportive environment. Professional writers and teachers will guide students in learning how to connect and situate their individual stories within a broader world of ideas. By engaging with contemporary nonfiction forms, students will expand their understanding of what makes an essay effective and how they can utilize a fresh and memorable approach in their own essay-writing, especially as they prepare for their college entrance applications.
 

Focus groups of professional writers and highly effective teachers have come together to craft this exciting new approach to Creative Writing Camp. Wherever possible, student experiences will draw upon our traditional camp model, but we will also embrace this opportunity to explore new approaches and think creatively. Join us as we explore just what is possible in a virtual environment!
 
  • All classes will be team-taught with class sizes capped at approximately 20 students.
  • Classes will be divided into age level groups:
    • Session 1: Primary (1st), Elementary (2nd/3rd & 4th/5th), Middle school (6th/7th & 8th/9th)
    • Session 2: Primary (K-1st), Elementary (2nd/3rd & 4th/5th), Middle school (6th–8th) 
    • Session 3: 6th-7th, 8th-9th and 10th-12th
  • Classes for younger students will include a combination of:
    • Live community building activities
    • Live large and small group times that might include anything from the reading of a great children’s book as inspiration for creative writing to a virtual field trip
    • Live story dictation activities with a teacher and
    • “Center time” featuring pre-recorded activities and a wealth of independent art and extension projects to enjoy at your family’s convenience.
  • Classes for older students will include:
    • Live community building activities
    • Live large and small group times 
    • Live personalized consultation with experienced writers and 
    • Independent pre-recorded activities and extension projects to enjoy at your family’s convenience.
 

  • All camp courses will utilize the Canvas learning platform. An e-mail address provided by the parents will be necessary to access the system. 
  • Students will also need a laptop, tablet or phone to access the course, but we recommend a laptop or tablet. The best user experience is achieved through the Google Chrome web browser.
  • Each student will need a notebook, journal, or folder with blank paper and writing implements such as pencils, pens, and markers.
  • Extension activities will utilize basic arts and crafts materials such as scissors, colored paper, glue, watercolors, etc. that students typically use at school. Parents will not be asked to buy specific art materials.
 

  • All families will be asked to complete a “tech check” the Friday before the beginning of their virtual camp session. Support staff will be available for assistance that day should families have any challenges logging into the system. 
  • During “tech check” students will be able to “meet” their teachers as they view pre-recorded videos uploaded by the teachers and writers leading the course. Students will also be asked to record their own introductory video to share with their classmates.
  • “Tech check” will also provide an opportunity for parents to receive more detailed information regarding each class’s daily schedule, should they have a need for specifics.
  • Finally, should families have challenges with technology at any point during the camp experience, they will be able to connect directly with IT support staff via e-mail or phone.