Registration Deadline: June 29th, 2018
TEEN SUMMER WRITING CAMP
July 9 – July 19, 2018
Mondays through Thursdays
9:00 a.m. to noon
The Vachel Lindsay Association makes History Come Alive with its 2-week poetry and fiction writing camp for students age 13 to 18. Held at the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, the writing camp will focus on creating new writing in both poetry and fiction, as well as revising work for inclusion in a small literary publication that will be read at a community performance in August. Participants are expected to attend all camp sessions. Parents may drop off their students 15 minutes prior to the start of camp; participants must be picked up no later than 12:15 p.m. each day.
Teen writers will study basic elements of poetry, including sound, imagery, sensory detail, metaphor and simile, rhythm, line breaks and white space. Students will be exposed to a broad range of classic and contemporary poetry, and will use the study of those poems as a springboard for their own work. By the end of their sessions, students will have poems that leap off the page and break imagination's boundaries.
Teen writers will study and practice the basics of storytelling, including how to create interesting characters, intriguing settings, workable plots and fast-paced dialogue. Discussion will include inventing original characters and storylines, and borrowing from and playing with existing fictional creations. Everybody loves a great story, and these sessions will help participants get those great stories on paper.
Cost: $120 for non-members; $100 for VLA Family Members
Advanced Registration Required
Completed registration forms and payments must be mailed by or before June 29, 2018 to:
Vachel Lindsay Association, Attn: Workshop Registration, P.O. Box 9356, Springfield, IL 62791
To request a copy of the registration form or reach out with additional questions regarding the event email: firstname.lastname@example.org