Young writers can develop skills at UA Little Rock summer camps

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The Little Rock Writing Project hopes to inspire the next generation of great writers with two summer camps for students in third through 12th grades. 

For the first time since its inception 20 years ago, the Little Rock Writing Project will provide a summer writing experience for all students beyond third grade.

The Young Writers Camp for students in third through sixth grade will take place from 8 a.m. to noon June 19-23 on the UA Little Rock campus.

UA Little Rock is looking for writers in the seventh through ninth grades to join its Emerging Writers Institute June 19-23, while the camp for 10th-12th graders will be June 26-30. Both sessions will be held from 10:30 a.m. t0 2 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with experienced writers from the university’s Little Rock Writing Project.

“We want to give the students a great writing experience,” said Greg Graham, director of the Little Rock Writing Project. “This summer we will be working on characterization and developing characters in a story. The students will also interview the oldest person they know and write a piece on them.”

In the Young Writers Camp, participants will write stories, poems, biographies, tall tales, and skits; create mini books; develop a writer’s notebook; and create a class publication.

At the Emerging Writers Institute, students will find their voice as a writer, discover tips to improve their writing, and turn an ethnographic interview into an essay. As a group, the young writers will collaboratively design a book of their best writing pieces from the weeklong workshop.

The registration fee for both camps is $125.

For more information on the Young Writers Camp, contact Pam Maisen at 501.951.6574. Registration is available online.

For more information on the Emerging Writers Institute, contact Graham at gxgraham@ualr.edu. Registration for the Emerging Writers Institute is available online.

The Little Rock Writing Project is supported in part by the National Writing Project.

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