UA Little Rock hosts summer camps for young writers

The Little Rock Writing Project at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock hopes to inspire the next generation of great writers with two summer camps for students.

A Young Writers Camp for students entering grades 3-5 will be held June 17-21 from 8 a.m. until noon daily on the UA Little Rock campus. Students will write stories, poems, biographies, tall tales, skits, and more. They’ll create mini books and develop a writer’s notebook as well as a class publication.

Middle and high school students can develop their writing skills at the Emerging Writers Institute, taking place June 24-28. The institute has expanded to include sixth grade this year. Middle school students entering grades 6-8 will meet 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. High school students in grades 9-12 will meet 1:30-5 p.m.

During the week, students will work closely with experienced writers learning to find their voice as writers, develop characters, and discover new tricks for developing a piece of writing. Each group will collaboratively design and publish a book in one week.

“We had such great groups last summer,” said Greg Graham, director of the Little Rock Writing Project. “Parents are already telling me their children are looking forward to seeing friends they made last year and making new ones this year. The professional quality book we publish from the Emerging Writers Institute really blows the students and parents away.”

The cost for each camp is $125. The camp fee includes supplies, snacks, and a T-shirt.

Online registration is available for both the Young Writers Camp and the Emerging Writers Institute. Payment can be made by mailing a check for $125 to Little Rock Writing Project, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204.For more information, contact Graham at gxgraham@ualr.edu

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