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Creative Writing Camp

Parent and child at Creative Writing WorkshopCreative Writing Camp offers a supportive learning environment for children to engage in writing stories, poetry, essays and plays, as well as simply writing for pleasure. Through these workshops even the most hesitant child discovers the joy in writing, the intrigue of language and the confidence of authorship.

With a small teacher-student ratio, Students receive 40 hours of high-quality classroom instruction over two weeks with real authors and professional teachers, a printed publication or portfolio of student’s best writing, a classroom reading or performance, and a Creative Writing Camp t-shirt. Workshops end with a final performance and/or reading. Each participant will take home a personal portfolio or an anthology of camp participant writings on the last day of camp.

Creative Writing Camp is a collaborative effort between Writers in the Schools and Rice University's School Literacy and Culture.


Creative Writing Camp is open to all students who will enroll in grades K-12 in fall 2017.


WITS + Rice Creative Writing Camp costs $495 per student for two weeks (10 percent sibling discount per additional student: $445).


Registration opens Tuesday, January 31 at 9 a.m.

Please register your student for the grade level he or she will be classified as for fall 2017.
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Session One: June 5-15





Extended Care
  3311 Beauchamp St,
  Houston, TX 77009
  Grades: 2, 4-6       

Full: K-1, 3                                 



  8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  Monday-Thursday Only
Session One: June 5-16





Extended Care
   St. Mark's Episcopal School    3816 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025  Grades: 6       

Full: K-5, 7-8 



  8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   713-667-7030                    


  Rice University   6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005 Grades: 7-10      

Full: 11-12

  9 a.m.-1 p.m.   NA
  The Shlenker School   5600 N Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096   Grades: K-4



  8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Session Two: June 12-23





Extended Care
  TH Rogers School   5840 San Felipe St,
  Houston, TX 77057
  Grades: K-1, 6-8                                          

Full: 4, 5


  8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   NA
  Brazos Bend Elementary School  

Moved to Garcia Middle School

 18550 Old Richmond Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77498   Grades: K-2,    

Full: 3-6

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   NA


Session Three: June 19-30





Extended Care
    Oak Forest Elementary School   1401 W 43rd St  Grades: K, 1, 4-6  


Full: 2, 3

  8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   NA
  St. Francis Episcopal Day School   335 Piney Point Rd, Houston, TX 77024   Grades: K, 2, 6-8                                          

  Full: 1, 3-5

  8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   713-458-6467
  St. Mark's Episcopal School   3816 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025   Grades: 6         

Full: K-5, 7, 8

  8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   713-667-7030






Wait List Policy

If all spaces are filled, your application will be put on the waiting list. We will hold on to your application during this time. If there is a cancellation and space becomes available, you will be notified to see if you are still interested in the program. Monies will not be transferred until contact is made from WITS.

The Curriculum

Students are placed into classrooms based on the grade they will be entering in the fall. Although we try our best to keep classrooms confined to one grade level, the Creative Writing Camp reserves the right to place students in a multi-age or multi-grade classroom based on enrollment.

Storytellers: Grades K, 1 and 2

Storytellers experience dramatic play, reading, dictation, journaling, and independent writing in creative ways. Children create short stories, plays, and poems for a class anthology and performance. Basic literacy skills are addressed in context, and are not a prerequisite for entering kindergarteners.

Writers: Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6

Writers write stories, essays, poems, and plays with daily exercises that teach literary techniques, extend vocabulary, and encourage creative expression. Students write, edit, and revise original writing that is shared through readings, performances and an anthology.

Inventors: Grades 7 and 8

Inventors explore different literary genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) in a supportive writing environment that includes individualized attention and group interaction. Students participate in readings, performances and publish their work. 

Authors: Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12

Authors experiment with genres and emerging art forms (such as performance poetry or graphic novels), helping them excel at advanced writing. Students develop their voice through daily writing, one-on-one conferences, peer review, publication and performance. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please view the WITS FAQ page.

A Collaboration

Creative Writing Camp is a collaborative effort between Writers in the Schools and Rice University's School Literacy and Culture.

Writers in the Schools (WITS) immerses children in the pleasure and power of reading and writing. Each year, WITS writers visit 120 sites fostering the development of creative and analytical thinking. Although the focus of their work is with at-risk inner-city students, they also interact with children in art museums, hospitals, community centers, private schools and juvenile detention centers. WITS is involved in national initiatives, such as mentoring other writers-in-the-schools programs, serving as a model for multi-disciplinary arts educators and designing curricula for use in schools. WITS writers also lead in-services and writing workshops for teachers.

Contact us at slc@rice.edu or 713-348-5333 for more information.