Teen Summer Camp

Our first ever Teen Summer Writing Camp in 2014 was a big success, so we’re planning on doing it again in 2015. Please check back in the spring for information about that camp. We’re leaving the information about last year’s camp on the site for now to give those who may be interested an idea of what is was about — although we may be making some changes based on our experience from 2014. Thank you.

Last year’s schedule:

July 7 – July 25, 2014
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
9:00 a.m. to noon

The Vachel Lindsay Association is proud to make History Come Alive with a 3-week poetry and fiction writing camp for students who have completed grades 7 through 12. Camp runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, starting on July 7 and running through July 25. The first two weeks of camp, held at the Vachel Lindsay Home, will focus on creating new writing in both poetry and fiction. The last week of camp, held at Benedictine University, will focus on turning that writing into a literary publication and community performance. 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.

Schedule for Week 1: July 7, 9 and 11
Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site

Poetry Workshops
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.

Fiction Workshops
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.

Schedule for Week 2: July 14, 16 and 18
Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site

Continuation of Poetry and Fiction Workshops from Week 1.

Schedule for Week 3: July 21, 23 and 25
Benedictine University Campus

Design Workshops
Participants will create a publication of their work, selecting and designing a journal of the best poetry and fiction they have created over the course of camp. Discussions of how to choose between possible journal entries and how to create order out of the work selected will result in the publication of an entirely new literary journal.

Performance Workshops
Participants will be encouraged to attend a reading and reception celebrating the release of a their literary journal in early August. To prepare for this public reading, teen writers will learn more about how to make a poem or piece of fiction come alive by using their bodies and voices to articulately and actively perform their work.

Cost: $120 for the 3-week session ($100 for VLA Family Members). Download a Teen Workshop registration.


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