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Creative Writing Summer Camp Program on Long Island

An Outdoor Creative Writing Summer Camp Experience

Whether their preferred form is poetry, drama, short fiction, the novel, or nonfiction, our young storytellers have the opportunity to practice their writing in small, collaborative groups. Working in peaceful, open-air studios, writers build imaginative narratives and find their creative voices, while experimenting with the core elements of storytelling, including style, structure, setting, point of view, conflict, and resolution. 

Under the instruction of an experienced writing educator and practicing writer, students spend their days playing writing and word games, writing, revising, sharing, collaborating, and drawing inspiration from other art forms and Usdan’s campus. All sessions culminate with a student open mic and performance as well as the development of individual student portfolios. Creative writing students learn in open-air studios with at least one side completely open and exposed to the beauty of Usdan’s surrounding woodland campus.

 

SUMMER CAMP BUSING FOR Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens Kids

For over fifty years, Usdan has offered an enriching summer camp experience to children all over the region, from Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn in New York City, to Port Washington and Huntington, and all over Nassau and Suffolk counties. Usdan offers busing to and from camp from convenient central pickup locations. For more information on busing, please visit our Transportation page

 

 

Classes

Creative Writing

Available for
  • 4-Week A
  • 4-Week B
Major and Minor classes
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Creative Writing

4-Week A

Major: Grades 4–12
Minor: Grades 4–12
REC - N/A

4-Week B

Major: Grades 4–12
Minor: Grades 4–12
REC - N/A

1-Week Rec

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Our open-air writing studios provide a welcoming environment for young storytellers to write poetry, short fiction, and plays, individually and in small collaborative groups. Use your imagination and find your creative voice, while developing concrete elements of storytelling like structure, point of view, and conflict and resolution. 

Writers collaborate with peers from other artistic disciplines and use the natural environment to inspire their writing. Writers also explore the forms in which creative writing shows up in everyday life, such as journaling and writing commercials.

Under the instruction of an experienced writing educator and practicing writer, writers spend their days considering the structure and idea of form through word games, writing, revising, sharing, and collaborating. The session culminates with a student open mic and performance as well as the development of individual student portfolios. All levels welcome. Classes are grouped according to age division and grade.  

“It encouraged me to be more creative than I thought I could be.” 
—Rina

“It's a writer's dream. My ideas couldn't flow until I went there. My favorite part was the way every student and the teacher supported each other.” 
—Soleil

 

Department Faculty & Staff

Javan Howard

Coordinator, Creative Writing/Chess & Faculty, Creative Writing

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