Words, stories, and books. Of course, these are valuable assets for everyone. But there are some people who cherish books and stories and treasure the power of words like it’s the air they breathe. If you have a young writer in your household, you know what I’m talking about and you need to know about YouthWrite Summer Camps!

YouthWrite Summer Camps are about wordplay, writing, and creative expression. Participants will learn the craft of writing, not only the mechanics of language but also the power of a story, and will have fun doing it! Instructors and supervisory staff work hard to create a safe, welcoming space for all kids, using a variety of learning styles. Youth will feel free to take artistic and creative risks while they find their voice.

Of course, YouthWrite Summer Camps are about writing. But you don’t want to stop there! A YouthWrite camp is so much more. Kids can meet other aspiring writers and build connections with kids who think as they do. Campers will be challenged and encouraged to explore new things they’ve never tried before, like songwriting, illustrating, cartooning, screenwriting, improvisation, and body percussion and words. YouthWrite has a multi-disciplinary approach to writing and creating, in keeping with the advances of the 21st century. Not only will they be building skills in their passion, but they might learn something they never knew about themselves!

With the opportunity to work one-on-one at the Blue Pencil Café, enjoy evening guest performers, and be lulled to sleep by the traditional bedtime story, young writers will thrive. The skilled instructors represent the many facets of the performing, visual, musical, dance, film, and written arts. Youth can perform at the Inklings and at the WordPlayful Wrap-up, too, and be amazed by the WordPlayful Players at the BEEG and LEETLE SHOWs!

The YouthWrite Summer Camps take place at the FCJ Centre in southwest Calgary. You can choose between a day camp or an overnight camp, but even the day camps run from 8:30 am – 9 pm, so kids can leave their regular lives and families behind to enjoy a retreat, perfect for writing and wordplay. The camp for ages 12 – 14 runs from July 3 – 8, 2022, and the camp for ages 15 – 19 runs from July 10 – 15, 2022. Both the day and the overnight camps include 12 hours of daily instruction and activities led by highly qualified instructional and supervisory staff, supervised meals, break times, and evening programs. All supplies are provided, including meals and snacks (daily breakfast is only included for overnighters) and a complimentary copy of YouthWrite: The Magazine. Don’t forget to dress for the weather and bring PPE and indoor and outdoor shoes.

Camps at YouthWrite fill up quickly, though, so don’t delay. Registration is now open. This year’s theme is Truth is Stranger Than Fiction and these camps will provide a wonderful retreat atmosphere to inspire your kids and give them a lively and entertaining week to remember!

Young writers matter at YouthWrite. Sign up now for a great week of words and play.

YouthWrite Summer Camps:

When: July 3 – 8, 2022 (ages 12 – 14) and July 10 – 15, 2022 (ages 15 – 19)
Time: 8:30 am – 9 pm OR Overnight
Where: FCJ Centre
Address: 219 19 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Website: www.youthwrite.com