This summer, we're partnering with NSCAD University's School of Extended Studies to offer two creative writing camps, one for youth ages 11 to 13, the other for teens ages 14+.

The second class, offered July 22 to July 26 for teens 14 years of age and up, will explore the written word using creative approaches, such as visual writing prompts, to discover and explore character development, build description through observation, expand the use of figurative language, and promote journal writing. Participants will delve into different genres and styles of writing, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, picture books, and graphic novels. Camps will feature visits by professionally published authors who are valued participants in the WFNS Writers in the Schools program, and have in-depth experience working with tweens and teens. Classes will be a mixture of classroom activities and outdoors adventures to promote physical activity and imaginative play.

On Monday, VALERIE COMPTON will challenge you to hack—and break and sidestep—the rules of writing to build stories that are exploratory, captivating and fun. 

On Tuesday, SARAH SAWLER will delve into the world of journalistic non-fiction and talk about the art of the interview, writing about wacky events, and how she collaborated with the famous weather forecaster Frankie MacDonald.

On Wednesday, in ANDRE FENTON’s workshop you will learn the basics of poetry, and how it will help you become a more versatile, adaptable and fluid wordsmith.

On Thursday, illustrator EMMA FITZGERALD will share how travel and her neighbourhood informed her drawing style. She will lead drawing exercises to help you understand how in letting go in the creative process, you can achieve exceptional results.

On Friday, COOPER LEE BOMBARDIER poses the question: Whose shoes? His workshop, Writing Without Othering, will aid in the exploration of identities not our own in our creative writing.

Registration is through NSCAD's School of Extended Studies. Registration deadline is July 15, 2019.

Location: 
NSCAD University Port Campus Room 208 1107 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, July 26, 2019 - 4:15pm