Art of Writing is a series of weeklong creative writing day camps for youth (ages 11 to 13) and teens (ages 14+) instructed by professionally published authors who are valued participants in the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program and who have in-depth experience working with youth and teens. The camps are provided in partnership with NSCAD University's School of Extended Studies.

2020 March Break Camps

This Art of Writing camp for youth (ages 11 to 13) 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.

Registration is administered by NSCAD University's School of Extended Studies as part of its full array of March Break programming. To register, please see: March Break Camps.

Location: NSCAD University Port Campus (across the street from the WFNS office) at 1107 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS

Dates: Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 20, 2020 | 9:00am to 4:00pm each day

Registration fee: $135

Registration deadline: March 3, 2020

2019 Summer Camps

The two inaugural Art of Writing camps — one for youth (ages 11 to 13) and one for teens (ages 14+) — explored 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. Daily activities blended classroom and outdoor adventures to promote physical activity and imaginative play.

Week 1: The Art of Writing for Youth (July 15 to July 19, 2019)

  • July 15 — ALICE WALSH will challenge you to throw your amazing character into a swamp with alligators, show her struggling to survive, then have her escape just as she’s about to be eaten.
  • July 16 — In WADE WHITE’s science fiction and fantasy workshop, you’ll learn to build amazing and detailed worlds in which to set your stories and create weird and wonderful characters to fill those worlds.
  • July 17 — Poet DEIRDRE DWYER will get you to play with figurative language and sensory descriptions. You’ll discuss poetics and wow moments. 
  • July 18 — PHIL MOSCOVITCH will introduce you to how great non-fiction writing uses a lot of the same elements as fiction, except you do not make stuff up! In his session, you will tell non-fiction stories by exploring objects and the environment using all five senses. (Well, at least four—maybe not taste).
  • July 19 — JAN COATES will rev up your imagination so that you can use your words to breathe life into characters—creating people readers want to know.

Week 2: The Art of Writing for Teens (July 22 to July 26, 2019)

  • July 22 — VALERIE COMPTON will challenge you to hack—and break and sidestep—the rules of writing to build stories that are exploratory, captivating and fun.
  • July 23 — 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.
  • July 24 — 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.
  • July 25 — llustrator 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.
  • July 26 — 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.

Partner

The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is grateful to NSCAD University's School of Extended Studies for their partnership in realizing this creative writing workshop series.