Creative Writing Day Camps

Creative Writing Day Camps, an offshoot of our Writers in the Schools (WITS) program, provide extracurricular creative writing learning for youth and teens. All day camps are instructed by professionally published authors who are members of WFNS's Writers' Council, valued participants in the WITS program, and experienced working with youth and teens.

Past Events

2022 Summer Camps

Zines (Ages 8 – 12) (July 4 to July 8 at NSCAD Port Campus) — Instructor: Jeff Miller

The Art of Writing (Ages 8-12) (July 11 to July 15 at NSCAD Port Campus) — Instructors: Chad Lucas, Wade White, Holly Carr, Richard Levangie, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

Creative Writing for Kids (July 18 to July 22 at Lunenburg School of the Arts) — Instructors: Jo Treggiari, Kate Inglis, Emma Fitzgerald, Janet Barkhouse, Chad Lucas

The Art of Writing (Ages 13+) (August 8 to August 12 at NSCAD Port Campus) — Instructors: Chad Lucas, Carole Glasser Langille, John A. Read, Andre Fenton, Tiffany Morris

Creative Writing Camp (August 15 to August 19 at MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning, Dartmouth) — Instructors: Andre Fenton, Evelyn C. White, Rebecca Rose, Sal Sawler, Marijke Simons

2022 March Break Camp (virtual)

(March 14 to March 18) — Instructors: Sal Sawler, Deidre Dwyer, Julian Mortimer Smith, Chad Lucas, and Sherry D. Ramsey

This March Break writing camp for children (ages 8 to 12) aims to expanding each child’s creativity. Each day’s session offers young writers the chance to talk about the experience of writing with their peers and to work with a different professionally published author each day—across the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. At the end of the camp, each family received copies of the participating authors’ books.

2021 Summer Camps

These summer writing camps explored the written word using creative approaches to character development, building description through observation, and expanding young writers’ use of figurative language. Participants explored different genres and styles of writing, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and picture books. Each day, the students were visited by professionally published authors. Classes were a mixture of classroom activities and outdoor adventures.

The Art of Writing — Youth (July 5 to July 9 at NSCAD Port Campus) — Instructors: Jessica Scott Kerrin, Theresa Meuse, Andre Fenton, Philip Moscovitch, Briana Corr Scott

The Art of Writing — Teen (July 12 to July 16 at NSCAD Port Campus) — Instructors: Genevieve Graham, Cooper Lee Bombardier, Alice Burdick, Briana Corr Scott, Sylvia Gunnery

Creative Writing for Kids (July 19 to July 23 at Lunenburg School of the Arts) — Instructors: Chad Lucas, Alec Bruce, Lindsay Ruck, Shandi Mitchell, Alice Burdick

The Art of Writing a Newspaper (August 9 to August 13 at NSCAD Port Campus) — Co-instructors: Chris Benjamin and Richard Levangie

Writing Camp (August 16 to August 20 at MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning, Dartmouth) — Instructors: Emma FitzGerald, Jo Treggiari, Theresa Meuse, Rebecca Rose, Evelyn C. White

2021 March Break Camp (virtual)

(March 15 to March 19) — Instructors: Andre Fenton, Emma FitzGerald, Theresa Meuse, Sal Sawler, Sherry D. Ramsey

This March Break writing camp for youth (ages 8 to 13) aimed to expand the creative mind and offer many paths to literary expression. Each day, campers worked with a different professionally published author, and the week spanned poetry, fiction, and non-fiction as well as oral storytelling and illustration.

2020 Summer Camp (virtual)

(June 16 to July 7, weekly) — Instructors: Sherry D. Ramsey, Suzannah Showler, Andre Fenton, Cooper Lee Bombardier

This summer writing camp for teens (ages 14 and up) accommodated for public health concerns by going virtual. Each week, students were introduced to a different author who covered a specific genre of writing through a blend of at-home assignments, pre-recorded videos, and real-time virtual lectures and discussions. Student participation in the camp ranged from Antigonish to Nunavut.

2020 March Break Camp

(March 16 to March 20) — Instructors: Wade White, Pauline Dakin, Kanaar Bell, Theresa Meuse, Emma FitzGerald

This March Break writing camp for youth (ages 11 to 13) 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 delved into different genres and styles of writing, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, picture books, and graphic novels.

2019 Summer Camps

The two inaugural summer writing camps — one for youth (ages 11 to 13) and one for teens (ages 14 and up) — 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.

The Art of Writing for Youth (July 15 to July 19) — Instructors: Alice Walsh, Wade White, Deirdre Dwyer, Phil Moscovitch, Jan Coates

The Art of Writing for Teens (July 22 to July 26) — Instructors: Valerie Compton, Sal Sawler, Andre Fenton, Emma FitzGerald, Cooper Lee Bombardier

Partners

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is grateful to NSCAD University’s School of Extended Studies, Lunenburg School of the Arts, and MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning for their partnership in realizing this creative writing workshop series.

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • Established writers/authors: those with numerous publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies and/or a full-length book publication.
  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer (that is, participant-to-participant) feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at communications@writers.ns.ca