Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp offers a fun and immersive writing experience for kids and teens (rising 3rd-12th graders). Our two-week workshops are led by professional writers and explore the arts of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting. Our lessons are creative, surprising, and engaging, and introduce campers to the techniques writers use to communicate ideas clearly and powerfully on the page. Campers will not only grow their confidence as writers, they will also enjoy the freedom to explore the ideas that matter to them most, no matter how wild and unusual.
Badgerdog’s small class size (15 maximum) allow campers to receive individualized attention from a Badgerdog Teaching Artist and make connections with other young writers in the group. All campers experience the full range of the writing process—from brainstorming to drafting to revision, editing, and publication. Our professional-quality summer anthologies showcase the work of all Badgerdog campers and allow them the experience of having their work appear in print. Campers also gain practice reading their work aloud, providing constructive feedback, and performing their work in front of an audience.
Badgerdog makes a difference for writers of all stripes and skill-levels. Two-thirds of Badgerdog campers say they like writing more as a result of Badgerdog, and more than 70 percent say they’re better writers after attending camp. When asked after camp how they feel when writing, 94 percent of campers used a positive phrase, such as energized, alive like a bird, like I have a workable outlet for all of my ideas, or like a balloon of happiness has just gotten blown up inside me.
Campers tell us they love our small, supportive classes; expressing themselves without being judged; hearing other classmates share their work; different types of writing exercises to get them out of their comfort zones; meeting new friends and fellow authors; and the creative ways they learned to write.
More than 90 percent of parents say Badgerdog has a positive impact on their children’s writing skills and their attitudes towards writing. One parent told us, “My son lacks confidence in his writing. His attitude had changed greatly over the past three weeks.” Another parent said his high-school-aged son “woke up before 10 a.m., didn’t play video games, and sometimes continued writing after camp.”
Badgerdog provides a rare challenge for avid writers, who get the chance to work with a professional writer who can identify their strengths and areas for growth. Reluctant and resistant writers often shift their perspective in our no-fail, positive environment where messy practice is encouraged and every risk taken is celebrated.
Badgerdog aims to give all young learners the opportunity to experience writing in a way that’s meaningful to them, while also providing tangible strategies for strengthening communication skills on the page. We believe our camp experience helps to cultivate a lifelong appreciation for reading and writing for generations to come.
The Meridian School (Round Rock) / 2555 N. Interstate 35, Round Rock, 78664
Austin Discovery School / 9303 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School / 1112 W 31st St., Austin, TX 78705
Parkside Community Montessori / 3207 West Slaughter Lane, Austin, TX 78748
with additional locations to be announced later
Austin TX 78701