Each summer, Idaho Writing Camps offer children and teens the opportunity to explore and engage in creative writing adventures—and to become published authors.
The programs are sponsored by The Cabin, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and celebrate a love of reading, writing and discourse.
Camps introduce aspiring writers to professional writers who work closely with the small groups. Budding storytellers use the natural world, cultural and historic sites, local environs and unique opportunities to start on a journey of imagination, while honing writing mechanics, cultivating voice and developing individual style.
Camp culminates in a public reading of student work, giving young writers a chance to share their stories with friends and family. Their work is published in a bound anthology, sure to become a keepsake.
In the Wood River Valley, there are three choices for summer camps to cultivate creativity. All are held in Hailey at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, at 314 Second Ave. S.
Children entering third and fourth grades in the fall are invited to the Word Play class that meets from Monday through Friday, July 28 to Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Writers will engage in play to stimulate the five senses and encourage new paths to crafting imaginative poems and stories. For inspiration, students can write next to a river, explore nature or venture through town.
Rising fifth- and sixth-graders can participate in the Cabin Writers program, which teaches students how art, music and nature inform the imagination. Emphasis is on writing prose and poems that are singular and original. Art, history and the Big Wood River will factor into the students’ work. Cabin Writers Camp meets in either morning (9 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (1-4 p.m.) sessions, from July 28 through Aug. 1.
For writers in grades 7-9, Urban Ink is the theme of camp. Teens explore what makes Hailey unique, from coffee shops, to public art to the city’s vibe. There will be an emphasis on character development, stemming from interaction and rooted in observation. Urban Ink meets July 28 through Aug. 1, from 1-4 p.m.
The one-week camps are $165 for non-members and $130 for members. For a full list of camps, to register, or learn about scholarships, log onto The Cabin’s website at thecabinidaho.org.