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Young Writers’ Camps

Nurture your young writer's talent

At Young Writers’ Camp, students will work with top-notch published authors, learn writing techniques for specific genres, and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance from experienced writers.

In partnership with YouthWrite®, Metro Continuing Education and The Bennett Centre are pleased to offer Young Writers’ Camps to students in grades 4-9. YouthWrite®, a prominent organization in Edmonton’s writing community, has organized and hosted writing camps for kids the past 20 years.

Please check back for 2021 camp information.

2020 Camps:

March 23 & 24, 2020
Grades 4 – 9
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Bennett Centre, 9703-94 Street NW
Camp fee: $95 plus GST
Pre and post camp supervision is available from 8:00-9:30 am and 3:30-5:00 pm for an additional cost.

For more information, contact the Bennett Centre at 780.468.1439 or visit the YouthWrite® website.

Important information for campers:

  • Bring indoor and outdoor shoes
  • Dress for the weather as campers go outside for breaks and lunch
  • Bring a bagged lunch
  • Pre- and post-care campers should bring a book or writing project to work on. Some games are provided.
  • Pencils and scribblers will be provided for each camper.

The 2020 instructor line-up:

Marty Chan writes books for kids and plays for adults. He’s best known for his Marty Chan Mystery series, which has won the City of Edmonton Book Prize and the Diamond Willow Award. His newest book, Kung Fu Master, will come out this fall. He works and lives in Edmonton with his wife Michelle and their cat, Buddy.

The Game is Afoot – Bring your magnifying glasses and detective caps to this fun-filled and fast-paced session where you’ll learn to unravel the mystery behind writing mysteries. With a mix of writing games and improv demonstrations, author Marty Chan reveals the secrets behind crafting a page-turner story.

Spyder Yardley-Jones is a quiet guy who keeps to himself.  He’s a visual artist who paints, cartoons, sculpts and does all kinds of art stuff.  He’s been teaching at YouthWrite forever. Spyder illustrated an award-winning graphic novel and causes trouble with his art shows. He’s ok in my books, that bald, bearded, tattooed so ‘n so.

Mapping Out Your Imagination – On a large piece of paper you’ll draw a topographical map. This is your WORLD. On the map you’ll write a detailed description of that land: the possible dangers, wonderful delights and amazing creatures that may be encountered on the journey through your World. Imagine the stories!

Robyn Rae & Leonora Macy share their love for the arts and language through collaboration. They use drama as a tool for learning.   Leonora explores drama across curriculum in schools and the Faculty of Education at the U of A. Robyn has dance and drama training and works with upcoming teachers at the U of A; she focuses on arts approaches to bring excitement to the classroom or workshop.

Writing Through Imagined Experiences – Explore fun ways to use language. Beginning with ‘play’, we’ll use drama techniques and role play to help you create character and to write-in-role. Develop rich characterization to inspire your rich and imaginative writing.