The Young Writers Camp was a great success this year, registering a final count of 40 students, and involving ten undergraduate interns, two Nebraska Writing Project teacher consults, Derek Funk and Jennifer Long, and two University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate students studying writing in our Ph.D. program. The YWC also sent two of its campers and three interns to “I Love to Write” on East Campus where the older kids and interns mentored the younger students in a slam poetry workshop.
At camp this past summer, we offered over 20 workshops, including titles suchs as “They Lived Half My Life: Odes to Common Things,” “Karate Chop Your Writer’s Block: Using Deep Memories and Anaphora to Create Poetry,” “Poetry and Science: Perennial Frenemies,” “Dear “Scientists”, Where’s my jetpack? Sincerely, Everyone,” and “From Script to Screen: A Crash Course in Screenwriting.” The writers at YWC had the wonderful opportunity to attend large workshop sessions with visiting writers this year: Kwame Dawes, Jennine Capo Crucet, Jennifer Perrine, and Matt Mason. We also included some guest writers: Bernice Olivas, Marcus Meade, Maureen Sinclair, and Ian Rogers. It has been such an amazing gift to have so many wonderful writers in our community who have contributed to the camp!
You can find the work of our Young Writers in the process of publication here. One of the amazing things about our anthology this year is that all the images of the kids that appear before their work were actually DRAWN by one of our interns, Lincoln North Star graduate of 2013, Individual High School Poetry Slam Champion, artist, and UNL student, Katharen Hedges!
Our program has been growing by 5-10 students each summer since our first summer, which is promising for the future! Thanks to all the NeWP teachers I know who make sure their students know about our summer writing programs!