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August 15, 2014

A Sneak Peek at Writers Camp

By Josh D.

Camp is for swimming, hiking, making friendship bracelets...and writing?! Absolutely, at least at writing camp! This summer, Teen Board member Josh Desetta attended the Summer Writers Intensive at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, N.Y. Read below to learn about his experience, and to decide if you want to look into a similar program, next summer!

For some people, writer’s camp might not be a first choice, but it should be! If you like to write, then you should definitely check it out.

Camp started at 10am and went until 3pm. That was good, because one of the worst things about camp is getting up early during summer break!

Everyone brought their own project to work on. I brought my novel. In the morning, we all gathered and touched base on our writing. Afterwards we found a cozy spot and started working. We wrote until about 1pm, when we took a break and went down to the pool. After we swam for a while, we came back and touched base a second time. If we wanted, we could share a piece of our writing with the class. When we got home, we emailed our work to the teacher. The next day she would hand it back to us with corrections, and give us advice on how to make it better. Our teacher was very nice; she went around and asked each of us what we wanted to do with our writing, and what our goals where for the day. The camp gave me a solid chunk of time that I could devote just to my writing.

The week flew by very quickly, and everyone wished it was longer. On the last day we had a party with cupcakes, brownies, and Kettle Corn. It was a great experience, and I’ll definitely be going back next year!

Josh D. is a Teen Board Member.