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Wick Juniors Writing Club

Wick Juniors Writing Club
Summer Camp: August 1 – August 5, 2018

Open for young writers entering grades 3 through 12.
Registration opens March 1, 2018
Registration fee:
     $190 (dorm option) 
     $120 (tent option - only for middle and high school students) 

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logoWick Juniors Writing Club began offering a summer camp in 2016. This camp is offered in partnership with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Students entering grades 3 through 12 will experience one day with the Wick Poetry Center teachers at Kent State University. Additionally, students will continue their experience with Wick teachers during a three-night, four-day stay at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Through guided hikes, pond dips, and more, the young writers will explore how the natural world influences our writing. A culminating reading will follow at the Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry Park. The registration fee covers all expenses, including meals and lodging at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Additionally, the young writers will receive a bag, notebook, and pencils.  

Detailed Schedule

Wednesday, August 1:
This on-campus day will run from 10 am – 4 pm. Drop off and pickup are at the Wick Poetry Center (126 S. Lincoln Street, Kent, Ohio). Students are placed into three groups according to the grade they are entering: Group A: 3 – 4; Group B: 5 – 7; Group C: 8 – 12. Each group will explore the campus to grow and enrich their creative writing process. Each group will have a Wick Poetry Center instructor, as well as two trained assistants. Lunch will not be provided on these two days. Early drop-off and late pick-up is available between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. 

Thursday to Sunday, August 2-5:
These dates include four days and three nights in air-conditioned lodging, guided hikes, pond and river dips, night hikes, readings around the fire, and more to inspire your child’s imagination. The same Wick Poetry Center instructors and teaching assistants will continue to lead writing workshops at the park. Thanks to feedback from our young writers and/or their parents last year, we are providing more time to explore and write. Specific drop-off and pick-up times will be available upon registration. (Parents with a child entering grade 3, or parents of a child with specific needs, are invited to chaperone.)

Monday, August 6:
To celebrate the young writers’ work, we will gather at the Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry Park at 6:30 pm to hear each student read a poem or story of their choice. A reception will follow.


If you have any questions or concerns please email: wickjuniors@kent.edu