Wick Juniors Writing Club

Wick Juniors Writing Club
Summer Camp: July 22 – July 26, 2020

Due to the ongoing uncertainty as we fight COVID-19, the Wick Poetry Center has decided to cancel the Wick Juniors Writing Club Summer Camp, July 22 – July 26, 2020.

As the situation continues to be monitored, the Wick Poetry Center feels the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 creates difficulty in planning a safe and fun learning environment for the Wick Juniors Writing Club Summer Campers. This difficult decision weighs heavy on our hearts, however our priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and community members. We are hopeful to continue to work with our Ohio communities to flatten the curve and look forward to continuing this program in Summer 2021.

We intend to keep our website continuously updated with ways to creatively engage and connect with us through writing prompts and activities during this difficult time.

Please be sure to continue in sharing your voice!




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.  

Summer 2019 Schedule

Wednesday, July 31:
This on-campus day will run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Drop-off and pickup are at the Wick Poetry Center (126 S. Lincoln St., Kent, Ohio). Students are placed into three groups according to the grade they camper writingare 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 pickup are available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Thursday to Sunday, Aug. 1-4:
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. In addition, on Saturday the campers will attend rotating workshops including tile painting and bugs and bones. Special thanks to Ohio Ceramic Supply for donating materials for these workshops. 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 pickup 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, Aug. 5:
To celebrate the young writers’ work, we will gather at the Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry Park at 6:30 p.m. to hear each student read a poem or story of their choice. A reception will follow.

Wick Juniors campers


A limited number of scholarships are available. Apply here.

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