Create Your World:
A Virtual Creative Writing Camp for Kids and Teens Ages 10-18
July 13 - 17
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for ages 10-18
$45 per student. Space is limited!
Do you love to write? Create worlds? Invent characters? Keep people on their toes with your master storytelling skills? Join our Creative Writing Camp!
Come prepared to tap into your most playful self. Each day, we will read an excerpt from some of the best middle grade and young adult books in the world for inspiration. Then, we will dive into individual writing practice. On Monday, you will select a prompt from a list of choices. Sample prompts include:
Write a story that ends with the phrase, “But it was only a dream.”
Write a letter from someone who lived 100 years ago.
Write a poem about a color.
Write about an unsolved mystery that takes place where you live.
Write a story about someone who lives in the year 3020.
Write a story about something that seems ordinary but is actually magical.
Each day will include a short lesson about the major facets of storytelling: setting, character, and plot. You will perfect your piece throughout the week with feedback from the instructor and other students in the class. Each class will also include “brain breaks” – fun, active games – to spark creativity. During the last class, everyone will read their work aloud, and parents and the community are invited! You will also be encouraged to submit your work to national writing competitions, such as the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and others.
No creative writing experience is required – if you like stories, you are a perfect fit! This camp will use Zoom to bring the students and instructors together. All you need is a computer/laptop/tablet with a camera/mic interface.
This camp will be led by Shannon Yarbrough
Shannon Yarbrough is a Decatur, Georgia based writer and teacher with a passion for helping young people find their voices through writing. She has taught writing for over a decade in a variety of contexts, from the Center for Writing and Speaking at Agnes Scott College to the Harpswell Foundation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Still a kid at heart, Shannon loves reading middle grade and young adult books, and sharing her best finds with everyone she knows.
Shannon was selected as a finalist for Ruminate Magazine's 2020 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize and received a fellowship from The Hambidge Center in North Georgia. She also completed training in writing novels for young people at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Shannon is a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing candidate at Georgia College and a graduate of Agnes Scott College where she studied Studio Art.
In addition to creating and teaching, Shannon has a passion for international travel. She has traveled to six continents and led high schoolers abroad to France, Italy, and Argentina through the Experiment in International Living.
To register, complete payment below. Once payment is complete, you will be redirected to the registration form. You will receive instructions on using Zoom and a link to join the camp prior to the start date. Call or email us with any questions.