Third Coast Camp for Young Writers

What's your story? Do you love to read and write? Do you like being a part of a community of writers? This is the camp for you!

We're bringing you ten days of awesome writing instruction, immersive campus experiences and the ability to publish your own writing. You don't want to miss this year's writing camp!

Dates and location

June 19 through July 2
Brown Hall
Western Michigan University


Grades 3-5 Session

Session Leader: Miss. Rebecca Moore
Mentor Text: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
Session Name: Writing Like Mad!

Get ready to write like mad–a mad scientist that is! This Third Coast Camp for Young Writers session is for writers, ages 8-10, who will read and write all about mad scientists and their wacky experiments. Campers will use pictures and mentor sentences from the text Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton, as they draft and design their very own mad scientist tale. By exploring the elements of a scientist and getting an opportunity to take part in science experiments around WMU’s campus, campers are sure to be reading and writing like mad this summer!

Grade 3-5 Application Form
Application due: June 1

Grades 6-8 Session

Session Leader: Mrs. Stephanie Hampton
Mentor Text: The Wild Robot by Peter Reynolds
Session Name: Spotted...Robot Writers in the Wild!

Join us this summer for writing in the wilderness of Western Michigan University...with robots! This camp for older writers, aged 11-14, is storytelling at its finest by combining two very different forces: man and machine. By using the anchor text The Wild Robot by Peter Brown, campers will use mentor sentences to craft their mechanical tales and design their own robot characters from scratch. Each writer will figure out how a robot fits into their futuristic story. Using all of the tools in their writers' toolbox, campers will zoom-in on the details, receive feedback on their stories and take part in daily expeditions onto WMU’s campus. At the Third Coast Camp for Young Writers, robotic writing is sure to bring the amazing machines from our imaginations to life!

Grade 6-8 Application Form
Application due: June 1

High School Mentoring Service Program

This year Third Coast Camp for Young Writers will be offering a special pre-internship for students in grades 9-12. Students accepted into this pre-internship program are fully funded. Students must commit to the entire camp program from June 19 through July 2, 2019. High school students will participate in writing and reading workshops with a writing instructor for half of the day and the other half of the day will be spent mentoring younger writers in the camp in grades K-8. We have 6-8 slots available for pre-interns this summer. Students get experience working with younger writers, they contribute to the camp anthology and get a tote bag, and they also receive a letter of recommendation from their high school mentor! Each student must apply to be a part of the program.

High School Mentoring Service Program Application Form
Application due: June 1

Camp details

June 19 through 21, June 24 through 28, and July 1 through 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brown Hall, Western Michigan University

*WMU Discount Available/Scholarships Available

WMU Department of English or (269) 387-2572