Young Writers Camps

Join the Writing Explorers 

Inspiring gardens, time to write, your creative genius, and a community of friends and teachers! The Greater Madison Writing Project and Olbrich Gardens are excited to offer this opportunity for young writers to become WRITING EXPLORERS!  What does that mean?  Writing Explorers will spend a morning or afternoon (or both!) exploring the gardens and conservatory in all of their seasonal beauty with pen, paper, facilitators, and friends. Through guidance and writing support explorers will engage with creative descriptive writing, story-telling, and differing perspectives.  All of this will be capped off with sharing, collaboration, and the opportunity to read from the author’s chair.  Who knows where a morning or afternoon of exploring will lead you?

Friday, January 21

Where: In person! At Olbrich Gardens

For: Students in grades 4-8

Registration Now Open!  

 

Friday, March 18

Where: In person! At Olbrich Gardens

For: Students in grades 4-8

Registration Now Open!  

Morning Session (9:00 a.m. – Noon): All too often, people only think of and experience Olbrich’s wonderful gardens in full summer bloom. As Writing Explorers you will travel through and experience the gardens at Olbrich in all their seasonal beauty. We will use the gardens and writing prompts to help write stories about what you encounter on your travels. Develop a short story, create a comic, write poetry, create a plot for a video game, write the history of a garden, tell the story of hibernating critters or the dive bombing sparrows in herb garden, …  Instructors will help you find, develop, and craft the stories you dream up.

Afternoon Session (12:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m.): As Writing Explorers you will immerse yourself in the lushness of the conservatory and the take in the seasonal gardens, making observations using the five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. You will record your observations in your explorer’s notebook and instructors will help you turn those observations into stories, poetry, and/or descriptive writing by connecting them to your experiences, memories, and imagination.