S134. #BestSummerEver!!!: Building an Effective Creative Writing Camp for High School Students

Room 25, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This panel will consider ways to build, organize, and run effective writing camps for high school students. We’ll consider best practices for recruiting and organizing programs of various lengths (from one week to six) and types (day camps versus residential), and also the day-to-day operation of activities once the camp begins. Four instructors with experience teaching and organizing these programs will help the audience address the key questions to consider when building their own programs.


John Fried’s fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including The Gettysburg Review, Minnesota Review, and North American Review. He teaches creative writing at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Karen Dwyer teaches fiction and nonfiction writing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her short stories and essays have appeared in BrainChild, Gettysburg Review, Arts and Letters, Red Mountain Review, and Other Voices, among other publications.

Jennifer Collins served as codirector and then director of the creative writing division of Shenandoah University's Performing Arts Camp, and has more recently become a faculty member of the Cardigan Mountain School's Summer Session, where she's been teaching creative writing and drama for six years.

Dave Griffith is the author of A Good War Is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America. He is vice president and Richard and Emily Smucker Chair of Education at the Chautauqua Institution.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside