Since 1983, Duke Young Writers’ Camp has offered teens an environment that fosters creative expression through the written word. Campers select two creative writing courses from among several options taught by Triangle area writers and English language arts instructors. Courses typically include options in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction as well as newspaper, college admissions essay, and television writing classes. Campers enroll by grade level, with classes exclusively for middle school pupils and those courses exclusively for high school students.
During the two-week session, campers become a community of writers, affirming each other and their work, learning and honing the craft of the writer.
- Active and intellectually and emotionally engaging classes that stimulate creativity
- Frequent field trips to places on Duke’s East & West campuses & in nearby Durham to inspire writing
- Daily voluntary opportunities to share orally original works-in-progress in front of peers
- A reading by 15 to 20 students selected by instructors at the Regulator Bookstore on 9th Street in Durham
- An opportunity to volunteer to read original work at a Readers’ Theatre before the entire camp on the last night of the program
- Co-curricular social and recreational activities
To register, select the appropriate section:
• Young Writers’ Camp Session 1 – Section 028
• Young Writers’ Camp Session 2 – Section 029
• Young Writers’ Camp Session 3 – Section 030
To check availability in the camp for the appropriate category of camper, click on the exclamation point next to the appropriate course fee (example: Day Camper - Fee). If a category is full, you can still continue the checkout process and join the waitlist.