What is Badgerdog Creative Writing Camp?
For more than 10 years, Badgerdog's Creative Writing Summer Camp has given Austin youth a space to fall in love with writing, discover authentic self-expression, learn from a professional writer, and publish original work.
Each spring break and summer, Badgerdog hosts writing workshops for rising 3rd- through 12th-graders. These fun and challenging workshops allow students to work closely with a professional writer as they explore the arts of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting. All campers experience the joy of reading, writing, and sharing their original work.
At the end of the summer, all camp students will have their work published in one of two professionally produced anthologies: "Rise," for elementary-aged writers, and "Emerge," for middle- and high-school writers. In the fall, Badgerdog hosts a Young Authors Reading & Anthology Launch, where selected campers perform their work and celebrate the launch of the anthologies.
All workshops will be capped at 15 students per workshop. Our traditional three-week camps will include fun exercises in poetry, fiction, and revision. We also offer Book Crushes, a camp that features a specific book that campers will read through together, and Genre Workshops, which cover one specific topic in writing.
Badgerdog Summer Camp Workshops are labeled according to the grade that students will be entering in the fall. You will see the following workshops on the registration site:
- Lower Elementary School: campers who will be entering 3rd + 4th grade in the fall
- Upper Elementary School: campers who will be entering 5th + 6th grade in the fall
- Middle School Workshop: campers who will be entering 7th + 8th grade in the fall
- High School Workshop: campers who will be entering 9th - 12th grade in the fall
Parents say Badgerdog helps kids and teens write with greater skill, comfort, and enthusiasm. Campers say Badgerdog helps them find confidence and play in the writing process. Read about camper Anya Van Arnam's evolution as a writer through Badgerdog here in the Cedar Park High School Paper.