Creative Writing Camp – The “Best Summer Program for Kids”

“The BEST camp in Houston for unleashing the creativity of young authors.”

– Sarah Gish, author of Gish Picks and The Summer Book


Are you looking for a summer activity that could impact your child’s life?  For more than 25 years Creative Writing Camp has provided a unique setting that challenges students entering kindergarten through 12th grade to learn the power of words and practice their creativity and expression.  Hesitant writers bloom in the supportive environment as they experience different ways of writing and develop the confidence to think, “I am a writer, now!”  Children who already see themselves as authors develop new skills, stretch their creativity, and enjoy inspiration and mentoring from professional writers.

Creative Writing Camp, which has been voted “Best Summer Program for Kids” by the Houston Press and featured by Houstonia magazine, is jointly sponsored by Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture and Writers in the Schools.  Students receive personal encouragement in small classes led by two adults, generally an experienced teacher and a professional writer.  Together, the students, teachers, and writers explore a variety of genres such as poetry, plays, personal essays and fiction. Through these interactions, students develop confidence in their writing skills as well as a love of writing itself.

Field trips to area art museums or visits from local artists help students extend their creativity.  Camp concludes with a student reading or culminating performance and students bring home anthologies or portfolios of their work.

Two-week, half-day camps are offered at Rice University and campuses across the greater Houston community:

Session One:  June 6—17

Oak Forest          Oak Forest Elementary    (entering K—6th)               8:30—12:30

Meyerland           The Shlenker School  (entering  K—6th)                    8:30—12:30

Heights                Travis Elementary (entering  K—6th)                          8:30—1:30 (8 days M—Th only)

Session Two:  June 13—24

Tanglewood       TH Rogers School  (entering K—8th)                           8:30—12:30

West U                 St. Mark’s Episcopal (entering K—8th)                      8:30—12:30

Sugarland            Brazos Bend  (entering  K—6th)                                   8:30—12:30

Pearland              Wilder Elementary  (entering  K—6th)                       8:30—1:30 (8 days M—Th only)

Memorial            Meadow Wood Elem (entering  K—6th)                     8:30—1:30 (8 days M—Th only)

Rice Univ             Rice University  (entering 7th—12th)                          9:00—1:00

Session Three:  June 20—July 1

Piney Point          St. Francis Day School  entering K—8th)                    8:30—12:30

(Extended care available through the campus at 713-458-6100)

Creative Writing Camp costs $495 per student with fees discounted to $445 for each additional sibling.  Online registration can now be accessed at .   Classes fill very quickly so early registration is encouraged. Keep an eye on our website for classes/campuses that are at capacity.

For further information please access the SLC website at , call 713-348-5333 or contact Emily Merriweather at


Authored by Laurie Hammons, Rice University School Literacy and Culture

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