NIU accepting applications for Creative Writing and Archeology day camps

Creative Writing Day Camp students share stories over lunch at NIU’s Grant Hall.
Creative Writing Day Camp students share stories over lunch at NIU’s Grant Hall.

The Department of Anthropology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming at NIU have announced two summer camps for students in grades six through eight.

NIU will be hosting the third-annual Creative Writing Day Camp from July 29 through Aug. 2. New this year to the campus is the Archeology Day Camp, being held Aug. 5 through Aug. 9.

“These camps represent a great opportunity for middle school students to have a fun experience and learn in a college setting,” said Mark Pietrowski, associate director of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming.

Campers in the Creative Writing Day Camp will develop their skills in writing fiction, poetry, flash fiction, screenwriting and copywriting. They will also participate in workshops where they will learn to give and accept constructive criticism.

The Creative Writing Day Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

Jennifer Kirker-Priest, director of the Archeology Day Camp, says campers will get to unleash their inner “Indiana Jones” and explore the secrets of the past. Activities during the week include artifact identification, archaeological drawing, excavation, mapping and museum procedures.

Archeology Day Camp goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

Applications are being accepted, and individuals can apply for camps online or download an application packet at www.niu.edu/clasep/camps. Returning College of Liberal Arts and Sciences campers, and campers of NIU employees, are eligible for a discount.

For more information, contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming at (815) 753-5200 or LASEP@niu.edu.

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