Summer camps teach creative writing, digital media

Photo of a typewriterNIU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming is spreading the word on two cool Academic Summer Day Camp options for students entering sixth- through eighth-grades.

Applications can be filled out online; a $25 discount is available to NIU employees.

For more information, call (815) 753-5200 or email LASEP@niu.edu.

Creative Writing Day Camp
July 11 to 15
Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Campers will develop their skills in writing fiction and poetry and explore other forms of creative writing, such as flash fiction, screenwriting and copy writing. The week’s activities include journaling, free-writing, guided writing, structured exercises and revision strategies.

Campers will participate in workshops to learn to give and accept constructive criticism. Instructors will provide individual feedback on campers’ work to help them develop their unique voice and style. Each day will include time for writing and reading.

The week will close with a lunch reception for campers and their families in which campers will read from their best work and receive a booklet compiling highlights from the week’s writing in each genre.

Digital Media Day Camp
July 25 to 29
Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

film-reelDo you love to watch movies? Have you ever thought about making one of your own? Now is your chance to work with others like you and take the first step toward a career in media production.

Learn the basics of media writing and production to bring a creative flair to the stories you tell in this fun and interactive camp! In groups, campers will script a story or joke and use digital media to put together a short narrative. Campers will merge recorded narration, videos, pictures and music using video editing software to create their short narratives, which will be screened for the camp at the end of the week.

Along the way, teams will screen rough cuts of their work where they’ll receive and give constructive feedback on story and editing.

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