Meadow Brook Writing Camps

Students from kindergarten through high school explore the National Historic Landmark and create original works at half and full day writing camps.

Meadow Brook Writing Camp Inspires Student Authors of All Ages

This summer, Meadow Brook Hall will open its doors and grounds once more to aspiring student writers of all ages for the Meadow Brook Writing Camp (MBWC). Participants will discover secret staircases and amazing playhouses while being challenged and inspired at creative writing workshops at the National Historic Landmark, located on the campus of Oakland University.

“Our Meadow Brook Writing Camps are particularly unique in that they not only build a lifelong love of reading and writing, but they introduce participants to the beauty and history of Meadow Brook Hall,” said Rebecca Rivard, MBWP director. “The camps are vital to the growth of a young writer; whether they love the process or fear it due to discouragement.”

The program offers in-person and virtual weeklong camps designed to help students from kindergarten through high school develop as writers. Every day, participants will tour the historic house museum and world-class gardens to nurture, polish and ultimately publish their original written works.

Young authors will interact with award-winning, specially-trained experts in the field of writing. Collaborative teaching teams consist of K-12 writing teachers and Oakland University faculty from the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. All are alumni of Meadow Brook Writing Project’s Summer Institute, an intensive writer’s workshop for master teachers involved in the National Writing Project. All camp teachers are involved in continuing education through the NWP conferences, publications, and teacher-training workshops.

MBWC registration is now open. Each of the half day camps is $300 for the week and the full day camp is $400. For more information or to register, visit

  • Camp A: 9-1 p.m., July 5-9 | Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
  • Camp B: 9-1 p.m., July 12-16 | Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
  • Camp C: 9-1 p.m., July 19-23 | Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
  • Camp D: 9-4 p.m., July 26-30 | Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
  • Camp E: 9-1 p.m., Aug. 2-6 | Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

The online camps are $100 for Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8 and 9-12 are $185.

  • Grades 3-5 | July 19-23 | 10 a.m. to noon
  • Grades 6-8 | July 19-23 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Grades 9-12 | July 19-23 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One scholarship is available each summer for siblings of children battling life-threatening illnesses: The Elsa and Ingrid Scholarship for Young Authors and Artists.

Meadow Brook Hall is fully self-supporting, relying on special events and touring for the preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark. For more information, call (248) 364-6200 or visit




Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, Meadow Brook Hall represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival style architecture in America, and is especially renowned for its superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale of 88,000 square-feet. It was the center of a country estate that included 1,500 acres, numerous farm buildings, recreational facilities, several residences and formal gardens. Named a National Historic Landmark in 2012, Meadow Brook Hall strives to preserve and interpret its architecture, landscape, and fine and decorative art so that visitors may be entertained, educated and inspired by history. Meadow Brook Hall is located in Rochester, Mich. on the campus of Oakland University.