Meadow Brook Writing Camps

Each summer, Meadow Brook Hall opens the estate to aspiring student writers of all ages for the Meadow Brook Writing Camps (MBWC), hosted by the Meadow Brook Writing Project.

Participants will discover secret staircases and amazing playhouses while being challenged and inspired at creative writing workshops at the National Historic Landmark, located in Rochester on the campus of Oakland University.


ABOUT MEADOW BROOK WRITING CAMPS

Meadow Brook Writing Camps are back for summer 2021! Option to attend camp in-person or online.

  • 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 (NWP).
  • All youth camp teachers are involved in continuing education, including NWP conferences, publications and teacher- training workshops. Teachers are assisted by trained Meadow Brook Hall docents.

Each day during MBWC, young writers will tour the historic house museum and world-class gardens to nurture, polish and ultimately publish their original works. Published works include both written and digital presentation.

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS | SUMMER 2021

Grades K-2: Emerging authors will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and workshop with fellow writers in their age group. Students will be guided using shared reading, read-alouds, shared writing, narrative writing, poetry and literacy stations. Presentations of one polished work will be conducted at the close of the last day of that week’s camp.

Grades 3-5: Developing authors will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and workshop with fellow writers in their age group. Different genres of prose and poetry will be explored using mentor texts of fiction, fantasy, folklore, mystery and biographical origins. One day of camp will be spent at Oakland University rendering one of their works into a digital movie that will be uploaded to YouTube. Presentations of one polished work will be conducted at the close of the last day of that week’s camp.

Grades 6-8: Maturing authors will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and workshop with fellow writers in their age group. Students will be engaged in poetry and prose in genres such as fantasy, historical, art journaling, science fiction, gothic, and personal narrative. One day of camp will be spent at Oakland University rendering one of their works into a digital movie that will be uploaded to YouTube. Presentations of one polished work will be conducted at the close of the last day of that week’s camp.

Grades 9-12: Young authors will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and workshop with fellow writers in their age group. Advanced writing opportunities will include challenging poetry and prose in genres such art journaling, fantasy, dystopian, historical, personal narrative, and magical realism. One day of camp will be spent at Oakland University rendering one of their works into a digital movie that will be uploaded to YouTube. Presentations of one polished work will be conducted at the close of the last day of that week’s camp.

VIRTUAL PROGRAM

MBWC online classes run from July 19-23, 2021.

The Grade 3-5 class will run from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Grade 6-8 and 9-12 sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Course curriculum and structure will vary by age group.

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REGISTER NOW FOR 2021 CAMPS

MBWC registration is now open.

Each of the in-person half day camps is $300 for the week and the full day camp is $400.

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.

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Note: There is a four-week cancellation policy for all camps. You must cancel four weeks prior to the first day of camp in order to receive a full refund.

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

To learn more or to apply for the scholarship, contact MBWC at or (248) 370-4151 or MBWC Camp Director Rebecca Rivard at .

 

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Click here to register for the 2021 Meadow Brook Writing Camps.