2019 Laker Writing Camps

The Lake Michigan Writing Project is proud to announce our annual Laker Writing Camps! For one week, your future novelist, poet, or journalist will have the chance to explore the wonders of writing with some of West Michigan’s finest teachers!

Our Laker Writing Camps offers students an opportunity to explore many styles of writing in a fun environment.  With students returning each morning to the exciting environment, students participate in activities that create a community of writers and provide nurturing support for developing authors. To prompt writing, campers and facilitators may travel from their camp site to various age-appropriate places of interest, learning and inspiration.

Teachers plan writing activities that build confidence while providing the writing tools that inspire creative thinking and author’s craft. Campers write a variety of pieces such as poems, autobiographical sketches, short stories, and nature observations while engaging in the writing process of drafting, revising, responding and editing. Finally, each camper will choose a piece of his or her writing for publication in the camp anthology.

The Laker Writing Camp is an outreach effort of the LMWP to encourage and nurture young writers. Our staff consists of Lake Michigan Writing Project Teacher-Consultants who have been identified as outstanding teachers of writing and nurturing role models for our campers.

2019 Camp Schedule

Camp Location


Grade in Fall 2019



July 22-25, 2019


8:30 am - 12:30 p.m.

BELDING (Belding Middle School Media Center)

June 24,-27, 2019


8:30 am - 12:30 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS (GVSU Pew/Downtown Campus)

June 24-27, 2019

3-5, 6-8, 9-12

8:30 am - 12:30 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS (GVSU Pew/Downtown Campus)

July 8-11, 2019

3-5, 6-8

8:30 am - 12:30 p.m.

HOLLAND (GVSU Holland Campus)

July 29 - August 1, 2019


8:30 am - 12:30 p.m.

PLAINWELL (Starr Elementary Media Center)

July 15-18, 2019


8:30 am - 12:30 p.m.

SPRING LAKE (Spring Lake High School)

July 15-18, 2019


11 am - 3 p.m.


Cost is $150/person (payment is required to hold your spot)

Registrations will be accepted until one week before the start of each camp or until full, whichever is sooner.

Refunds will be given on an individual basis, depending on the circumstances. 


For any additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Alex Priebe at priebeal@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-8236.

Download our 2019 Camp Flyer to print and mail. Thank you for helping us get the word out to student writers!