Summer Writing Camps 2022

Students and teachers from an elementary camp pose with their notebooks on GVSU Grand Rapids campus

Explore the wonders of writing

Summer Writing Camps are for students who are interested in writing! They will meet and write with new friends. Our teachers will inspire creative thinking as young writers explore various styles and genres.

Each morning of camp, students enter an exciting environment and 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 campsite to various age-appropriate places of interest, learning, and inspiration.


Cost and Information

$150 per Student

Reduced-cost tuition available on registration form

T-shirt, notebook & snacks included
Explore styles and genres
Grades 3-12

The cost of camp is $150/person, which includes a t-shirt, notebook, and snacks provided each day of camp. A reduced-cost tuition option is available on the registration form. Non-refundable payment is required to hold your spot. Registrations will be available until one week before the start of each camp or until full, whichever is sooner. Each camp is capped at 30 students. Register by the deadline to receive a camp t-shirt!

Our teachers are Lake Michigan Writing Project Teacher-Consultants who have been identified as outstanding teachers of writing and nurturing role models for our campers. Teachers plan writing activities that build confidence while providing the writing tools that inspire creative thinking and the 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.

Meet our teachers

Camps will follow the COVID-19 safety policies of GVSU and the CDC. We expect these to include:

  • Required COVID self-assessment pre-screening every day
  • Social distancing
  • Face coverings
  • Frequent handwashing
  • Individually-wrapped snacks

If the camp is canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will receive a refund minus a small credit card processing fee.

Elementary Summer Writing Camp 2021

6th - 12th Grade Summer Writing Camp 2021

2022 Camp Schedule Details Coming Soon!

Tentative Camp Locations

Grade in Fall 2022






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

GRAND RAPIDS (GVSU Pew/Downtown Campus) 



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

GRAND RAPIDS (GVSU Pew/Downtown Campus)

3-5, 9-12


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

GRAND RAPIDS (GVSU Pew/Downtown Campus) 



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

HOLLAND (GVSU Holland Campus)



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

PLAINWELL (Starr Elementary Media Center)



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



July - August  (Select dates)

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

A student sits outside writing in a journal

Write Your College Essay Workshop

July – August, 2022 (Select dates)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Write Your College Essay is a virtual workshop for students applying to college in the fall. The workshop includes 10 hours of group and individualized instruction and feedback. Each student will finish the workshop with a completed Common App essay that will be ready to apply to colleges. The workshop is facilitated through Google Classroom and Zoom video calls. Space is limited to 24 students.

Learn more

Ready to sign-up?

Registration to open Spring 2022!


A student writes among the trees of Grand Valley's campus.

Campers smile in their class before their writing celebration party

A small group of campers circle up and share their writing surrounded by trees on GVSU's campus.