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Young Writers Camp

  • Young Writers Camp at Gannon

    Summer 2022

    Designed as a writing workshop, this week-long intensive writing camp will introduce young writers to the techniques of composing fiction, poetry, journalistic content, and social media content. They will also begin to develop a professional resume and an online writing portfolio. Students will explore the valuable skills of reading, listening, and speaking. This is an opportunity for students to enrich themselves academically while having fun with writing.


    Dates: Aug 1 - 5, 2022
    Age groups: 9 to 13, 14 to 18
    Time: 9 - 11:30 a.m.,12:30 - 3 p.m.
    Cost: $175

    Address: Gannon University - Palumbo Academic Center, 100 West 8th Street (Peach Street) Erie, PA 16541

    What you can expect

    • Loads of fun with writing-based activities
    • Craft with the written word in academic, creative, and professional contexts
    • Produce creative pieces that you will be proud of
    • Publish/display projects in the Writing Camp Wall Magazine
    • Practice the art of revision and polishing your writing 
    • Enjoy individualized attention from writing faculty and professionals
    • Share your new work at the Friday Public Reading

    Important Information

    Young Writers Camp attendees must arrive at Kelly Conference Room, third floor, Palumbo Academic Center, Gannon University, at 8:30 a.m. on August 1 to check-in and receive a Welcome Packet. Workshop activities will begin at 9 a.m.. The following days will include a full daily schedule of group workshops, individual conferences, fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction performances, outdoor sessions, and appearances by guest writers. A Friday Public Reading will close the Young Writers Camp on Friday, the last day of the program. Camp attendees will present their work. Family and friends are welcome to attend the reading.

    Camp activities are held in classrooms of Palumbo Academic Center, Gannon University.

    For more information, please email Dr. Shreelina Ghosh

    What to Bring

    • Snacks, drinks 
    • Lunch or money for ordering lunch from Gannon meal services (food will NOT be provided
    • Writing folder/tablet, pens, pencils
    • Laptop (optional)

    Students may have access to their cell phones with the exception of the following times: classroom and instruction sessions, group work, and speaker presentations, at which time cell phones must be put in silent mode or turned off. 

    Contact Information

    Gannon University: 814-871-7000

    Shreelina Ghosh: 814-871-5583

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    Camp Facilitators

    • Ann Bomberger
    • Matt Darling 
    • Derek DiMatteo
    • Shreelina Ghosh 
    • Carol Hayes
    • Kaustav Mukherjee
    • Doug Oathout
    • Laura Rutland