6 Summer Writing Camps and Workshops for Minnesota Youth

kids writingIf you're a young Minnesota writer looking for ways to cultivate your craft this summer, listen up. The Twin Cities has some great opportunities for blossoming student writers. Summer writing camps and workshops are an ideal way to learn because they’re laid back, pressure-free, and centered on fun. Besides that, they’re a productive use of your time and a chance to meet new friends. What have you got to lose?

Check out these six writing opportunities for youth living in the Twin Cities area. But don’t wait too long to enroll; many start soon and space is limited.

Minneapolis Young Writer’s Workshop. North Central University in downtown Minneapolis hosts this creative writing workshop for young writers aged 13-19. You’ll get one-on-one critiques, open-mic opportunities, and evening sessions with keynote speakers, including Jay Asher and Jonathan Friesen. The workshop runs June 14-16, 2016, and costs $300.

Writing Magic – The Art of Creative Writing. Targeted at grades 3 through 8, this four-day Edina Summer Computer Camp runs from June 7-10, 2016, and is an opportunity for students to explore different genres of writing and gain confidence in their skills. You’ll also learn about digital writing, including blogging and self-publishing. The fee is $135, and the camp is held at South View Middle School in Edina.

Hamline University’s Young Writer’s Workshop. This is a great opportunity for high school students to prepare for college and connect with other writers in the area, including the Hamline staff and published authors. Besides in-depth instruction, you’ll get to tour the literary Twin Cities. Cost for this workshop is $400 for four full days, from June 20-23, 2016.

Bethel University’s Journalism Mini-Camp. Have an interest in the media? This camp might be just the ticket. It’s a three-day minicamp for students in grades 9 through 12 who want to learn more about reporting and other forms of media work. You’ll also get to hear from top Twin Cities journalists. The camp runs July 22-24, 2016, and costs $75. Find the details here.

Intermedia Art’s Writing Circle for Teens. If you're a teen who loves to write and you’re looking for a peer group to learn and workshop with, this Intermedia Arts-sponsored program fits the bill. The Writing Circle for Teens meets every other week to share prompts, set goals, and get feedback. The best part is, it’s free! Check the website for times and dates.

The Loft Literary Center Summer Enrichment Classes. Minneapolis’s well-known literary center, The Loft, has an array of classes for youth ages 6-17 this summer. There's everything from writing fan fiction to fantasy to college essays. Dates and fees vary, although discounts apply for Loft members. Online classes are available too. You can see the full listing of summer youth programs here.

Know of any other summer writing camps or workshops for youth in Minnesota? Please share them below.

Happy summer writing!

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4 thoughts on “6 Summer Writing Camps and Workshops for Minnesota Youth

  1. Rick King

    I have a son who’s graduating HS this coming spring and is has been writing fiction since 5th grade. I’m looking for summer writing workshop suggestions for him. We’re in St. Paul. Thanks!

    1. Susie

      Hi Rick,

      Many of the programs listed above will renew for the summer of 2018. Summer workshop updates are usually listed sometime in early spring. You might also check your local community education program for writing classes for high schoolers. The Loft (www.loft.org) is also a great place for young adults looking to cultivate their writing talent, plus they hold classes and workshops throughout the year. Hope that helps! Good luck to your son, and thanks so much for visiting my website!

  2. Julie Herrick

    HI, Is this strictly for MN students? We live on the Western border of WI, across from MN. My daughter has been writing forever and is interested in a couple of the workshops. Thanks

    1. Susie

      Post author

      Hi Julie,

      Most of these are not limited to Minnesota students. I would suggest contacting the program your daughter is interested in. The links should lead you to contact information. Good luck! It’s wonderful to have a young writer in the family!


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