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Registration Questions

»WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT CAMP THIS YEAR?

This summer, WITS is offering both virtual and in-person summer camp experiences for grades K-12. See below for details.

»WHAT COVID PROTOCOLS WILL BE IN PLACE AT THE ‘IN PERSON’ CAMPS?

The camps will be using the protocols set by each individual host campus along with CDC guidelines.

»FOR WHAT GRADE SHOULD I REGISTER MY CHILD?

Summer camps are open to all students who will enroll in grades K-12 in fall 2021. Students must be placed into classrooms based on the grade they will be entering in the fall. Please note that WITS performs age checks prior to the first day of camp.

»WILL MY CHILD BE IN A MULTI-AGE OR MULTI-GRADE CLASSROOM?

Multi-age and multi-grade classrooms take place with some camp classrooms. Although we try our best to keep classrooms confined to one grade level, WITS reserves the right to place students in a multi-age or multi-grade classroom based on enrollment.

»CAN I REQUEST THAT MY CHILD BE IN A CLASS WITH A FRIEND?

WITS + Rice Creative Writing Camp families may request a student be placed in a class with another student, and we will try our best to honor that request. Please indicate your request during registration.

»DO YOU HAVE AFTER CARE OR BEFORE CARE?

Extended day programs are available to extend the camp day at the sites listed below. Please contact the site directly for cost and to register.

  • Annunciation Orthodox School – Before care available via AOS website: https://www.aoshouston.org/camp-aos

»DO YOU PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION?

WITS does not provide transportation. If you are interested in carpooling with other parents, you may indicate this when you register your child. Your information will then be shared with other parents as we near the start of camp.


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Classroom Questions

»IS THIS CAMP JUST LIKE SCHOOL?

Summer camp provides a unique setting in which children can learn the power of words, gain practice in self-expression, and expand their creativity while having fun. Hesitant writers bloom in the supportive environment as they experience different ways of writing and develop the confidence to think of themselves as writers. Children who already see themselves as authors develop new skills, stretch their creativity, and enjoy inspiration and mentoring from professional writers.

»WHAT DOES A TYPICAL CAMP DAY LOOK LIKE?

All camp classrooms include the following components. The day’s structure is determined by the teacher (s) and may vary, but the components will all be included.
· Time for community building
· Creative entry points into writing through mentor texts, art, music, or movement
· Individual and partner writing time
· One-on-one conferencing with the teacher
· Reading of teacher’s comments on a student’s writing
· Practicing revision techniques
· Sharing writing with the class at the author’s chair
· Adding to writing portfolio

»WHAT IS THE STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO?

Each class is taught by a professional writer. WITS + Rice Creative Writing Camp typically includes a classroom teacher with a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 students.

»WHAT DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BRING TO CAMP?

Prior to camp you will be emailed details on everything your child needs to bring to camp on their first day. Typically students are asked to bring a notebook, folder, and a pencil.

»WILL MY CHILD GET BREAKS DURING THE DAY?

Playtime is critically important for children, helping them perform their best. Each class has a break during the day, allowing time for students to play outside. Students can bring snacks or a lunch that can be eaten during this break.


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Cost Questions

»ARE THERE DEADLINES AND REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS?

By enrolling my child, I have read and understand that Creative Writing Camp will offer refunds for the full tuition minus a $75 cancellation fee for each child if requested ten (10) business days prior to the first day of that session of Creative Writing Camp.

No refund requests will be accepted within ten (10) business days from the first day of Creative Writing Camp.

Creative Writing Camp will not prorate tuition for students who cannot attend the full schedule of classes.

»WHAT IF MY CHILD CANNOT ATTEND THE FULL SESSION?

Summer camp is an intensive writing workshop, and participation is important for student success. There is no prorating of tuition for students who cannot attend the full schedule of classes.

»WHAT PAYMENTS ARE ACCEPTED?

Payments should be made online, using a credit card. A confirmation email with be sent following registration, with more details arriving closer to camp. Please do not mail payments, as we cannot guarantee your spot will still be available during transit time. No payment plans are available, and the full tuition is due at the time of registration.

  •  WITS + Rice: Payments should be made via the Creative Writing Camp registration page. If you prefer to not submit payments online, you may print your registration form and bring your payment in person to the WITS office or pay by phone, 713.523.3877.

»ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

The Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented provides scholarships for interested students.

»DOES THE COST DIFFER BASED ON THE CAMP?

  • WITS + Rice Creative Writing Camp: $330-$495 per student | Sibling Discount $300-$445

»WHAT DOES MY CHILD GET FOR THEIR TUITION?

  • WITS + Rice: Students receive 20-30 hours of high-quality classroom instruction with real authors and professional teachers, a publication or portfolio of student’s best writing, a classroom reading or performance, and a Creative Writing Camp t-shirt.

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Waitlist Questions

»WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS PUT ON A WAITLIST?

If all spaces are filled, your application will be put on a waiting list. WITS will hold on to your application during this time. In the event there is a cancellation and space becomes available, you will be notified to see if you are still interested in the program. You will not pay for the class until you have confirmed.

»DO YOU OFFER CAMPS OR WORKSHOPS AT OTHER TIMES?

In addition to summer camps, WITS also offers free workshops for children and teens throughout the year. Stay connected to learn more about future workshops.


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