Our Rice University (one-week sessions) and Annunciation Orthodox School (two-week session) locations offer themed workshops for middle and high school students. See below for detailed course descriptions.

Rice University: Session 1 | June 3-7
Rice University: Session 2 | June 17-21
Rice University: Session 3 | June 24-28
Annunciation Orthodox School | June 3-14


Rice University: Session 1 – June 3-7

 

  • Just Write It (6th-7th Grade)

Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 6th and 7th grade students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will write at various locations throughout the Rice campus, peer review each other’s work, and receive one-on-one feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

  • Just Write It (8th-9th Grade)

Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 8th and 9th grade students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will write at various locations throughout the Rice campus, peer review each other’s work, and receive one-on-one feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

  • Silent Storytelling (7th-9th Grade)

Lights, camera, action! In this new summer course, students will learn how to design, write, and film short silent movies. Working together in small groups, students will discover best practices for collaborating on a creative team as they explore the structure and elements of a successful story. With professional writers and teachers as their mentors, students will storyboard their films, gather props and create costumes, and plan their scenes. Using the beautiful Rice campus as their set, students will gain experience in directing, acting, and various production roles. At the end of the week, students will design and lead a red carpet premiere party for parents and friends— popcorn required!

  • Writing and Art: A Self-Portrait (10th-12th Grade)


How can writers use visual art to spark new creative energy and enliven the details of their thoughts, feelings, and experiences? This new summer course focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, inviting students to explore how texts and visual art can work together to forge vivid, meaningful accounts of a writer’s inner life and unique perspective on the world. Students will read work from a spectrum of artist-writers such as Maira Kalman, Richard McGuire, and Eleni Sikelianos who model how art can animate, elevate, and transform the written word. Using installations throughout the Rice campus as inspiration, students will practice using their own visual art to invigorate their own writing. At the end of camp, students will host a showcase featuring pieces from their unique portfolios of written and visual work.

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Rice University: Session 2 – June 17-21

 

  • Just Write It (6th-7th Grade)

Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 6th and 7th grade students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will write at various locations throughout the Rice campus, peer review each other’s work, and receive one-on-one feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

  • Just Write It (8th-9th Grade)

Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 8th and 9th grade students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will write at various locations throughout the Rice campus, peer review each other’s work, and receive one-on-one feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

  • Digital Storytelling (7th-9th Grade)

In this hands-on multimedia workshop, students will utilize digital apps and online platforms to bring their stories and poems to life. Through technology-infused writing activities and small group projects, students will explore how creative writing and technology can work hand-in-hand to persuade, inform, or inspire an audience. With support from professional writers and teachers, students practice skills such as character development, world-building, and dialogue creation as they learn new, innovative approaches for shaping and sharing their writing. Using tools such as Adobe Spark and Pixton, students will design and create digital writing projects to share with family and friends at a culminating celebration. *All participating students must bring their own laptop.

  • Know Thyself: The Art of the Essay (10th-12th Grade)


The history of the essay finds its origins in the core Renaissance ideal of rebirth. This course will give students a chance to breathe new life into their personal stories with the goal of sharpening their essay-writing skills in a fun and supportive environment. Professional writers and teachers will guide students in learning how to connect and situate their individual stories within a broader world of ideas. By engaging with contemporary nonfiction forms, students will expand their understanding of what makes an essay effective and how they can utilize a fresh and memorable approach in their own essay-writing, especially as they prepare for their college entrance applications.

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Rice University: Session 3 – June 24-28

 

  • Just Write It (6th-7th Grade)

Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 6th and 7th grade students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will write at various locations throughout the Rice campus, peer review each other’s work, and receive one-on-one feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

  • Just Write It (8th-9th Grade)

Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 8th and 9th grade students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will write at various locations throughout the Rice campus, peer review each other’s work, and receive one-on-one feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

  • Writing for the Stage (7th-9th Grade)

In this new summer course, students will work together to write and perform one-act stage plays under the guidance of professional writers and playwrights. Throughout the week, students will learn about the conventions and craft elements of this exciting genre by exploring the works of contemporary playwrights. They will consider how writing for the stage is different from other types of written genres, and how paying attention to the world around them can aid in the creation of lively stories for the stage. Drawing inspiration from character studies and locations throughout the Rice campus, students will collaborate to plan 15-20 minute performances which they will share at a culminating celebration on the last day of camp.

  • Poetry & Pop Culture (10th-12th Grade)


What if everything we loved could find a home in our writing? This new summer course celebrates memes, movies, music, and social media as vital ingredients within the contemporary world of creative writing. Professional poets and writers will encourage students to embrace their obsessions and see themselves as capable curators of artistic expression within their daily lives. Using spoken word poetry as an anchor, instructors will guide students in practicing how to “read” pop culture critically and articulate the value of their favorite artists, musicians, writers, and online personalities. By the end of the week, students will have accumulated their own “mixtape” of creative writing that they will share in a culminating showcase or open mic.

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Annunciation Orthodox School: June 3-14

 

  • Just Write It (7th-8th Grade)

Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help 6th and 7th grade students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will write at various locations throughout the Rice campus, peer review each other’s work, and receive one-on-one feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.

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