The whole experience of camp goes toward helping students see themselves as writers and as a community of writers. Campers learn from each other as well as their instructors and professional writers how to craft real writing for authentic purposes and audiences
Why do young people choose Young Writers’ Camp?
It’s not like school: Imagine a place where learning and fun are the same.
It’s a stress-free, nonjudgmental, open environment.
It gives campers freedom to write on topics and genres that interest campers.
It teaches “the rules” for writing, but also ways to break those rules.
Even its academic classes allow students to be creative.It’s full of writing exercises that tease the mind and bond you with fellow campers.
It’s a place to find and make friends; it’s a place to find people like you.
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I cannot render enough praise to Duke Young Writers’ Camp. It is an incredible experience. When I stepped in, I was initially unsure about whether it’d be fun, whether I’d make friends, and whether I’d become a better writer, among other things. I had relatively average expectations. They were immediately surpassed! The community of writers is supportive, talented, and kind. (Please use the Oxford comma while on the grounds of DYWC; you will make so many more friends.) The first Reader’s Forum is intimidating, especially for a first-timer, because everyone is SO GOOD! However, you will soon gain the confidence to read, and when you do, you will have people SWARMING you with congratulations, kind words, and hugs. Campers are generally more eccentric people, but we realize that the normalities the world places upon us are bizarre in a terrible way, and we bond over it. The teachers are extremely talented in the field of writing. However, classes are not extraordinarily academic. Field trips are in abundance, and many witty writing exercises are put to play. Teachers give useful, diplomatic advice. The food is good, especially for the context of a college campus. The dorms are well-maintained and air conditioning is a blessed piece of machinery. Besides classes, many other activities occur, like the iconic video production class (provided, I learned little about video production) for afternoon activity and many entertaining evening activities, like Mafia or Werewolves or even beautiful weddings. Leaving is the hardest thing to do, and I talk to the many friends I made at DYWC every day. I love this community so much and I cannot wait to see everyone again this July.