Set your poems and stories in motion with games and play.
What does joy smell like? Taste like? And what rhymes with orange? (Door hinge? More hens?) Play the types of story and word games that wake up all five senses, sparking creativity and encouraging new paths to writing imaginative poems and stories. Then, explore nearby parks and other locations for inspiration.
Write for the eye, with your soul as your guide.
Cave paintings. Hieroglyphics. Graffiti. Even before letters, we told stories through pictures. Explore the raw power of connecting words and images as you work to create visual poems and stories alive with characters, plot, and a rich background. With excursions about town and graphic texts to draw from, discover how to produce collages, comics, illustrated poems, calligraphy, and stories meant for the eye.
Build a (strange) new world in this sci-fi/fantasy fiction camp
Zombies, dragons, robots, oh my! Kick things off by working with other writers to build the rules for the fantastical realm of your dreams. With your teaching-writer/wizard guiding you about town, let your imagination boil and bubble as you create an original short story inspired by this strange land – all while learning the spells behind all good stories, like plot, dialogue, character, and setting.
For grades 3 & 4, this camp is offered June 8 – 12, July 13 – 17, and July 27 – 31. For grades 5 & 6, this camp is offered June 8 – 12, July 13 – 17, and July 27 – 31. For grades 7, 8, & 9, this camp is offered June 8 – 12, July 13 – 17, and July 27 – 31.
Find your truth and write your story.
J.K. Rowling said “the stories we love best live in us forever.” But how do we write those stories? Through powerful language, truth, and our unique vision of the world. Work with an experienced teaching-writer from The Cabin to tell your story (or poem), shaping your words into language that leaps off the page and stays with your reader forever.
Learn the tools to produce your own blockbuster screenplays.
Feel that force, flowing through you? That’s visual storytelling, the language of action and romance, drama and comedy, waiting for you to harness it. With popular movies and classic cinema as your director, learn how to develop characters, plot, action, and dialogue that turns a notion into an idea and an idea into a script.
Explore the (super) power of connecting words and images.
Blammo! Write and illustrate the types of comics you wish you could read. Who are your heroes and villains? What are their backstories? Who makes a surprise appearance in the third act? Using comic books, manga, and art excursions as your inspiration, work alongside your peers and your Cabin teaching-writer to discover how to produce comic stories that both show and tell. Kapow!
This camp is offered June 22 – 26.
Pound the pavement and take your imagination downtown.
The city has its own heartbeat (or so the song goes). Can you find it? Using cityscapes, coffee shops, public art, and urban life as your map, find and write the pulse of an urban-influenced short story or poem – with characters spotted on street corners, plots born out of passing conversations, and the vibrant settings of alleys, parks, and mysterious buildings.
Create succulent stories and poems.
Every seed needs a little water and sunlight. Grow your own relationship to nature by writing in Boise’s best garden. Using the Idaho Botanical Garden as your living museum, and staff and teaching-writer as your curators, you’ll learn about the lives of plants and critters while nurturing stories that blossom and poems designed to withstand a drought. A collaboration of The Cabin and Idaho Botanical Garden.
This camp is offered June 15 – 19.
Pen the hit song you’re meant to sing.
Everyone has a song inside them – it just needs a little tuning. Using hooks, rhymes, and words that sing, begin writing your own songs with your own band on the very first day of camp at Boise Rock School. Work with a professional musician and a professional poet as you listen to songs, discuss what makes them work, write your own lyrics, and practice for a performance (with camp bandmates) by the end of the week. Open to any instrument or ability level, and feel free to bring your instrument to camp, if you have one.
This camp is offered July 20 – 24.
Get inspired by meeting the raptors soaring above us.
Did you know the owl turns his head because his eyes can’t move? Or that the peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on Earth? Get an up-close look at vultures, eagles, and some of the globe’s largest hawks at the World Center for Birds of Prey. Hear from scientists about important bird conservation projects – then, strike out with your Cabin teaching-writer to transform your new, ornithological knowledge into raptor-inspired poems and short stories. A collaboration of The Cabin and The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey.
Camp dates are TBD.
Learn a new language through the eyes of an animal.
What does an anteater smell? How do giraffes sleep? What do turtles fear most? Start this all-day camp at Zoo Boise each morning for zoo-educator-led activities that provide a better understanding of animals and the dangers they face, as well as how you can work for conservation. In the afternoon, head to The Cabin, where you’ll work with a teaching-writer to hone your creative writing skills and create a collection of reptilian and amphibian-inspired poems and short stories.
Note: This is an all-day camp. Pack a lunch!