CABIN WRITING CAMPS are week-long summer workshops for kids going into grades 3-12. Each camp is led by a professional teaching-writer who designs challenging creative writing enrichment in their genre of expertise: poetry, fiction, memoir journalism, and plays. Camps meet in June, July, and August, and serve the Treasure Valley, Twin Falls, and Hailey. Registration for this summer opens on March 1, 2018. Need-based scholarships will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at that time, and a link to apply will be posted here.
Camps based out of The Cabin are $165 for the week, with off-site camp prices varying. Member discounts are available on all camps. Find out more about becoming a member by clicking HERE.
You can browse camps sorted by month or grade level. We offer camps for kids in grades 3-12 all three months.
Through hands-on exploration, camp students practice the tools they need in order to write well. Students encounter challenging prompts and write lots of new work, then receive in-depth critique toward revision. At the end of camp, students share their writing at a public reading and select a piece for publication in The Cabin’s end-of-year print anthology, Camp Fire.
Writing camp helps ignite a lifelong love of reading and writing, and gives students practical tools to apply their passion for writing to their practice on the page.
SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE!: The Cabin is committed to providing quality arts education despite financial need. Need-based aid applications/scholarships are due three weeks before the chosen camp.
Click here to donate to The Cabin Camp’s Scholarship Fund: The Cabin Camp’s Scholarship Fund
Learning Goals for Cabin Writing Camp
- Students will be exposed to a high standard of literature, and practice reading critically. We teach texts—poems, stories and plays—that best demonstrate the craft elements students need to understand in order to write well.
- Students participate in critical conversations about how and why texts are using literary strategies, and they experiment with these strategies in their own work.
- Students will see their surroundings as inspiration to write. Cabin writing lessons are sparked by experience in the real world. Students are encouraged to think like writers as they texts and observe the natural and cultural world.
- Students will develop their understanding of the fundamentals of their genre of focus: poetry, fiction, journalism, playwriting, and graphic novel design. They’ll demonstrate this understanding by writing poems that engage with poetic forms, sensory image, and figurative language, and stories that explore character, setting, dialogue and narrative.
- Students will come to view themselves as writers with authentic voices. Each student will write new work daily, and share that work with peers. Then, they’ll experience what it’s like to share their work with a wider audience through a public reading and publication online and in print.
Gratitude for Sponsors and Collaborators
Cabin writing camps are made possible by support from our generous community of readers and writers of all ages, and by these community partners and sponsors:
Boise Contemporary Theater, Boise Rock School, Boise Weekly, Charlotte Martin Foundation, Flying M Coffee, Idaho Botanical Garden, Idaho Power, KeyBank Foundation, Micron Foundation, Nagel Foundation, Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Hailey, The Bistline Foundation in the Idaho Community Foundation, The Boise Art Museum, The Boise Co-Op, The City of Boise, The Fine Arts Center at the College of Southern Idaho, The Foothills Learning Center, The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey, The Timbee Hall Recreation Center in the Fort Hall Shoshone and Bannock Reservation, and Zoo Boise.
Thank you for making Boise a community where art can flourish.