Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Cabin wants you to write your world

Express Staff Writer

Does your child have a knack for prose? Idaho Writing Camps might be a perfect way to scratch the creative itch and give voice to all the stories children have to tell.

The literary retreat offers young people in grades 3--9 opportunities to engage in creative writing adventures and to become published authors.

Sponsored by The Cabin, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and celebrate a love of reading, writing and discourse, the camp introduces aspiring writers to professional writers who lead small group sessions.

Budding storytellers use the natural world, cultural and historic sites, local environs and unique opportunities to start on a journey of imagination and inspiration.

Working in small age-appropriate groups, campers do a variety of projects. At the end of the session, children's work is published in a bound, take-home anthology and also published online.

Three camps are being offered in our area.

"Word Play" for grades 3-4 will be held in Hailey at The Center Aug. 6-10 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. It will engage the senses and play with language as a path to writing imaginative poems and stories. Young scribes will visit nearby parks and commune with nature to jumpstart their writing.

"Cabin Writers" for grades 5-6 offers a 1-4 p.m. afternoon session at The Center in Hailey, also from Aug. 6-10. This camp helps writers discover how art, music and nature, as well as their own inner voice, lead to stories and poems as individual as the author.

Budding authors in grades 7-9 can take part in an afternoon camp at The Center in Hailey. "Urban Ink" will explore cityscapes, coffee shops, public art and natural spaces. Professional writers will help students create unique characters and a unique voice.

Other camps for older students and more visually-oriented writers are also offered at The Cabin's location in Boise. For more information, visit

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