The campers wrote from the persona of inanimate objects, animals, and various people in history. While visiting the Lewis and Clark exhibit in the Idaho Historical Museum, one camper decided to retell the story from a saddle's point-of-view. Another camper decided to write a short story about the daily life of a Wallaby after spending time with them at the Boise Zoo.
The Writing Wild camp focuses on nature and the five senses of perception: touch, taste, smell, sight and sound. Campers meet at the Foothills Learning Center located at Hull's Gulch, and engage in the nature surrounding them. They will explore the trails while learning about both indigenous and invasive plant and animal species, and apply this to their creative works of writing in the form of poetry and short stories.
Jonas Habig, Grade 4
A black widow and a bee grew up in the same neighborhood. One day the black widow got hungry and
tried to kill the bee. The bee escaped and later asked the black widow why she tried to kill him. The black
widow answered, “I’ve gotten tired about your talk of what’s above the clouds and I haven’t had anything to
eat in days!”
Then the bee landed and said, “Why don’t you go to the store?”
The black widow answered, “Because I can eat you.”
And with no more to say the black widow jumped and ate the bee.
(1) Why does the rock choose to skip,
when it knows it must eventually sink?
(2) Why do trees choose to grow in the
choking ashes of their fallen brethren?
First to be captured are the writers from Kerri Webster's Urban Ink Camp. Yesterday, they took a trip next door to the Boise Public Library and engaged their sleuthing skills.
Start Thinking about Summer!
As spring is fighting its way here it’s time to, once again, start thinking about summer! Here is the 2012 Idaho Writing Camps Schedule. We are so excited to have the cabin air filled with young writer’s imaginations, words, and creativity once again! Register online and check out the brochure at www.thecabinidaho.org. Call us with any questions- 208.331.8000
CAMPTIMES: 9:00 am – noon = am camps
1:00 – 4:00 pm = pm camps
Word Play- Grades 3-4
Engage the five senses and play with language as a path to writing imaginative poems and short stories. You’ll visit nearby parks, the zoo and learn fun activities to jump start your writing.
Boise, The Cabin / am or pm / June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23 – 27
Twin Falls, College of Southern Idaho / am / June 11-15
Hailey, The Center / am / August 6-10
Cabin Writers- Grades 5-6
Discover how art, music, nature and your own inner voice lead you to stories and poems that only you can writer. Get ready to experience writing in an art museum, a rose garden or next to the Boise River.
Boise, The Cabin / am or pm /June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27
Twin Falls, College of Southern Idaho / am or pm / June 11-15
Hailey, The Center / am or pm / August 6-10
Writing Wild: Grades 4-6 and 7-9
A week long adventure in Boise’s best backyards. Grab your pen and take a walk on the wild side. Explore the natural world, your own imagination, and the power of words as you find your own story in the great outdoors. Parents drop-off and pick-up students at the Foothills Learning Center in the Hulls Gulch Reserve.
Boise, FoothillsLearningCenter Boise, FoothillsLearningCenter
Grades 4-6 / am / Grades 7-9 / am /
June 11-15 June 11-15
June 18-22 June 18-22
June 25-29 June 25-29
Picture This- Grades 6-6 and 7-9
Explore the connection between visual art and the written word. Through collage, comics, poems, stories, paintings, and pictures, you will learn to creat work that literally shows and tells.
Boise, The Cabin Boise, The Cabin
Grades 5-6 / pm / Grades 7-9 / am /
July 30-August 3 July 30-August 3
August 6-10 August 6-10
Urban Ink- Grades 7-9
Explore cityscapes, coffee shops, public art, and natural spaces. Professional writers will teach you to create unique characters as well as develop your own writing voice.
Boise, The Cabin / am or pm / June 11-15, June 18-22, July 9-13, July 16-20
Twin Falls, College of Southern Idaho / pm / June 11-15
Hailey, The Center / pm / August 6-10
The Workshop- Grades 10-12
Spend two weeks taking your writing to the next level. You’ll learn how to draft, critique, and revise poetry and fiction in a safe, yet challenging environment. Published authors will share the same writing techniques they use themselves.
Boise, The Cabin: Am – 2 weeks
July 30-August 10
Your Turn- Writing Camp for Adults
Ever wish you could go to writing camp? Now you can! Your Turn includes all the elements that make Idaho Writing Camps unique, but geared especially for grown-ups. Spend a week working with a professional writer in a small group setting Write by the river, the Rose Garden, area coffee shops and art galleries. Find out why so many kids come home from camp happy and inspired.
Boise, The Cabin / am / July 16-20