SCWriP Young Writers Camp Partners with Girls Inc for new Carpinteria location; continues programs at UCSB and CLU

The Young Writers Camp – a nonprofit program of the South Coast Writing Project at UCSB – announced plans to once again expand its reach in 2018 with new and continued services, including:

  • Our first Carpinteria Creative Writing program at Girls Inc of Carpinteria for grades 4-9,

  •  7-9 grade Digital Writing camp at UCSB,

  • 3-9 grade Creative Writing at UCSB

  • 3-9 grade Creative Writing at Cal Lutheran University

Camp Director Nicole Wald stated, “Opening up a camp in Carpinteria allows us to serve a new portion of the County, which we hope will include not only Carpinteria, but possibly children in Montecito, Summerland, Southern Santa Barbara, and those who commute south for work. As with all our camps, the teachers are some of the best in the profession, and we’re so thrilled to bring their talents to help develop a new community of writers.” 

The Carpinteria team will be headed up by Kristin Storey and Michelle Detorie. Storey, a 28 year teaching veteran who became a SCWriP Fellow in 2004, has taught at over a dozen of SCWriP’s writing camps. She has been honored with the CA Legislature Award for Academic Excellence, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Teacher Award, and the AVID California Teacher Advocacy Award. Detorie is a writing professor at Santa Barbara City College with numerous fiction and poetry publications to her name whose awards include a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship, and a 2010 direct-to-artist grant from the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative for her public art project, The Poetry Booth

Now in its 28th year, a typical day at camp includes journal writing and structured writing workshops, including time for peer mentor groups. This leads to a deeper understanding of the writing process and what it means to be a part of a writing community.

  • In Creative Writing camps, students engage in a broad spectrum of fiction and nonfiction genres, from poetry to narrative, expository to memoir, and more.

  • In Creative Writing in Digital Spaces, the same broad spectrum is supplemented by writing experiences unique to the digital world such as blogs, videos, and other multimedia applications.

Also common to camps are a wide range of arts, walking field trips, and esteemed guest speakers who may be authors, journalists, poets, or other community experts. These provide a rich set of experiences to write from. On the final day of camp, families are welcomed for a potluck celebration where writers read their published work from a camp anthology.

The camps are loosely modeled on practices the teachers have engaged in themselves. Every group of 20-25 students is co-taught by two teachers who have participated in the intensive month-long SCWriP Summer Institute, deepening their understanding of the art of teaching writing while also honing their own writing skills. As typified by Storey and Detorie, many of the high-caliber teachers are published authors and poets themselves, and multiple teachers across the camps have been Teacher of the Year for their schools or districts and also lead other programs at their schools.

“The magic of camp is most apparent at the end, when kids who were barely writing a paragraph at the start are turning out multiple pages,” commented one long-time teacher and award-winning children’s book writer Amada Irma Perez. “The kids begin to view themselves as writers, and walk away more confident in their writing skills and ability.”

An early bird registration rate of $325 is available through April 30 for CLU and UCSB camps. In recognition of the impact disasters have had, the early bird for Girls Inc of Carpinteria will extend to May 15. Sibling discounts, scholarships, and school group discounts are available. All skill levels are welcome, with the main prerequisite being a love of writing, or at minimum an openness to learning about writing.

A new, streamlined online application process is in place through June 28 that allows credit card payments. Register for all camps at For more information or help with registration, call Young Writers Camp at (805) 893-5899 or email

Camp schedules and available locations are listed below. All grades are for students entering that grade in the 2017/2018 school year:

UC Santa Barbara 

  • Creative Writing (Grades 3-9)

    • July 9-20

    • Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 12:30pm

  • Creative Writing in Digital Spaces (Grades 7-9)

    • July 9-20

    • Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks 

  • Creative Writing (Grades 3-9)
    • July 9-20
    • Monday-Friday 9:00 – 12:30 pm

Girls Inc of Carpinteria

  • Creative Writing (Grades 4-9)
    • July 16-27
    • Monday-Friday 9:00 – 12:30 pm

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