In cooperation with the Kent State University Press, the Wick Poetry Center sponsors an annual poetry chapbook competition for Ohio writers, a National Teen Writing contest, as well as the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. The winning manuscripts are published by the Kent State University Press, and the winners give a public reading of their work on campus.

Ends on 7/15/2016$ 150.00
$ 150.00
Wick Juniors Creative Writing Camp

Open for young writers entering grades 3 through 12.

Dates & Schedule: July 27 & 28 at Kent State University; July 29 – 31 at the Environmental Education Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park; August 1: reading at Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry Park. (Detailed Schedule below.)

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Wick Juniors Creative Writing Camp is being offered in partnership with the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Students entering grades 3 through 12 will experience two full days, July 27 & 28 from 10am to 4pm, with the Wick Poetry Center teachers at Kent State University. It also includes overnight camp experience, from July 29 through July 31, in bunkhouses at the Environmental Education Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Through guided hikes, pond dips, and more, the young writers will explore how the natural world influences our writing. A culminating reading will follow at the Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry Park. Registration fee covers all expenses, including meals while camping in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Full schedule of the camp is below. Emergency contact forms will be e-mailed after registering.

Detailed Schedule:

July 27 & 28: These two on-campus days will run from 10am – 4pm. Drop off and pickup at Wick Poetry Center (126 S. Lincoln Street, Kent Ohio). Students are split into three groups according to the grade they are entering: Group A: 3 - 5; Group B: 6 – 8; Group C: 9 – 12. Each group will explore the campus to grow and enrich their creative writing process and experience. Each group will have a trained Wick Poetry Center teacher, as well as two trained assistants. Lunch will not be provided on these two days. Young writers must pack their lunch on these days. Early drop-off and late pick-up is available between the hours of 9am – 5pm. 

July 29 – July 31:  In collaboration with the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park these dates include two nights in bunk lodging, guided hikes, pond dips, night hikes, readings around camp fires, and more to inspire your children’s writing. The same Wick Poetry Center teacher and teaching assistants will continue to provide creative writing tools to help students grow as young writers while having a lot of fun doing it. Drop off and pickup will be at the Environmental Educational Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lodging is divided between age, and identifying gender. Pick up will be at the same location between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. If you are a parent interested in being a chaperone, please let us know.  

August 1: To celebrate our young writers’ work, we will gather at the Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry Park at 6:30 p.m. to hear each student read a poem or story of their choice. A reception will follow.          


Scholarships are available to those in need. If you would like to sponsor a Wick Junior, or are in need of receiving a scholarship, please contact Nicole Robinson at nlrobin1@kent.edu  

If you have any questions or concerns please email: WickJuniors@gmail.com