Young Writers Camp (Grades 8-12)

The Young Writers Camp offers a two-week program (Monday through Friday, 10am-1pm) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We offer workshops in slam poetry, fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, mystery, song-writing, poetry, memoir, and screen writing! Young writers work with professional writers, professors, teachers, and undergraduate interns! Grades 8-12

Summer 2024 Registration Form

In addition to attending camp and working with accomplished writers in the community, you will:

  • Work one-on-one with a writing mentor
  • Have your work collected in a YWC Anthology
  • Give a public reading of your work in a celebration of writing on the evening of the final day of camp

2024 Young Writers Camp

Registrations are being accepted for the Summer 2024 Young Writers Camp!

July 15-26, 2024

UNL City Campus 10 am - 1 pm weekdays

Camp is open to all aspiring young writers, grades 8-12.


Cost of camp: $250. Scholarships available! Email Stacey Waite at for information about scholarships and programs. All Writes Reserved poets are eligible for discounts. Car pools from Omaha often available.

Reflecting on YWC 2016

Video by Allison Hess

It's really exciting to see teenagers become unafraid.

YWC Anthologies

Every year, our young writers compile their work into a single camp anthology. You can read anthologies from past years using the links below.

Photo Credits:

  • Diana Weis
  • Allison Hess