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The UWM Writing Project – Young Writers’ Academy

Gr. 6-8

Back by popular demand, this University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Project’s (UWMWP) camp is for aspiring writers who are entering grade.6-8. During the camp, we meet each day in writing groups. This camp is facilitated by Teacher-Consultants (TCs), experienced writers and teachers who are involved in the UWMWP—and these TCs have a common goal of inspiring the imaginations and composition skills of young writers! We write daily in a creative, supportive environment. While writers of all abilities are welcome, we focus on some introductory concepts as well as more nuanced, stylistic skills.

During the Young Writers’ Academy, student writers:

  • Explore a variety of genres, including poetry, short fiction, essay/nonfiction writing and more
  • Receive individual instruction and feedback in small groups from UWMWP TCs
  • Learn introductory and foundational writing techniques used by professional writers
  • Meet and share writing with young writers from all around the state and country
  • Engage in the entire writing process: brainstorming, drafting, revising and editing

Because this writing academy is sponsored by the UWMWP, we utilize a strong curriculum anchored by low teacher-to-student ratios (one instructor for every five or six students). This provides us the opportunity to build an authentic rapport with student writers, which ultimately allows us to foster a stronger writing community.

The Young Writers’ Academy culminates in a celebration of writing at the end of the week, where students are encouraged to share their favorite pieces! New and returning participants are welcomed to attend!

This class is being offered live online. Logistical details will be provided to all registered participants a week before the course begins.


Sara Skiba

Sara Skiba

Sara Skiba earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She currently works as a Middle School Balanced Literacy Teacher in West Allis and has just finished her seventh year teaching. In 2013, she participated in The Writing ... read more


There is a 30-minute, supervised lunch break every day. Please make sure students bring a bagged lunch or, if they have permission to leave unattended, they may bring money to purchase lunch in the student union.

Once your child is registered, there are no refunds or transfers. Refunds are made only for classes canceled by CFK&T.

Discount – If registering for six or more classes, please use discount code CFK6PLUS to receive 15% off. It does not include before or after care.

Dates and locations to be announced.