Nonfiction Writing Camp


Have you ever wanted to be a journalist? Write a story about your life experience? Share an opinion with your community? Or maybe share your love of sports, or science, or history, or the arts with the world? If so, nonfiction summer writing camp is for you!

Together, we will consider the diversity of the genre while exploring techniques that connect readers and writers—research, reflection, scene-building, dialogue, narration. This workshop will offer writers a chance to consider these and other tools while trying their hand at numerous forms of creative nonfiction, studying published essays and articles from well-regarded publications and considering how our lived experiences and observations of the world(s) around us can inform captivating, compelling prose.

Participants will leave camp with a deepened understanding of the breadth of the nonfiction world, as well as with a finalized personal essay, opinion article, or reported article (check out our Writing for Publication camp to learn how to take these finished drafts out into the world).

Learn more below.

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Curriculum Summary:

Participants of all skill levels will walk away with 10+ draft writings incorporating craft techniques in the personal narrative, op-ed, and journalistic genres, as well as one finalized nonfiction piece of their choosing. Writers will receive and provide written and verbal peer review from/for fellow campers and will benefit from individualized feedback from their instructors.

Nonfiction Virtual Writing Summer Camp for Teens (ages 13-19) Schedule:

July 18-July 22, 2022, 2022, 11:00 am-12:30 pm ET

During workshop sessions, you’ll engage in interactive writing activities, connect with peers around the world, and work together to grow your writing skills.

Between workshop sessions, you may be asked to work independently (and asynchronously) on writing prompts and activities, guided by peer and expert reviews, at your own pace, for approximately 1-2 hours, depending on your facilitator’s workshop plan. You will also receive individualized feedback that will strengthen your writing.

*Please note that we require all participants to appear on either video or audio during online group meetings (video is preferred, but not required).

A Zoom link to join us for our live, virtual online writing camp will be provided via email prior to the July 18, 2022 start date. Stay tuned!

Workshop Facilitator:

Brittany Collins facilitator Poetry and Spoken Word Virtual Summer Camp photo

Brittany Collins designs and facilitates educational programming at Write the World while working directly with students, teachers, and partner organizations to support their use of the platform. She studied English and education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and creative nonfiction at the Yale Writers’ Workshop; is the author of Learning from Loss: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Grieving Students (Heinemann 2021); has published over 30 articles in the genres of creative nonfiction and education journalism in The Washington Post, Education Week, Brevity blog, Inside Higher Ed, Edutopia, We Need Diverse Books, English Journal of NCTE, among other outlets; and has taught writing to students of all ages through Harvard University, Smith College, Boston University, Race Project Kansas City, and Write the World. Reach out to her at brittany@writetheworld.com — she would love to hear from you!


A former writer on Write the World, Anna Gibbs now serves as an Expert Advisor and Workshop Mentor on the site. Anna graduated from Harvard College with a BA degree in English. While at school, she studied under renowned writers and worked as a fellow at the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard, where she collaborated with teachers to develop curriculum for college students. She has written articles for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Earth Island Journal. Her interest in literary journalism has sharpened her eye for the use of common storytelling techniques — such as voice, theme, and characters — within the setting of nonfiction writing. She looks forward to helping writers feel confident about these elements of their own pieces.

About Write the World's Virtual Summer Writing Camps:

Jump into new genres of writing and connect with campers across the globe in Write the World’s Virtual Writing Camps.

Spend your summer immersed in a virtual community of teen writers from over 100 countries as you experiment with the written word, try your hand at new styles of writing, and work with notable professionals to create pieces you’re proud of… all without leaving your home!

Whether you choose to spend your free time filling journals with poetry and prose or are new to putting your thoughts on paper, we welcome you to join our week-long writing camps across genres in June, July, and August, 2022.

Have additional questions? Check out our parent and guardian FAQ’s here (scroll to bottom) or reach out to us at workshops@writetheworld.com to connect!

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