Novel Writing Camp


Ever wanted to write a novel? Maybe you already have the start of one… or two?! Or maybe you mark NaNoWriMo on your calendar each year but haven’t yet taken the leap to participate? Writing (or dreaming of writing!) book-length works can feel, at once, exhilarating and challenging.

In Novel Writing camp, you will lay the foundations for a longform project by creating character profiles, plot maps, narrative arc diagrams, and engaging in other activities that help break that major writing project into achievable goals. Writers will walk away with a plan for pursuing novel-length works, as well as original writing to build out into a longer story. Most importantly, you will work together with other aspiring novelists who will offer the support and motivation needed to get that novel written once and for all!

Young writers who are interested in learning more about the publication process, for short or longform writings, are encouraged to also explore our Writing for Publication camp!

Learn more below.

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Curriculum Summary:

Participants of all skill levels will walk away with 5+ draft writings and a deepened understanding of best practices for approaching and planning longform writing projects. From mapping the narrative arc of a text to considering how techniques such as characterization, dialogue, conflict, setting, and other elements of craft differ in novel-length works (versus short stories or flash fiction projects), participants will leave with a completed outline of a novel project and draft writings that explore various fiction techniques. Writers will also receive and provide peer feedback and will benefit from individualized feedback form their instructors.

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

August 1-5, 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 August 1st, 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!


Chris Feeney

Chris Feeney is a graduate of Middlebury College, holding a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing. At Middlebury, he studied in a variety of workshops, ranging from poetry to playwriting to fiction, and spent a semester assisting high school students with writing their first full-length play as part of Vermont’s Young Writers’ Project. In addition to writing his own fiction, which has been shortlisted in CRAFT Literary magazine, Chris reads submissions for the New England Review. Previously a writer on Write the World, Chris now works as an Expert Advisor and Workshop Mentor where he seeks to bring out the best in a young person’s writing and to cultivate an enduring love for the craft. As an emerging writer, Chris understands how daunting it can be to put new words on a new page, and he loves to make this process enjoyable, enlightening, and a little bit easier.

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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