Students Experience Creative Writing in New Ways at Young Authors’ Writing Camp

Published: July 01, 2015

Students Experience Creative Writing in New Ways at Young Authors’ Writing Camp

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Coastal Bend Writing Project (CBWP) hosted three different creative writing camps during the month of June to give aspiring writers the opportunity for self-expression and communication with others, in a variety of art forms that nurture creativity. Young Authors’ Camp was split into two camps, one for elementary-aged writers, and one for middle school students and Island Writers’ Workshop catered to high school students.

Recently, the CBWP received a $5,000 grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation to provide tuition scholarships for a number of campers. The money also assisted with transportation to and from the camp, along with lunch and snacks for camp participants.

Activities of each camp included a variety of non-traditional writing exercises. A nutrition and culinary educator from the Food Bank of Corpus Christi stopped by and taught elementary and middle school students about healthy snack making, and representatives from the Texas State Aquarium brought a baby alligator and touch pools for the younger students to enjoy. Students also met with poets and artists of different genres. All students were also tasked with making artistic sand tile molds, which they eventually filled with liquid aluminum to make a permanent piece of art.

Island Writers’ Workshop was led by Keith Perez, an eleven year high school teacher in the Corpus Christi Independent School District, and one of the founding members of CBWP.

“I believe that writing is an art, and allowing students to experience other art forms, like sculpture and theatre, helps strengthen their creative writing,” said Perez. “These writing students are language artists, and that process begins with the freedom of their ideas.”

“The carving of the tile was harder than I thought it would be,” said Calin Morton, a 15 year old student from Flour Bluff High School. “Island Writers’ Camp has taught me about being open-minded to other people’s perspectives, which will help me in the future.” Morton plans to be a psychologist when she grows up.

“After I started carving, I realized my mold wasn’t going to match my sketch,” said 15 year old Jeremiah Guy-Williams, of Moody High School. “I just let my feelings create something new, and I think that’s the point of this tile project, and of writing in general.”