Nature Walks, Robots and Innovation Part of Summer Writing Camps at Island University

| Published: July 07, 2016

Nature Walks, Robots and Innovation Part of Summer Writing Camps at Island University

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 120 students from across the Coastal Bend came to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for a week of writing and creativity during the Young Authors’ Writing Camp and Writers’ Island Workshop from June 13-July 1, as part of the Coastal Bend Writing Project.

“The camps allow our students to practice the craft of writing in a fun yet structured setting with extraordinary teachers to guide them,” said Evelyn De La Paz-Rios, Young Authors’ Camp Director. “Our campers leave with renewed confidence in their creative writing abilities and view themselves confidently as authors.”

The Young Authors’ Writing Camp provides elementary and middle school students with opportunities to experience writing as a fun and creative opportunity for self-expression and communication. The Writers’ Island Workshop provides high school writers with opportunities to experience a professional style writer’s workshop. During the three weeks of camp, campers experienced a variety of writing activities, visits with poets and artists and nature walks.

“This is my third year coming to the camp,” said Marchesa Cook, a rising sixth grader at Corpus Christi Montessori School. “I like writing more now because of these camps and I feel like I’ve really developed my writing skills and self-confidence.”

The morning elementary session of the camp focused on invention. Students created robots and gave them names and backstories. The workshop also included a visit from percussionist, Emilio Monreal, a TAMU-CC alumnus who played the snare drum and vibraphone. Each activity was designed to spark creativity and included time for writing and reflection.

In addition, two of the camps were able to enjoy the animal outreach programs via a trip to the Texas State Aquarium as well as a bird talk and bird watching lesson provided by the local chapter of the Audubon Society. Middle school students enjoyed the baby alligator program while the elementary students were delighted by a touch pool filled with various sea life.

At the conclusion of each camp session, students shared their words at a public reading hosted at Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

The Young Authors’ Writing Camp and Writers’ Island Workshop are hosted every summer on the Island campus. To learn more about the camps, visit