Young Writers’ Camp

Young Writers’ Camp

Calling all young writers! This summer, the NCWP is offering an interactive and dynamic space for wordsmiths entering 3rd -7th grades interested in exploring their inner and outer worlds through poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing.

Writers will be immersed in generative activities while exploring various writing genres and forms, elements of craft, as well as invitations to pair writing with visual art.


Young writers entering 3rd through 7th grades are invited to join us this summer. We welcome all writers, from beginning to experienced.


Marta Shaffer is a Chico State graduate, with her MA in creative writing. She is an NCWP Teacher Consultant, having completed the 2022 Summer Institute for educators. She was a Pushcart nominee thru HOOT Review, and her work can also be found in issues of The Watershed Review, Poets Reading the News, FIVE:2:ONE, and other publications. She teaches high school English in Oroville, CA. Her favorite picture book is Harold and the Purple Crayon. 

Sarah Pape is the Co-Director of the Northern California Writing Project where she works with educators across the North State. She teaches creative writing and works as the Managing Editor of Watershed Review and Flume Press at Chico State. Her writing can be found in: The New York Times, New England Review, Passages North, Ecotone, Crab Orchard Review, The Pinch, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and others. Her first favorite poet was Shel Silverstein.

Upcoming Camps

2024 Young Writers’ Camp dates: June 17th – 20th (M-TH), 9:00 – 12:00 pm


CSU, Chico, 400 West First Street

Registration Info

Tuition includes daily writing instruction, art materials, a tote bag, and writing notebook.

Cost: $300 per student
Sibling discount: $250 per student

Some scholarships are available to offset costs. Please indicate on your registration form if you’d like to be considered for this opportunity.

Registration opens April 26th and closes May 30th. Space is limited.

To register, fill out and submit this Google Form and complete the following:
   Payment (check or money order made out to “Chico State Enterprises”)
   Completed Authorization to Treat a Minor
   Completed CSE Waiver of Liability Release

Mailed to:
   CSU, Chico – English Department
   400 W 1st St.
   Chico, CA 95929-0830
   ATTN: Sharon DeMeyer – NCWP