YWP Youth Writing Camp

Dates: July 8-12, 2024
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grades: 5-12 (in Fall 2024)
Location: Montana State University, Bozeman

Do you have a budding writer or a child needing a creative outlet in your family?

The Yellowstone Writing Project's Youth Writing Camp is a multi-day "unschooled" writing workshop for youth entering grades 5-12. Campers will write in multiple genres and share their writing within a supportive community of peers and licensed educators--the Yellowstone Writing Project teacher consultants.

The program includes writing on the move, writing games, and guidance and feedback throughout the writing process. Yellowstone Writing Project (YWP) teachers and junior counselors lead the camp.


Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Early bird commuter $300 (through May 31, 2024)

Regular commuter $350 (after May 31, 2024)

Early bird resident $800 (through May 31, 2024)

Regular resident $850 (after May 31, 2024)

Please pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express.

Youth Writing Camp Showcase

Join your child and the Yellowstone Writing Project Team for the Camp Showcase on the MSU campus on Friday, July 12, 2024 (time and location TBA).

We look forward to celebrating our writers and some of their work from this week. 

Resident Information

Residence Halls and Meals

Writing camp students are housed on the MSU campus and will eat all meals in Rendezvous Dining Hall.

Residence Hall Amenities

  • Residence Hall provides bed linens, pillows, blankets, and towels.
  • Towels may be exchanged daily at the main desk.
  • A limited fan supply is available for rent at the front desk (first come, first served).
  • Hall desks are open 23 hours daily and are closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. daily.

What to Bring

  • Backpack and water bottle
  • Clothing
    • Closed-toe street tennis shoes (or other closed-toe shoes) for all classes.
    • Swimsuit and towel
  • Small fan (optional, limited supply available at the residence hall front desk, first come, first served basis)
  • Specific snacks (snacks may be provided in the evening before bed)
  • Rain jacket and/or umbrella
  • Warm jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • A small amount of spending money for snacks, etc.
  • Cell phone

Commuters: What to Bring

  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Your favorite writing utensil

Refunds and Cancellations

Students who cancel before the camp begins will be assessed a minimum processing fee of $25. There will be no refunds after the camp begins.

About YWP

Based in the Department of English at Montana State University, teachers who write and writers who teach comprise the Yellowstone Writing Project. YWP offers teachers immersive professional development experiences, hosts an annual writing conference, and sustains a community of writers. In addition, YWP celebrates student writing and students as authors, particularly with the Youth Writing Camp and the International Youth Silent Film competition.

Get Updates!

When you add yourself to the interest list, you receive camp news and updates, including information about the opening of registration.

For More Information

Contact Tricia Bailey at (406) 994-6633 or patricia.bailey3@montana.edu.