YWP Youth Writing Camp

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Dates: July 10-14, 2023
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Starting at $300 (see details below)
Grades: 5-12 (in Fall 2023)
Location: Montana State University, Bozeman


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

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 30, 2023)
Regular commuter $325 (after May 30, 2023)
Early bird resident $750 (through May 30, 2023)
Regular resident $775 (after May 30, 2023)

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

Youth Writing (grades 5-12) Camp Showcase

Join your child and the Yellowstone Writing Project team for the Youth Writing Camp Showcase in 101 Gaines Hall on the MSU campus on Friday, July 14, 2023, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Join us in celebrating our youth writers and some of their work from this week.

Residents: What to Bring

  • Cooler lunch bag
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Your favorite writing utensil
  • Book to read

Residents will check in on the evening of Sunday, July 9, 2023 (time TBD). We will not serve dinner with the camp on Sunday, July 9, so please eat before you come. Residents will stay on campus in an MSU residence hall. 

The resident fee includes the cost of housing for one person in a supervised, double occupancy residence hall room for five nights, five breakfasts, five (sack) lunches and four dinners in the campus dining hall. It also includes workshop tuition, all group activities, and a t-shirt.

We will advise you about additional items to bring via email to the email account the resident participant used to register.

Commuters: What to Bring

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

Refunds and Cancellations

During the next few months, families may cancel at any time for a full refund due to the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

YWP may also decide to cancel summer writing camp. Of course, if we do, we will issue full refunds to all affected participants.

About YWP

Based in the Department of English at Montana State University, the Yellowstone Writing Project is comprised of teachers who write and writers who teach. 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.

For More Information

Call (406) 994-6550 or (866) 540-5660 (toll-free). Or e-mail ContinuingEd@montana.edu.