NIU Creative Writing Camp

NIU Creative Writing Camp 

Campers entering grades 9-12
June 23-28, 2019

Residential camp

Join your community of creative writers! Develop your writing craft with a supportive group of like-minded creative people, driven to express themselves through the written word. Take specialized workshops from highly-qualified, published instructors and guest speakers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Be inspired to write your works in this extraordinary environment on the Northern Illinois campus and workshop your drafts with skilled supporters of your ideas. At CWC, you are sure to grow as a writer and to learn how to:

  • Overcome the affective filters that block inspiration

  • Build worlds of your own design that captivate readers

  • Mine your memories for engaging works of nonfiction

  • Write dialogue to capture the essence of personhood

  • Choreograph action sequences more vivid than a movie

  • Make your readers laugh out loud with your cutting wit

  • Give your readers chills with your poetic truths

In addition to workshops and structured writing time with talented counselors and guests, this camp will offer evenings of community-building activities and time for socialization with other teen writers. The week will close with a lunch reception for campers and their families in which campers will read from their best work.

Camp Director

Troy Doetch, Jr is a dedicated teaching professional and writer. He holds a Master’s of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University, where he published his non-fiction in the Northern Star as a writer and editor and taught Rhetoric and Composition in the First-Year Composition Program. With high ratings as a teacher of college, high school, and middle school students, Troy is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education to teach English, Social Science, and English as a Second Language. He has spoken publicly on his work at the Chicago Competency-Based Education Symposium, the Illinois State University Connections Conference, the Midwestern Conference on Literature, the Allerton English Articulation Conference. Currently, he teaches English and Public Speaking at North Boone High School, in Poplar Grove.


Early Bird Special before 4/1/19: $675

Standard 4/2/19 – 5/31/19: $695

After 6/1/19: $725

A $25 discount is available to NIU employees, families sending more than one camper or campers attending more than one camp.

For more information contact Mark Pietrowski: call 815-753-1456 or email

Friday, June 28, 2019

NIU Campus and Residential Hall

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General Public, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, Prospective Students



Early Bird Special before 4/1/19: $675 Standard 4/2/19 – 5/19/19: $695 After 5/19/19: $725 A $25 discount is available to NIU employees, families sending more than one camper or campers attending more than one camp.

NIU Continuing and Professional Education
Contact Name

Mark Pietrowski

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