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Young Writers Camp held on the UMFK campus

July 11, 2007


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a Young Writers Camp from Thursday, July 26 through Saturday, July 28.

The day camp is for students in grades 7 through 12. The cost of the camp is $50 per student, which includes lunch each day.

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, except on Saturday, July 28. On Saturday, parents will be invited to have lunch and view student presentations following the morning activities.

“Students will have fun learning about storytelling, journal writing and poetry. They also will learn from each other, while sharing their thoughts and writings,” said Geraldine Becker, UMFK assistant professor of English and Creative Writing. Other planned activities, include nature walks and games.

Recently, Becker’s book of poetry entitled, Glad Wilderness, was accepted for publication by Plain View Press. She expects to have the book published in time for the upcoming Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, which will be held in New York City in January 2008.

As part of the camp, instructors will integrate some Writers in the Schools (WITS) activities. The WITS program is designed to help classroom teachers introduce the fundamentals of creative writing to students in public schools and institutions. Becker and UMFK students recently provided workshops at the Fort Kent elementary school.

“Participating students do not need to have a lot of writing experience to attend the camp. All a student needs is an interest in self expression and a desire to share with others,” says Donald Eno, UMFK coordinator of academic outreach. “Writing is a way for students to express themselves and the camp will allow the students to do that.”

To register for the camp or for more information, please contact Eno at 834-7835 or email at