July 13-17 and July 20-24
Covid-19 Operating Guidelines: Our 2020 Words with Wings camp will be held as scheduled July 13-17 and 20-24. We have developed operating guidelines to keep your students and our staff safe that are derived from guidelines established by the C.D.C, the Governor’s office and the Missoula City-County Health Department. These guidelines include policies for limiting groups size to no more than 10, staff health checks, contact-less pick up and drop off, social distancing, and mask use when social distancing can’t be followed. Under the current guidelines students cannot attend camp if they are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19. Students are also discouraged from traveling out of state for two weeks prior to camp.
Although following these guidelines will mean camp will look a little different, we will still be able to provide the same excellent, personalized writing instruction from our professional writers while keeping everyone safe. If you would like more details about our Covid-19 Operating Guidelines, please reach out to Programs Director, Nick Littman. As our camp remains two months away, these guidelines may adapt to reflect the current reopening phase. Parents will be informed about any major changes in operation.
Morning Session: 9AM – 12PM
Each morning we’ll meet on the University of Montana campus to write, share and play with words. Each student will receive their own Writing Kit (notebook & pencils) and the opportunity to work closely with a Missoula Writing Collaborative instructor. We’ll visit the Montana Museum of Art and Culture to write ekphrastic poetry, take our notebooks outside to write around campus, and have lots of time to explore the world of words together. Our week culminates with an outdoor reading on campus on Friday at 12PM.
PLUS: Each student will receive a copy of the 2020 Words With Wings anthology (with their own writing inside!) and the chance to read at the virtual Montana Book Festival in September 2020.
Full Day Camp: 9AM – 5PM
Our full day sessions offer an opportunity for students to build on their morning experience. We’ll explore the Missoula community and its varied ecosystems by foot and bus. These excursions provide guided opportunities for developing writers to observe and write about the world around them. This year we’ll visit and learn about:
- Historic Fort Missoula
- The kitchens at Caffe Dolce for pasta making and gelato
- The Clark Fork River with the Watershed Education Network
- Explore how movement can be translated into poetry with Turning the Wheel
Students need to pack their own lunch, but snacks will be provided throughout the day.
Cost & Dates:
Mornings (9AM-12PM) – $160
Full Day (9AM – 5PM) – $265
Mornings Both Weeks: (9AM-12PM) – $265
Full Day Both Weeks: (9AM-5PM) – $475
Mornings: Two Siblings (9AM-12PM)-$265
Full Day: Two Siblings (9AM-5PM)-$475
Register for Words With Wings summer camp here.
High school students will have the opportunity to work with published writer Susanna Sonnenberg to write flash fiction and poetry, or local musician Caroline Keys of the Best Westerns to write songs. This camp is for anyone with a passion or interest in writing, whether you are just starting or have been penning stories for years. Each day you’ll write, read, and revise your writing. An optional reading featuring student work will take place in September 2020.
Cost & Dates:
July 20-24 ONLY (12:30-3:30) – $160
Fiction/Poetry with Susanna Sonnenberg
Songwriting with Caroline Keys
Register online for the Rattlesnake Writing Workshop summer camp here.
For information about either of our summer camps, questions about scholarships, or registration issues, contact Nick Littman, Summer Camp Director at [email protected] or call (415) 847-5402.