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2015 Camp for Creative Writers Presentation Schedule

2015 Camp for Creative Writers Presentation Schedule

Monday: David Martin – Emma Vinchur (8:30-8:45) – “Let’s Get Organized: How to Take Notes” Escape from AlcaJazz (8:45-9:45) – “Jazz and Composition” Writing Reflections (9:45-10:00) Snacks (10:00-10:15) Small Groups (10:15-11:30) Auditorium (11:30-12:00)   Tuesday: “Metaphor” Martin – Emma (8:30-8:45) – “Our Lives Depend on Metaphors” Julian Adair (8:45-9:45) – dance, music, rhythm, photography Writing Reflections (9:45-10:00) Snacks (10:00-10:15) Small Groups (10:15-11:30) Auditorium (11:30-12:00)   Wednesday: “Metaphor” Martin – Emma (8:30-8:45) – “Inspiration and Discipline” Maria Harding (8:45-9:30) – “Living the Mozart Effect” Writing Reflections (9:30-10:00) Snacks (10:00-10:15) Small Groups (10:15-11:30) Auditorium Readings (11:30-12:00)   Thursday: “Metaphor” Martin – Emma (8:30-8:45) “Writing Goals” Michael Campbell (8:45-9:45) – “Song Writing: Lyrics and Life” Writing Reflections (9:45-10:00) Snacks (10:00-10:15) Small Groups (10:15-11:30) Auditorium Readings (11:30-12:00)   Friday: “Metaphor” Martin – Emma (8:30-8:45) “Mean what you say. Say what you mean.” Louder than a Bomb (8:45-9:45) – “Slam Poetry Wonders” Writing Reflections (9:45-10:00) Snacks (10:00-10:15) Small Groups (10:15-11:30) Auditorium Readings (11:15-12:00)   Register For Camp Today! Register online, click...

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2015 Camp for Creative Writers in Omaha

2015 Camp for Creative Writers in Omaha

We are excited to talk about this year’s Camp for Creative Writers! We have a variety of artists from varied disciplines to Inspire, Teach, and Entertain our campers. Over the next few months we will share the bios of the line-up, the press releases, and the details for what we are sure will be another great experience for all of our campers. Who: Students entering the 4th grade on up. Classes are taught by certified teachers for grades 4-12, College, and Adult classes. Where: Beveridge Magnet Middle School, 1616 South 120 St., Omaha When: June 15-19th, 8:30 am to noon How much: $150 per student. This includes a daily snack at camp and access to the Fine Lines Journal electronic copies for one year. Bring a notebook and writing utensil, your imagination, your readiness to be inspired, and maybe a water bottle. How to Register: Fill out this form and pay online.   Check out this great camp video.   Want to know How it all Began? This two minute video gives you the story of what Fine Lines is all...

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Our Thanks for Another Successful Writers Camp

Our Thanks for Another Successful Writers Camp

Volunteers teach, move, inspire and work – work – work to make the Fine Lines Camp a success! Participants engage, inquire, listen and write – write – write, and this makes Fine Lines Camp a success! Thank you for being a part of camp this year. Share with us your experience. Submit your work! Stay in touch, we’ll see you next year, and Write On!   3×5 Folded Card View the entire collection of...

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Fine Lines Camp for Creative Writers

Fine Lines Camp for Creative Writers

Camp is coming up! June 9 – 13th Have you signed up? This is our 15th year of creating Fine Lines writing summer camps for students of all ages. Join writers who add clarity and passion to their lives with the written word. Register now with the PayPal buttons at the bottom of our Camp Page, only $160. Ages 10 and up welcome! What does this year’s camp have to offer? Inspirational, talented, and diverse speakers! Check out the presentation schedule here. Where Magic Happens!...

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Writing camp lets young people express themselves

Josie Loza: Writing camp lets young people express themselves Josie Loza Omaha World-Herald   When you think of camps, there’s just about something for everyone: basketball, soccer, baseball, horseback riding, drama, music, math, science, art. Yet for all those choices, one is often overlooked: writing. The written word is one of the best ways for children to use their imaginations, express themselves and deal with their emotions, yet this fundamental form of creativity is often ignored by camp directors. That’s why David Martin created Fine Lines Writing Camp, now heading into its 15th consecutive summer. Martin, Fine Lines’ self-described “managing editor, president of the board and chief cook and bottle washer,” has 35 years of writing experience. A retired Omaha Public Schools high school English teacher, he has also taught at Metropolitan Community College and is an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His inspiration came from teaching a creative writing class to struggling high school students. “I had them write stories about their lives,” he said. “They had significant stories to tell. I saw how writing touched the students.” In 1991, he founded the literary journal Fine Lines to expand what he had achieved in the classroom and provide a place where creative writers could share their written ideas. The journal reaches all 50 states and has been read in at least 30 foreign countries. Fine Lines Camp was a natural extension of the journal. “I always wanted to have an academic creative writing camp,” Martin said. “For every academic camp, there are 100 athletic ones.” Fine Lines is open to students in grades 4 through 12 as well as to college students and adults. The half-day camp, which has a camper-to-instructor ratio of 10-to-1, takes place at Beveridge Magnet Middle School, and every day guest speakers come in for 45 minutes to serve as points of inspirational departure. Speakers have included ballet dancers, flautists, cello players, comedians and historical re-enactors. Wendy Lundeen, one of Fine Lines’ instructors, said, “We give kids so much time to work on their own writing. We try to teach them to think critically and analytically and to communicate their thoughts and feelings to express themselves.” She said the instructors don’t tell campers what — or how — to write. “I’m there to help with editing and revisions,” she said. “They think through their ideas and bounce ideas off one another. We try and spark their creativity, not give them rigid guidelines.” By the end of the week, students usually have at least one story or some poetry. Much of that writing is often published in Fine Lines, which validates their writing abilities and gives them the confidence to continue....

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