Letters from Campers

Here are some notes from grateful campers at this year’s writing camp. Thanks for joining us and Write On!

Dear Fine Lines,

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to write. I was very excited to come to a writer’s camp. I enjoyed everyone who was here. Thank you for all your hard work and support. I would also like to thank you for noticing my writing; it means a lot to me. Write on!
Your student,
Alivia

Dear Fine Lines,

Thank you for accepting me in camp Fine Lines. I would love to come again. It was so nice to be here. Thank you for having Mrs. Wendy Lundeen for a teacher. I have only known her for one week, but that week has been wonderful, especially club rhymezone.com. I really worked at rhyming, and I love poetry, so I love this website. It’s phenomenal. Write on!
Brianna

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How I Got Into Fine Lines Writing Camp by Kristi Bolling

How I got into Fine Lines Writing Camp

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It all started back in eighth grade when Mrs. Tiller gave us an assignment. We were supposed to write a children’s book and read it to two peers. She printed off the pictures from the original book, and we had to come up with the character’s name, conflict, and setting. I got one that dealt with a little horse no bigger than a butterfly. I wrote my story and presented it to Mrs. Tiller.

She loved it so much that, not only did I get an amazing grade, but I also got recommended to Fine Lines. I was so surprised that inside me, I felt like I was screaming. I know it sounds weird, but that’s what I felt like. I went to the Fine Lines summer creative writing camp, and I had a blast. I recently had a poem I wrote published in a Fine Lines issue. Mrs. Tiller is one of my favorite teachers because she saw my true potential, and so did Fine Lines.

Fine Lines Writing Camp 2012

Fine Lines Summer Camp 2012

This is our thirteenth year sponsoring Fine Lines creative writing summer camps for students of all ages. Join writers who add clarity and passion to their lives with the written word.

We will have fun with sentences, learn to play while developing poems-stories-essays, and discover creative corners of our minds that we did not know existed. Metaphorically, we will take our journal under a “shade tree” and talk together about issues that matter. We will swim around important “buoys” in our educational journeys. We will row a boat to a “lighthouse” that shows us our path through the fog. We will take our minds for a “jog” to the library. We will learn to write more, write faster, and write better. More than anything, though, we will create time to dream about our ideas and celebrate the power and beauty of words.

Where: Beveridge Magnet Middle School

1616 South 120 st, Omaha

When: June 11-15, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Contact the school office if you have questions (402) 557-4000.
Use PayPal (button below) or make checks out to Fine Lines ($150/person). The registration fee includes a notebook, a camp t-shirt, frequent snacks, daily guest speakers, editing help for your writing, and a yearly subscription to the Fine Lines Journal.

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Click the button below to make a paypal payment! Or download the attached form, fill it out and send it in! Hope to see you there!

A Letter from a Friend of Fine Lines

Dear David Martin,

I’m looking at my bookshelf right now and I still have the orange journal you handed me the summer before I went to Westside Middle School.  That was back in 2002.  Now, I am completing a BA in creative writing from UNL, assembling a creative thesis, and applying to graduate schools.  Looking back, I think your camp was the first time someone told me that I could be a writer.  It wasn’t a place where teachers told me I couldn’t or that someone was better than me at something.  We just wrote, and that was just the best feeling.  Something as simple as a summer camp helped me feel like I could become the writer I am now, and even the writer I want to become later.

I am currently the editor of a regional magazine run through the Center for Great Plains Studies at UNL called  “Plains Song Review.”  I served on the review board two years prior, and I’ve been having a great time organizing the work of other writers and giving people a chance to be published.  One of my missions since going to UNL has been to give back to writers any way I can.  I also work at the UNL writing center and am one of the senior staff members there.  Every day I work with writers one-on-one.  I really can’t imagine any more fulfilling work I could be doing for other students while I’m at UNL.

If you need any help this summer with Fine Lines, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I’d love to hear from you and talk writing.

Thanks again for my first writing journal and everything that followed.

-Neal Gebhard

Youth Writing Festivals 2012

Youth Writing Festival

The Nebraska Writing Project is sponsoring two youth writing festivals this year. The first is on Saturday, March 3rd at Elkhorn High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second is at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on April 28th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Both festivals are open to any student or teacher grades 9-12.

Cost per student is $15 early registration: $20 late registration.  Registration includes a t-shirt, notebook, and pencil  (subject to availability with late registrations).

To register or for more information, including scheduling updates, go to the Youth Festival Homepage.

Youth Writing Festival Brochure

Writing Camp 2011: Day 3 and 4

On Day 3,

Lori Gottula, a reporter for the Falls City Journal, spoke to the campers about the hard work and dedication that it takes to be a writer, or whatever you want to be in life. She shared the story of Sissy, a legally blind barrel rodeo rider from Falls City. Ms. Gottula has been writing a novel and screen play based on Sissy’s triumphant life.

Read more about her story at the Falls City Journal

Campers also received their Fine Lines Summer Camp 2011 T-shirts!

Lori Gottula shares what she knows about writing.
Campers show off their new t-shirts.
David is very excited about his new shirt!

 

 

On Day 4,

Julian Adair brought member of her dance studio to share the beauty and artistry of dance. She pointed out how dancing is a language all its own. Campers also displayed their writing hats for Hat Day!

David Martin in his Razorback Hat
Deron Larson and the other Camp Leaders Explain How Awesome the Camp is.
One of Adair's Dancers
The Troupe Creates a Living Sculpture