Covid-19 Changes

Dear Fine Lines Camper,

I am as concerned as anyone that we have to cancel our “normal” summer camp in-person plans. However, creative people learn to adjust. Right? I enjoy working with young writers so much that I don’t want to give up on the positive ideas of what “writing camp” does for young writers of all ages.
Last year’s summer campers want to work on more of their writing and are into the idea of Zooming. We are used to breaking into our age appropriate rooms at camp, and we could do the same thing with our Zoom meetings. After all, the idea is to write, anyway possible.

Epictetus (c. 50-135 AD) had the right-write idea a long time ago, and the concept has
not changed: “If you wish to be a writer, write.”

Fine Lines has always counted on the summer camp registration fees to support our four books/year and other writing endeavors. If you will consider your camp payment a donation to Fine Lines 2021, I will work with you as much as you like, Zooming and online, to encourage your writing development and future publication in Fine Lines, this year.

I already have fifty other writers who have agreed to do this with me. I hope you like this plan.

Write on,

David Martin
Camp Director

2015 Camp for Creative Writers Presentation Schedule

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AlcaJazzDavid 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)



julian adiar rsMetaphor” 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)



maria rs“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)



Campbell, Michael-2012  RSMetaphor” 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)



LtaBMetaphor” 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)


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2015 Camp for Creative Writers in Omaha

We are excited to talk about this year’s Camp for Creative Writers!

2015 Camp - TreeWe 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.

Camp - focusWho: 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 ABOUT.

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!


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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!

Speakers CollageWhat 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.

Indeed, the changes in campers are often profound — a testament to why many come back year after year.

“We are really serious about writing. We are really serious about being creative. And we are really serious about having fun,” Martin said.

“It’s amazing,” Lundeen said. “Some of the kids didn’t even know they had writing capabilities. When they share their ideas and read what they’ve written out loud and hear the applause, their faces just light up. It’s such a joyful thing.”

Martin agreed.

“So many campers are encouraged. They say they always felt they had something to say, that they had a story to tell, that they were writers, but they never had an opportunity before,” he said. “Every year, we see people’s lives changed through the written word.”


Kim Carpenter, a World-Herald correspondent, wrote this story that was originally published in the Omaha World-Herald’s Kids Camp special section on Feb. 9, 2013.

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Fine Lines Writing Camp

When: June 9 to 13, 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Where: Beveridge Magnet Middle School, 1616 S. 120th St.
Who: Fourth- through 12th-graders.
Cost: $160.