Webster University’s Creative Writing Camp is a week-long residential program for high-school poets and fiction writers to learn and practice their craft with professional, award-winning writers and teachers. Our camp is designed to helping young writers of all backgrounds to find their voices, enhance their creativity, and make new friends who are all dedicated to the beauty and the power of the written word.
About Our Camp
Every day, campers will attend workshop classes in fiction and in poetry, and we build in quiet writing time each day. We’ll gather in the late afternoons for readings, lectures, and Q&A sessions with writers, scholars and publishers.
Evenings are split between quiet writing time and fun group activities, like a pizza and movie night, a literary scavenger hunt, a barbecue and a dance with live music.
On the last night of camp, we’ll celebrate our campers’ work with readings and a final party — families and friends are invited!
Camp Administrative Director
Campers will be housed in single-occupancy dorms on the Webster University campus to facilitate quiet writing time and to meet COVID protocols. Our counselors will also live in the dorms that week to supervise campers and provide any needed support.
Breakfast will be continental-style and include bagels, toast, fruit, individual cereals, milks and juice.
Lunch will be provided by The Art of Entertaining — sandwiches, wraps, salads — and served to campers in their dorm rooms during the quiet writing time in the middle of each camp day.
Dinner will be provided by a variety of local restaurants.
Vegetarian and vegan options will be available for every meal. Please make us aware of any other dietary needs or restrictions in your application materials.
Frequently Asked Questions
Webster University’s students and faculty are required to be vaccinated or attain an exemption, and we have achieved a total campus population vaccination rate of greater than 95%. We strongly urge all visitors to our campus to be fully vaccinated or follow our campus protocols for unvaccinated visitors. Each camper and camp staff member will receive a health screening at the start of camp. The Creative Writing Camp will follow all current campus and St. Louis County protocols at the time of camp.
The Pearson House is located off of Big Bend Boulevard at the northeast corner of the Webster Groves campus.
8260 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, MO 63119