Register for Middle School Winter Writing Camp

Day Eight is pleased to open registration for two free Writing Camps for youth in Washington D.C. this winter, to occur December 27-30, and January 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. day.) Based out of the Shepherd Park/Juanita Thornton DC Public Library, the camp enrolls 5th through 9th graders and supports youth development and writing skills.

Online registration (below) is open for the January 16, MLK Day, camp.

The December 27-30 camp will be anchored in the Langston Hughes text, The Weary Blues. Students will receive poetry and personal essay instruction, and a copy of the book, and will be asked to practice recitation of poems, including classics like Hughes’ “Poem”.

The January 16 camp will be anchored in the words and vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. In the morning, participants will take part in a workshop, “Writing the Dream”, led by poet Joseph Ross. Ross is the author of the poetry book Raising King, and others. In the afternoon campers and featured guests will enjoy and participate in a poetry reading and performance — open to all!

Thanks to support from Learn24, the single day MLK day camp and the four day winter break Writing Camps are free for all. Registration is capped at 10 participants, and priority is given to DC residents. In addition to writing workshops taught by Regie Cabico and Shaquetta Nelson, students will enjoy field trips including to see a movie, and to visit a museum.

Please use the form below to request registration.