2014 "Creative Power" Middle School Writing Camp


"Creative Power"

In the summer of 2014, a group of young writers from several different schools all came to Missouri Western this summer to participate in a program called “Creative Power” Middle School Writing Camp, held by Prairie Lands Writing Project (also known as PLWP) on the campus of Missouri Western State University. They created an awe-inspiring anthology of their work, which you can check out here.

Every year at camp, there's a quote we use as a springboard for inspiration at the start of camp.  Here was this year's quote: 

"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic."  - Albus Dumbledore

Sure--we're not sure if magic is real--and Dumbledore is totally a fictional character...but when we're writing, it's all possible, isn't it?  At the 2014 "Creative Power" camp, we found that words can come from anywhere, but the power we give our words comes from within us.  When we view the world as writers, we gain that power--that "magic."  After this camp, we may all move on...but for now, we are constantly searching for the power that our creativity can give us.  


Invitations to the 2015 middle school writing camp will be sent out to seventh and eighth grade students in St. Joseph in early spring 2015.  Until then, if you have any questions, please email Middle School Camp Director, Josie Clark, or Prairie Lands Writing Project Site Director, Dr. Susan Martens.  

Sponsors: Missouri Western State University, Prairie Lands Writing Project, and the Saint Joseph School District