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Participation Waiver

Each youth being registered for Minnesota Writing Project Camps must have a waiver signed by a guardian.
  • Download the waiver form (a Microsoft Word document). This form is also available by request (email
  • Complete the required boxes, including signer's name, youth's name, relationship, signer's email address, signer's mailing address, and signature.
  • Email the completed form to

Program Information

Camps are available for young writers entering grades 4–12 in the fall of 2022.

Camp Times
In-Person camps run for three hours from 9am–12pm and 1–4 pm with convenient drop off and pick up times. If a camper is participating in both morning and afternoon camps, we provide a supervised space to eat lunch at no additional charge. Lunch is not provided, so campers should bring their own.
Virtual camps each have a unique schedule included in their description. Campers will be allowed into the Zoom room starting five minutes before the camp starts. Zoom rooms will be closed no later than five minutes after the end of each camp session. The amount of time campers devote to online writing activities may vary depending on the individual, interest, and availability, but teachers will plan on about two hours of material in addition to the one hour of face-to-face time.
Many campers in both virtual and in person have chosen to devote much time to their work because of their excitement about the materials offered by teachers, but this is completely optional.

Drop Off and Pick Up (In-Person Only)
Drop off begins 30 minutes prior to camp (8:30–9am and 12:30–1pm).
Pick up ends 30 minutes after a camp (12:–12:30pm and 4–4:30pm).
Early drop off (8am and 12pm) and late pick up (1pm and 5pm) are available for an additional $25 charge each.

Camp Leaders

The people who lead our camps are the creative force behind these programs. All Camp Leaders are currently practicing licensed teachers in the state of Minnesota. Many have gone through nationally recognized training through the Minnesota Writing Project’s Invitational Institute. All have been recognized as leaders in their schools by colleagues and members of the University of Minnesota Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Writing and Rhetorical Studies.
All camp leaders are chosen based on demonstrated excellence in curriculum development and engagement with young writers of all experience levels and degrees of confidence. All camp leaders have successfully completed background checks, Safety of Minors training, and emergency preparedness training. As practicing teachers, they also regularly complete professional development in educational best practices.

Where to go and What to Bring


All in-person youth camps will be taking place in Nicholson Hall on the University of Minnesota campus.
All virtual camps will take place over Zoom.

Drop Off and Pick Up (In Person Only)

Camp Directors will be waiting to check in your camper outside of the north entrance of Nicholson Hall on Pillsbury Drive. If you’re driving, you can pull up and drop off your student at the entrance, where camp staff will greet you. If you would like to park on campus and walk your child to Nicholson Hall, the nearest parking ramp is the Church Street garage, which charges an hourly fee.
At the end of each camp, staff members will be waiting with students outside of the north entrance of Nicholson Hall on Pillsbury Drive. Similar to drop-off, you can pull up and pick up your student, or park in the Church Street garage.

What to Bring

  • Notebook and writing utensil (Virtual Only, these will be provided at In Person camps)
  • Masks, in accordance with UMN safety guidelines (In Person Only)
  • Wear comfortable layers of clothes. Weather permitting, we will hold camps outside to support Covid-19 safety. We will move indoors if weather such as rain, strong wind, or excessive heat interrupts our activities. (In Person Only)

What to Leave at Home

  • Electronic devices such as music players, hand held games, cell phones, apple watches, air pods, etc.
  • Fevers and contagious illness (consult the UMN safety guidelines)
  • Toys
  • Pocket knives, weapons or look-alike weapons

Food (In Person Only)

  • There is filtered water available. We encourage campers to bring a water bottle.
  • Students are welcome to bring snacks. Camps for grades 4–6 include a small morning and afternoon snack. 
  • Full-day campers should pack a lunch. Please know that we are a peanut-free camp.


Campers are expected to follow basic rules of safety and respect, similar to a school setting. Parents/Guardians and campers participating in in-person camps are also expected to follow UMN safety guidelines to minimize the risk of exposure to Covid-19. Campers participating in virtual camps or camps that use the internet are expected to follow standard online safety expectations. Behaviors or incidents of an ongoing, unsafe, serious and/or threatening nature may be cause for removal from the program without refund or credit.

Covid-19 Protocols (In Person Only)

Due to the presence of COVID-19, MWP Camps will incorporate any and all applicable guidelines released by the MDH, CDC, and the University. The University of Minnesota has specific protocols and procedures in place for staff regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and/or testing requirements. These apply to all MWP staff, partners and instructional providers. Additional information regarding check in and out procedures, safety guidelines, and other need to know items will be provided via email prior to the start of your camp.

Contact Information

In Person Camps: If you need to contact your child during camp hours, please contact the MWP Camps office at 612-625-1541 or email a Camp Director using the contact information shared in the email you will receive prior to camp.
Virtual Camps: You are welcome to connect with a Camp Leader or Camp Director before camps start on Zoom or email a Camp Director using the contact information shared in the email you will receive prior to camp.

Release of Liability Form

Here is a Release of Liability form that is required of all campers. Please print and sign this form and send it with your child to camp. You are also welcome to email a photo of a signed copy to us. We will also have printed copies available on the first day. 


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