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Growing Writers

UW-Whitewater Growing Writers

To ensure the safety of campers and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has made the difficult decision to cancel all overnight summer camps.  But don’t despair: #WarhawkCamps will go on!  We are hosting a series of online events to keep your campers active.  Check them out here:  More camps are being added daily!  Be sure to check back often.  In the meantime, stay safe and please direct your questions to

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We’re excited to announce the second annual Growing Writers creative writing camp for students entering grades 6-12. Students will have the unique experience to work on the craft of creative writing, producing and workshopping fiction, poetry, and personal narrative under the mentorship of professional writers. The camp will be structured around seminars and writing workshops that explore the fundamentals of storytelling and develop students' ability to carefully read and respond to the work of their peers. Students will learn new ways to generate ideas and have the opportunity to explore a variety of forms and genres in a lively, inclusive environment. The camp will culminate in an informal reading, open to family and friends, highlighting students’ original work.   This camp is available to students entering grades 6-12 in Fall 2020

Date: Thursday, July 23 - Saturday, July 25, 2020

The enrollment in the camp is limited to 75 campers in order to maximize opportunities for individualized attention. 


Register Online Closed

Registrations accepted online until noon  7/20/20.   We do accept walk up registrations if not sold out. Walk-up registration will be available to download here after the online registration closes.

Resident Camper: $310

Resident campers will be housed in one of the residence halls located on the UW-Whitewater campus. The residence hall has a secured entrance and the campers are monitored by the residence hall directors, assistants, and by our own camp counseling staff. Roommate requests made by online registration closing date will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender. Developing new friends is encouraged. Rooms are double occupancy only. Please note that our residence halls are not air conditioned. We strongly advise campers to bring a fan if possible. The bathrooms and showers offer clean, individual stalls for privacy. Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day. Meals are included in the registration fee.

Fees Include

The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt* and insurance.

*T-shirt is guarenteed if registered by 7/3/20.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of the event.  Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start date of the event session in order to receive a refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit. Cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of the event will receive a refund minus a 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of the event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant's name, event title and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded or the registrant can choose to apply fees to a different summer event.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Info Packet

Pre camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre camp information includes medication requirements (complete only if taking meds at this event), parking details, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, mailing address for camper mail, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at

Info Packet Available 3 weeks prior to event

Check in and Orientation

Resident campers must check in at the location mentioned in the Info Packet. Parents/guardians are invited to visit with staff members and ask any last minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help campers get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting.

Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time

If your schedule results in you arriving after the designated check-in or before check-out time, please indicate in your registration the time you will arrive/depart in the “Special Need/Comments” field or email, if changes happened after you registered. On the day of arrival to campus, check the schedule in the Info Packet to see where the group will be at the time of your arrival. Please call the staff number listed in the Info Packet if you have any questions the day you arrive. If there are questions prior to camp, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

We receive many questions from registrants and guardians.  Click here to review our frequently asked questions about summer camps.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here. Campus building addresses can be found here.


Parking details will be available in the Info Packet.  Notice: All campus parking lots require a parking permit.  Failure to follow parking regulations will result in a fine.  More information is available on the Visitor Center website.

Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. UW-Whitewater will hold all registrants responsible for their conduct.  Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from event.  Registrants dismissed from the event will not receive a refund.  Please review the Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home, but ultimately it is your decision. We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment's notice.  For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp, but ask that cell phone use does not interfere with the event and other participants.  Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell use with their child.  We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Typical Day One Schedule

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Check In 
10:00 - 12:30 p.m. Welcome/Labs
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 4:45 p.m. Labs
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Evening Activities
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. Free Time
10:00 p.m. All students in residence hall

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule

Typical Day Two Schedule

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 - 12:30 p.m. Labs
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 4:45 p.m. Labs
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Evening Activity
9:00- 10:00 p.m. Free Time
10:00 p.m. All students in residence hall

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule

Typical Final Day Schedule

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 - 12:30 p.m. Labs
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 2:00 p.m. Reading (Parents/families encouraged to attend)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Check out of residence halls

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule

Camp Staff

Nicholas Gulig, Co-Director

Nicholas Gulig

A Thai-American poet from Wisconsin, Nicholas Gulig was educated at the University of Montana (BA), the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop (MFA), and the University of Denver (PhD). A 2011 Fulbright Scholar to Thailand, Dr. Gulig has received numerous awards for his work, including the CSU 2017 Open Book Poetry Award, the Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Prize, the Grist ProForma Prize, the Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize, the Ruskin Arts Club Award, and the Cutbank Prose Poetry Award. With over 30 print and online publications to his credit, Dr. Gulig is also the author of the poetry collections North of Order (YesYes Books), Book of Lake (CutBank), and Orient (Cleveland State University). An Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he currently resides in Fort Atkinson with his wife and daughter.

Barrett Swanson, Co-Director

Barrett Swanson

Barrett Swanson was the 2016-2017 Halls Emerging Artist Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and was the recipient of a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His short fiction and essays have been distinguished as "notable" in Best American Nonrequired Reading (2014), Best American Sports Writing (2017), and Best American Essays (2014, 2015, and 2017). His work has appeared most recently in The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, Orion, New England Review, The Point, Boston Review, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, and Guernica. Barrett received his MFA at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson has published fiction in Narrative Magazine, Redivider, Northwest Review, Opium Magazine, Short Story, The Portland Review, and Eye-Rhyme: Journal of New Literature. Her story "Night Glow" was anthologized in 2009's New Stories from the South, and an excerpt from The Lonely, her novel-in-progress, was a 2015 Pushcart Prize Special Mention.  Holly received her MFA from Wichita State University and her PhD from Florida State University.

Marilyn Annucci

Marilyn Annucci

Marilyn Annucci is the author of The Arrows That Choose Us, winner of the 2018 Press 53 Award for Poetry, and two chapbooks—Waiting Room, winner of the 2012 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize (Hill-Stead Museum), and Luck (Parallel Press). Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. A former editor who earned an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, she teaches a variety of writing courses, including poetry writing, nature writing, creative nonfiction, and advanced writers’ studio.

Erin Celello

>Erin Celello

Erin Celello is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She holds an MFA in fiction from Northern Michigan University and is the author of two novels: Miracle Beach (Penguin/NAL) and Learning to Stay (Penguin/NAL), which was recently adapted for the stage by Jim DeVita for Madison's Forward Theater Company. Her nonfiction has appeared in Proximity Magazine and Zocalo Public Square. She is at work on her third novel.

Patrick Moran

Patrick Moran

Patrick Moran is a graduate of the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. He is the author of five collections of poetry: Tell a Pitiful Story, Doppelgangster, The Book of Lost Things, Rumors of Organized Crime, and There are Things We Live Among. He has also published numerous translations of the French Poet, Eugene Guillevic, and is currently editing an anthology of contemporary Scottish Poetry due out in 2019.



Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

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