A writing camp is a creative retreat for middle schoolers, as they explore art, poetry, and writing.

Writing Camp is a Creative Retreat for Middle Schoolers20 students have spent 10 days in the “Tell Your Story” program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Student art work will be displayed for a month at the Two Hands Paperie on Pearl Street in Boulder.

“This is supposed to be fun and lively, but also a summer bridge,” said Casey Middle School teacher Val Wheeler, who runs the program with Horizons K-8 teacher Katie Miles. “They’re more likely when they go back in to school to take a risk or think in a new way.”

The program is now in its eighth year, and is supported bu CU’s School of Education, the Boulder Valley School District, and the ArtsBridge Program of the Department of Art and Art History.

Rising Boulder High sophomore Annika Ekrem said she was happy to be back for a second year, as during the school year her studies leave little time for creativity.

“I really needed to come back here,” she said. “Being able to work with such amazing poets and artists is a unique experience. I saw how much my poetry has grown after tucking it away for a year.”

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