inkPulse: A Writing Camp for Teens

Continuing the Writers Guild of Alberta’s 15 year tradition of bringing writing focused camps for youth (first as YouthWrite and now as inkPulse) inkPulse presents an exciting and dynamic writing day camp for teens!

inkPulse taps into the imagination through creation, collaboration and diversity! Talented Canadian artists join forces to bring exciting lessons incorporating movement, sound, performance and writing exercises, all designed to inspire text creation. The days are jam-packed. Campers will work individually, in small groups and with the entire ensemble; classes are taught by individual instructors, pairs of teachers and the whole teaching team.

Camp day runs from 10am-5pm (except Edmonton which runs 9am-4pm). Friday are extended days in order to celebrate the week with a wrap up event which runs from 5-7pm (for all camps) where participants present their work to their family and friends.

Each day begins with a warm-up, designed not only to prepare campers vocally and physically for the work, but also to jump start their imagination and get their creativity flowing.

Next, campers will take part in a group writing activity, a lesson from one of inkPulse’sinstructors, and then lunch. During the afternoon, campers will have journaling time, take another great class with a second instructor and attend a workshop hosted by a guest writer. Busy? You betcha! Fun? Oh yeah!

inkPulse’s goal is to give campers the opportunity to express themselves freely while they connect with other creative teens and meet brilliant Canadian artists and we want to squeeze the most out of every moment.

Where are the Camps?

Lethbridge (Registration Deadline: July 8 *Extended) (Register Online)
July 18-22, 2011
Lethbridge Public Library
255 Britannia Blvd West

Grande Prairie(Registration Deadline: July 8 *Extended) (Register Online)
July 25-29, 2011
Grande Prairie Public Library
101, 9839 – 103 Avenue

Calgary(Registration Deadline: July 15) (Register Online)
August 8-12, 2011
Memorial Park Library
1221 2nd Street SW

Edmonton (Registration Deadline: July 15) (Register Online)
August 15-19, 2011
The Bennett Centre
9703 94 St NW

Who Teaches There?

inkPulse hires fun, exciting and experienced instructors and guests to work with the participants of their camps. Past staff have included playwrights Sam Varteniuk and Ellen Chorley, poet Bob Stallworthy, street artist Tegan Forbes, journalist Trent Wilkie, novelist Karen Bass and clown Shantelle Landry. inkPulse strives to have a combination of artists from within the hosting community and from around the province.

How Much Does it Cost?

The tuition for the week is $185. This includes supervision and instruction as well as supplies, a t-shirt and food at the wrap-up event. Participants must provide their own lunch.

**Bursaries are available through the Writers Guild of Alberta! Contact Tracy with the contact information below.**

Registrations are now open!

For more information, please contact:

Tracy Johnson | inkPulse Coordinator | tjohnson@writersguild.ab.ca

Writers Guild of Alberta | 780.422.8174 OR 1.800.665.5354 (Alberta only)