Youth, Family, Community Programs

SCWriP Young Writers Camp Overview

For over 35 years, the South Coast Writing Project (SCWriP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara has used writing to create opportunities for youth, family, and community to come together. We offer a wide array of programs that celebrate writing and the ways it reflects culture, individuality, and learning. SCWriP's Young Writers Camps have a staff of outstanding, certified classroom teachers, all of whom have completed extensive training in writing and are SCWriP Teacher-Consultants. Staff members continually implement writing in their personal and professional lives.

What is SCWriP?

Operating at UCSB since 1979, the South Coast Writing Project is a professional development program for teachers of writing from elementary school through college. SCWriP is a site of the California Writing Project and the National Writing Project Network.

Who are SCWriP Teacher-Consultants?

Outstanding teachers who have completed SCWriP's Invitational Summer Institute in Composition and Critical Literacy become Teacher-Consultants who conduct professional development programs in schools and colleges throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Kern Counties. These programs and workshops are available to all schools and school districts in the counties that SCWrIP serves.

The Experience of Camp: What Campers Do and Learn

Young Writers Camp Programs are designed to offer students in grades 3-9 an opportunity to explore the many facets of writing, regardless of their skill levels. Students participate in a stimulating learning evironment that helps create a community of writers to give optimum support and growth. Depending on the location, Young Writers may tour their campus, visit the college bookstore and have access to a broad range of stimulating facilities unique to each site.

Daily journal writing and writing workshops are blended with activities in other creative arts. Teachers seek to build confidence while providing the writing tools that inspire creative thinking. Young Writers engage in crafting a variety of writing forms, such as poems, autobiographical sketches, short stories and nature observations, and thus become familiar with the writing process. Each camper chooses a piece of writing or several pieces for publication in the camp anthology. During graduation on the last day of camp, campers read their work to family and friends in attendance.

Young Writer's Camp 2014

The half-day camps for students are offered at:

UCSB, July 14th - 25th, grades 3-9, 9:00a.m.- 12:30p.m.

Cal-Lutheran University, July 14th - 25th, grades 4-9, 9:00a.m.- 12:30p.m.

Oxnard College, July 14th - July 31st, grades 4-9, 12:00p.m.- 3:00p.m.

Ventura College, July 14th - July 31st, grades 4-9, 9:00a.m.- 12:00p.m.

Camp cost is $295 (10% discount for multiple enrollments within one family. Example: two campers at $295 each, total $590 minus $59 equals $531).

Applications are due by July 3rd.

Registration materials for the Young Writer's Camp 2014 are now available. Please find the English version application materials below and get them in as soon as possible because camps can fill quickly.

Please check back periodically or contact the SCWriP Office at for futher information.

YWC 2014 Application

YWC 2014 Spanish Application


The Young Writers Camp offers limited opportunities for scholarships that award fee discounts to families for whom financial assistance is a necessity. Students from such families must display a strong interest in writing and/or a desire to be enrolled in the program. Scholarship application materials are posted below.  Please read all directions carefully and submit all required documents. The scholarship application deadline is July 3rd. Scholarship decisions will be made by June 23rd for applicants who registered by June 16th.  For those who turn in registration materials after June 16th, scholarship decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

YWC 2014 Scholarship Guidelines and Application

YWC 2014 Spanish Scholarship Guidelines

YWC 2014 Spanish Scholarship Application

Contact Us

Phone: (805) 893-5899


Fax: (805) 893-7674

Mail: Young Writers Camp
          South Coast Writing Project
          Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
          University of California, Santa Barbara
          Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490