Austin Bat Cave hosts a number of half-day creative writing summer camps all over the city. Summer camps explore genres like Fan-Fiction, Poetry Writing, Horror Writing, Songwriting, and more. Whatever your interests, we have a camp for you!
If each of our students donated $100 this summer, then Austin Bat Cave will be able to reach more students than ever before. For 15 years, Austin Bat Cave has provided free creative writing programs for Central Texas youth. This summer, we’re asking for a suggested donation in order to attend our week-long summer camps. Your donation will go towards supplies, teacher stipends, and other resources ABC needs in order to keep amplifying young voices. ABC’s actual cost is over $1,000 per camp, but we know the benefit of helping students tell their stories and sharing them with the world is priceless.
COVID POLICY: Austin Bat Cave is closely following the Austin Public Health data and safety guidelines for mitigating the spread of Covid-19 in the community. To ensure that our programs are accessible for all students, including those who are high-risk, we are making the wearing of masks voluntary for students and instructors while Travis County is in a Low Community Level, but we are strongly encouraging students and instructors to wear masks, and disposable masks will be provided as needed. However, Austin Bat Cave reserves the right to change this policy at any time should cases of Covid-19 rise in the greater Austin area or should Travis County move to a higher stage of Covid-19 risk-based guidelines.
Half-Day Summer Camps
Below are our 2023 Summer Camps!
2023 Youth Editor Seminar
Please see below for a paid opportunity for ABC students in grades 8-12!
ABC Youth Editor Seminar: Intergenerational Memoir Writing (Grades 8-12)
June 19th – 30th (2-week camp)
Monday – Friday, 1:30pm – 3:30pm each day
Location: MWF in-person at The Village at the Triangle (4517 Triangle Ave, Austin, TX 78751) and T/TH on Zoom
Are you interested in learning how to edit and design a chapbook? Join ABC for our Youth Editor Seminar on Intergenerational Memoir Writing! In this camp, you will be partnered with an older adult (age 65+) at a local retirement home and will be trained in how to interview them about their life story as they write a short memoir! You will then collaborate with an ABC staff member to edit and design a chapbook memoir about your older adult’s life!
This workshop will teach you valuable skills in interviewing, transcription, editing, and accessible book design. All campers will receive a $100 honorarium for their work as a Youth Editor as well as a certificate at the end of the program for 20 community service hours (this can fulfill middle school or high school community service hour requirements). This program is a great opportunity for those who are interested in careers in editing and publishing or those who want to give back and support elders in our community! To apply, please click the link below. If you have questions before applying, please email ABC’s Intergenerational Program Manager Heather Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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