Into the Deep

For High School Students (as of Fall 2020)

A D&D-inspired story-telling adventure!

This online summer creative camp is a role-playing adventure that uses collaborative storytelling (both written and spoken) for character development and exploration that goes far beyond the page.

Part Sci-Fi adventure, part Alt-history, part thriller, the world of this program is based on the novella “The Deep” by Rivers Solomon, and the song of the same name by experimental hip hop group, clipping. Become a character, and challenge yourself to new depths.

The benevolent and bountiful corporation, Squapple, has hired a team of underwater experts ( you!) to find and harvest resources for their new technology. The team has been tasked to explore an unknown region of the Atlantic Ocean. Little do they know the history that has been growing and blossoming beneath the waves. Or perhaps they do…

Young writers will learn about character development, there will be math and science tie ins, and even some persuasive tactics involved! Each day will include writing time, game-play time, and reflection time, and at the end of the month, excerpts from the first person, character driven writing that young writers create will be compiled into a (digitally available) collection. If they’d like to add to their writing between sessions, that’s awesome! (but not required.)

This camp is a collaboration with


About the Instructors:

Czander is a digital researcher pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature and an M.S. in Computer Science. He researches artificial intelligence, the history of computer programming languages, and how to integrate game design into computer coding practices. Play, he believes, offers us one of the most meaningful ways to learn, understand, and experience the lives we live together.

Leah is a writer and teaching artist with over twelve years of experience with children, pre-teens, teens, adults, and senior citizens. She has taught in public schools, alternative schools, summer camps, prisons, universities, and dance studios. Leah focuses on nurturing creativity–and examining the power structures behind the way we think, create, and move. 

Jaclyn is a lifelong lover of science and nature. Jaclyn’s research centers on the effects of pharmaceutical contaminants on coastal ecosystems. She is currently an environmental specialist at an engineering consulting firm, working to protect natural resources on roadway and bridge infrastructure projects throughout Oregon. She also writes, dances, and plays D&D!

Jerry is a scholar, activist, and educator committed to making learning environments productive and welcoming for all students. He has over a decade of experience shaping the cultures and climates of educational settings. Jerry’s work centers on Black teachers and representation, the politics of education, civic learning, and the educational experiences of marginalized students.

4 Tuesdays: August 4, 11, 18 , 25
3-5 pm PDT

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Members $165
Non Members $185


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Questions? email bewriting@wordcraftersineugene.com