Collaborative Storytelling Camp

Join us this summer to play in worlds we create!

For Teens


TEENS! If you love writing, novels or stories, theater, RPGs, or movies, and want to improve your character building skills, this camp is for you!

6 Wednesdays
6-7:30 PM, Pacific
July 13, 20, 27 & August 3, 10, 17

This is a virtual event hosted in the Wordcrafters Zoom Virtual Studio

Members $179
Non Members $199

A limited number of scholarships are available to young writers with financial need. To apply for a scholarship fill out this application.

Did you know that we have student and family memberships? Members save 10% on this class and every class. To find out more Click here.

Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary act! In this RPG-inspired camp, we’ll create characters and go on an adventure in a world we build/generate together in this online camp for teens designed by our community partners TeachWriteNow. 

Throughout the camp, we will create and improvise a story together. As a storytelling team, we will decide our genre, choose our setting, and then put our characters (which we make individually) to the test to see how they transform through the conflicts that arise. We’ll also explore the elements of storytelling and craft, and consider how they’ll inform our world and story.

By the end of this six week camp, together we’ll create a story that has never been created before, and build new friendships, and understand our characters–and hopefully ourselves too–along the way. You will also gain insights into the writing process that you can apply to the writing you’re doing on your own.

We will spend time at the beginning and end of each session debriefing about how our characters’ decisions have impacted our characters and the worlds they live in, how the characters are thinking about what has happened, and what hopes they have for the future. All vital parts of becoming writers of stories, and the worlds we live in!

If you’ve already got a character you want to play, great! If you need help creating one, we can get you set up! Email bewriting at wordcraftersineugene dot org if you have questions!


About the Instructors

Leah Velez is a writer and interdisciplinary 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. Leah was born and raised in the city of Chicago, the child of political activists. As a fiction writer, she explores intergenerational trauma, whiteness, monstrosity, the impact of place, family relationships, and power, at the intersections of humor and horror. Creative mediums: Writing, Dance, Visual Arts, Cello,  and D&D. ​www.leahvelez.com

Jerry J. Wilson, Jr. 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.

Jerry Jameel Wilson Jr. was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. Coming from a large family, he learned to share very early on in life, and continues to buy an extra candy bar on snack runs in order to give one to a friend. Like too many Black children, Jerry remembers the exact moment when school became a place of dread.  It was laughter from classmates, not praise from teachers, that motivated Jerry to come to school each day. www.jerryjameelwilson.com