Social Justice Summer Writing Camp | Marian University

2019 Summer Camps 

Spread the news: Marian University's Writing Center is offering summer writing camps for high school students in grades 9-12.

The first camp is focused on writing about social justice issues and the second will teach you to write about the environment.

Write Here, Write Now: Social Action Writing Camp

  • Pre-camp welcome: Friday, June 7, 2019 // 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Camp dates: Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14, 2019 // 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
  • End-of-camp celebration: Friday, June 14 // 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $250/participant.
  • Download our Write Here, Write Now Social Action Writing Camp flyer to share with students, friends, family, and neighbors.


Are you a high school student with a passion for promoting social action and justice? Get experience in writing and developing community-based solutions to social justice issues. 

Sponsored by the Marian University Writing Center and the Hoosier Writing Project, you will take a deep dive into issues like affordable housing, racial and gender inequality, food insecurity, environmental justice, community safety, access to quality educational programs, and related local and national challenges.

Collaborate with community advocates and scholars to build your writing skills while serving as an advocate for tackling tough issues locally. You’ll combine your creative writing and journalism skills with research to explore critical perspectives on social justice issues. You’ll produce narrative, creative, and argumentative writings.

Upon conclusion of the camp, you’ll be encouraged to present and publish your work to Indianapolis political, cultural, civic, and business leaders during a community celebration. Past participants of the Social Action Writing Camp were invited to speak to state conferences and political leaders. 

To register, complete and submit the registration form. The cost is $250 and includes all materials, supplies, lunch, snacks, and a T-shirt. Scholarships are available. For information, email or call 317.955.6234.

Environmental Writing Workshop

  • Pre-camp welcome: Friday, June 21 // 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Camp dates: Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28 //  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • End-of-camp celebration: Friday, June 28 // 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $250/participant.
  • Download our Environmental Writing Camp flyer to share with students, friends, family, and neighbors.


High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to experience in-depth, place-based learning through ecological literacy and environmental writing. This non-residential camp will be held in our outdoor classroom in the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab. You'll spend time observing and learning about the university's restored 55-acre wetland with woods and a meadow situated near the White River. You'll read the work of prominent environmental writers and developing your own unique voice through focused instruction and guided writing exercises. Marian University faculty and local writers will provide you with individual attention and mentoring. You will learn how to write convincingly and creatively about the natural environment through site-based discussions, readings, and writing activities. 

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