2014 Camp Dates

For writers entering grades 6-8

June 23 – 27 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Brookfield

August 11 – 15 at Mt Mary University, Milwaukee

For writers entering grades 9-12

June 16 – 20 at Mt Mary University, Milwaukee

August 4-8 at Ten Chimneys Estate, Genesee Depot

Camp hours: 9 am – 2:30 pm

Click here to view the current 2014 Creative Writing Camp Brochure.

Please print and complete the  Red Oak Youth Reg Form and send with your check to:

Red Oak Writing llc
PO Box 342
Genesee Depot, WI  53127


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Early Bird Registration ($325 Before April 1)


Regular Registration ($350 After April 1)

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Registration Form in order to reserve your spot.

Please use the link to the form above.


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Fall Registrations Open for Teen Writers

Two great opportunities to “feed your writer” during the school year:

Teen Writers’ Circles

Writing Application Essays Workshop

21 Teen Writers Tour Ten Chimneys Estate

We appreciate…


Camp Rocks!

What a great start to the Creative Writing Camp season with 23 marvelous 5th-8th graders at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield! (More photos at our Facebook page)

Mighty Oaks: Scholastic Award Winners

For the second year in a row, Red Oak writers were recognized in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards ceremony, hosted by Dasha Kelly and Stillwaters Collective. Congratulations to Raci L. for her Gold Key in Poetry and Short Story, to Dylan L-H for his Gold Key in the Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction category and to Ethan S for his Honorable Mention in Flash Fiction.


With 84 entries for the greater Milwaukee area, these young writers can be very proud of their accomplishment! Here’s hoping they inspire other writers to submit their work to the 2014 contest. (Visit the Stillwaters website in the fall to get details.)

Hint. Hint: Gift Certificates Fit All Writers




They’re not easy to gift wrap, but they will be treasured for years to come: those moments spent at Creative Writing Camp or in our Teen Writers’ Circles. Now, you can encourage the young writer in your life by giving a Red Oak Young Writers Gift Certificate in the denomination of your choice.

NOTE: The name of our sister organization, RedBird-RedOak Writing, will appear on your charge statement.

Another Marvelous Groups of Young Writers

Many thanks for the enthusiasm, creativity and generosity of our young writers who participated in camp at Mt. Mary College. You are an amazing bunch!

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos of our week together.



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SLW Campers Rock the House!

Twenty-six enthusiastic young people wrote up a storm at our Creative Writing Camp held at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, a fabulous venue for our camps! (Thanks, Wilson Center Staff!)

Find more photos at our Facebook Page.


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It’s confirmed: Lots of young people LOVE to write and appreciate the opportunity to spend a week with others like them pursuing their shared passion.

All 4 weeks of our Creative Writing Camps are filled and registration is now closed.

Please try us (early) again next year!

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Mighty Oaks!

Red Oak received this note from a parent of a Creative Writing Camp participant this week:

Alex and Amanda have both been to your summer writers’ camp at 10 Chimneys. It inspired them to create a place for teens to go to dream, to write, to play an instrument or create. I wanted you to know of your influence on these girls and perhaps you could use the space at Retzer for other workshops. Thank you for all of your work with youth!

The note was accompanied by a brochure titled “Creative Space: Finding Inspiration at Retzer Nature Center,” which describes this very special project created by Girl Scout Troop #2003. The Troop transformed a space located on the Blue Trail by adding flower beds and benches and published a brochure with ideas for inspiration:

“The new Creative Space at Retzer Nature Center is desigend to spark creativity and true art. There you can look out at the prairie around you and see only a great blue skyline. All around many prairie plants stand tall and quiet. It is a great place to just relax and watch the clouds go by.”

Congratulations to Troop #2003 providing this marvelous creative space to visitors to Retzer Nature Center! Thank you so much for sharing this great project with your community!


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