WordsWorth is a week-long sleepover creative writing residency for young writers who believe in the power of words. Writers will be completely immersed in the creative and diverse world of writing. Guided by established and respected artist-instructors, writers will experience writing through fiction, poetry, spoken word, music, drama, film making, monologue and nonfiction. But the experiences don’t begin and end with the classes, WordsWorth is a place where young writers come together to celebrate writing through friendship, campfires, concerts, open mic sessions, hikes, haikus and rousing games of Death Polo in the pool.
A Message From Colin Matty
If you've found your way here, that might mean you love words as much as I do. Words are powerful, bizarre, and beautiful. They are tools and toys. My name is Colin Matty, and I am the director of WordsWorth.
WordsWorth is a place where friends and mentors come together to celebrate, to create, and to deepen our understanding and appreciation for the written word, in all its myriad forms. Comic books, songs, genre fiction, memoirs, groan worthy puns, and everything between and beyond! But it doesn't end there. Outside of classes taught by our wide range of award winning and professional artist-instructors, you'll be swimming the pool during a rousing round of Death Polo, or perhaps running through the woods with a sword – or relaxing by the riverside, strumming your ukulele and writing in your journal. After songs by the campfire and a bedtime story, it's off to bed and dreamland until the next morning.
If you're intrigued, I invite you to take a look around. If you've ever wanted to immerse yourself in a creative community that will challenge and inspire you, WordsWorth is the summer experience you've been waiting for.
Welcome to WordsWorth. I'll see you at camp.
Good Health and Good Spirits,
Director of WordsWorth
WordsWorth 2019: Kamp Kiwanis, Bragg Creek, AB
Here are this year's dates and prices:
Week 1 (ages 11 - 14): July 14 – 19, 2019 - Registration for Week 1 is now closed
Week 2 (ages 15 - 19): July 21 – 26, 2019, $550
Week 3 (ages 14 - 19): July 28 – August 2, 2019, $550 - limited space available
Two-Week Option (ages 14 - 19): July 21 – August 2, 2019, $1035 - limited space available
*Please note if you are signing up for more than one week, you will need to purchase two anthologies to receive each week.
Registration for Week 1 is now closed.
Space is limited for Week 3 and for the two-week option. Registration will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.
WordsWorth Courses and Instructors
WordsWorth is ... a lot of fun, not just a writing camp but a crazy place with tons of other outdoor activities every day. People are supportive and humorous and clever."
- Week 1 Camper, WordsWorth 2017
My favourite part is actually seeing my writing become better through the feedback of campers, counsellors, and the class teachers."
- Week 2 Camper, WordsWorth 2017
Drop-Off: Please aim to be at Kamp Kiwanis at 3:00 pm on the Sunday of your week at WordsWorth. Dorms will be assigned at that time. Registration will begin at 4:00 pm, where participants will select courses, meet the Creative Team and other writers and choose their dorm rooms. The remainder of the day will be devoted to awesome literacy- related, let’s-get-this-week-rolling activities.
Pick-Up: Parents and guests are invited to our final WordsWorth Camp Life Sampler Platter on the Friday of your week at camp. The experience runs from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Tell your parents to be prepared to get involved in camp activities that you sign them up for. Refreshments will be served.
Check out this video made at WordsWorth 2016 by the WEEK 2 COMMERCIAL JAM POD.
Special thanks to Sam Pelkey and Jay Lewis for the music and WordsWorth instructor and director of Reality is Optional Creative Kids' Programming, Kim Firmston. Thanks so much, everyone!
This video of WordsWorth 2017 was put together by the WGA's 2017 Summer Intern, Mike Maguire, using photos provided by Kim Firmston.
WordsWorth Photo Albums
And have a look at THESE PHOTOS from WordsWorth 2016 - courtesy of the amazing Jay Lewis! Thanks so much, Jay!
Inclusivity at WordsWorth
Wordsworth is committed to creating a safe, inclusive and diverse learning community that allows the campers to learn and interpret the world in which we live through dialogue, social interaction and hands-on activities.
"Like everyone else who comes back to WordsWorth year after year, to me it's a home. The community, the atmosphere, and the people, whether it's the Creative Team members, Colin Matty - our wonderful Director - or the instructors, who are unabashedly kind, hilarious, intelligent, and sweet. Here, I'm home.
- Week 2 Camper, WordsWorth 2017
A limited number of bursaries are available for participants in financial need. We can typically offer 25% to 75% off the WordsWorth registration fee depending on need and availability. To apply for a WordsWorth bursary, please send the following to [email protected]:
- Describe why it is important for you to attend WordsWorth. This must be in the participant’s own words, not written by a parent or guardian.
- Briefly explain your financial situation (no documentation required), how a bursary would help you attend, and how much of the registration fee you need to bursary to cover. This may be written by either the participant or a parent/guardian.
- Include a sample of your creative writing, maximum 1000 words.
|If you cancel:||You will receive:|
|On or before June 14, 2019||100% of the registration fees refunded minus a nonrefundable $50 administration fee|
|June 15 – July 2, 2019||50% of the registrations fees refunded minus a nonrefundable $50 administration fee|
|After July 2, 2019||No refund|
Photos on this page used with permission from Kim Firmston.