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.

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A Message From Colin Matty

Hello, and welcome to WordsWorth.

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,

Colin Matty
Director of WordsWorth

WordsWorth 2019: Kamp Kiwanis, Bragg Creek, AB


WordsWorth 2017 Camp Director and Staff

Here are this year's dates and prices:

Week 1 (ages 11 - 14): July 14 – 19, 2019 
Week 2 (ages 15 - 19): July 21 – 26, 2019, $550 
Week 3 (ages 14 - 19): July 28 – August 2, 2019, $550 
Two-Week Option (ages 14 - 19): July 21 – August 2, 2019, $1035
T-shirt: $20
Anthology: $10*

*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 WordsWorth is now closed.


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


About WordsWorth

WordsWorth 2018, Week 1 Campers and Instructors

A Day at WordsWorth

One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive at WordsWorth is that the days are full. A Creative Team Member will wake you no later than 7:30 am. Breakfast will be served at 7:45 am. After breakfast you will attend a day of amazing classes with breaks for writing, exploring, chilling and playing. The evenings don’t slow down either! Jam sessions, followed by nightly shows, campfires and bedtime stories are what to expect each night. Your Creative Team have many exciting extra-curricular activities planned. In other words, be prepared for busy, full days!

Kamp Kiwanis

Nestled near the bank of the Elbow River, Kamp Kiwanis features hiking trails, an outdoor swimming pool, and a beautiful setting. The location offers hostel-style accommodation and a large cafeteria. All residences and activities at Kamp Kiwanis are supervised by our highly-qualified Creative Team.

WordsWorth Handbook

In the week prior to camp, all registrants will be sent a WordsWorth Handbook, which provides details about class schedules, registration, drop off and pick-up times, what to bring, camp rules and regulations, and contact information for the camp.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Times

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.

Refer a Friend

Refer a friend to attend WordsWorth to receive your WordsWorth T-Shirt for free. If you've enjoyed WordsWorth in the past, tell your friends. When your friend registers, make sure they tell us that you sent them so that you can receive your free t-shirt!

Blue Pencil Café

(spots for 6 - 12 students, 30 minutes each)  Do you have specific questions about a piece of writing that you would like to ask an author, a poet, a playwright, an editor? Consider signing up for a Blue Pencil Café session! Some of the writers on staff will be available through the week to review, discuss and offer you one-on-one advice on your writing.   Please bring a copy of your work on paper. We do not have access to printers at Kamp Kiwanis!

WordsWorth Videos



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

WordsWorth 2018 Week 2 Campers and Staff

Here are some photos from WordsWorth 2018 and WordsWorth 2017, courtesy of Kim Firmston. Photos from WordsWorth 2019 coming soon!

And have a look at THESE PHOTOS from WordsWorth 2016 - courtesy of the amazing Jay Lewis! Thanks so much, Jay!   





Inclusivity at WordsWorth

WordsWorth 2017, Week 3 Campers & Staff


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]:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Include a sample of your creative writing, maximum 1000 words.



Cancellation Policy 
If you cancel:You will receive:
On or before June 14, 2019100% of the registration fees refunded minus a nonrefundable $50 administration fee
June 15 – July 2, 201950% of the registrations fees refunded minus a nonrefundable $50 administration fee
After July 2, 2019No refund


WordsWorth 2017, Week 3 Campers


Photos on this page used with permission from Kim Firmston.

WordsWorth Posters

Check out these great posters from WordsWorths past!


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