The University of Central Arkansas’ Colleges of Education and Fine Arts and Communication will host "Bearswrite" summer camp for young writers June 25-29 at the college campus. The camp is open to students entering grades four through six.

"Bearswrite offers middle school students a chance to spend a week writing both in traditional and digital formats," said Donna Wake, program co-director and assistant professor in the teaching and learning department. "We will have an author’s reception on the last day of camp to showcase the students’ writing."

National Writing Project teaching consultants and undergraduate and graduate teaching candidates will teach students. The focus of the camp will be how to use voice, setting, word choice, character traits and point-of-view narration in writing. The camp will include experiences with guest speakers and field trips on campus. Students will also spend a day at the Arkansas Art Center.

Campers will create a digital collection of their writings during the camp and put on a public performance and reception for parents and community members. They will also build their own individual digital portfolio of their best work.

Applications will be processed on a first-come basis. Enrollment will include access to technology, guest speakers and field trips. Campers will be responsible for their own lunches. For more information, visit

Bearswrite is directed by Drs. Stephanie Vanderslice, Donna Wake and Jeff Whittingham, UCA faculty members.