Students in eighth grade through graduating seniors will be guided through the process of crafting a long-form news story for publication while developing the comprehensive literacy and communication skills essential for college and professional success. The camp is also open to middle school writers.
The two-week program will be led by Dr. Deanna Mascle, an English instructor at Morehead State University, and Sarah Webster of Gallatin County Schools. They will provide non-evaluative support for the camp Monday through Friday with a combination of morning meetings, daily writing prompts and activities writers will work on independently, and small group workshops in the afternoon or evening.
Teen writers will choose an overlooked and misunderstood issue affecting their community and will be guided through the process of crafting a long-form news story for publication. Long-form journalism is a branch of journalism that generates longer and more in-depth articles than the typical news story. Power Your Story can help teens develop new skills, enhance their writing, and add new experiences and demonstrated expertise to their portfolio for college and scholarship applications.
A MacArthur Foundation grant partially funds the camp, so some scholarships are available.
Registration for the camp will include t-shirts and a print anthology as well as a digital publication. The cost for the two-week camp is $150, $80 for one week.