The SRL Summer Camp for Young Writers


SRL Summer Camp

June 9–13 session sold out!

June 16–20 session sold out! Mon–Fri. 9 to 5 (early drop off/late pick up available) Sign up below! (Or call 678-661-7080 to enroll by phone.)

June 23–27 session sold out! Mon–Fri. 9 to 5 (early drop off/late pick up available) Sign up below! (Or call 678-661-7080 to enroll by phone.)

The SRL Summer Camp for Young Writers is a summer day-camp program held Mon. through Fri. 9am to 5 pm. Camp facilitators/instructors include a best-selling novelist, a Pulitzer-prize nominee, writing professors and creative-art specialists, each with the goal of inspiring creative thinking and writing in young minds. Students will explore writing styles and methods of self-expression with new friends and accomplished instructors.

Each participating young writer will:

  • Be encouraged and challenged to blossom with self-confidence as a writer,
  • Create written works in an environment that promotes creativity.
  • Watch and discuss movies that exemplify perfect story structure.
  • Receive individual instruction in small groups from recognized writing instructors.
  • Commune and share creativity with other young writers in an emotionally safe and enriching environment.
  • Take daily walks along the Beltline to nearby Piedmont Park and/or the Public Library, as well as have special outings* to places in Virginia Highlands, such as Yogli Mogli, Marie’s Frozen Custard and Woody’s Subs.
  • Learn to write, draft, revise, edit and the pursuit of publishing.
  • Learn to parlay their writing skills into a means of self expression.
  • Have their story (or stories) compiled in an online anthology.

Who Should Attend:young writers2

Students of any writing ability who will be in grades 5-9 in the Fall (approx. ages 9–15).

The SRL Young Writers Camp recognizes that writing is a catalyst for the broad expression of ideas and opinions. We consider written expression by participants in our programs to be an opportunity for further dialogue and discussion. Teachers facilitating our programs make every effort to provide an environment that allows for all opinions and ideas to be shared, within the context of appropriate audience.

young writers3Sign up below! young writes4Immediate confirmation upon enrollment, as well as a questionnaire to tell us about your creative child.


Camp facilitator/instructor:

Caroline KeysCaroline Keys is writer-in-residence at Arlee School on the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwest Montana, where she can be seen toting her banjo to poetry class. She has taught music classes for students from 2 to 92 through the Missoula YMCA and volunteers at Tamarack Grief Resource Center’s “A Camp to Remember,” a nature-based program for children who have lost a parent or sibling.

Though she has lived her adult life in Montana, Caroline has kept the story-telling cadences of her native South. Blurring the boundaries between music and writing, Caroline is especially tuned in to the aural component of storytelling– some days she composes radio essays, other days she composes film scores. Caroline’s nonfiction writing and original music have been featured on Montana Public Radio. She was awarded the 2014 LEAW Family Fellowship at Virginia Center for Creative Arts and holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Queens University of Charlotte. Students in Caroline’s classes can expect an open, safe, and fun environment for creative expression. And banjo.

Camp co-facilitator/co-instructor:

kim at louvreKimberly Kislig is an adjunct writing professor at Sinclair University specializing in online courses. She also runs a non-profit organization that facilitates aid to children and families in transition. At left Ms. Kislig is shown hosting a guided tour for teenagers through the Louvre in Paris.



Camp guest instructors/special appearances:

Hollis GillespieHollis Gillespie is an award-winning humor columnist, memoirist and young-adult novelist. Her column appears every month on Atlanta magazine’s back page. She is also an NPR commentator and professional speaker. Her latest novel is a young-adult adventure titled Unaccompanied Minor, which Kirkus Reviews lauded for its “impeccable comic timing” (“A laugh-out-loud thriller about family court, money laundering and skyjacking”). For the same novel, Booklist heralded Gillespie as “a fantastic narrator: smart, funny, angry, and gifted in sarcasm.” Her next novel, titled We Will Be Crashing Shortly, is due out this Summer.

charlesauthorCharles McNair’s first novel, Land O’ Goshen, was a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1994. His highly acclaimed second novel, Pickett’s Charge, was published last year. Charles specializes in “Power of Storytelling” workshops. Since 2005, he has served as Books Editor for Paste magazine. Charles is currently at work on his third novel, The Epicureans.


ENROLLMENT (all credit cards accepted):

June 9–13 Session is Sold Out!


June 16–20 Session is Sold Out!


June 22–27 session is Sold Out!

Or simply call 678-661-7080 to enroll by phone. Receive immediate confirmation upon payment! Along with a form to provide specific information about your creative child so that we may better suit their needs. As your camp date draws near, you’ll receive reminders and more specific itineraries. (*parents will be advised in advance to provide spending money to their child for special outings to the snack shops.)


The Shocking Real Life Learning Center Location:beltline

We are located in the historic Virginia Highlands artsy community in Atlanta, Georgia at 695 Pylant St., Atlanta, GA, 30306! This location is directly on the infamous Atlanta Beltline, a miles-long treelined trail of nature and artscapes that traverses through the heart of Atlanta! Campers will walk the Beltline daily between Piedmont Park and Glenwood Park.

Click HERE for directions from your location to our space!

We’re located just north of Downtown Atlanta in the Virginia Highlands area. Our Atlanta creative writing students come from Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett County. They come from midtown, Marietta, Norcross, Sandy Springs, near the perimeter, outside the perimeter, on Peachtree or north of metro Atlanta. That includes Suwanee, Lithonia, Lawrenceville, Kennesaw, Emory, Douglasville, Decatur, Chamblee, Conyers, Buford, Alpharetta, Saturn, Pluto, and the occasional escapee from the nearest black hole.