Classic Sci-Fi Camp


July 20 – 24, 2015 — this camp may return in 2016

9:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 9 and up*

From Thomas More’s Utopia to the latest Godzilla movie, science fiction has inspired countless engineers, inventors, scientists, doctors, entrpreneurs and more. It’s a genre that has literally (and we literally mean LITERALLY) changed the entire world!

In this camp we’ll hone our critical thinking and creative writing skills in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. There’s no pre-reading to do — we’ll explore some classic works in camp, and learn about their literary and scientific contributions to Planet Earth.

When we read for fun, we learn for life. Just as we do in our literature workshops and other writing camps, we’ll be sharing essential academic information in fun, hands-on ways:

  • dramatic activities and games that illustrate concepts
  • sensory props to stimulate ideas and questions
  • inspiring examples by great writers like William Gibson, Jules Verne, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and H. G. Wells
  • audiovisual engagement with the masters
  • a creative collaborative project that challenges thinking and grows interpersonal skills

CLASSIC SCI-FI CAMP - LitWits WorkshopsBy these methods and with in-class practice, campers will understand

  • the history of science fiction as a literary genre, and its importance to the world
  • how to identify themes, metaphors and symbolism
  • how to critically engage with verbal and written ideas
  • the structure of a narrative, and using that arc to plan creative writing
  • how to engage the audience from the start
  • the art of transitions
  • how to choose words that will best convey the intended meaning
  • how to focus and drive action toward resolution
  • proofreading tips
  • and more!

Inspired by masterful models of classic sci-fi, we’ll collectively write a “Choose your Own Sci-Fi Adventure” story of our own. (Everyone will go home with a copy – and enough inspiration to launch a career someday!)

CLASSIC SCI-FI CAMP - LitWits Workshops*Our activities can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages simultaneously, but we’ll be talking about some pretty big ideas. If you think your youngster is ready for the trip, buckle up – this rocket leaves soon!

This camp will be taught by Lisa Craddock, who teaches our Master Classes and EssayWriting Camps. She’s not only a wonderful teacher but a big sci-fi fan, and this camp is going to “teach a ton while having fun.” We hope to see your kids there!

Visit our website,, for more about our methods and philosophy. If you have any questions, email us at

Note: Fee includes all supplies and materials. LitWits is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School, but this camp falls outside the school year.

Cancelation Policy: If your plans change, please let us know by June 20th to receive a full refund, or by July 6th to receive a 50% refund. There will be no refunds after July 6th (unless the camp is canceled by LitWits) as we’ve already purchased materials, hired instructors, and turned away wait-listers. Hope that makes sense and seems fair! We appreciate your consideration.

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