2020 Writers Camp

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Famous First Words @ Writers’ Camp

Famous First Words @ Writers’ Camp 2020 has been published.

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Writers’ Camp 2020 was held on Friday, January 31st 2020. Twenty-six students attended and submitted works to be published in April 2020 in the next volume of our Writers’ Camp series!

About the Camp

Funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, the WFU Writing Center, and the Office of Personal and Career Development

The inspiration for Writers Camp @ ZSR came after a group of ZSR librarians heard Jane McGonigal present “Find the Future: The Game” during the American Library Association’s 2014 Annual Conference. The ZSR Library wanted to provide an opportunity to engage students interested in writing outside of the classroom and to offer these students the opportunity to become published authors.


After reviewing participant applications, a group of 30-50 student authors will be selected to meet at ZSR on the afternoon and evening of Friday, January 31st from 4 pm until midnight, and write a collection of stories (or essays or poems) that will be copy-edited by WFU Writing Center graduate students, published in a book and cataloged. The evening will end at midnight with desserts and a toast to the authors. Each participant will be listed as an author and will receive a print copy of the book.

If you want to know more about our previous Writers’ Camp, you can read a recap of the event by one of our student authors in the Old Gold and Black, our student newspaper.

Writers Camp @ ZSR Committee

  • Hu Womack – Instruction and Outreach Librarian
  • Ryan Shirey – Director, WFU Writing Center
  • Bill Kane – Director of Digital Publishing at Wake Forest University
  • Tanya Zanish-Belcher – Director of Special Collections & University Archivist
  • Allison McWilliams – Assistant Vice President – Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development
  • Amy Willard – Associate Director Office of Personal & Career Development
  • Meghan Webb – Instruction and Outreach Librarian
  • Craig Fansler – Preservation Librarian
  • Carolyn McCallum – Cataloging Librarian
  • Grace Waldrip – Administrative Assistant, WFU Writing Center
  • Amanda Keith – Manager, Wake Forest University Press

Camp Schedule

Writers’ Camp

Friday, January 31st 4:00 pm – 12 midnight

You and your fellow authors will meet at ZSR at 4 pm in the ZSR Auditorium with everything you need for a binge writing session. Be prepared to stay until midnight when we celebrate your work. Professor Ryan Shirey, Director of the WFU Writing Center will open the event with insider tips to make the most of your writing experience. Writing tutors from the Writing Center will be available during the event to assist you. Pizza will be served for dinner at 7:00 pm and at 12 midnight we will have dessert and a toast to close the event and celebrate your work!

After the event all the writing will be professionally edited and then published as an eBook. Two editions will be created by Craig Fansler in ZSR, one for Special Collections and one for the circulating collection. Student authors will be able to pick up their personal print copy later in the Spring semester.


Oct. 29 through Nov. 20: Open Application Period: All Wake Forest students are invited to submit online applications and writing samples for review.

Dec. 2: Student Author Selection: Student authors will be notified of their acceptance via email. Students will begin receiving regular updates from the committee in preparation for the event.

Camp Authors

Coming soon…