Emerging Writers - Elementary School

Our newest Emerging Writers Institute offering is tailored specifically for our younger writers: rising 5th and 6th grade students who are interested in creative writing. Each day, writers will attend seminars and writing workshops designed to introduce the basics of fiction writing and will practice their new skills in a fun, collaborative environment. Throughout the week, students will also have dedicated writing time and mini-workshops as they craft their very own “fractured fairy tale,” which will be presented in a final story slam at the end of the week.

Click here for an information sheet on our online program. 

See below for information on our in-person camp.


In this course, young writers will have the opportunity to enhance their creative writing skills through engaging writing exercises and games that aim to cultivate creativity and inspire them from unconventional sources. They will not only learn about conventional concepts such as character development and plot progression but also engage in activities like writing comic strip captions, generating paragraphs from randomly selected words, and using various media as a springboard for interesting stories.

Every day, students will advance their own writing projects, read mentor texts, explore new ways to subvert the traditional fairytale structure, and give and receive constructive feedback from peers. Our knowledgeable instructors will also provide personalized guidance and feedback to help students refine their work and prepare it for publication in our class's fairytale storybook. By the end of the course, writers will have improved their writing skills and gained confidence in their ability to write engaging and imaginative stories. 

For maximum options in summer 2024, this program will be offered in-person at West coast locations, as well as online!
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Online Camp Schedule EWI 5-6th

Pacific TimeEastern Time
Monday - Friday9:00 am to 12:30 pm
12:00 am to 3:30 pm
Includes  10-15 min breaks
Monday - Friday***1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Includes  10-15 min breaks

*Schedule subject to change - Final schedule posted in Google Classroom the Wednesday prior to the start of class.
***During the Aug 4 week we will offer two sections of this class due to high demand. Class 1 will meet from 9am to 1230pm Pacific, the second class will meet from 1 pm to 4pm Pacific. This will translate to 12pm to 330pm and 4pm to 7pm Eastern.

On-Campus Sample Schedule EWI 5th-6th

8:00 am Breakfast in the dining hall (overnight campers)
9-9:15 am Extended day camper check-in
9:15 am Morning class
12:00 pm Lunch in the dining hall (included for all campers)
1:15 pm Afternoon recreation
1:45 pm Afternoon class
5:30 pm Dinner in the dining hall (included for all campers)
6:30 pm Evening elective classes
8:00 pm Evening recreation activities
9:00 pm Extended day camper check-out
10:00 pm Floor check
10:30 pm Room check

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Elizabeth Bull, MFA - Camp Director

Elizabeth Bull is a writer and filmmaker. Her writing has been published in various journals, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, H.O.W. Journal, Third Coast Magazine, and Gulf Coast; her work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.  Her involvement in television and film began at AMC Networks, where she worked in original series development during the creation of “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” In addition to writing and directing several short films, she co-wrote the feature film “Song of Sway Lake,” released in the fall of 2017. Elizabeth has also co-produced two feature films and a television series for Fuse.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree from the School of Theater, Film, and Television at the University of California Los Angeles. She also holds a Master in Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (Fiction) from The New School in New York City.  In addition, she has studied directing at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Dublin, Ireland on a Rotary International Fellowship.  She has taught writing at the University of Zadar in Croatia on a Fulbright Fellowship.  Elizabeth has been with Education Unlimited since 2010.

Brianna Broady, MFA - Instructor

Brianna Broady has worked with Education Unlimited for 8 years. When she's not working with EU, she's a full-time professor in Speech Communication at Pasadena City College as well as a coach of their Speech and Debate Team. When she was in the 8th grade, Brianna published her first book, "So You Want To Be A Swimmer." She had fallen in love with the sport of swimming at the age of 5 and wanted to share this love with others as well as give them a guide to enter into the world of competitive swimming. After that, she published a few childrens' books with her grandmother that turned into a series exploring the adventures of a mischievous cat called, "Missy the Kitty." She is so excited to be working with students in our EWI Camp because writing is such a beautiful exercise of self-expression and she looks forward to guiding students through that process. She'll see you all at camp!

Emily Mercurio, MFA - Instructor

Emily Rosello Mercurio is a writer and educator who has taught poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and academic composition at Cornell University and Education Unlimited. She earned her B.A. from Wheaton College (2016), double majoring in English and Women's Studies, and her M.F.A in Creative Writing from Cornell University (2018). She has served as an Assistant Editor for EPOCH Magazine and as the Literary Editor for Rushlight. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Vallum, Spoon River Poetry Review, and other journals. She is a 2017 winner of the Bermuda Triangle Prize.