Information and Registration

Fearless Catholic
Writing Camp

Young and fearless – that combination sparks excitement, spontaneity, creativity – and young writers.  Ignite the creative spark in your child this summer.  In one week of fun sessions, campers will:

  • Explore ways to write spontaneously and leave standardized test writing behind,

  • Work in teams to develop group projects that showcase the individual strengths of each member,

  • Produce paragraphs, poems, and stories that bubble with imagination,

  • Learn how to better express ideas and personal sentiments,

  • Discover ways to tie their new skills into their Catholic environment and family traditions.

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Thank you for your generosity. With your help, (our teachers) helped me get over my fear of writing, and opened a new medium for my creativity to the Greater Glory of God. May God reward you well.
— Roman, age 16
Thank you for funding our program. I appreciate that because I’ve learned to make new friends along the way and found a love for writing.
This camp has taught me to step out of my comfort zone and face new challenges. Also, we get an hour for lunch!
— Marissa, age 14
I’ve enjoyed camp so much and really feel like I’m connecting with the Lord. Also, my writing has improved. Thank you for making this camp possible.
— Joesph, age 13
I learned to enjoy writing stories for children. May God bless you.
— Chiara, age 17
 
I learned so much... I can’t wait to come back next year... Thank you so much for supporting this writing camp!!!
— Kaitlyn, age 11

Information for 2020 Camp will be posted during September, 2019.

When:  Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28, 2019

Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm daily

Tuition

  • first child = $250, second sibling = $200, third and more = 150

  • Early Bird Discount to Register:  through May 20, 2019, first child = $225, second sibling = $190, third and more = $140

Payment

  • all payments must be received within one week of registration. If you pay with PayPal, you will receive a receipt from them. If you pay by check, we will email you a receipt.

Grade Levels: 

  • rising fifth graders through rising twelfth graders

All experienced Catholic faculty

Location

Drop-off and pick-up

  • information will be available after May 15, 2019. All students must be picked up by 3:20 pm each day or be charged a rate of $5/minute.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Fearless Catholic Writing Camp

QUESTIONS If you encounter any problems during registration, please call the Catholic Literary Arts office and ask for Sarah Cortez at 713-331-9342.

Grade Level

  • Fearless Catholic Writing Camp is open to rising fifth graders through rising twelfth graders from public education, private education, and home-school education.  Students will be placed in the grade that they will enter in the fall.  Children’s placement will be verified by their birth certificates.

Wait List

  • Class size is limited to 20 students per class. Multi-grade classrooms may be necessary due to enrollment figures.  We will try our best to place students in single-grade classrooms.

  • If a class is full when you register, we will contact you to discuss whether you want your child to be placed in a multi-grade classroom or whether you want your application to be placed on a wait list.  If you are on the wait list and a space becomes available, you will be contacted to see if you are still interested.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

When you enroll your child in Fearless Catholic Writing Camp, you have read and agree to the following cancellation and refund policy:

By enrolling my child, I understand and agree that Fearless Catholic Writing Camp will provide:

  • Through May 20 at midnight, a refund for full tuition minus a $75 cancellation fee for each child. 

  • From May 21 through June 1, midnight, a refund of 50% tuition for each child.

  • After June 1, midnight, no refunds will be given . 

  • No prorated refund will be provided for students who miss a day or partial day of Camp.

Types of Payment Accepted and Required Documents

Registration is only online. Credit card or check payment is accepted.  A confirmation email will be sent following registration, with more details to arrive nearer the date of Camp. 

  • If you prefer to mail a check, please use the following address:  Catholic Literary Arts, c/o S. Cortez, POB 980579, Houston, TX 77098-0579.  Checks must arrive within one week of registration.

  • Required Document pre-registration:  This may be submitted via email to cathla.org@gmail.com or uploaded as part of registration.  Copy/scan of the following:

    • Birth certificate or valid passport.

  • Required document post-registration:

    • A waiver will be emailed for completion upon registration.

Attendance

We recognize the importance of incremental learning especially for skills such as writing.  Your child will gain skills and focus through regular attendance at Camp for the full day's session each day of Camp.  No refunds are made for illness or lack of attendance for any reasons.

Classroom Information

  • Hours of Class —There will be six hours of instruction, including lunch, Monday through Thursday. Friday, June 28, will be devoted to a reading by each student of work written during the week.   All parents and friends of the students are invited to attend this public event in Jones Auditorium.

  • Supplies—You will be emailed details of your child’s supply needs after registration. Generally, your child should bring a notebook with lined paper, pencils or pens to class on the first day.  Additional materials for creative projects will be supplied during the Camp.

  • Lunch—All students will bring their lunches.  All lunch containers must bear the student's name.

    Breaks—There is a supervised lunch break roughly mid-way through the class day.  Students may have supervised break time inside or outside a building on the UST campus.

  • Dress Code—Students may wear jeans, trousers, pants or shorts.  For girls, no halter tops, tank tops, swim suit tops or blouses that show the midriff or that are lower in front than the collar bone.  Girls may wear dresses that cover the shoulder and are knee-length or longer. For student safety, no sandals or flip-flops.

Mass

  • Each class will attend Mass at least once during Camp.  The lovely UST Chapel of St. Basil will be the location.  Upon registration, you will be given the schedule for your child's Mass attendance so you can plan for appropriate dress.

Before Classes and After Classes

  • Daily sign-in begins at 8:45 a.m. each day.  We will begin signing out students at 3:00 p.m. each day.  Upon registration, you will be emailed details of the drop-off and pick-up location and procedures.

  • We do not provide child care.  Please be punctual.  If you have an emergency, please notify us at 713-331-9342.  There will be a charge of $5/minute after 3:20 p.m. each day.

Faculty

  • All our faculty meet rigorous standards for teaching in Catholic education.  They are passionate about spreading the joy of the Gospel through sacred Scriptural texts and life-affirming example.

  • Our goal is to open the floodgates of inspired and inspiring Fearless Catholic Writers!

  • We are writers ourselves.  Our philosophy is to share writing by connecting students to the power of creative expression.  We encourage shy writers and give them additional skills to build confidence.  We challenge confident writers to open new vistas of creative expression.  We share the wonderful gifts that professional writing has given to us—particularly the ways we create a supportive community of self-expression based on the Beatitudes.

Thank you for making this camp possible. I was able to learn so many new things and enhance my writing skills. Thank you again!
— Maegan, age 13

Benefactors

Fearless Catholic Writing Camp

Anonymous

Jim Belli, M.D.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Gabriel of the Annunciation Court #2747

Judy A. Curtis

Gray Reed & McGraw LLP

Graphic Design Group, Nancy Parsons

Engine Communication, Jeannie Bergmann

Knights of Columbus All Saints Council #12748

Knights of Columbus Council #17060

Randolph L. Marek

Larry W. Massey, Jr.

Katherine S. McDonald

Peter J. O'Loughlin

Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs and Mr. Roberts W. Gibbs

I am so grateful that I was able to learn from great, wonderfully talented and amazing writers! May God bless you and May Mary keep you!
— Tatiana, age 14

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Many thanks,

Sarah Cortez, President and Founder