Masks are required as the campus is at red status.

BearsWrite: From Pencils to Pixels

All College of Education summer camps have been canceled for 2020.

The University of Central Arkansas is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and is in regular contact with the Arkansas Department of Health. Unfortunately, this means we must begin the process of cancelling 2020 summer camps. We apologize for any inconvenience and will process refunds as soon as possible.

As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our community, on and off campus. For the most current information, please refer to Thank you for understanding and we look forward to serving you in the future.

Please stay tuned for exciting camps to come in 2021!

College of Education –

Department of Teaching and Learning


College of Fine Arts and Communication –

Department of Writing


University of Central Arkansas

June 22-26, 2020


 Registrants who have not paid tuition 2 weeks prior to the start of camp may lose their spot in Bearswrite. Registration is nonrefundable.

Registrants after May 30th will not receive a Bearswrite T-shirt

“Keyboard and Cress” from wetwebwork on Flickr.
This photos is Creative Commons licensed.

Who May Attend?

Aspiring authors entering grades 4 to 9 may attend. Bearswrite will involve students in five action packed days of creative writing using both traditional methods and writing with technology.  Campers will study how to use voice, setting, word choice, character traits, point-of-view, journaling, and poetry.Campers will create individual, digital portfolios of their best work, a camp digital anthology, and will participate in a public performance of student work followed by a reception for parents and community members. Campers will be inspired to write through fieldtrips on and off campus and through interactions with featured guests.

Program Fees

Students attending the Bearswrite program for the five days will pay an enrollment fee of $150. This will include enrollment, access to technology, guest speakers, and field trips. Students are expected to bring their own lunches and snacks. Applications will be processed on a first-come basis. Registration will be closed when space is filled.


Each of the Bearswrite Faculty have experience working with students in this age group. Faculty are teacher consultants for the National Writing Project (NWP). Classroom writing assistants are current undergraduate and graduate teacher education candidates.

It is the goal of each faculty member to make this an enjoyable learning experience. Bearswrite is directed by Drs. Stephanie Vanderslice, Donna Wake, and Jeff Whittingham.

hand-bookDaily Schedule

8-9 am quick write, blogging

9-10:30 Session 1

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Session 2

12:15-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:15 Session 3

2:15-3 Author’s Chair

Contact Information

University of Central Arkansas
College of Education – Mashburn Hall  104
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: 501-852-5151
Fax: 501-450-5680
Bearswrite Scholarship Application 2019
Bearswrite Teaching Assistant Application 2019