Rise Up & Write

Rise Up & Write is a youth advocacy writing camp for middle and high school students. Join us to raise our voices about the important issues facing our communities.

Youth writers will work together and with professional teachers of writing to read, research, and write for awareness and change around issues that matter.

When: Dates: August 3, 5, 10, 12, Time: 1–3:30 p.m.

Who: Middle and High school students

Tuition: $150 per student (early bird price until May 1) $250 per student (after May 1)

Registration Now Open!

Welcome to Rise Up & Write, an advocacy writing summer camp for high school students.  Rise Up & Write provides youth with the opportunity to use writing as a way to raise awareness and create change.

Rise Up & Write is a program from the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Education, the Greater Madison Writing Project, and the National Writing Project.

Read more about Rise Up & Write here!



Rise Up & Write is a program from the Greater Madison Writing Project and the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Rise Up and Write will bring together high school students interested in issue advocacy through writing.  Youth writers will work together and with professional teachers of writing to read, research, and write for awareness and change around issues that matter.

Rise Up & Write is supported by a grant from the National Writing Project.

9:00: Write In & Announcements

9:30 – 10:30: Focus on Solution-Oriented Research

  •  Large group practice & discuss
  • Small groups generate research questions based on topic selection

10:30 – 11:30: Writing to Peers work time

11:30 – 12:15: Lunch

12:15 -12:45: Prep for guest speaker (professional writer, activist, etc.)

12:45 – 1:30: Guest speaker

1:30 – 2:00: Write Out & Authors Chair

I really enjoyed our schedule. It was aggressive, but I think it needed to be for us to accomplish so much. I liked how we did activities to get to know each other, and how we had discussions in small groups. I also really enjoyed all the guest speakers. ” – 2017 Rise Up & Write Participant

Hear what past participants are saying about Rise Up & Write!



What did you like about Rise Up & Write?

I loved getting to meet new people and making new friends. It was such an incredible experience to be around people with similar views as me and all have something we are passionate about. The atmosphere of Rise Up & Write was so welcoming and fun.

Everything! One thing in particular I really liked about this camp was how passionate everyone was. Most people made the choice to be here and came ready and willing to roll their sleeves up and get to it. Nobody was afraid to be engaged and share their writing. Also, the facilitators were amazing! All were very receptive to the issues we were facing with our writing and were eager to help us pick them apart until we figured out what would work for us. I was never afraid or embarrassed to ask for help because the adult leaders encouraged embracing our frustration or roadblocks and pushing through them.

In general, I loved the entire program. I really enjoyed working with people on the same general topic as me. It was awesome receiving feedback and help from both my peers and the advisors.

Has Rise Up & Write change the way you think about yourself as a writer / activist / both?

This camp made me feel empowered.

Rise Up & Write changed the way I think about myself as a writer because I feel like I can do more.

As a writer, I got pushed and as a result, my writing got better.

It has inspired me more to want to make change in the world, and has given me more self-confidence and even more connections!