I.C.E. Writers

ice-writers-logoImaginative Creative Explorers: that’s the name the first group of campers came up with 17 years ago when TBAWP’s youth programs began.

I.C.E. is a unique camp. There may be other Creative Writing camps, but our model is wholly original (no really, we’ve been to conferences! We’re one-of-a-kind.) I.C.E. is open to students going into third grade all the way up to students going into their senior year of High School. It is our mission to provide camps that are fun, offer new experiences and present opportunities to build new friendships. I.C.E. Writers’ Camp was created to provide an environment in which writers feel safe to explore their abilities and receive feedback on the writing process from their peers and Tampa Bay Area Writing Project Consultants. Please note that this is not a remedial camp; rather it is fast-paced and vigorous with lessons that are in-depth and challenging.

Each session is two weeks long, Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Tuition is $400. Every camper will receive a t-shirt, a copy of the anthology, and a renewed love of writing.

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ICE and FIRE Schedule

8:30-9:20: Check-in & Quick Write

We begin our day with a mini warm-up writing activity while the campers are checking in for the day and getting settled. This activity is intended to get the juices flowing and set up the Craft Lesson.

9:20-11:30 Craft Lesson

Facilitators present a Craft Lesson on various types of techniques and genres (setting, memoir, plot building, research and informative, poetry, character development, articles, and many, many more). Facilitators use various types of media to present and model before the campers write for an extended amount of time. This session ends with Sharing in the Author’s Chair.

11:30-12:30 Lunch & Free Time

The entire group eats lunch together before doing various free time activities: gym/playground, movie, game room, computer lab, nature walk, etc. This time allows for all groups to mingle and move around before continuing to write.

12:30-1:30 Revision Lesson with Buddies

Facilitators present a lesson on a specific revision tool (literary devices, grammar, organization, etc.) to the whole group before the campers meet with their Revision Buddies to apply their tool to their writing from the morning session. The campers use the Ladder of Feedback (Clarify, Value, Concern & Suggestion) with their partners and communicate ways to improve their writing while gaining a different perspective.

1:30-2:30 Publishing

The campers have this time to type their writing pieces to publish in our anthology or onto the blog to receive feedback from the other campers, families and facilitators. They may log onto the blog to provide feedback, work on a project (Movie Maker, Photo Story, etc) or do research.

2:30-3:00 Author’s Chair

We end every day of camp sharing our pieces in the Author’s Chair. This is time to celebrate our daily accomplishments and enjoy one another’s beautiful words.

An Icy History


In 2002, Jennifer Albritton, legendary English teacher and co-founder of the Tampa Bay

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Jennifer Albritton, Founder

Area Writing Project, founded a younger writers camp.  Enlisting the help of fellow TCs (Teacher Consultants), she modeled a camp after TBAWP’s Summer Institute for writing teachers. It was their vision and goal to create a camp that provided young authors from 3rd to 12th grade a safe environment to write, revise, share and publish their writing. The first campers dubbed the camp I.C.E. – Imaginative, Creative Explorers – and it has been held every summer since at various locations throughout the Tampa Bay Area, growing from one location and 12 campers to six locations and 100+ campers.

In 2008, we began our first expansion. A group of TCs from Pasco county started their own young writers’ camp, and the students there named it F.I.R.E. – Fiercely Imaginative & Remarkably Expressive Writers. Under the leadership of Freda Abercrombie, the camp started small, but continues to grow.

In 2015, I.C.E. Writers joined F.I.R.E. in Pasco, opening a third camp in Trinity.  A fourth camp started that same year by TC Tedra Tatelbaum who took over as director after Jennifer’s passing. That camp, located in St Pete is one of our strongest sites! A fifth camp opened that year as well in Brandon.

In 2017, John Eric Vona took over as director of TBAWP’s Youth Programs and started yet another program: W.I.N.D. – Writers In Need of Direction. W.I.N.D. For ages 16-25, W.I.N.D. is a whole different kind of program designed to catch those “kids” who have outgrown I.C.E. and F.I.R.E. It is held summer nights on the University of South Florida campus.

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In Memorial of Jennifer Albritton, who inspired so many students, young writers and future & fellow educators, lighting us all with the fire of language. You are missed.