Storm the Gates!

For many students, getting into college can feel overwhelming and scary. But applying to college is just the first step in the long journey of campus life, where new people have strange and exciting conversations in a new and often unfamiliar language. This camp is aimed at helping high school students tell their academic story in a college entrance essay for admissions committees. But we don't just want you to go to college; we want you to thrive there. Therefore, the camp will also cover various college disciplines by learning to write like a scientist, an art critic, a business leader, and a creative writer. We will journey across campus to different adventures as we learn to write ourselves into college, and, once there, how to develop a powerful and impressive voice that gets noticed. 

Grade Level: Entering 9–12
Dates and Time: June 12–16, 2017, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (Day Camp ONLY)
Location: Brigham Young University
Tuition: $229.00

Tuition includes five days of instruction, writing materials, T-shirt, and lunch everyday.


Jonathan Garcia is adjunct faculty at BYU, teaching first-year and advanced writing courses. Because he studied rhetoric for his M.A. degree, he considers himself a generalist in various genres and disciplines, though he has a penchant for poetry, personal essays, and legal writing. Last year’s BYU writing camp was a success, so Jonathan is back to team-teach with Katie Fredrickson another round of Storm the Gates! as well a new Creative Writing camp. He lives in Provo with his wife Mandy, and they enjoy watching movies and trying out new restaurants.

Hi! I'm Katie Fredrickson-Roberts. But most of my students simply call me K Fred. I teach Language Arts at Bingham High School and spend my summers hiking, camping, and river rafting with my husband. Prior to teaching I received my B.A. in English Teaching from USU and my M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from BYU. My passion for writing grew out of my love of good books and family stories.

Daily Schedule

9:00 a.m. College Entry Essay Lesson
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. College Entry Essay Lesson
Noon Lunch at the Cannon Center
1:30 p.m. Writing for Specific Fields (Business, Art, Science)
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. College Tour or Guest Speaker
4:00 p.m. Conclude for the day

Sponsored by Brigham Young University's College of Humanities and BYU Continuing Education.