At Red Cedar Writing Project, as well as Michigan State University, we are concerned first and foremost with the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff. On April 2, Michigan State University made the decision to postpone all face-to-face programs for summer 2020 in conjunction with canceling all in-person classes for summer semester at MSU.

Greenrock Writers Retreat

Greenrock Writers Retreat is a four-day camp for high school students with a passion for writing. Workshops are designed to encourage participants to view writing as both personally meaningful and pleasurable, as well as to improve student writing ability.

Students who are incoming ninth graders through outgoing twelfth graders in high school are invited to apply, regardless of writing proficiency. These participants will work with other young, aspiring writers as well as certified Red Cedar Writing Project (RCWP) Teacher-Consultants (TCs). RCWP TCs are experienced classroom teachers who have been identified as outstanding writing teachers by their colleagues and university faculty members.

As a Greenrock participant, you will work with a variety of teenagers from a multitude of high schools across Michigan. You will explore and improve your talents as a writer, both creatively and academically, and experience the thrill of “college life” during your stay in official MSU residence halls. You will immerse yourself in the beauty of campus and rich cultural diversity through daily field trips. You’ll also take part in a long-standing MSU tradition of painting the Spartan Rock—so, be sure to bring some old clothes! Additionally, you will work with experienced college writers in order to enhance your own writing skills, participate in a novel study and discussion centered on the camp’s annual theme.

All inquiries should be directed to the Greenrock Writers Retreat directors at greenroc@msu.edu.

Scheduling & Registration


A registration fee of $365 covers all participant expenses: meals, housing, camp t-shirt, this year’s novel, and the Greenrock Anthology. Registration prior to April 15 is eligible for a discounted rate of $335. For payment options, please proceed to our registration venue. Payments must be received no later than one week prior to the camp’s start date; however, unpaid registrations may be subject to cancellation when there is a waiting list. Camper cancellations after June 1st are subject to a 10% processing fee.

Payments by check must be addressed as follows:

Bessey Hall
Michigan State University
434 Farm Lane, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824


For eligible campers, a limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Need is based on free or reduced lunch eligibility. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The applicant will be required to submit a (maximum) 300-word statement on the topic: “Why do you write?” If interested, please complete the scholarship application on or before April 15.

Additional Information

Parking permits will be available for a reasonable cost. There are limited number of spaces available, so please sign up today!

Students will receive a confirmation letter / email along with a campus map indicating the residence hall location. Students will walk to various campus locations and should come with comfortable shoes and clothing for the duration of the program. Note that some facilities are not air-conditioned, so students should dress appropriately for the weather. They may wish to bring a fan for their residence hall rooms.

Greenrock will close with a public reading for family and friends beginning at 11:00am on the final day of each camp. Participants will check out of their residence halls by 12:30pm. Parents or guardians should plan to drop off and pick up their students at the residence hall, unless they intend to purchase parking permits for their students’ cars.