TRADITIONAL YOUNG WRITERS CAMP
Daily journal writing and writing workshops are blended with activities in other creative arts, while guest authors and presenters provide mini-workshops on specific writing genres. Teachers seek to build confidence while providing the writing tools that inspire creative thinking. Depending on the location, Young Writers may tour their campus, visit a college bookstore, or explore a nearby beach, historical site, or museum – the goal is to help them have rich experiences that lead to rich writing. Check out our Media page to see what camp looked like at each location in 2016.
Each day, young writers engage in crafting a variety of writing forms, such as poems, autobiographical sketches, short stories and nature observations, and thus become familiar with the writing process. Some camps, like the high school Playwriting Workshop, hone in on a specific writing genre, while our Digital Writing camps incorporate digital writing. In every scenario, campers develop a writing community, supporting each other through feedback and collaboration. Each camper chooses one or more pieces of writing for publication in the camp anthology. During graduation on the last day of camp, campers read (and in some cases perform) their work in front of an audience of family and friends.
DIGITAL WRITING CAMP
The Digital Writing Camp still engages in all the fun and inspirational variety of writing genres Young Writers Camps are known for (and still offers the option of using a physical journal to write with paper and pen), but will also incorporate 21st Century types of composing, which might include creating blogs, videos, or other digital technologies that enhance and expand on the writing process.
Renowned actors and retired local drama teachers Phil Levien and David Holmes lead up to 25 incoming 5-12 grade students through a three-week writing process in which every student composes their own short play. Strategic theater games and writing exercises will also help young writers hone their craft. Plays will be read aloud at a closing celebration, where parents are welcome. Students of all writing abilities are encouraged to attend.