The writing camp is a seven day summer workshop. It includes six, two-hour instructional sessions in Pawley Hall in rooms 204 and 208. The seventh session is The Author’s Chair, an event held on the last day and to which parents are invited to help celebrate children’s growth as writers as each student reads a story, poem, etc. that he or she has been working on in the camp. The Writing Camp tuition fee is $150 per child, non-refundable.
The writing camp fills quickly so parents are advised to register early. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a first come, first served basis.
While the writing camp does not take a diagnostic approach to writing, our goal is to help children ages 6-17 discover the joy and self-knowledge that comes from writing. It is important that parents understand writing development and learning about oneself as a writer is an ongoing process. As such, it is unlikely that we are able to address all of your child’s writing needs in six instructional sessions. However, we are committed to helping your child improve as a writer and strive to help your child learn at least a few new strategies that will support his or her writing.
During the six instructional sessions, students explore genre (e.g., poetry, personal narrative, expository, memoir, etc.) and craft (language use, perspective, sentence structure, revision techniques, etc.) and engage in some illustration study to develop power of expression in writing by using visual details in art as support for vivid thinking and descriptive writing. Students regularly discuss their written work with peers and teachers, making use of the Six Traits Writing Model to self-assess their writing products, their strengths as writers, and areas where support in writing is needed.
Camp teachers are graduate students in our Reading and Language Arts master’s program who are enrolled in a graduate course titled RDG 575: Teaching Writing in the Elementary and Secondary School. The camp is directed by the professor of the course. While there is no written report, parents will be able to see their children’s work in the Writing Folder and Writer’s Notebook that go home on the last day.