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Local Youth Use Summer Camp to Hone Writing Skills

Young Writers Summer Camp

Genesee Valley Writing Project Offers a Creative Outlet for Young Writers
Local middle school students aspiring to become the next J.K. Rowling or Ernest Hemingway will have the opportunity to hone their craft this summer during a weeklong camp on the University of Rochester’s River Campus.
Beginning August 5, students entering sixth through ninth grades will gather daily in LeChase Hall to participate in the third annual Genesee Valley Writing Project’s Young Writers Summer Camp, where they will meet and work with students from other school districts in Monroe and surrounding counties who share a passion for writing. New this year, campers will select the genres to focus on during the summer camp, running through August 9.
Camp director Joanne Larson, Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education and chair of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School, says that giving students this flexibility allows them to assume ownership of and take pride in their own work. “We want to inspire students to think like writers, to enjoy writing and explore different genres, and to gain confidence in their own writing abilities,” Larson says.  
Hosted by the Warner School of Education, the Young Writers Camp is a youth writing enrichment activity of the Genesee Valley Writing Project (GVWP). Writing Project teacher consultants, select New York State certified teachers who have undergone the training of the Writing Project’s annual Summer Institute, will lead the camp. Writing Project teachers are selected for their commitment to improving the quality of student writing and learning in schools across America through their affiliation with the National Writing Project (NWP).
In addition to writing sessions conducted by local teachers, the young writers will have the opportunity to share writing that they create and showcase their talents with others during open-mic sessions taking place Wednesday and Friday afternoons.
The GVWP serves teachers and students from urban, suburban, and rural regions of Monroe and surrounding counties. In its mission to improve the quality of student writing and learning in area schools, the GVWP sponsors an array of programs, including an annual invitational Summer Institute, school-based in-service programs, professional development continuity programs, and the new Young Writers Summer Camp for youth.
The GVWP, funded by a grant from the NWP, is a collaborative school-university partnership that is dedicated to advancing and supporting writing and literacy development throughout area schools through teacher-centered professional development. For more information about the GVWP, click here or visit: www.warner.rochester.edu/researchprojects/projects/GVWP.
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education offers master's and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, counseling, human development, educational policy, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform.
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