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Summer Camp Inspires Creativity Among Young Writers

Genesee Valley Writing Project Extends Annual Program to High School Students
Students from 2013 Young Writers CampLocal students entering sixth through twelfth grades will have a place to explore different kinds of writing in an open and creative setting, free of academic pressure, and to grow as writers this summer at the Young Writers Camp, running Aug. 4 to 8 on the University of Rochester’s River Campus. New this year, the summer camp will extend beyond the middle school years to serve high school students.
Thirteen campers will meet and work with students from other school districts in Monroe and surrounding counties who share a passion for writing. Grouped into two sessions—one high school group and one middle school group—students in both sessions will select the genres to focus on during the weeklong camp, which was created by the Genesee Valley Writing Project (GVWP) three years ago and continues to be hosted by the Warner School of Education.
Camp director Joanne Larson, Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education and chair of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School, says that the summer camp is geared toward students who love to write and who want to improve their writing. “The camp helps students to explore and expand their writing interests and provides them with a platform to share their writing with like-minded peers,” says Larson. “We see the program as a way for them to gain more confidence and inspiration to continue developing their writing skills.”
GVWP teacher consultants, select New York State certified teachers who were trained by the Writing Project’s annual Summer Institute, will lead the Young Writers 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 (Aug. 6) and Friday (Aug. 8) afternoons the week of camp.
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 Young Writers Summer Camp.
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, 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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