New Youth Writing Camp Open to Local Students

Young Writers Summer Camp posterGenesee Valley Writing Project to Host Summer Camp for Aspiring Writers
This summer, local middle school students are invited to partake in a new summer camp at the University of Rochester involving creative and non-fiction writing. The Genesee Valley Writing Project (GVWP) at the Warner School of Education will host Young Writers Summer Camp, a weeklong youth writing camp open to students entering sixth through eighth grades, from August 6 to 10 on River Campus.
Young Writers campers will have the opportunity to learn and improve their prose and writing skills as well as meet others who are interested in writing. They will participate in innovative writing activities involving fanfiction, anime, multimedia tools—in addition to traditional pen and paper—and non-fiction writing activities including memoir, travel writing, nature writing, and personal essays.
Joanne LarsonEnrolling students in this new summer camp for writing will be an excellent way to foster the talents of aspiring and budding young writers,” says Professor Joanne Larson, who directs the local Writing Project. “Young people who have demonstrated interest and aptitude in writing, as well as those who simply have a passion for writing, will come away from this week with confidence and inspiration to continue developing their writing skills.”
Students can sign up for one or both camp sessions. The first session, “Writing Outside the Lines: Creative Writing and Digital Media,” will take place from 9 a.m. to Noon and the second session, “Writing My Life: Explorations in Nonfiction,” will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Both sessions will take place on the University of Rochester’s River Campus in the Interfaith Chapel, River Level Room.
Young Writers is a youth writing enrichment activity of the GVWP, sponsored by and housed at the Warner School. Writing Project teacher consultants, select New York State certified school teachers who have undergone the training of the Writing Project’s annual Summer Institute, will direct 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).
The GVWP serves teachers and students from urban, suburban, and rural regions of Monroe and surrounding counties. The GVWP 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. The GVWP is an established site of the NWP, a federally-funded professional development program, and is one of more than 200 university-based project sites across the country.
The deadline to register for the camp is Friday, June 29, and space is limited. Tuition for the weeklong camp, which includes a $25 non-refundable application fee and course-related expenses and materials, is $175 per session; $350 for both the morning and afternoon sessions.
Brochures and registration forms are available by contacting the Warner Center for Professional Development and Education Reform by phone or e-mail at (585) 275-2616 and mbeyer@warner.rochester.edu or visiting www.warner.rochester.edu/newsevents/story/919/.
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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