2018 Youth Writing Academy Recap

For our elementary students during the Youth Writing Academy, we learned the true definition of a “memoir” and spent the week crafting our own. Like a true writer, we went through the stages of the writing process and started with a brainstorming activity where neighborhood maps were drawn and special places were annotated. Then, our students orally told stories of their neighborhoods to their peers. We heard embarrassing stories of bike accidents, sad stories of dog running away, and even creepy stories of reclusive neighbors! After sharing stories, students chose one to write their memoir on. To work on chronology and story sequence, we created comic strips online of the chosen story and had a blast creating characters, designing scenes, and adding in hilarious dialogue. After the comic strips, we were ready to start drafting, editing, and finalizing our memoirs! In addition to the memoirs, our elementary students were challenged in several ways by writing their own short stories! We did English Throwdowns, Writing Musical Chairs, Freewrites, and so much more! Our elementary students worked very hard as young authors this week, and we are so proud!  PHOTO GALLERY

The enthusiastic and talented middle grade writers began their week building pieces of writing with inspiration from six-word stories and mysterious photographs and artwork.  They enjoyed experimenting with point of view by eye-bombing (adding googly eyes to inanimate objects) around campus and writing from new perspectives.  Students appreciated posting their pieces and exchanging feedback with fellow writers to improve and gain inspiration via our digital platform.  As a culmination of an action-packed week where friendships were formed and writers were made, campers selected a piece of writing to contribute to our class’s digital book, aptly named by the students:  One Week: Twenty Stories.  PHOTO GALLERY

At this year’s high school camp, students explored writing vivid settings, engaging characters, tightly-structured plots, and believable dialogue. Many students came to camp with whole books already planned, or even written. The small group gave each other feedback on their writing every day, making fast friends who all love to write. We ended the week with a few games and a reading from our fellow writers at the elementary level, which was adorable.  PHOTO GALLERY


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