Just Write It (6th-7th; 8th-9th; 10th-12th)
Jump into the magic of creative writing! This course offers an array of fun, interactive writing activities and customized exercises designed to help students develop their unique voices, broaden their imaginations, and boost their confidence as writers. With the help of professional writers and teachers, students will explore a range of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction as they use their writing to investigate their worlds and examine issues that are important to them. During the week, students will peer review each other’s work, and receive feedback from their instructors. Students will share their creations at a celebration on the last day of camp and take home a portfolio of their collected work.
Writing and Art: A Self-Portrait (6th-7th)
How can writers use visual art to spark new creative energy and enliven the details of their thoughts, feelings, and experiences? This course focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, inviting students to explore how texts and visual art can work together to forge vivid, meaningful accounts of a writer's inner life and unique perspective on the world. Students will read work from a spectrum of artist-writers who model how art can animate, elevate, and transform the written word. Using virtual field trips to museums around the world as inspiration, students will practice using their own visual art to invigorate their own writing. At the end of camp, students will host a showcase featuring pieces from their unique portfolios of written and visual work. Students will need basic art supplies for the course, and we invite students to use what they have available at home.
Digital Storytelling (8th-9th)
In this hands-on multimedia workshop, students will utilize digital apps and online platforms to bring their stories and poems to life. Through technology-infused writing activities and small group projects, students will explore how creative writing and technology can work hand-in-hand to persuade, inform, or inspire an audience. With support from professional writers and teachers, students practice skills such as character development, world-building, and dialogue creation as they learn new, innovative approaches for shaping and sharing their writing. Using tools such as Adobe Spark and Pixton, students will design and create digital writing projects to share with family and friends at a culminating celebration.
Know Thyself Essay (10th-12th)
The history of the essay finds its origins in the core Renaissance ideal of rebirth. This course will give students a chance to breathe new life into their personal stories with the goal of sharpening their essay-writing skills in a fun and supportive environment. Professional writers and teachers will guide students in learning how to connect and situate their individual stories within a broader world of ideas. By engaging with contemporary nonfiction forms, students will expand their understanding of what makes an essay effective and how they can utilize a fresh and memorable approach in their own essay-writing, especially as they prepare for their college entrance applications.