Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a refund for a cancellation or a pro-rated rate for partial attendance?
How many students are in a class?
What if my child is not very enthusiastic about attending and does not like to write?
Who are the instructors? What are their qualifications?
What kinds of writing activities take place?
Are there any family activities during the camp?
Will computers and technology be available?
Will there be an emphasis on conventions like grammar and spelling?
Can my child miss the first several days of camp and still attend the rest of camp?
If our family leaves for a vacation the last day or last two days of camp can they still enroll in the program?
Can my child miss any days in the middle part of the program?
Can I pay for part of camp if we can’t attend the whole time?
My child is very shy, and I am afraid she or he will not participate in Young Writers’ Camp.
I’d like to carpool…can you help with that?

Can I get a refund for a cancellation or a pro-rated rate for partial attendance?
$50 will be retained by BAWP for all cancellations made on or before 5/14/2017. $100 will be retained by BAWP for all cancellations made on or after 5/15/2017.

No refunds will be issued on or after the Friday before the start of camp. (Example: If camp begins on 6/26 refunds will not be available for any cancellations made 12:01am and after on 6/23.) Refunds are for the cost of camp only and do not include the online registration and credit card fees. We are unable to offer any pro-rated or discounted rates for partial attendance. Jump to Top

How many students are in a class?
We limit each class to 20 students. We intentionally keep class sizes low so that students and teachers can interact as often as possible. You can expect your child to receive a balance of group instruction as well as individualized attention. There will be two-four classrooms at each of the camp locations, separating the students by age and grade level. Jump to Top

What if my child is not very enthusiastic about attending and does not like to write?
We discourage parents from enrolling their child if he or she is really not interested in attending. In the case of children who do not like to write, it is important to remember campers will spend a few hours every day writing, so if your child does not like to write, this is probably not the camp for them. We strongly discourage parents from enrolling their children if the interest to enroll is only in the minds of the parents. Jump to Top

Who are the instructors? What are their qualifications?
Young Writers Camp Teacher-Consultants are exceptional teachers who are experts on language, writing, and literacy. Each  teacher has completed a five-week intensive, invitational Summer Institute at the Bay Area Writing Project at UC Berkeley. These teachers are often mentor teachers who serve to build the teaching capacity of other teachers because of their expertise. Jump to Top

What kinds of writing activities take place?
Much of our daily writing activities are modeled after our Summer Institute, which all of the YWC teachers have previously attended, and which is a model that has received national recognition for its impact on the teaching of writing. While each camp tailors their specific structure to the needs of their students, there are some general structures that can be expected across the board. Every camp includes a balance of genres so that all students are able to discover new types of writing and approaches. Students should not expect to go as in depth as they do during the school year because camp is much shorter. Many days begin with journal writing, and a portion of the day is devoted to writers’ workshops where students work on individual pieces of their choice, such as short stories or poetry. Also, there is time for students to have individual and group conferences with the teacher to help guide and develop their writing. Our staff spends whole days together in the early spring planning the content and structure of camp. Parents are kept abreast of the activities in weekly letters from the teachers. Jump to Top

Are there any family activities during the camp?
Yes, at the end of the three weeks, campers celebrate and share their writing to family and friends in an “Author’s Chair,” often held at a local bookstore. Jump to Top

Will computers and technology be available?
Yes, campers will have access to computers (number vary by site). We also provide weblog technology for private websites where students can publish their writing. This website can be shared by family and friends during the camp. Jump to Top

Will there be an emphasis on conventions like grammar and spelling?
Students can expect to conference with their teachers. During these conferences, the teacher will provide overall feedback on the structure and content of the piece. As students fine-tune their writing in subsequent drafts, teacher can provide instruction on conventions. As students write more, their writing improves and they are more ready for some tailored instruction on conventions, and conferences provide this opportunity. Students should not expect to be bombarded with lessons devoted entirely to conventions. Jump to Top

Can my child miss the first several days of camp and still attend the rest of camp?
The first several days of camp are very important because we will be building a community of writers who begin to feel comfortable with each other. We learn how to listen to and respond to each other’s writing in sensitive ways. Because the camp is only three weeks, we prefer campers  to be there each day from the very beginning. Jump to Top

If our family leaves for a vacation the last day or last two days of camp can they still enroll in the program?
Campers  have a whole-camp gathering on the last day. Most camps schedule their public reading for the evening before camp ends. We discourage parents and campers from missing these last days because it’s when campers reap the benefits of all of their hard work. However, we understand if there is no way to change summer plans. Jump to Top

Can my child miss any days in the middle part of the program?
We strongly advise parents not to enroll their children under circumstances where they will have to miss a portion of the middle of camp. It is important for your child to attend the whole program in order to maximize their learning experience. Jump to Top

Can I pay for part of camp if we can’t attend the whole time?
No, because of limited space, we have a waiting list of campers who otherwise could have filled your child’s space. Also, we encourage students to attend for the entirety of camp. Jump to Top

My child is very shy, and I am afraid she or he will not participate in Young Writers’ Camp.
Our staff will do everything possible to make your child feel comfortable. Many of the campers have never met each other before and feel uneasy about having new experiences. We spend a portion of each day working to build a safe, positive community for the writers in attendance and have been told that children’s self-esteem and confidence have increased as a result of participation in the Young Writers’ Camp. Jump to Top

I’d like to carpool…can you help with that?
If a parent agrees that BAWP can share his or her name and contact information with other interested parents, we can help facilitate setting up carpool teams. Jump to Top