Teen Summer Writing Courses

2018 TEEN HeaderHeld at UC Berkeley for students entering 9th – 12th grade

2018 Course Offerings
2018 Course Descriptions
How to Register

2018 Course Offerings

Sourcing from the Self
June 18 – June 29, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$550
Flash Fiction
June 18 – June 29, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$550
Scenes by Teens
June 18 – June 22, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320
Personal Statement
June 18 – June 22, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320
Backpack Journalism
June 25 – June 29, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$350
Sports Reporting
June 25 – June 29, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$350
Poetry & Performance
July 9 – July 13, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320
League of Hip Hop Justice
July 16 – July 20, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$380
Explore Your Truth
July 23 – July 27, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320
Full! Thank you

Creative Writing 101
July 23 – August 3, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
$520

 Full! Thank you

Craft of College Writing
July 16 – July 20, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$520

2018 Course Descriptions

Sourcing from the Self
Instructor: Aryn Faur
June 18 – June 29, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$550
A playful, cross genre writing camp that explores our own lives and passions to craft pieces of flash fiction, poetry, essay, social commentary, and memoir. Students will track their own experiences of childhood as well as looking at the future to delve into writing both as a creative outlet and a way to better understand themselves.
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Flash Fiction
Instructor: Aryn Faur
June 18 – June 29, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$550
Flash fiction is short! 500-750 words that tell a story. We will practice immersive and craft techniques or exercises borrowed from drama to produce work during and outside of the class, and follow a more in depth workshopping model in which participants question their own text, share it with others, and get feedback from a group setting. We will also explore opportunities for submission/publication.
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Scenes by Teens: Intro to Dramatic Writing 
Instructor: John Levine
June 18 – June 22, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320
Have an idea for a movie or a play? Don’t have an idea, but want a chance to find one? This course focuses on the building blocks of dramatic writing — character, plot, dialogue, and conflict. Through writing exercises and feedback sessions, you’ll craft and develop a series of scenes and get started on your own scripts. At the end of the week-long workshop, we’ll have an informal reading of your work. No previous dramatic writing experience necessary.
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Backpack Journalist: 21st century reporting
Instructor: Brian Barr
June 25 – June 29, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$350
Journalism is changing. No longer confined to a newsroom, journalists report from cafes, street corners, and sports venues and all over the world. Hone your skills in this class so that you are ready to report on the go.
In this course we will explore the fundamentals of writing a strong article for the public eye. This includes developing reporting skills by learning to write breaking and hard news stories,  personality profiles, and opinion pieces, such as columns, editorials and reviews.
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Sports Writing and Reporting
Instructor: Brian Barr
June 25 – June 29, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$350
Every young sports fan at one point seems to have the ideal job in mind: sports journalist. But a lot more goes into being a sports writer than watching your favorites teams for free.
In this course we will explore the fundamentals of being a sports journalist. This includes writing compelling game stories on a tight deadline, identifying and developing interesting and in-depth athletic profiles, and establishing a unique voice for sports opinion columns.
Please note: We will be taking a field trip to a Giants game and that trip may fall outside of the normal course hours. More information available closer to the start of the course.
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Poetry and Performance: Play with a Poet’s tools
Instructor: Kristin Land
July 9 – July 13, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320
Do you have a series of poems stashed in your notebook? This course reveals the tools poets use to make a poem burst from the page in timeless wonder. You will gain observational skills and learn literary techniques so you can express yourself in a range of poetic forms. To inspire writing, we will read classic poets such as Nikki Giovanni and Gary Snyder as well as spoken word artists like Kate Hao, Mayda del Valle, and Mark Gonzalez. You will also practice performing dramatic readings of your own poetry. By the end of the week-long workshop, you will walk away with a series of writing exercises to use on your own and resources about where to perform or publish. No previous poetry or performance experience is required.
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Full! Thank you! The Craft of College Writing: Make your Critical Thinking Shine
Instructor: Kristin Land
July 16 – July 20, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$520
Quality college writing includes a refined sense of argument and so much more.   This academic course prepares high school students to write in multiple genres expected by college professors while maintaining a sense of style.  By participating in role plays, writing groups, and reading discussions, students will learn to decode college assignments, to synthesize information from academic readings, and to recognize the key moves strong writers make. At the end of the week-long series, students will share a piece their own writing during an informal class reading.
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League of Hip Hop Justice: Using Hip Hop Elements to Think Critically and Write Creatively
Instructor: Adrienne Oliver
July 16 – July 20, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$380
Attention writers interested in hip hop, superheroes and social justice! In this unique workshop, you’ll engage with the academic writing process through critical thinking and creative writing using the core elements of hip hop: deejaying, emceeing, breakdancing, and graffiti art. As you explore these core elements, I’ll help you use this knowledge to create a hip hop narrative based upon a superhero you’ll create in the course. Some critical thinking and research on community issues will be necessary to engage the hero with a meaningful conflict to overcome. The workshop will conclude with a League of Hip Hop Justice storytelling event.
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Full! Thank you. Tell your own story: Creative Writing 101
Instructor: Jill Kolongowski
July 23 – August 3, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
$520
Do you have stories to tell? Characters in your head? A notebook full of scenes? This summer, join other creative writers in reading short stories and creative nonfiction that break the rules, and discover how to write your own story.
During this course you’ll have the opportunity to hack the techniques published writers use to tell their stories, like building unforgettable characters, unexpected scenes, and beautiful detail, and practice using these techniques yourself. We’ll spend time reading, writing, and workshopping together.
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Explore Your Truth With Real-World Writing
Instructor: Courtney Goen
July 23 – July 27, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320
Interested in current events? Want to advance social justice, but don’t know how to write for change? Using the backdrop of contemporary  issues surrounding (in)equity and (in)justice, this course will help you learn to speak and write your truth through dialogue with your peers, reflective writing, and formal writing that helps you turn your voice into a call for action.  The writing in this course will help you with argument development, applicable to all your academic classes, but will also give you the opportunity to write as writers do–free of prompts and strict guidelines.  I look forward to learning and exploring our truths with all of you!
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The Personal Statement: From Zero to Bang! in 5 Days
Instructor: Laury Fischer
June 18 – June 22, 2018
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320
Excited about college, but scared of writing the personal statement for the application? Not sure how to show off your strengths without looking like, well, a show-off? Want to stand out as an individual without coming across as a weirdo? Struggle with writing in a way that is clear and coherent, yet innovative and interesting? Then this is the workshop for you! You will walk out of this workshop with a draft of your personal statement for both the Common Ap and the UCs. Just imagine, you could start your senior year with THIS crossed off your “To Do” List!
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How to register

We are excited to offer an online payment option for our Teen Writing Camps. Please note that additional credit card and processing fees (of $22.30) are included in the total online fee. To avoid these additional fees, you can submit payment by check through the mail.  Please email bawp@berkeley.edu with any questions.

Option 1: Register Online with a credit card. Click HERE to pay and register online or click on the title of the course.

Option 2: Download the paper registration form: 2018 TEEN Registration Packet

Email bawp@berkeley.edu to be placed on the waitlist for any full courses.

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