Grades 9th – 12th

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We are excited to offer a variety of remote courses for rising 9th – 12th graders.
Now accepting registrations!

Description of Program
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Description of Program

This summer we are taking our High School courses online. There is something for everyone; from a 4-week genre mash-up course to 1-week courses that focus on some of our most popular topics. Your kids will be able to explore their interests, discover their strengths and take writing risks that they might not be able to in a traditional classroom setting.

Check out our unique offerings below!


Sold out! Backpack Journalism
June 22 – 26, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320.00 (Register for Journalism)
Instructor: Brian Barr

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.

Sold out! Sports Writing and Reporting
June 22 – 26, 2020
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$320.00 (Register for Sports Writing)
Instructor: Brian Barr

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.

Brian Barr has taught at California High School in San Ramon for the past 19 years. He teaches freshmen English and runs the school’s newspaper and mock trial programs. He also has coached the men’s golf team at San Ramon Valley High in Danville for the past 15 years. Before becoming a teacher, Brian was a professional journalist for nine years, working as a reporter and sports editor for several daily newspapers in the East Bay and San Joaquin Valley. Brian earned an undergraduate degree in political science from UC San Diego in 1992. He is a 1998 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Modesto.

Sold out! InkSwarm: A playful home for teen writers to explore various genres, find an audience and join a community of fellow writers
June 22 – July 17, 2020 (4 weeks)
Times Vary – Flexible – See below
$650.00 (Register for InkSwarm)
Instructor: Aryn Faur

InkSwarm is a re-envisioning of several of our teen writing courses that allows us to continue to nurture burgeoning creative writers virtually in this time of Covid 19, while also giving students even more flexibility in the genres they wish to explore. Rather than asking teens to select a camp devoted only to poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, or personal writing, Inkswarm gives students many opportunities to explore all of these or to focus only on one.

Aspects of the program:
1. Four weekly prompts and activities in four different genres: These will include readings and model texts, but also specific guided writing exercises designed to focus on a specific aspect of each genre: (poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, multimedia)
2. Interactivity and writer’s workshop: We will strive to build a community of writers who respond to and celebrate each other’s work and learn how to workshop each other’s writing. There will be online discussion boards, ways to post work, interactive games, etc. Students will formally workshop one longer piece of work towards the end of the course.
3. An audience: There will be a platform for posting work that will allow others to comment on it. We will also encourage participants to submit their work to writing contests.
4. Artistic Sandbox : Students will also be given weekly opportunities to play with visual art, photography, and experiments that crack open the genre of “writing” to include other art forms in their creative process.
5. Writing instruction: The teacher will read and provide elaborated feedback on one piece of writing that participants have revised.

When and how we will meet: Students will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm for a Zoom activity. Other lessons and activities will be screen casts that can be done asynchronously.  Students will post their work and share it via Padlet and FlipGrid. In the last two weeks of the class, we will put students in small groups where they will zoom chat and provide written feedback (those times are tbd).

The bulk majority of the work would be asynchronous, which means that they can work at their own pace on the materials, and select from a menu of options they find most interesting.

Aryn Faur is a passionate, veteran Berkeley high school English teacher who lives a double life as an editor to her friends and former classmates. She also has a stack of her own writing that gets written in between bedtime stories, the 5 minutes her kids are in the bath, and the rare moments her two small children are actually asleep. She believes in the power of writing to help young people integrate difficult/transformational experiences and to help them craft their own identity.

Sold out! Tell YOUR Story: Introduction to Memoir
July 6 – July 10, 2020
9:00 am – 11:30 am
$320.00 (Register for Memoir)
Instructor: Eva Marie Oliver

You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories.” — Anne Lamott

In this writing course, students will explore their lives and passions to create pieces that cross genre lines and show their TRUE selves. While reflecting on their own life experiences as well as looking into the future, students will write creatively and, ultimately, better understand themselves.

  • 09:00 – 10:00 = Live Virtual Class
  • 10:00 – 11:00 = Structured Writing Time w/ Teacher Office Hours
  • 11:00 – 11:30 = Community Reading and Closing
  • 11:30 – 12:00 = Teacher Office Hours

Eva Marie Oliver has been teaching Humanities at Life Academy of Health and Bioscience in Oakland, CA, since January 2011. After earning her BA in English at Sonoma State University (2010) and her credential and MA in Education through UC Berkeley’s MUSE program (2012), Eva has been proud to contribute to the social-justice-oriented and transformative learning space that is Life Academy. Working with Mills Teacher Scholars and the Bay Area Writing Project has enriched her professional experience as an educator in the Bay Area. If not in the classroom, Eva can be found reading, hiking, weight lifting, or spending time with her loved ones.

Poetry and Performance
July 20 – 24, 2020
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
$320.00 (Register for Poetry)
Instructor: Kristin Land

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.

Kristin Land has taught English literature and composition to high school and college students in the Bay Area for over 17 years. To nurture students’ poetic expression as well as their academic identities, she infuses her writing workshops with performance elements such as 3-minute skits, open mics, art projects, or role-play debates.

Sold Out! Creative Writing
July 27 – August 7, 2020 (2 weeks)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$450.00 (Register for Creative Writing)
Instructor: Casey McAlduff

This course aims to develop students’ identities as writers in the world, as well as to enhance their curiosity about writing and why authors make the choices they do. Through discussing the work of established poets, fiction writers, memoirists, and essayists, and by creating and discussing their own work, participants of this course will learn to identify and express their voices through writing.

Course Objectives:

  • To learn the craft of writing effective creative material
  • To gain insight into personal and community motivations for writing
  • To share writing with peers & to build a supportive artistic network
  • To create a portfolio of original work

Casey McAlduff is a poet and Humanities teacher living and working in Oakland. She received an MA in Education from UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Urban Secondary English (MUSE) program in 2016, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College in 2012. Since 2013, Casey has curated the Studio One Reading Series at Studio One Arts Center in Oakland, one of the longest running reading series in the Bay Area,

Sold out! From Zero to Bang! In 5 Days: The College Admissions Personal Statement
August 3 – 7, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320.00 (Register for Personal Statement)
Instructor: Courtney Goen

This class will focus on writing the essay many American colleges and universities require as part of their admissions process. Over the next five days, we will examine the essay prompts for the Common Application, the University of California Insight Questions, and, perhaps the Coalition Application (a relative newcomer). Also, we will look at the supplemental essay prompts some colleges require as well as some of the more unusual and quirky topics that students might encounter when they apply to college. We will immerse ourselves in brainstorming, writing, sharing drafts, discussing this unusual assignment, giving tips, reading samples of student work, and revising our writing. By the end of the week, if students have done the in-class and out-of-class work, everyone should have at least two (perhaps more) working drafts of their personal statement essays for college with special attention paid to the Common Application and the UC Insight questions. In other words, before the summer really ends, you will be done with drafts of college admissions essays. You will be the envy of all of your classmates. Congratulations.

Registration Information

Select the course or courses you wish to register for below. If registering siblings for a course, a 10% discount will be automatically deducted before checking out. If you plan to register for more than one course this summer, please reach out to the BAWP office ( for a discount code to provide you with a $50.00 savings on all additional courses.

Click on the link below to register for the course. 

Sold out! Backpack Journalism – $320.00
Sold out! Sports Writing and Reporting – $320.00
Sold out! InkSwarm – $650.00
Sold out! Tell YOUR Story: Introduction to Memoir – $320.00

Poetry and Performance – $320.00
Sold out! Creative Writing- $450.00
Sold out! The Personal Statement: From Zero to Bang! – $320.00

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Basic Requirements for Participation

  • Access to a computer, tablet, digital device (phone okay) with a camera and/or microphone
  • Access to wifi
  • Ability to either type on device or take photos and upload images

BAWP Youth Programs Online Code of Conduct and Policies

REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS: Online Code of Conduct Agreement Form (pdf)

Optional: Family Pledge (pdf)