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Description of Program

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!

What is Lost in Translation?: A New Look at Poetry – June 14 – 18, 2021 (1 week)
InkSwarm – June 14 – July 9, 2021 (4 weeks)
Writing Scary Stories – June 21 – July 9, 2021 (3 weeks)
Poetry and Performance – June 21 – 25, 2021 (1 Week)
Playing with Language: Finding Your Voice and Sharing It – June 28 – July 2, 2021 (1 Week)
Backpack Journalism – June 28 – July 2, 2021(1 Week)
Sports Journalism – June 28 – July 2, 2021 (1 Week)
Future Fiction Now! – July 5 – July 16, 2021 (2 Weeks)
Creative Writing – July 12 – 23, 2021 (2 weeks)
Anecdotal Writing: The Key to College Essay Success – July 12 – 16, 2021
Making Effective Arguments – July 19 – 23, 2021 (1 Week)
The Art of Being Selfish – July 19 – August 6, 2021 (3 Weeks)

Course Descriptions

What is Lost in Translation?: A New Look at Poetry
June 14 – 18, 2021 (1 week)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$350.00
Grades: 8th – 10th

“Translation is entirely mysterious. Increasingly I have felt that the art of writing is itself translating, or more like translating than it is like anything else.” — Ursula K. Le Guine. In this writing course, students will engage with poetry translation. First, they will translate poems from their original language into English. Next, they will translate each poet’s style by writing their own poems in response, using poetry as a way to translate their own feelings and experiences. And, finally, they will reflect on the experience of interpretation by exploring what is lost and gained in translation.

Eva Masdeo Oliver has been teaching in the Bay Area since 2010. Currently, she is loving being Dublin High School’s Drama Teacher! After earning her BA in English at Sonoma State University (2010) and her credential and MA in Education at UC Berkeley (2012), Eva has been proud to contribute to the social-justice-oriented and transformative learning spaces. Working with the Bay Area Writing Project and Lead by Learning 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.

Shelley Goulder Bio Coming Soon

InkSwarm: A playful home for teen writers to explore various genres, find an audience and join a community of fellow writers
June 14 – July 9, 2021 (4 weeks)
Mon., Wed., and Thur. 10:00 am – 11:00 am. See additional notes below.
$650.00
Grades: 9th – 12th

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.  During the first half of the program, students will have readings, writing exercises, and classes on Zoom that focus on four writing genres: short story, flash fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. 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, short story)

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 and receive feedback from the teacher on a single piece.

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, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for a Zoom class. Other lessons and activities will be screencasts that can be done asynchronously. Students will post their work and share it via Padlet and Google Suites. In the last two weeks of the class, we will put students in small groups where they will zoom chat and provide written feedback to each other.

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.

Writing Scary Stories
June 21 – July 9, 2021 (3 weeks)
13 o’clock start time (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
$650.00
Grades: 9th – 12th

In this three-week course, students will read, discuss and compose their own suspenseful stories and/or screenplays of the strange, the horrific, and the supernatural. No prior experience in writing horror will be necessary, as we will explore the structures and oddities of the horror and sci-if genres.

Emily Wilkinson Bio Coming Soon

Poetry and Performance
June 21 – 25, 2021 (1 Week)
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
$350.00
Grades: 9th – 12th

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.

Playing with Language: Finding Your Voice and Sharing It
June 28 – July 2, 2021 (1 Week)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$350.00
Grades: 9th – 12th

In this workshop, students will experiment with language and storytelling to create new work and find news ways to express themselves. They will look at different platforms to share their voices, including personal zines, broadsides and digital formats. Participants will engage in daily creative writing exercises, including flash fiction and poetry, learn to make a one page zine and a broadside featuring one of their own pieces of writing.

Sarah Trott Bio Coming Soon

Backpack Journalism
June 28 – July 2, 2021(1 Week)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$350.00
Grades: 9th – 12th

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.

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.

Sports Journalism
June 28 – July 2, 2021 (1 Week)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$350.00
Grades: 9th – 12th

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.

Future Fiction Now!
July 5 – July 16, 2021 (2 Weeks)
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$500.00
Grades: 9th – 12th

OK, science fiction is really cool. You’ve got space ships, computers embedded in your brain, life on meteorites, and maybe even aliens. Climate fiction, with its flooded cities and fallen governments, can be cool in an apocalyptic, ‘let’s try to avoid that’ kind of way. Sci-fi and cli-fi often are the escape hatch a reader and writer was looking for. But what if these genres also reflect our hopes and fears? What if they actually help us better understand race, migration, climate change and politics? From Afro-futurism to zombies, we’ll have a chance to write about what matters to us, and what matters to our future.

T.R. Amsler Bio Coming Soon

Creative Writing
July 12 – 23, 2021 (2 weeks)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$450.00
Grades: 9th – 12th

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.

Anecdotal Writing: The Key to College Essay Success
July 12 – 16, 2021
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$350.00
Grades: 11th – 12th Only

Good storytelling is way to make your writing more engaging. In the course, you will first hone this craft by writing a profile article. We will begin by workshopping questions that illicit viivid storytelling and thoughtful reflection from your subject. Beginning with an anecdotal lead, the article you write will be focused on developing your subject as a character. With the second writing piece, the tables will be turned. You will become the subject of the article. Conveying who you are as a person is what college admission officers are looking for in an essay. This course will help you succeed in doing that. (Current UC/Common App prompts will be used.)

Eric Gustafson Bio Coming Soon

Making Effective Arguments
July 19 – 23, 2021 (1 Week)
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
$350.00
Grades: 9th – 12th

Being able to make an effective argument in writing is the single greatest predictor of college success. While there are ways in which all good arguments are constructed, there are also specific ways in which those arguments are reasoned depending on the subject (history, science, English, math) being addressed. In this class, you’ll lean how to make ‘CLEVR’ arguments based on a ‘CL’aim, good ‘EV’idence, and especially the ‘R’easoning that ties the evidence to the claim.

Avi Black Bio Coming Soon

The Art of Being Selfish
July 19 – August 6, 2021 (3 Weeks)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$650.00
Grades: 9th – 12th

2020 was a long year, and we all internalized a lot of fear and grief. In this workshop young writers will read short works by writers who have written and created a dialogue with fear, grief, and uncertainty. We unpack poetry, personal essays, and fiction, and along the way we will all write our sentiments of the infamous yesteryear. We will transform negativity into creativity.

Trey Keeve Bio Coming Soon

Registration Information

Registration now open! Using the link below, submit participant information and then select the course or courses you would like your writer to join. Sibling discounts (-$50 for each additional child after the first registration) will be automatically deducted before checking out.

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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

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