Middle School Summer Writing Courses

About Middle School Writing Courses
Middle School Writing Courses
Middle School Writing Course Descriptions
How to Register

About Middle School Writing Courses

In the years leading up to summer 2019 we often fielded questions from parents or young writers asking about the ages and grades in our different summer programs. As you may have noticed, our Young Writers Camp program is open to those entering 3rd through 9th grade. Our High School courses are open to those who are entering 9th through 12th grades. We purposely offer both programs to entering 9th graders because we want them to have the option of either. They are about to jump into High School and we know that some kiddos cannot wait to be with older kids. Other kiddos might prefer to be with kids who are their same age or even with younger kids.

As adults, we know that our age does not define us. For our young people, age matters A LOT. Age is how they define themselves. Writing can be stressful and that is why we wanted to provide 9th graders with an option. By doing this we are trying to eliminate any external stressors (or fears or insecurities, etc) so they are comfortable and we can focus on the writing.

This is also why we are offering the middle grades the opportunity to take a course or two at UC Berkeley. They are welcome in the Young Writers Camp and we are confident they will be challenged and have fun but still, some kiddos want the excitement of a University campus. Other kiddos enjoy the thrill of being the oldest in camp and prefer our Young Writers Camps. To the kiddo who is undecided, join us where you feel comfortable. Either is a wonderful option.

Middle School Writing Courses

Graphic Novels for the New Times Kid
UC Berkeley
2121 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
Classroom 4500
June 8 – 12, 2020 (1 wk)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$550.00
Grades 4th – 8th
Poetry and Performance
UC Berkeley
2121 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
Classroom TBA
July 20 – 24, 2020 (1 wk)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$340
Grades 6th – 8th

Middle School Writing Course Descriptions

Graphic Novels for the New Times Kid
UC Berkeley
2121 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
Classroom 4500
June 8 – 12, 2020 (1 wk)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$550.00 / $570.00 online

Available to those entering grades 4th – 8th

New technologies, among many things, are altering the ways we read and write. We call it New Times. Information is no longer static as we are bombarded with videos, blogs, articles, podcasts, gifs, tweets and more. How can kids hone their critical thinking skills in order to keep up with the amount of information coming at them? Who knew Graphic Novels were the answer?!

Researchers have found that young readers develop skills and gain better understanding of how to decipher multimodal communication when they read Graphic Novels. The combination of text and pictures that occurs in Graphic Novels helps our kids to better understand and decipher word-image messages like those that occur with advertising and online.

Research aside, Comics and Graphic Novels tell stories, make arguments, unpack ideas, share memories and feelings, and convey processes of change. Join this one-week action packed course on Graphic Novels. We will read them, write them and just have fun. This is summer after all!

Poetry and Performance (Middle School)
Instructor: Kristin Land
July 20 – 24, 2020 (1 wks)
UC Berkeley
2121 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
Classroom TBD

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$340.00 / $360.00 online

Available to those entering grades 5th – 8th

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.

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 $20) are included in the total online fee. To avoid these additional fees, you can submit registration packet and check payment through the mail.

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

Option 2: Download the paper registration form:
2020 Middle School Writing Course Registration Packet

Email bawp@berkeley.edu if you have any questions or to be placed on the waitlist for any full courses.