Grades 3rd – 9th

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Now accepting registrations for our 2021 Summer season!

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Description of Program

BAWP Young Writers Camp remote courses give children who are interested in writing the time and opportunity to explore writing through a range of genres of writing. Each of our courses this summer draw upon the unique skills of our Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultants (classroom teachers from around the Bay Area!). 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.

Please note a few changes to our program this summer. We are now offering both two and one week courses. While the majority of our courses are available to those entering grades 5th – 8th we do have some courses (The Marvelous World of the Unknown and Art Journaling) available to younger writers (rising 3rd and above). This summer we are also offering a Young Writers Course that will be limited to 7th – 9th graders. This course (Room to Explore) will explore some more mature topics. We hope you will find that we collected a rich catalog of offerings for your young writer. 

Each day will generally follow the schedule below:

  • 9:00 am: Live group welcome and community building activities
  • 9:15 am: Live mini-lesson
  • 9:45 am: Group released to write on their own
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Teacher check-ins and office hours
  • 11:30 am: Group reconvenes live to share and respond to writing
  • 12:00 pm: Goodbyes  

Participants will experience writing instruction with trained writing teachers, writing time, flexibility in what types of writing they want to pursue, guided group and peer response, and daily opportunities to share writing. 

Our teachers strive to nurture kids’ growth into independent writers. Instruction includes craft lessons, such as –how to incorporate imagery into one’s writing, how to write clearly, how to create believable characters — as well as method lessons — how to get started, the ins and outs of drafting, how to get a lot out of your peer editors. 

The goal of these courses is to have fun with writing while developing a writerly identity.

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Factors Leading to the Development of a Writing Identity

2021 Courses

Science Fiction and Fantasy: Do You Dream of Other Worlds?
June 7 – 18, 2021   –    Two-Week Course   –    Grades 5th – 8th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $600.00

Do you have a crazy imagination? Do you dream of riding on the back of a great winged beast or flying a spaceship through a blackhole? Do you envision a world where witches control your fate or we live in a kingdom full of robots casting spells atop floating mountains? In this course we will write things only you can imagine.The possibilities are limitless. As Willy Wonka said, “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

The Great Outdoors (or The World Around Me): Writing Inspired by Time and Place
June 7 – 11, 2021   –    One-Week Course   –    Grades 5th – 8th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $300.00

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
-John Muir

Inspiration can come from anywhere. So let’s connect with the outside! Whether it’s opening a window to feel the breeze and listen to birds or surrounding yourself with all things wild in the woods, time spent engaging with the outside feeds the mind, body, and soul. It also nourishes our writing as it helps us learn how to pay attention to our surroundings. Little things can have a big impact.

You Crack Me Up: Writing Silly Things That Make Us Laugh
June 14 – 18, 2021   –    One-Week Course   –    Grades 5th – 8th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $300.00

This is the perfect course if you like to play and joke around. Makers of mischief and lovers of laughter, join us because we are going to embrace the silly! Find your comedic voice and learn how to weave silliness and humor throughout your writing. For anyone who doesn’t take this course, the joke’s on you!

Fan Fiction: When You Just Can’t Let It Go
June 21 – July 2, 2021   –    Two-Week Course   –    Grades 5th – 8th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $600.00

You know what’s annoying? When you love a story but it’s missing something great or it ended too soon. Did you think The Mandalorian was awesome but the ending a bit of a let-down? Write your own ending! Or maybe you think Harry Potter’s world of wizards needed more people of color. Or maybe a supporting character should have been the main character. Toni Morrison once said, “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” Well what if the story has been told but you know how to tell it better?

The Marvelous World of the Unknown: Writing about the Odd Things We See and Imagine
June 21 – 25, 2021   –    One-Week Course   –    Grades 3rd – 8th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $300.00

This course is inspired by the book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg. In this book, Mr. Van Allsburg introduces us to the strange and puzzling story of Harris Burdick and the drawings he left behind. Here is the question: Is it possible to look at the drawings and their captions without imagining a story?

Joy of Art Journaling: Interactive Writing Workshop
June 28 – July 2, 2021   –    One-Week Course   –    Grades 3rd – 8th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $350.00

Makers, come join this space to dabble and explore as you are prompted to write using words, imagery and color. For this hands-on course we will send you a small package of supplies that we will use for creating and writing. Discover how rich writing can actually be.

We will be mailing participants a package for the course and cannot guarantee receipt of supplies for registrations made after June 10th. Cancellations made after May 25, 2021 will not be eligible for a refund of the supply costs.

Room to Explore: Voice and Identity
July 5 – 16, 2021   –    Two-Week Course   –    Grades 7th – 9th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $600.00

Adults are not the only ones who have to think about their Race, Identity and Sexuality. Making sense in this world can be complicated. How do you sort it all out? Writing can definitely help. You choose the topic and together we will discuss and support writing in a space that is safe. This is a course for those who feel curious, upset, open, confused, passionate, alarmed, action-oriented, resistant……the list goes on. This is a course to explore your voice, explore who you are, and who you want to be.

Under the Cloak of Darkness: Things That Go Bump in the Night
July 5 – 16, 2021   –    Two-Week Course   –    Grades 5th – 8th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $600.00

Goosebumps and chills are welcome. Eek! A little spookiness is, too. Anything to give us a fright under the cloak of night. So if you have an urban legend, ghost story, or deserted mansion mystery in mind this is the place to write tales that will make your toes curl and your eyes peel. Just please, I am begging you, no clowns.

Having Fun with Fundamentals: Informational Writing
July 19 – 23, 2021   –    One-Week Course   –    Grades 5th – 8th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $300.00

You do not need to proceed with caution. This is NOT a book report writing course. Bring the topics you already love and know oodles about, and write to teach and share your passions with others! Sometimes it’s fun to be the know-it-all.

The Art of Storytelling: Narrative Strategies
July 19 – 23, 2021   –    One-Week Course   –    Grades 5th – 8th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $300.00

It doesn’t matter how old you are, you have stories to share. In this course we help you bring your story to life. Good stories make us care. Good stories build our relationships. Storytelling breaks down barriers to foster compassion and respect for difference. Whether it’s a tale that you recount factually or a tale that gets taller with each passing moment, this is the place to hone the craft of storytelling. Come tell your story.

Having Fun with Fundamentals: Argument and Persuasive Writing
July 26 – August 6, 2021   –    Two-Week Course   –    Grades 5th – 8th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $600.00

When you learn how to write persuasively, it can be a wonderful means of expressing your views on a subject. It also helps you to be able to share your ideas and opinions in a constructive way, something you’ll rely on in your professional and personal life. But who are we kidding, we all know it’s so you can persuade your parents to let you have that second dessert.

Showing Stories: Creating Graphic Novels and Visual Stories
July 26 – 30, 2021   –    One-Week Course   –    Grades 5th – 8th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $300.00

Sometimes the pictures carry the story. This class invites you to create a graphic novel or storyboard a play or movie. The cool thing is that graphic novels and scripts can be any genre. Go ahead and create fact or fiction or surprise us with something in between!
Drawing experience not needed.

Snapshots: Capturing Moments with Photos and Poetry
August 2 – 6, 2021   –    One-Week Course   –    Grades 5th – 8th    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $300.00

Photos and poetry share some of the same qualities, capturing moments or feelings in a snapshot. In this course we will take photos and write poems, merging art and writing together.

Registration Information

Registration now open! Using the link below, submit camper 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.

Register today!

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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)