Grades 3rd – 8th

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Description of Program
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Basic Requirement for Participation

Description of Program

This summer we will be offering both in-person camps and online virtual courses. Both of our programs give children who are interested in writing the time and opportunity to explore writing through a range of genres of writing. Each of our programs 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.

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 our program is to have fun with writing while developing a writerly identity.

2022 Courses

Please email bawp@berkeley.edu if you would like to be placed on a waitlist for any of our full courses.

Remote Course: The Art of Storytelling
June 6 – 17, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades 3rd – 8th
$650.00

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.

In-Person Camp: The Art of Journaling
Park Day School Campus in Oakland, CA
June 21 – July 1, 2022 (starts Tuesday to observe Juneteenth)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades 3rd – 8th
$700.00

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 each writer will receive a small package of supplies that we will use for creating and writing. Discover how rich writing can actually be.

Cancellations made after June 1, 2022 will not be eligible for a refund of the supply costs.

Remote Course: Room to Explore
June 21 – July 1, 2022 (starts Tuesday to observe Juneteenth)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades 5th – 8th
$650.00

This course is for rising 5th – 8th grade writers only. If your writer is younger, please refer to the Featuring You!: Spotlight on Storytelling course below for rising 3rd – 5th graders. (5th graders are welcome in either section.)

Adults are not the only ones who have to think about their Race and Identity. 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.

Remote Course: Featuring You!: Spotlight on Storytelling
June 21 – July 1, 2022 (starts Tuesday to observe Juneteenth)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades 3rd – 5th
$650.00

This course is for rising 3rd – 5th grade writers. If your writer is older, please refer to the Room to Explore course above for rising 5th – 8th graders. (5th graders are welcome in either section.)

Who better to tell your story than you? Our lives are filled with a huge range of experiences–some wonderful, some challenging. When we write about ourselves and our experiences we can better understand how we became who we are and where we go from here. 

Full! In-Person Camp: Berkeley Writing Academy
University of California, Berkeley Campus (2121 Berkeley Way)
July 11 – 22, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades 3rd – 8th
$700.00

In this course we will blend the arts of informing, arguing and persuading.

Our focus will be demonstrating different methods of expressing your views on a subject. It will help you share your ideas and opinions in a constructive way, something you’ll rely on in your academic and personal life.

Knowing how to make the best use of these three forms of nonfiction writing can help in many ways, such as writing school essays, writing letters advocating for a cause you are passionate about, writing a blog, or even writing that sci-fi fiction piece.

So join us – let’s write!

Full! Remote Course: Fan Fiction
July 11 – 22, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades 3rd – 8th
$650.00

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 was a bit of a let-down? Write your own ending! Or maybe you think Harry Potter’s world of wizards needed more wizards of color. Or maybe a supporting character should have been the main character. The author 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?

Full! Remote Course: Science Fiction and Fantasy
July 25 – August 5, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades 3rd – 8th
$650.00

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? Or maybe you are a little more doomsday and have stories of post-apocalyptic life. The possibilities are limitless! In this course we will write things only you can imagine. As Willy Wonka said, “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

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.

If you encounter any issues with the registration process please try using a different browser (Chrome is preferred). If that doesn’t help, email us at bawp@berkeley.edu.

Basic Requirements for Remote Participation

BAWP Youth Programs Online Code of Conduct and Policies

  • 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

Required Remote Documents (included with online registration):

Photo/Video Release Form (pdf)
Online Code of Conduct Agreement Form (pdf)
Optional: Family Pledge (pdf)

Basic Requirements for In-Person Participation

BAWP Youth Programs COVID-19 Safety Guidelines as of February 2022

  • Youth Participants are required to wear a face covering while participating in an in-person camp.
  • In accordance with University of California Policy, all on campus youth program and camp participants (K-12 student age) who are eligible for vaccination outside of clinical trials are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Complete a Daily Symptom Screening.

In-Person Program Required Documents (included with online registration):

Emergency Contact Form (pdf)
Walking Field Trip Permission Form (pdf)
Internet Use Form (pdf)
Approved Pick-up/Drop-off Permission Form (pdf)
Photo Release Form (pdf)
Waiver of Liability Form (pdf)