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Young Writers' Camp (YWC)

The San Diego Area Writing Project offers a variety of 5-day and 10-day programs for young writers. Registration begins April 8, 2019.

Young Writer's Camp (YWC) for Grades 3-10

June 17 - June 21, 2019 • Young Writers in Nature • Mon-Fri • 8:30am-12:00pm @ UC San Diego (grades 3-6)

June 24 - June 28, 2019 • Young Writers' Camp • Mon-Fri • 8:30am-12:00pm @ Chula Vista Hills Elementary (grades 3-8)

June 24 - June 28, 2019 • Young Writers' Camp • Mon-Fri • 8:30am-12:00pm @ Design39Campus-Poway (grades 3-8)

July 8 - July 12, 2019 • Students as Thinkers, Students as Writers: Writing for College and Career Readiness • Mon-Fri • 8:30am-11:30am @ UC San Diego (grades 11, 12, college freshman)

July 15 - July 19, 2019 • College Application Essay/Personal Statement • Mon-Fri • 8:30am-11:30am @ UC San Diego (grades 12, transfer students)

July 22 - August 2, 2019 • Mon-Fri • 8:30am-12:00pm @ UC San Diego (grades 3-10)

July 22 - 26, 2019 • YWC: Poetry Inside Out • Mon-Fri • 8:30am-12:00pm @ UC San Diego (grades 9-12)

August 5 - August 9, 2019 • Young Writers in Nature • Mon-Fri • 8:30am-12:00pm @ UC San Diego (grades 3-6)

Registration forms for 2019 will be available for download April 8. We no longer mail YWC registration forms. Registration is first-come, first-served, BY REGULAR MAIL ONLY (no overnight or express mail accepted. We DO NOT accept walk-in registration.

YWC Scholarship Opportunities

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for students based on financial need.

Please contact the SDAWP for information.

Helpful Writing Tools

Wealth O' Websites (PDF) - Publishing opportunities for young writers

How to Respond to Writing (PDF) - Tips for responding to student writing

Youth Voices - Youth Voices is a school-based social network that was started in 2003 by a group of National Writing Project teachers. We are a site for conversations. We invite youth of all ages to voice their thoughts about their passions, to explain things they understand well, to wonder about things they have just begun to understand, and to share discussion posts with other young people using as many different genres and media as they can imagine!

Youth Voices

Resources from the National Writing Project

Helping Your Children Become Confident, Skilled Writers, In and Beyond School

The National Writing Projectbelieves that learning to write well is one of the most challenging tasks for anyone, regardless of age. It takes time, practice, and lots of encouragement. Parents and teachers can help children develop their skills and, equally important, a love for words and writing. Every child can and should learn to write. However, the process of learning to write often seems mysterious. Many former students remember with frustration the red marks on their grade-school papers and the expectation that they simply fix whatever was "wrong" and get it "right" the next time.

What should parents look for in a good school writing program? There are differences that occur when writing is simply assigned and when writing is authentically taught. Because Writing Matters, a book the National Writing Project co-authored with journalist Carl Nagin on the status of writing instruction in America, is an excellent resource for parents.