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Young Writers' Camp (YWC)

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The San Diego Area Writing Project offers a variety of opportunities for students to grow and build self-confidence in their writing abilities. Our summer Young Writers' Camp (YWC) programs range from creative writing to improving analytic writing and writing the college admission essay.

Teachers working with San Diego Area Writing Project share the belief that writing is a process. Young Writers' Camp engages students in that process and allows them to discover their own style, voice and potential. Our goal is that each young writer, regardless of skill level, has the time and space to experiment in a variety of genres while developing creativity and confidence.

"My daughter absolutely loved this camp. The positive encouragement, new friendships and creativity she found has sparked a fondness for writing that did not exist before."

"I don't know how you got a little boy who does everything to avoid writing, or even hold a pencil for that matter, to be excited about and enjoy writing. I am very grateful you all do this!"

"Initially, I thought she would be bored out of her mind. Every day when I picked her up she was happy and full of energy. I believe the creative writing experience positively impacted my child's mind."

"He had a blast! The first day he was excited to inform me that 'this is different from school and it is really cool.' And I saw him working on his writing after camp at home--during the summer--that shows how engaged he was! Thank you for such a wonderful experience."

Basic Information

What is Young Writers' Camp?

Young Writer's Camp is a summer program that inspires creative thinking and writing. Students explore writing styles and methods of self-expression with new friends.

Participating Young Writers:

  • are challenged to grow and build self-confidence as writers.
  • write in an environment designed to inspire creativity.
  • receive individual attention in small groups from SDAWP writing teachers.
  • meet and share writing in a multi-age classroom with young writers from throughout the county.
  • engage in process writing: drafting, writing, revising, editing and publishing.
  • publish and receive an anthology, including writing from each camper.
  • develop writing skills as tools for self-expression.

Who should attend?

We offer a variety of programming for young writers from grades 3-college freshman in locations throughout San Diego County.

Where will camp be held?

In classrooms on the scenic campus at Ada Harris (grades 3-8) in Cardiff, Chula Vista Hills Elementary (grades 3-8), UC San Diego (grades 3-10),or Design39Campus (Grades 3-8) in Poway. Registration forms for 2019 will not be mailed and registration is first-come, first-served, BY REGULAR MAIL ONLY. No overnight deliveries will be accepted. We DO NOT accept walk-in registrations.

The following programs will use Eventbrite for registration this year: Students as Thinkers, Students as Writers: Writing for College, Career & Civic Readiness and The College Admission & Application Essay. Eventbrite fees apply.

When will camp be held?

Please scroll down to view our Summer 2019 camp offerings at locations throughout San Diego County!

How do I register my child?

Registration is by mail only. You can download the YWC 2019 registration form (available April 8) and mail it in with payment beginning April 8 @ 8:00am. Email confirmation will be sent once registration has been received. Please note that we only accept registrations mailed via the USPS. We are unable to accept overnight deliveries (Express Mail, UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc) of registration. We DO NOT accept walk-in registrations.

The San Diego Area Writing Project at UCSD recognizes that writing is a catalyst for the broad expression of ideas and opinions. We consider written expression by participants in our programs to be an opportunity for further dialogue and discussion. Teachers facilitating our programs make every effort to provide an environment that allows for all opinions and ideas to be shared, within the context of appropriate audience.

How much does camp cost?

The 10-day camp program costs $400.00.  The 5-day programs at CV Hills and Design39 cost $200. Registration includes a $50 non-refundable processing fee due at time of registration. The cost for additional siblings is $375 each for the 10-day program and $175 each for the 5-day program. Please only send one check for the total registration fee.

Are there scholarships available for camp?

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for this program. You will need to contact our office at 858-534-2576 to see if your child qualifies for a need-based scholarship. Please see the description for the specific Young Writers' Camp program you are interested in (listed below) to download the appropriate scholarship application.

Summer 2019

Learn more about the programs being held this summer. Registration forms for all programs will be available beginning April 8, 2019 @ 8:00am. Download the form and mail with payment as indicated. Registration is BY USPS MAIL ONLY (first-come, first-served) and based on availability.