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Young Writers' Camp - Summer 2021

The San Diego Area Writing Project at UC San Diego 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.

College Admission and Application Essay - Grade 12 & Transfer Students

Dates:  Mon, Aug 2 - Fri, Aug 6, 2021 • 8:30am - 11:30pm, Virtual Platform Zoom
Cost: $350
Grades: 12th grade & transfer students
Instructors: SDAWP Teacher Consultants (Credentialed educators that have gone through SDAWP's intensive Summer Institute)
Description:You want your college essay to make a difference.  Whether you have had a big event or something small that changed your world, our experienced Teacher Consultants will help you make it come to life. We will analyze model essays, hear advice from college admissions officers, and help you share your story in a way that will stand out to your readers and positively impact your future. 

A workshop for high school seniors and college transfer students, we offer students an opportunity to develop thoughtful, personal and powerful admission/application essays/responses for colleges, universities and other post-secondary programs and scholarship applications.

During the 5-day virtual program, students will:

  • explore a variety of writing styles and topics to engage readers and develop ideas
  • find their individual voice and how to express it
  • learn about the role of personal insight questions in the application process (new UC guidelines)
  • work with Common Application, Coalition Application, and/or other public/private college prompts
  • determine the most effective techniques, details and structures for a strong personal statement

Virtual camp will be interactive and engaging. You will have time to create on your own, come together for advice, participate in online peer revision with other young writers led by Teacher Consultants, revise and build better essays together.

A follow-up session with a Teacher Consultant will be scheduled in Fall 2021. 

Registration: Click here to register on Eventbrite. (https://college2021.eventbrite.com)

Cost is $350. Eventbrite service fees apply. No refunds at any time. Participation in this program does not influence admission to UCSD.

Young Writers' Camp (YWC) - Grades 3-11

Dates:  Tues, July 6 - Thurs, July 15, 2021 • 8:30am - 11:30pm, Tuesday-Friday & Monday-Thursday -- Virtual Platform ZOOM
Cost: $350
Grades: Entering grades 3-11 Fall 2021
Instructors: SDAWP Teacher Consultants (Credentialed educators that have gone through SDAWP's intensive Summer Institute)

Description: SDAWP's creative writing program for young writers. Read more about the Young Writers' Camp.

Registration: Click to register on Eventbrite

YWC Specialty Camp: Small Moments - Big Ideas Grades 5-8

Dates: June 28 - July 2, 2021 • 8:30am - 11:30am • Monday-Friday -- Virtual Platform ZOOM 
Cost: $225
Grades: Entering grades 5-8 Fall 2021
Instructors: SDAWP Teacher Consultants (Credentialed educators that have gone through SDAWP's intensive Summer Institute)
Description: Young Writers: Small Moments -- Big Ideas 

Through small moments of writing, campers will explore big ideas. Using diverse literature and art as inspiration, they will engage in conversation, write poetry about issues that are important to them, and express their views while playing with words.

Participants will: 

  • Explore diverse models of poetry writing
  • Be inspired by the arts 
  • Delve into social justice themes and use their voices to speak up
  • Play with language in new ways
  • Take a virtual field trip 
  • Celebrate their writing on the final day

Registration: Click here to register on Eventbrite. Minimum registration required. If registration minimum is not met, full refund will be made.

YWC Specialty Camp: Discovering Your Story Grades 7-12

Dates: July 19 - 23, 2021 • 8:30am - 11:30am • Monday-Friday -- Virtual Platform ZOOM 
Cost: $225
Grades: Entering grades 7-12 Fall 2021
Instructors: SDAWP Teacher Consultants (Credentialed educators that have gone through SDAWP's intensive Summer Institute)
Description: Discovering Your Story

We are made of our own many stories, and those stories need to be told. 

“It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” ~ Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 

Participants will:

  • Explore their identities and self 
  • Turn their passions into a creative journey
  • Craft their voices and shape scenes in a creative workshop environment
  • Build and share stories through personal reflection, poetry, and memoir
  • Create an identity showcase portfolio

Our stories matter. Many stories matter. So let’s write them together.

Registration: Click here to register on Eventbrite. Minimum registration required. If registration minimum is not met, full refund will be made.

YWC Specialty Camp: Writing to Change the World Grades 5-8

Dates: July 19 - 23, 2021 • 8:30am - 11:30am • Monday-Friday -- Virtual Platform ZOOM 
Cost: $225
Grades: Entering grades 5-8 Fall 2021
Instructors: SDAWP Teacher Consultants (Credentialed educators that have gone through SDAWP's intensive Summer Institute)
Description: Writing to Change the World 

Through an exploration of identity, campers will develop a better understanding of themselves and discover why it’s important to respect and live peacefully with people who have different experiences/perspectives from their own.

Writing opportunities will focus on the development of personal voice and speaking up for self and others.

Participants will: 

  • Explore your identity and what it means to be you through a variety of reading and writing experiences
  • Understand what’s important to others and recognize how others see themselves 
  • Tell your story and speak up for others through memoir, poetry, opinion writing, and digital/visual narrative
  • Use your voice to become an active supporter of diversity and equity in your school and community 
  • Be empowered to create writing that takes a stand for a group or cause that’s important to you
  • Share your writing in a supportive community of others who are Writing to Change the World

Registration: Click here to register on Eventbrite . Minimum registration required. If registration minimum is not met, full refund will be made.

YWC Specialty Camp: Climbing Hills With Words Grades 7-12

Dates: July 19 - 23, 2021 • 8:30am - 11:30am • Monday-Friday -- Virtual Platform ZOOM 
Cost: $240
Grades: Entering grades 7-12 Fall 2021
Instructors: Darren Samakosky & Karla Cordero
Description: Climbing Hills With Words

How do we climb over the very things that silence our voices and make room to celebrate our identities? How can language be our loudest tool to build bridges toward visibility? Join us  in a five day virtual camp, "Climbing Hills With Words" inspired by spoken word poet Amanda Gorman who dazzled the world at January’s Presidential Inauguration with her poem “The Hill We Climb”. This camp offers youth the opportunity to explore and create their own work inspired from local San Diego wordsmiths like Rudy Francisco, Anita Dias, Karla Cordero and many other pioneers. Guest speakers will join the class to share their work, give tips, and build a collaborative writing community. 

Now is the time for youth to grab hold of this contemporary medium that combines poetry, culture, slang, diction, heritage, reflection and mixes it with truth and honesty. 

Participants will:

  • Utilize empathy, story, language control, body movement, voice control, and specific purpose in content and intent to share their view of the world 
  • Gain confidence in using their voice, improving public speaking ability, and honing the true craft of editing and revising. 
  • Celebrate community and feel part of something important
  • Share their work at a final-day virtual Open Mic “coffee shop lounge” where parents, guests, and friends will be welcomed
  • Hear first hand from three special guest spoken word poets!

Some content can be socially/politically/personally riveting, so open mindedness, maturity, and respect for individual story is needed. 

Registration: Click here to register on Eventbrite. Minimum registration required. If registration minimum is not met, full refund will be made.

Young Writers' Camp