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2019 BAWP Forum: The Question’s the Thing

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An emerging body of research focuses on how learning driven by student curiosity is a key factor in academic success across disciplines. A classroom that sparks and builds on student curiosity paves the way for the hard work of inquiry that requires reading, writing, and disciplinary thinking. Curiosity and imagination are also key starting points for investigations that take students beyond the walls of the classroom. This process helps students develop their personal, academic and civic voices as they imagine and convey a better future.

Join us in examining how to validate and capitalize on curiosity to enrich classroom instruction and make learning more engaging and meaningful. 


Date and Time

October 19, 2019
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
University of California, Berkeley
Graduate School of Education
2121 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-1670


Registration & Fees

  • Registration: $150
    • Take advantage of early bird registration (before September 20, 2019): $125
    • BAWP Teacher Consultants, email the office to get a 50% discount code.
  • Continental breakfast and lunch included with registration.
  • .5 CEU Credits available to participants on day of conference (additional fee).
Groups of 3 or more teachers from one school get a 20% discount! If paying online, discount will be automatically applied. If registering and paying with a school PO, apply discount to total. Email the bawp office (bawp@berkeley.edu) with questions on school discounts or registration.
Cancellations 
Requests for cancellations must be made in writing (bawp@berkeley.edu). Those made before 11:59 pm on October 13, 2019 will be reimbursed minus a $50 cancellation fee. Any requests received after October 13, 2019 do not qualify for a reimbursement.

How to Register

Option 1: Register online with a credit card. (credit card fees included)

Option 2: Download the paper registration form: 2019 BAWP Forum Registration Form (pdf) and pay with either a check or a school purchase order.

Please email bawp@berkeley.edu with any questions.


BAWP Forum: Schedule

8:30 am – 9:00 am:        Registration & Check in
9:00 am – 9:15 am:        Director’s Welcome
9:20 am – 9:50 am:        Keynote – The Question’s the Thing
10:10 am – 11:40 pm:    Session 1 Workshops
11:45 am – 12:30 pm:    Lunch
12:45 pm – 1:20 pm:      Student Panel
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm:        Session 2 Workshops
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm:        Conference reception


Welcome by Director of BAWP, Katherine Suyeyasu
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.


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Keynote by Stanley Pesick
9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

The Question’s the Thing: How the ‘Fly-on-the-Wall’ Changed My Teaching


Session 1 Workshops
10:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Cognitive Crossover: Writing Habits of Minds in Science and Art

Photo Maureen.jpgChildren are natural scientists and artists. They engage with their world by observing, testing, interpreting, and communicating their understanding. This workshop will focus on examining five strategies (articulated by Dr. Julia Marshall)  that artists and scientists utilize: depiction, metaphor, mimicry, reformatting, and projection, and explore how to integrate those strategies into writing about science and art.

Intended audience: Grades K-5, Science and Art

Maureen Sullivan has been a Spanish bilingual elementary educator for 20 years and a BAWP teacher consultant for 15 years. She currently works as a school librarian at Dolores Huerta Elementary School in San Francisco.

From Deconstruction to Construction: From Juicy Sentences to Student Writing

Photo Malia.jpgVoice and choice is critical to empowering students as mathematicians and writers. Creating the conditions for students to tackle the complex text of word problems and engage in writing is essential to developing their understanding and identity. In this workshop, we will discuss how “sentence unpacking” can provide students with ever more independent ways to comprehend word problems and communicate their understanding and ideas through writing.

Intended Audience: Grades K-5, English Language Arts and Math

Malia Tayabas-Kim is in her sixth year of teaching 2nd grade at Garfield Elementary in Oakland. She is a proud Oakland native and a product of the Oakland Unified School District. Malia serves as the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lead at her school and has been a member of the Mills Teacher Scholar SEL inquiry group for the past five years. Coming from a family of educators and drawing on her love of teaching, Malia is devoted to giving back to her community.

Word Curious: An Introduction to Vocabulary Self-Selection Strategy

Photo Clare.jpgWe all know that our students need to expand their vocabularies, but how can we do that without presenting them with dry lists of words which do not “live” outside of a classroom context?  This workshop introduces Vocabulary Self-Selection Strategy (VSS), a highly-engaging instructional technique which taps into students’ natural desires to learn new and interesting words in the material they are already reading. Participants will create their own word list from shared texts and engage in follow-up activities that capitalize on student curiosity and generate energy for acquiring new vocabulary. 

Intended audience: Grades 6-12, English
(This workshop is most applicable to secondary teachers who wish to systematically deepen their students’ understanding of vocabulary, but VSS is also highly adaptable to younger students.)

M. Clare LePell gave the keynote address at BAWP’s first Forum in October 2016.  Clare is in her 33rd year at Castro Valley High School where she has taught English at all levels.  She became a Teacher Consultant in 1993, and, in addition to regularly leading workshops, she teaches the BAWP summer course on secondary writing.

Sustaining Curiosity: Opportunities in Research Writing and Presentation

Photo Hillary.jpgResearch writing is challenging in its cognitive demands on students and its instructional demands on teachers. Yet, authentic student-driven inquiry is worthwhile and incredibly powerful, when it includes students in conversation with one another about their research. This workshop will focus on strategies for generating topics, structures for incorporating low-stakes writing and discussion as part of the process, and an exploration of presentation as an opportunity to build new knowledge.

Intended Audience: Grades 6-12, English and History

Hillary Walker has been teaching middle and high school humanities courses for 14 years. She currently teaches College Writing, AP English and Intensive Writing Support for high school students at Life Academy of Health and Bioscience in Oakland. She also coordinates the BAWP Weekend Workshop series.

Drawing on Multiple Resources of Knowledge

Photo Karen.jpgFinding ways to help students learn and solve authentic problems that affect their lives cultivates a positive identity and productive forms of agency. This workshop will explore equity-based mathematics strategies within a social justice lesson. Students have the opportunity to develop questions, construct arguments, and present conclusions orally and in written form. 

Intended audience: Grades 8-12, Math

Karen Mayfield-Ingram is the Project Director of the Oakland Urban Teacher Residency Program and Program Coordinator for the Center for Equity and Excellence at the Lawrence Hall of Science. She has 15 years of teaching experience and is the co-author of Rethinking K-8 Mathematics Teaching: Equity-Based Practices to Strengthen Children’s Mathematics Learning and Identity. Her work focuses on math and equity professional development, teacher leadership, and parent involvement.

Talking Story: History as a Narrative Arc

Photo Heidi.jpgUsing inquiry to develop an historical lens provides students with an authentic and personal connection to the stories of the past. When history is approached as a narrative, the teacher and the students are forced to investigate deeply. Which individuals were given the roles of protagonists, antagonists? Why? How can we examine alternative storylines to rewrite particular narratives? This workshop will focus on inquiry strategies to develop students’ critical thinking, structures for using academic talk, and low stakes writing as part of a journey towards the writing of their own historical narrative.

Intended audience: Grades 8-12, Humanities

Heidi Avelina Smith has been teaching Spanish Language Arts and Social Studies in a San Francisco Middle School Spanish Immersion Program for 14 years. She has also worked with the Legion of Honor and the De Young museums on their teaching curriculums for permanent and rotating exhibitions. She is currently teaching 7th and 8th grade but has also taught 4-6th grade.

Asking The Critical Question

Photo Laury.jpgFor over forty years, for their research papers, I’ve encouraged students to investigate one topic that fuels their curiosity, ignites their passion, and makes school more meaningful. I used to think this was the easy part. But it wasn’t. Something more difficult is finding a question about that topic that compels students to think critically. Students frequently default to questions which, even if they answer them, will produce a report of information. I want students to develop a critical question about their topic that will have no definitive answer, that engenders legitimate disagreement, one that will force students to evaluate their resources, question their own judgment, and face intellectual confusion. This, I hope, gets resolved in their writing.

Intended Audience: Grades 6-College, all disciplines

In theory, Laury Fischer retired after teaching for forty-two years, but yet finds himself still teaching a composition course called “Critical Thinking.”  His career split into two main parts: teaching high schools in Fremont and then teaching the wide range of English courses at Diablo Valley College. In between, he was in charge of inservice programs for BAWP, serving as its co-director. At times, his professional development work has taken him to Greece, Japan, the Virgin Islands, as well as his most favorite place of all: Berkeley.


Student Panel 
12:45 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

More information coming soon.


Session 2 Workshops
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Playing with Curiosity: Dramatic Play and Improv as Pre-Writing

Photo Siobhan.jpgWriting takes a certain amount of risk. We often develop our own response to risk as young children in imaginative play and that response tends to drive our willingness to express ourselves in writing. When we feel free and safe to express ourselves dramatically, we become open to the possibilities of great writing, too! In this workshop, we’ll spend a good part of our time playing – we’ll do some improv games, play with figurines, role play characters, and then write and see what happens!

Intended audience: Grades K-5, English Language Arts and Theatre

Siobhan Boylan has taught in elementary school for 14 years at public, private, and charter schools around the Bay Area. She currently teaches a K/1 loop at Grass Valley Charter School, an EL Mentor School (Expeditionary Learning). She has also taught BAWP’s Young Writers’ Camp in Shenzhen China the past three summers.

When Math Is About Noticing and Wondering

Photo Glenn.jpgIt is unfortunate that math instruction is commonly viewed as teachers modeling procedures and students practicing them. However, the true nature of mathematics is to notice patterns and wonder how to generalize them in new or novel contexts. This noticing and wondering allows for many opportunities to use writing as a reflection and discovery tool. This workshop will focus on a framework for facilitating student inquiry into key math concepts through reading and writing in collaborative groups.

Intended audience: Grades K-5, Math

Glenn Kenyon has been a bilingual educator for 30+ years in both elementary and middle school settings. He is currently an instructional coach in SFUSD with a particular focus on math teaching and learning as well as second language instruction for emerging bilingual students.

Playing Cards: A Hands-on Way to Engage in Historic Inquiry and Thinking with Timeline Cards

Photo Grace.jpgOften students look at a timeline as a bunch of dates and facts that they should memorize, or they might ignore it running in a textbook sidebar. This workshop introduces a way of using timeline cards to consider who develops a timeline, where does it start, and who decides what is in it. By laying out cards on a table about a specific event in history, students can see multiple causations and begin to ask questions that could lead to an inquiry project. In this workshop, teachers will consider two different timelines: The first asks, “Why did Rosa Parks refuse to give up her seat?” The second asks, “Why were Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II?

Intended audience: Grades 4-8, History

Grace Morizawa is the Education Coordinator for the National Japanese American Historical Society. Previously she was an elementary school teacher in Oakland and principal of Lake Elementary School in San Pablo. Morizawa is a Sansei, third generation Japanese American. She has a BA in English from Pacific University, an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State, and a doctorate from the Leadership in Education and Equity Program at UC Berkeley.

Scientific Inquiry at the Intersection of Curiosity and Friere’s Problem-Posing Education

Photo Cass.jpgAlthough inquiry is at the root of science, too often in science classrooms inquiry is teacher centered, too abstract and broad, or removed from students’ actual experiences. This workshop will explore structures for eliciting and strengthening student questioning at the intersection of their own curiosity to understand the world and Paulo Freire’s problem-posing education. We will engage students in crafting investigable and researchable questions that are relevant to their lives and community.

Intended Audience: Grades 4-12, Science

Cassandra Chen, Oakland Unified teacher for 12 years at United for Success Academy, has taught 6-8 grade math and science. She is a teacher leader both within her district and as a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Early Implementer, and she works with the Lawrence Hall of Science’s East Bay Agency for Young Scientists to engage students in environmental justice through citizen science.

Language is the Currency of Learning

Photo Harold.jpgMathematically proficient students use language effectively to communicate their reasoning, justify their conjectures, critique each other’s way of thinking, and argue from evidence. How do we support students as they develop such academic use of language? We will discuss principles of design for instruction that attend to mathematics and language development; routines that promote students’ curiosity and agency; a framework for understanding a language-rich, mathematically-powerful classroom; a theory of action which provides focus to the design of instruction.

Intended audience: Grades 6-12, Math and Language

Harold Asturias directs the Center for Mathematics Excellence and Equity at the Lawrence Hall of Science of the University of California, Berkeley. Over the past 20 years he has focused in the area of designing and implementing professional development and coaching K-12 mathematics teachers who teach English Learners.

Writing Inquiry Questions: A Critical Practice for the Mind and Heart

Photo Hannah.jpgWe often ask our students to answer the questions we write for them, but what if we asked them to write and respond to their own questions? In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of encouraging students to embrace their own curiosity and to guide them to write good questions. We will learn strategies to help them construct inquiry questions that drive their critical thinking and cultivate empathy, as they read and write across genres. We will reflect on our own practice by brainstorming and developing essential questions that guide our teaching and thus our students’ learning.

Intended Audience: Grades 6-College, English

Hannah Hohle completed her student teaching and masters program in Washington, DC, where she taught middle school English Language Arts at a public charter school. She currently teaches 10th and 11th grade literature in San Rafael.

Who Am I? Getting Curious About My Teacherly Motivations

Photo Adrienne.jpgThis workshop offers educators a space for deep reflection on their practice. Often tasked with meeting learning outcomes and standards, little time is allowed for slowing down to develop a reflective practice. The aim of the reflection time given will be to create an authenticity statement for teacher practice. Attendees will be provided a framework for developing this statement with the overall aim of shifting our motivations towards increasing equitable access to whatever we are teaching in the classroom, particularly for minoritized students.

Intended audience: All levels, all disciplines

Adrienne D. Oliver, MFA, Ed.D., is a hip hop scholar and practitioner. She infuses her work with reflective practice developed in tandem with her hip hop research. Adrienne has been teaching college writing for 15 years. She believes that every student is capable of every task with the right motivation.

Teen Writing Courses @ UC Berkeley

2019 Course Offerings

Middle School offerings (incoming 6th – 8th Grades)
Middle School Course Descriptions
High School offerings (incoming 9th – 12th Grades)
High School Course Descriptions
How to Register

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    • Are for incoming 6th through 8th graders
    • Run Monday through Friday
    • Are located at UC Berkeley
Poetry and Performance
UC Berkeley
Classroom TBA
July 8 – 12, 2019
(1 week)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320
Intro to Creative Writing
UC Berkeley
Classroom TBA
July 22 – Aug 2, 2019
(2 weeks)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$520

2019 Middle School Course Descriptions

Poetry and Performance (Middle School)
Instructor: Kristin Land
July 8 – July 12, 2019
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320

Do you have a series of poems stashed in your notebook? This course reveals the tools poets use to make a poem burst from the page in timeless wonder. You will gain observational skills and learn literary techniques so you can express yourself in a range of poetic forms. To inspire writing, we will read classic poets such as Nikki Giovanni and Gary Snyder as well as spoken word artists like Kate Hao, Mayda del Valle, and Mark Gonzalez. You will also practice performing dramatic readings of your own poetry. By the end of the week-long workshop, you will walk away with a series of writing exercises to use on your own and resources about where to perform or publish. No previous poetry or performance experience is required.

Kristin Land has taught English literature and composition to high school and college students in the Bay Area for over 17 years. To nurture students’ poetic expression as well as their academic identities, she infuses her writing workshops with performance elements such as 3-minute skits, open mics, art projects, or role-play debates.

Intro to Creative Writing
Instructor: Kira Bearss
July 22 – August 2, 2019
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$520

Calling All Young Authors! Have you dreamed about writing your own story, but weren’t sure where to start? Maybe you have a bunch of ideas in your head or stashed away somewhere, and are just looking for a way to pull it all together. This workshop is for you! We will spend two weeks learning about the elements of plot, developing characters, writing dialogue, creating vibrant settings, and more. In this workshop, we will spend time both reading and writing together—using model texts to learn tips and tricks, and then letting the creativity flow. We’ll be drafting and crafting to work toward an individual, finished short story and a class anthology. Join us this summer—you’ll be the author!

Kira Bearss graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Literature, and from Holy Names University with an M.Ed. in Urban Education. She spent 2 years working in special education, and has spent the last 5 years teaching at St. Leo’s in Oakland, where she currently works. She teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Language Arts and Literature.

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  • Are for incoming 9th through 12th graders
  • Run Monday through Friday (except Intro to Memoir Writing)
  • Are located at UC Berkeley
Sourcing from the Self
UC Berkeley
Classroom TBA
June 17 – 28, 2019
(2 weeks)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$550
Flash Fiction
UC Berkeley
Classroom TBA
June 17 – 28, 2019
(2 weeks)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$550
College Writing
UC Berkeley
Classroom TBA
June 17 – 28, 2019
(2 weeks)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$520
Backpack Journalism
UC Berkeley
Classroom TBA
June 24 – 28, 2019
(1 week)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$350
Sports Reporting
UC Berkeley
Classroom TBA
June 24 – 28, 2019
(1 week)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$350
Poetry and Performance
UC Berkeley
Classroom TBA
July 8 – 12, 2019
(1 week)
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
$340
Writing for Change
UC Berkeley
Classroom TBA
July 8 – 26, 2019
(3 weeks)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$600
Intro to Memoir
UC Berkeley
Classroom TBA
July 15 – 25, 2019
(2 weeks – No Fridays)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$440
Reimagining the Book
UC Berkeley
Classroom TBA
July 22 – 26, 2019
(1 week)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$350
The Personal Statement
UC Berkeley
Classroom TBA
Aug 5 – 9, 2019
(1 week)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320

2019 High School Course Descriptions

Sourcing from the Self
Instructor: Aryn Faur
June 17 – June 28, 2019
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$550

A playful, cross genre writing camp that explores our own lives and passions to craft pieces of flash fiction, poetry, essay, social commentary, and memoir. Students will track their own experiences of childhood as well as looking at the future to delve into writing both as a creative outlet and a way to better understand themselves.

Aryn Faur is a passionate, veteran Berkeley middle school English teacher who lives a double life as an editor of her friends and former classmates. She has taught the BAWP’s young writer’s camp and teen camps for many summers. She also has a stack of her own writing that gets written in between bedtime stories, the 5 minutes her kids are in the bath, and the rare moments her two small children are actually asleep.  She believes in the power of writing to help young people integrate difficult/transformational experiences and to help them craft their own identity.

Flash Fiction
Instructor: Aryn Faur
June 17 – June 28, 2019
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$550

Flash fiction is short! 500-750 words that tell a story. We will practice immersive and craft techniques or exercises borrowed from drama to produce work during and outside of the class, and follow a more in depth workshopping model in which participants question their own text, share it with others, and get feedback from a group setting. We will also explore opportunities for submission/publication.

Aryn Faur is a passionate, veteran Berkeley middle school English teacher who lives a double life as an editor of her friends and former classmates. She has taught the BAWP’s young writer’s camp and teen camps for many summers. She also has a stack of her own writing that gets written in between bedtime stories, the 5 minutes her kids are in the bath, and the rare moments her two small children are actually asleep.  She believes in the power of writing to help young people integrate difficult/transformational experiences and to help them craft their own identity.

College Writing: Exploring Research and Writing
Instructor: Hillary Walker
June 17 – June 28, 2019
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$520

This course will tackle one of the most exciting and challenging kinds of writing you will encounter in college: research writing. Explore a topic you are anxious to learn more about (while refining your secondary researching skills), and share your research with others!

Hillary Walker has been teaching Humanities, History and Writing at the middle and high school levels for the past thirteen years.  She a UC Berkeley graduate who is passionate about historical research, journalism and international studies. She currently teaches College Writing and AP English: Language and Composition at Life Academy in Oakland.

Backpack Journalist: 21st century reporting
Instructor: Brian Barr
June 24 – June 28, 2019
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$350

Journalism is changing. No longer confined to a newsroom, journalists report from cafes, street corners, and sports venues and all over the world. Hone your skills in this class so that you are ready to report on the go.
In this course we will explore the fundamentals of writing a strong article for the public eye. This includes developing reporting skills by learning to write breaking and hard news stories,  personality profiles, and opinion pieces, such as columns, editorials and reviews.

Brian Barr has taught at California High School in San Ramon for the past 19 years. He teaches freshmen English and runs the school’s newspaper and mock trial programs. He also has coached the men’s golf team at San Ramon Valley High in Danville for the past 15 years. Before becoming a teacher, Brian was a professional journalist for nine years, working as a reporter and sports editor for several daily newspapers in the East Bay and San Joaquin Valley. Brian earned an undergraduate degree in political science from UC San Diego in 1992. He is a 1998 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Modesto.

Sports Writing and Reporting
Instructor: Brian Barr
June 24 – June 28, 2019
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
1:00 am – 4:00 pm
$350

Every young sports fan at one point seems to have the ideal job in mind: sports journalist. But a lot more goes into being a sports writer than watching your favorites teams for free.
In this course we will explore the fundamentals of being a sports journalist. This includes writing compelling game stories on a tight deadline, identifying and developing interesting and in-depth athletic profiles, and establishing a unique voice for sports opinion columns.

Brian Barr has taught at California High School in San Ramon for the past 19 years. He teaches freshmen English and runs the school’s newspaper and mock trial programs. He also has coached the men’s golf team at San Ramon Valley High in Danville for the past 15 years. Before becoming a teacher, Brian was a professional journalist for nine years, working as a reporter and sports editor for several daily newspapers in the East Bay and San Joaquin Valley. Brian earned an undergraduate degree in political science from UC San Diego in 1992. He is a 1998 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Modesto.

Poetry and Performance (High School)
Instructor: Kristin Land
July 8 – July 12, 2019
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
$340

Do you have a series of poems stashed in your notebook? This course reveals the tools poets use to make a poem burst from the page in timeless wonder. You will gain observational skills and learn literary techniques so you can express yourself in a range of poetic forms. To inspire writing, we will read classic poets such as Nikki Giovanni and Gary Snyder as well as spoken word artists like Kate Hao, Mayda del Valle, and Mark Gonzalez. You will also practice performing dramatic readings of your own poetry. By the end of the week-long workshop, you will walk away with a series of writing exercises to use on your own and resources about where to perform or publish. No previous poetry or performance experience is required.

Kristin Land has taught English literature and composition to high school and college students in the Bay Area for over 17 years. To nurture students’ poetic expression as well as their academic identities, she infuses her writing workshops with performance elements such as 3-minute skits, open mics, art projects, or role-play debates.

Creative Writing for Change: Writing the Story That Needs to be Told
Instructor: Manny Martinez
July 8 – July 26, 2019
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$600

“Look at passionate young people from any era and you’ll find impressive catalysts for change.”

Have you ever felt like your story was written for you before you could write it yourself? In this course, you will explore your own truths through creative writing and topics and issues that matter to you. You will be exposed to many ideas through contemporary forms of art, (flash fiction, photos, music, etc) and have the opportunity to reflect on them using the creative writing genre of your choice. During this 3-week course you will also be exposed to Critical Lenses Theory in order to deepen your own stories so that they speak truth to and help dismantle systems that uphold inequity. Now it’s your turn to write the story.

Manny has been a classroom teacher for 9 years and is a proud product of the New York City Public Education system, and a couple of California’s community colleges (SFCC, Evergreen). He received his BA in English from San Jose State and his Masters in Education from Stanford University. He is an avid student of Freire and Emerson and they influence his teaching. Join him this summer!

Introduction to Memoir Writing – Stories from your life
Instructor: Eva Oliver
July 15 – July 25, 2019 (No Fridays)
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$440

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories.” — Anne Lamott

In this writing camp, students will explore their lives and passions to create pieces that cross genre lines and show their TRUE selves. While reflecting on their own life experiences as well as looking into the future, students will write creatively and, ultimately, better understand themselves.

Eva Marie Oliver has been teaching Humanities at Life Academy of Health and Bioscience in Oakland, CA, since January 2011. After earning her BA in English at Sonoma State University (2010) and her credential and MA in Education through UC Berkeley’s MUSE program (2012), Eva has been proud to contribute to the social-justice-oriented and transformative learning space that is Life Academy. Working with Mills Teacher Scholars and the Bay Area Writing Project has enriched her professional experience as an educator in the Bay Area. If not in the classroom, Eva can be found reading, practicing yoga, hiking, or weight lifting.

Reimagining the Book: Finding Ways to Share Your Voice
Instructor: Eva Oliver
July 22 – July 26, 2019
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$350

In this workshop, students will discuss the role of books, storytelling, and reading in connecting with others. Participants will engage in daily creative writing exercises (including flash fiction and poetry), learn book-binding techniques, and collaborate on a group zine. Participants will reimagine the purpose of of the book, ultimately creating their own piece of book art.

Sarah Trott teaches high school creative writing and English in Richmond. The author of a book of poetry, Planned (There Press), Sarah studied poetry and book arts at Mills College and writing at USF.  

The Personal Statement: From Zero to Bang! In 5 Days
Instructor: Laury Fischer
August 5 – August 9, 2019
UC Berkeley, Room TBA
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320

Excited about college, but scared of writing the personal statement for the application? Not sure how to show off your strengths without looking like, well, a show-off? Want to stand out as an individual without coming across as a weirdo? Do you struggle with writing in a way that is clear and coherent, yet innovative and interesting? Then this is the workshop for you. You will walk out of this workshop with a draft of your personal statement for both the Common Ap and the UC insight questions. Just imagine, you could start your senior year with THIS crossed off your “To Do” List!

Laury Fischer bio coming soon 

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How to register

We are excited to offer an online payment option for our Teen Writing Camps. Please note that additional credit card and processing fees (of $20) are included in the total online fee. To avoid these additional fees, you can submit payment by check through the mail.  Please email bawp@berkeley.edu with any questions.

Option 1: Register Online with a credit card. Click HERE to pay and register online or click on the title of the course.

Option 2: Download the paper registration form:
2019 Middle School TEEN Registration Packet
2019 High School TEEN Registration Packet

Email bawp@berkeley.edu if you have any questions or to be placed on the waitlist for any full courses.

Best writing summer camp in the Bay Area!

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Summer 2019 marks the 22nd year for the Bay Area Writing Project’s (BAWP) Young Writers Camps, one of the most desirable summer enrichment camps in the area.

Sponsored by the Bay Area Writing Project of UC Berkeley, the camps offer kids a unique opportunity to develop their creative abilities and writing talents. In a relaxed camp atmosphere, campers will receive specific writing instruction and conference individually with staff to build and reinforce their writing skills. The camps are for students who like to write! They are not remedial writing camps. Students will have time to explore their writing interests, discover their strengths, and learn more about the craft of writing. The camps provide in-depth writing instruction, extended periods of writing time, flexibility in writing projects, and daily time to share writing with peers.

Instructors are highly experienced classroom teachers who serve as BAWP Teacher-Consultants and who make it their goal to instill in each camper an appreciation and enjoyment of writing. 

Two convenient ways to register: 

Option 1: 2019 YWC Registration Packet
Option 2: Click on the camp link below to Register Online

Unless otherwise noted our camps:

  • Are for incoming 3rd through 9th graders
  • Run Monday through Friday
YWC SF Pacific Heights @
St. Vincent de Paul
2350 Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
June 17 – 28, 2019 (2 wks)
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
$650
YWC Walnut Creek @
Northgate High School
425 Castle Rock Rd,
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
June 17 – 28, 2019 (2 wks)
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
$650
YWC Kentfield
Kent Middle School
800 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904
June 17 – 28, 2019 (2 wks)
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
$650
YWC Oakland @
Westlake Middle School
2629 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
July 8 – 26, 2019 (3 wks)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$650
YWC Berkeley @
School of the Madeleine
1225 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
July 8 – 26, 2019 (3 wks)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$650
YWC San Ramon @
Windemere Ranch MS
11611 E Branch Pkwy, San Ramon, CA 94582
July 8 – 26, 2019 (3 wks)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$650
YWC SF Sunset 
Mercy High School
3250 19th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
July 15 – Aug 2,2019 (3 wks)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$650

IMG_4607“Our son was a part of the Mill Valley workshop this past summer and is determined to attend this next year as well. This is a real high-point of his summer.” – parent email about Young Writers’ Camps

“I liked the visual quick writes that we did the majority of the mornings in camp. They gave you a basic idea of what you had to write, but still let you think outside the box. Although everyone based their stories on one picture, it was fun to see how everyone had different stories.” – YWC Camper

“I will remember reading at book passage. It was so fun and exciting.” – YWC Camper