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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!

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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

Excellent summer PD for teachers

2019 OPEN Header.jpgPlease join us for an intellectual adventure this summer. Plunge into your own writing, grab some new classroom strategies and explore fresh ideas!

2019 Course Offerings
2019 Course Descriptions
How to Register
Discounts
Academic Credit


2019 Professional Development Course Offerings

Applied Grammar for Teachers:
Why, What, How & When?

June 17 – June 21, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
Mercy HS, San Francisco
Room TBA
$545.00
Room to Write: A time and space to celebrate TeacherWords
June 17 – June 21, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All Teachers
UC Berkeley
Room TBA
$330.00
Beyond the Research Paper: Methods to Elevate Civic Discourse
June 24, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – College Level Teachers
UC Berkeley
Room TBA
$100.00
Tuning the Choir:
Facilitating Equity Conversations

June 25 – June 28, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
K – College Level Teachers
UC Berkeley
Room TBA
$440.00
Building a Writing Program in the Elementary Classroom
July 8 – July 12, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
K – 5th Grade Teachers
UC Berkeley
Room TBA
$330.00
Teaching Writing in the Secondary Classroom
July 8 – July 12, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
UC Berkeley
Room TBA
$545.00
Argumentative Writing for College, Career and Community
July 29 – August 1, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
UC Berkeley
Room TBA
$280.00
Write to Teach: Summer Writing Workshop for Teachers
August 5 – August 9, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All Teachers
Redwood HS, Marin
Multipurpose Room
$330.00

2019 Course Descriptions

Applied Grammar for Teachers: Why, What, How & When?
June 17 – June 21, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at Mercy High School, 3250 19th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132]
$545.00

This course takes a practical approach to grammar instruction, focusing on methods that work best to improve student writing.  We will look at exciting ways to advance students’ “sentence power” but also to improve their sentence correctness.  It assumes that the best approaches to grammar instruction tend to be ones that closely match what effective writers do when they compose and correct sentences.  It also assumes that students learn best through constructivist classroom practices such as inquiry, collaboration, focused practice, and modeling, integrated within a purposeful curriculum.

We will inquire into the why, what, how, and when of grammar instruction, building a logical and adaptable framework for planning and sequencing, and developing principles that will help teachers make informed choices for their students and their curricular goals. We will examine a variety of activities, scaffolds (deductive and inductive), and tasks to best serve students, including English language learners.  Sessions will focus on language variety, and code-switching; sentence rhetoric and style; issues of correctness (learning how to diagnose, prioritize and respond to error); and planning within and between lessons—with a particular eye to being both systematic and contextual in our designs.

Paul Morris is an assistant professor of English at San Francisco State University where he coordinates the English education program and teaches composition.  Previously, he taught English at secondary school in the UK.  He has presented at national conferences (NCTE, CEE) and published in peer-reviewed journals, on a range of topics: teacher education and learning transfer, reading strategies (annotation), and writing processes (prewriting; editing).  He is particularly interested in the intersections of literacy, grammar, and rhetoric.  He is currently writing articles on inquiry-approaches to composition and on planning principles for grammar instruction.
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Room to Write: A time and space to celebrate TeacherWords
June 17 – June 21, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$330.00

Have you been attending to the writing of students you teach, not finding room to write yourself? Have you been storing up ideas all year for your own writing? And when you do have a moment to write and reflect, could your writer’s mind use a jumpstart? Have a book, a play, a blog in mind for yourself?

Room to Write might be the answer. A week-long writing workshop for and with other teachers. Your chance to reflect and write about things you have been wanting to get out and onto the page. An opportunity to play with words, images, ideas. Inspiration from a range of prompts and your fellow writers.

Join this writing and response workshop held on the UC Berkeley campus and make the room to write in your life.

Sessions provide the opportunity to:

  • generate new writing in response to short literary, visual or audio “invitations”
  • claim the time and space to write
  • share and receive thoughtful feedback on this fresh writing

This workshop is appropriate for writers with all levels of experience writing in all genres. Come ready to write, receive response, and to respond to others. Learn strategies to support your own writing all year long.

Space will be provided for conversation with other interested teachers about translating your experience as a writer into your practice as a teacher. All grade levels. Writers not in the classroom are encouraged to enroll as well.

Marty Williams, poet and Teacher Consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project, has taught writing in public schools, community projects, and small groups with writers of all ages. She is a trained Amherst Writers & Artists workshop facilitator. Marty is is currently working on a manuscript of poems about her hometown, Oakland, CA, and her homeground, where she grew up in Alaska. She loves writing with others and believes writing can change our lives and the world around us. Marty has co-coordinated the Writing Project’s monthly literary reading series for 23 years, and is always looking to support writers, children and adults, in their sharing of the word.
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Beyond the Research Paper: Project-Based Methods to Elevate Civic Discourse 
June 24, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – College Level Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$100.00

Now more than ever teachers need to design writing prompts that aim to elevate civic discourse. In this session, participants will experience project-based, student-centered methods that promote critical questioning and bring the researched argument to life – especially for Long-Term English Learners. Each practice is designed to spark lively student-to-student discussion about complex text. Ultimately, these discussions serve as bridges to authentic argumentative writing. By emphasizing the reading, writing, speaking connection, project-based methods honor the diverse linguistic assets our students possess and encourage them to advocate for changes needed in their communities. Texts used during the workshop will focus on the theme of restorative justice, but materials are easily adaptable to other themes. The session is ideal for humanities and English courses taught at the secondary or college level.

Kristin Land has been teaching English literature and composition courses in Hayward, CA for 17 years. She has taught high school and community college. She aims to provide a culturally relevant, constructivist pedagogy and to engage linguistically diverse students in a rigorous, social justice oriented curriculum that honors their voices as writers and thinkers. Since 2012 and in partnership with Carmen Johnston, she has been supporting advanced equity conversations among her colleagues from a wide-range of disciplines, including faculty in STEM, ESL, English, social sciences, and business. Her practice is informed by principles from the National Equity Project, The Puente Project, and BAWP.
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Tuning the Choir: Facilitating Equity Conversations with Colleagues to Improve Campus & Classroom Climate
June 25 – June 28, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
K – College Level Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$440.00

Do you want want to deepen your understanding of equity in a supportive environment? Are you ready to strengthen your cadre of colleagues who not only understand foundational concepts of equity but also feel empowered to interrupt inequity as it arises in their own classrooms and around campus? Join us for a workshop that focuses on building equity inquiry groups among colleagues so that your choir can sing more harmoniously. Participants will engage in writing and relationship-building activities that serve as the foundation for sustaining this vital work. The presenters will share a framework that they have used to amplify an advanced awareness of equity across campus. By the end of the three-day session, participants will walk away with resources and an initial plan to take responsibility for interrupting inequity on their own campus community. The workshop is appropriate for K-College instructors. Participants are encouraged to sign-up in pairs from the same site to maximize the learning.

Carmen Johnston has over twenty five years of experience in education, youth development and teaching. Carmen is dedicated to providing anti-biased, anti-racist, equitable educational experiences for all students. She is the co-founder of the Change It Now! Social justice leadership learning community at Chabot College. For the last five years Carmen has worked with Kristin Land developing and supporting faculty inquiry groups focused on equity and leading equity retreats with faculty and staff at Chabot College.

Kristin Land has been teaching English literature and composition courses in Hayward, CA for 17 years. She has taught high school and community college. She aims to provide a culturally relevant, constructivist pedagogy and to engage linguistically diverse students in a rigorous, social justice oriented curriculum that honors their voices as writers and thinkers. Since 2012 and in partnership with Carmen Johnston, she has been supporting advanced equity conversations among her colleagues from a wide-range of disciplines, including faculty in STEM, ESL, English, social sciences, and business. Her practice is informed by principles from the National Equity Project, The Puente Project, and BAWP.
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Building a Writing Program in the Elementary Classroom
July 8 – July 12, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
K – 5th Grade Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$330.00

In this workshop we will explore research based routines, structures, and strategies for building a robust writing program for young writers. Strategies include writing to build community, writing as sense making, writing in academic forms, and writing for self expression and reflection. We will consider issues of equity as well as incorporate aspects of social and emotional learning standards throughout each session. Teachers will have time to plan and support one another by sharing personal expertise and experiences.

Aija Simmons spends her time coaching teachers and supporting the many BAWP programs designed to improve the teaching of writing. She has been teaching in urban public schools for 15 years. She also facilitates teacher inquiry groups through the Mills Teacher Scholars program. Aija enjoys creative writing and blogging in her down time.
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Teaching Writing in the Secondary Classroom
July 8 – July 12, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$545.00

We all want our students to write more and to greater effect, but how do we make this happen? How do we build memorable and meaningful writing lessons that generate thoughtful content and address the needs of both our strongest student writers and our most struggling student writers? What are strategies for helping English Learners and for building students’ skills that meet the new Common Core Standards? What about cultivating academic language in the classroom? And how do we do all of this without drowning in paper? In short, how do energize or re-energize ourselves as teachers of writing so that we can engage students in the power of the written word? Join this class led by veteran educator, M. Clare LePell where she’ll address these questions and more. In a highly collegial setting:

  • experience interactive teaching demonstrations that will give you new ideas and greater confidence in your lessons
  • acquire hard and soft copies of specific instructional strategies for immediate use with your students
  • write frequently and share your writing in small groups
  • explore questions about the teaching of writing through discussions of selected readings
  • develop lessons using your own curriculum and texts and ready to use in the fall.

Please note that there will be some homework assignments, including: reading articles, drafting personal writing, and developing curriculum.

M. Clare LePell is celebrating her 31st year as a classroom teacher in Castro Valley and has been a BAWP Teacher Consultant since 1993. As the former head of a school/university partnership with a focus on adolescent literacy, Ms. LePell has developed secondary reading and writing curricula and led multiple professional development activities.
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Argumentative Writing for College, Career and Community
July 29 – August 1, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
6th – 12th Grade Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at UC Berkeley]
$280.00

Argument is everywhere!  Whether speaking and writing on-demand in school and on the job, or composing a text for publication in magazines or blogs, the ability to construct evidence based, nuanced claims and acknowledge the strengths and limits of multiple perspectives is crucial.  The National Writing Project’s College, Career and Community Writing Project Program (C3WP) provides an entry point into the teaching strategies that can support the growth of argumentative thinking, discourse, and writing.  In these four half-day sessions, we will explore NWP’s College, Career and Community Writing Project Program, practice argument, and develop an approach to teaching argument in our classrooms.  You will be able to implement this program immediately in the 2019-2020 school year!

Ari Dolid is an Instructional Coach in the San Leandro Unified School District, focusing on English Language Arts, Project Based Learning, and strategic integration of technology. He has led C3WP Professional Development for the Bay Area Writing Project for two years, for middle and high school teachers in the Bay Area.
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Write to Teach: Summer Writing Workshop for Teachers
August 5 – August 9, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All Teachers
[Please Note: This workshop takes place at Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939]
$330.00

Join us for a week of mornings writing, sharing, reflecting, reading, and revising. Become a better writer and a better teacher of writing. This workshop offers rich opportunities for teachers at all grade levels and any writing experience level to explore a range of writing genres and practical, classroom-tested writing strategies. The workshop fosters a warm and encouraging community of writers where participants read inspiring models, collaborate in small groups and collect ideas and materials for teaching. This year we’ll feature strategies for information and argument writing, reflected in the Common Core Standards. This class sits solidly on the Bay Area Writing Project’s belief that teachers become better teachers of writing by writing themselves. Participants contribute to an in-class anthology.

Meredith Pike-Baky has been involved in English language education for most of her career, planning and conducting programs for teachers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and more recently in Rwanda, Burundi and Singapore. Meredith created the Writing Workshop for Teachers out of her love of writing and belief in the power of teachers’ writing and telling their stories.
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How to register:

We are excited to offer an online payment option for our Teacher Professional Development Courses. Please note that additional credit card and processing fees (of $20.00) are included in the total online fee. Please email bawp@berkeley.edu with any questions or to be placed on the waitlist for any full courses.

Option 1: Register Online with a credit card. Click on the title of the course to link to the payment portal.

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

2019 Open Registration Form (pdf)

IMG_4952.jpgThe Bay Area Writing Project is an authorized professional development provider under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (otherwise known as No Child Left Behind). Title II funds under this NCLB Act may be used by schools and school districts for “the improvement of the quality of student writing and learning … to improve the teaching of writing and the use of writing as a part of the learning process in our Nation’s classrooms.” (NCLB Act, Subpart 2, Sec. 2332 National Writing Project).Please check with your school district for approval and procedures.


Discounts: 

Schools and Districts:  A discount of 20% is offered to teams of 3 or more teachers attending the same course. Registration must be made at the same time.


Academic Credit: 

Continuing Education Units are available for all of our courses through Dominican University. How to get credits through Dominican University: All credits are optional and are provided through Dominican Universities School of Education and Counseling Psychology. Enrollment forms for the units will be available on the first day of class and can be paid with either a check or cash. We cannot accept credit cards.

One credit is awarded for each 15 hours of class time. Partial credits available for courses running less than 15 hours.