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California Writing Project’s statement in response to police brutality:

We, the directors of the 15 California Writing Project sites, stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We are saddened and horrified by the murders of the past few weeks—the latest manifestation of the racism that began 400 years ago with the colonizing of what is now the United States.

This is who we are and what we see

The CWP is a community of educators dedicated to collaborating with teachers K-University to improve student writing. Now, more than ever, we are seeing the power of words, in speech and in writing, as an energy that can transform individual lives and break down oppressive systems. We are encouraged by this time of collective raised awareness, and by the growing number of people who have found the words that capture meaning for themselves and for others.

The moment has given us pause to reflect on our work. We have not been explicit enough in communicating our vision of the future– a world where all students have the capacity to write powerfully towards the purposes they most care about. As teachers, we work within a system that continually perpetuates inequities. We seek to be a partner in the humanizing revolution that abolishes these injustices, making use of our positions and the particular power each of us has. This revolution must include all of us, of all ethnicities and races, working alongside those who have borne the brunt of our country’s most racist beliefs and systems.

This is our pledge

While a social justice stance has been the backdrop of our work these past 40 years, we pledge to intensify our efforts.  We will dedicate ourselves to nurturing a community that comes together through writing and teaching to address anti-Blackness and other forms of racism in our society and our schools.

We will encourage students, teachers, and organizations to use the written word to elevate the voices of those repeatedly marginalized and threatened.  The ability to respond to the world with the written word is one of the greatest tools we can offer. We will use this tool to disrupt the status quo, to shed light on injustices and effect change.

Further, we commit to creating safe spaces for teachers to listen loudly and engage in difficult conversations about matters of race, to sitting with the discomfort that allows self-examination and growth.

We must all break the silence.

In solidarity,  California Writing Project Directors –

Tim Dewar, CWP Executive Director and South Coast Writing Project
Nicolette Amann, Redwood Writing Project
Louann Baker, Central California Writing Project
Martin Brandt, San Jose Area Writing Project
Kim Douillard, San Diego Area Writing Project
Kate Flowers-Rossner, San Jose Area Writing Project
Lauren Godfrey, UC Irvine Writing Project
Kim Jaxon, Northern California Writing Project
Peter Kittle, CWP Statewide Office
Agnes Mazur, Inland Area Writing Project
Carol Minner, Great Valley Writing Project
Katie Nguyen-Lake, CWP Statewide Office
Faye Peitzman, UCLA Writing Project
Karen Smith, Area 3 Writing Project
Katherine Suyeyasu, Bay Area Writing Project
Laurie Stowell, San Marcos Writing Project
Juliet Wahleithner, San Joaquin Valley Writing Project
Jenn Wolfe, Cal State Northridge Writing Project

BAWP Remote Writing Courses for 9th – 12th graders

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We are excited to offer a variety of remote courses for rising 9th – 12th graders.
Now accepting registrations!

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Description of Program

This summer we are taking our High School courses online. There is something for everyone; from a 4-week genre mash-up course to 1-week courses that focus on some of our most popular topics. Your kids will be able to explore their interests, discover their strengths and take writing risks that they might not be able to in a traditional classroom setting.

Check out our unique offerings below!


Sold out! Backpack Journalism
June 22 – 26, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320.00 (Register for Journalism)
Instructor: Brian Barr

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.

Sold out! Sports Writing and Reporting
June 22 – 26, 2020
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$320.00 (Register for Sports Writing) – coming soon
Instructor: Brian Barr

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.

Sold out! InkSwarm: A playful home for teen writers to explore various genres, find an audience and join a community of fellow writers
June 22 – July 17, 2020 (4 weeks)
Times Vary – Flexible
$650.00 (Register for InkSwarm)
Instructor: Aryn Faur

InkSwarm is a re-envisioning of several of our teen writing courses that allows us to continue to nurture burgeoning creative writers virtually in this time of Covid 19, while also giving students even more flexibility in the genres they wish to explore. Rather than asking teens to select a camp devoted only to poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, or personal writing, Inkswarm gives students many opportunities to explore all of these or to focus only on one.

Aspects of the program:
1. Four weekly prompts and activities in four different genres: These will include readings and model texts, but also specific guided writing exercises designed to focus on a specific aspect of each genre: (poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, multimedia)
2. Interactivity and writer’s workshop: We will strive to build a community of writers who respond to and celebrate each other’s work and learn how to workshop each other’s writing. There will be online discussion boards, ways to post work, interactive games, etc. Students will formally workshop one longer piece of work towards the end of the course.
3. An audience: There will be a platform for posting work that will allow others to comment on it. We will also encourage participants to submit their work to writing contests.
4. Artistic Sandbox : Students will also be given weekly opportunities to play with visual art, photography, and experiments that crack open the genre of “writing” to include other art forms in their creative process.
5. Writing instruction: The teacher will read and provide elaborated feedback on one piece of writing that participants have revised.

Aryn Faur is a passionate, veteran Berkeley high school English teacher who lives a double life as an editor to her friends and former classmates. 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.

Sold out! Tell YOUR Story: Introduction to Memoir
July 6 – July 10, 2020
9:00 am – 11:30 am
$320.00 (Register for Memoir)
Instructor: Eva Marie Oliver

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

In this writing course, 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.

  • 09:00 – 10:00 = Live Virtual Class
  • 10:00 – 11:00 = Structured Writing Time w/ Teacher Office Hours
  • 11:00 – 11:30 = Community Reading and Closing
  • 11:30 – 12:00 = Teacher Office Hours

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, hiking, weight lifting, or spending time with her loved ones.

Poetry and Performance
July 20 – 24, 2020
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
$320.00 (Register for Poetry)
Instructor: Kristin Land

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.

Sold out! Creative Writing
July 27 – August 7, 2020 (2 weeks)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$450.00 (Register for Creative Writing)
Instructor: Casey McAlduff

This course aims to develop students’ identities as writers in the world, as well as to enhance their curiosity about writing and why authors make the choices they do. Through discussing the work of established poets, fiction writers, memoirists, and essayists, and by creating and discussing their own work, participants of this course will learn to identify and express their voices through writing.

Course Objectives:

  • To learn the craft of writing effective creative material
  • To gain insight into personal and community motivations for writing
  • To share writing with peers & to build a supportive artistic network
  • To create a portfolio of original work

Casey McAlduff is a poet and Humanities teacher living and working in Oakland. She received an MA in Education from UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Urban Secondary English (MUSE) program in 2016, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College in 2012. Since 2013, Casey has curated the Studio One Reading Series at Studio One Arts Center in Oakland, one of the longest running reading series in the Bay Area,

Sold out! From Zero to Bang! In 5 Days: The College Admissions Personal Statement
August 3 – 7, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$320.00 (Register for Personal Statement)
Instructor: Courtney Goen

This class will focus on writing the essay many American colleges and universities require as part of their admissions process. Over the next five days, we will examine the essay prompts for the Common Application, the University of California Insight Questions, and, perhaps the Coalition Application (a relative newcomer). Also, we will look at the supplemental essay prompts some colleges require as well as some of the more unusual and quirky topics that students might encounter when they apply to college. We will immerse ourselves in brainstorming, writing, sharing drafts, discussing this unusual assignment, giving tips, reading samples of student work, and revising our writing. By the end of the week, if students have done the in-class and out-of-class work, everyone should have at least two (perhaps more) working drafts of their personal statement essays for college with special attention paid to the Common Application and the UC Insight questions. In other words, before the summer really ends, you will be done with drafts of college admissions essays. You will be the envy of all of your classmates. Congratulations.

Registration Information

Select the course or courses you wish to register for below. If registering siblings for a course, a 10% discount will be automatically deducted before checking out. If you plan to register for more than one course this summer, please reach out to the BAWP office (bawp@berkeley.edu) for a discount code to provide you with a $50.00 savings on all additional courses.

Click on the link below to register for the course. 

Sold out! Backpack Journalism – $320.00
Sold out! Sports Writing and Reporting – $320.00
Sold out! InkSwarm – $650.00
Sold out! Tell YOUR Story: Introduction to Memoir – $320.00

Poetry and Performance – $320.00
Sold out! Creative Writing- $450.00
Sold out! The Personal Statement: From Zero to Bang! – $320.00

If you encounter any issues with the registration process please try using a different browser (Chrome is preferred). If that doesn’t help, email us at bawp@berkeley.edu.

Basic Requirements for Participation

  • Access to a computer, tablet, digital device (phone okay) with a camera and/or microphone
  • Access to wifi
  • Ability to either type on device or take photos and upload images


BAWP Remote Writing Courses for 5th – 8th graders

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We are excited to offer one-week long courses for rising 5th – 8th graders.

All waitlists now closed!

We are no longer accepting names for any of our remote summer courses for 5th – 8th graders.

Description of Program
Registration Information
Basic Requirement for Participation

Description of Program

BAWP Young Writers Camp remote courses give children who are interested in writing the time and opportunity to explore writing through a range of genres of writing. Each of our 10 courses this summer draw upon the unique skills of our Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultants (classroom teachers from around the Bay Area!). Kids will be able to explore their interests, discover their strengths and take writing risks that they might not be able to in a traditional classroom setting.

Each day will generally follow the schedule below:

  • 9:00 am: Live group welcome and community building activities
  • 9:15 am: Live mini-lesson
  • 9:45 am: Group released to write on their own
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Teacher check-ins and office hours
  • 11:30 am: Group reconvenes live to share and respond to writing
  • 12:00 pm: Goodbyes  

Participants will experience writing instruction with trained writing teachers, writing time, flexibility in what types of writing they want to pursue, guided group and peer response, and daily opportunities to share writing. 

Our teachers strive to nurture kids’ growth into independent writers. Instruction includes craft lessons, such as –how to incorporate imagery into one’s writing, how to write clearly, how to create believable characters — as well as method lessons — how to get started, the ins and outs of drafting, how to get a lot out of your peer editors. 

The goal of these courses is to have fun with writing while developing a writerly identity.

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Factors Leading to the Development of a Writing Identity


Legendary Stories: Fantasy, Myths, Fairy Tales, Science Fiction, and Adventure
June 8 – 12, 2020    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $250.00

Are you the kid who would be first to jump on a flying dragon or the one who builds fairy dwellings in the garden? Write about daring adventures and battles with robot armies. The sky’s the limit…. unless it isn’t…

Featuring You!: Spotlight on Storytelling
June 15 – 19, 2020    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $250.00

Who better to tell your story than you? Our lives are filled with a huge range of experiences–some wonderful, some challenging. When we write about ourselves and our experiences we can better understand how we became who we are and where we go from here. (Hint for parents: this is also great practice for writing the college personal statement.)

Choose Your Own Adventure: You Decide What to Write
June 22 – 26, 2020    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $250.00

Sometimes adventures can happen in the most ordinary of places. This course is all about choice, so let’s remix, mash-up, create, and play with our words. The possibilities are endless so open your mind and jump aboard!

Splendid Beasts: Short Stories From Our Interactions with Animals
June 29 – July 3, 2020    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $250.00

From penguins meeting beluga whales to foxes using their tails to communicate with each other, animals always inspire incredible stories. We will use animals of all types to spark our writing during this course. Unicorns are fair game too!

More About Me: Oh, the Stories I Could Tell
July 6 – 10, 2020    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $250.00

Are you a budding content creator? This is the course for you because you get to be the star of the story. You have so much to say and share so instead of just being a consumer, be the imaginer and the creator. Ready? Let’s go!

You Crack Me Up: Poems and Other Silly Things That Make Us Laugh
July 13 – 17, 2020    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $250.00

This is the perfect course if you like to play and joke around. Makers of mischief and lovers of laughter, join us because we are going to embrace the silly! For anyone who doesn’t take this course, the joke’s on you!

The Great Outdoors (or The World Around Me): Writing Inspired by Time and Place
July 13 – 17, 2020    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $250.00

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.   -John Muir

They say inspiration can come from anywhere. So let’s go outside! Time outside feeds the mind, body, and soul. It also nourishes our writing as it helps us learn how to pay attention to our surroundings. Little things can have a big impact.

The Marvelous World of the Unknown: Writing about the Odd Things We Imagine
July 20 – 24, 2020    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $250.00

This course is inspired by the book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg. In this book, Mr. Van Allsburg introduces us to the strange and puzzling story of Harris Burdick and the drawings he left behind. Here is the question: Is it possible to look at the drawings and their captions without imagining a story?

Showing Stories: Creating Graphic Novels and Stories for the Screen
July 27 – 31, 2020    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $250.00

Sometimes the pictures carry the story. This class invites you to create a graphic novel or storyboard a play or movie. The cool thing is that graphic novels and scripts can be any genre. Go ahead and create fact or fiction or surprise us with something in between!

Having Fun with Fundamentals: Argument and Persuasive Writing
August 3 – 7, 2020    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $250.00

When you learn how to write persuasively, it can be a wonderful means of expressing your views on a subject. It also helps you to be able to share your ideas and opinions in a constructive way, something you’ll rely on in your professional and personal life. But who are we kidding, we all know it’s so you can persuade your parents to let you have that second dessert.

Having fun with Fundamentals: Informational Writing
August 10 – 14, 2020    –    9:00 am – 12:00 pm.   –    $250.00

You do not need to proceed with caution, this is NOT a book report writing course. Bring the topics you already love and know oodles about, and write to teach and share your passions with others! Sometimes it’s fun to be the know-it-all.

Registration Information

Registration open! Select the number of courses you wish to register for below. You will be able to choose your specific courses in the registration system. Sibling discounts will be automatically deducted before checking out.

Sold out! Register for ONE course: $250.00
Sold out! Register for TWO courses: $450.00 (savings of $50.00)
Sold out! Register for THREE courses: $650.00 (savings of $100.00)
Sold out! Register for FOUR courses: $850.00 (savings of $150.00)
Sold out! Register for FIVE courses: $1,050.00 (savings of $200.00)
Sold out! Register for SIX courses: $1,225.00 (savings of $275.00)
Sold out! Register for SEVEN courses: $1,400.00 (savings of $350.00)
Sold out! Register for EIGHT courses: $1,575.00 (savings of $425.00)
Sold out! Register for NINE courses: $1,750.00 (savings of $500.00)
Sold out! Register for TEN courses: $1,925.00 (savings of $575.00)

If you encounter any issues with the registration process please try using a different browser (Chrome is preferred). If that doesn’t help, email us at bawp@berkeley.edu.

Basic Requirements for Participation

  • Access to a computer, tablet, digital device (phone okay) with a camera and/or microphone
  • Access to wifi
  • Ability to either type on device or take photos and upload images