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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
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
YWC Kentfield
Kent Middle School
800 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904
June 17 – 28, 2019 (2 wks)
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
YWC Oakland @
Westlake Middle School
2629 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
July 8 – 26, 2019 (3 wks)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
YWC Berkeley @
School of the Madeleine
1225 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
July 8 – 26, 2019 (3 wks)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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
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

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

Teacher Summer PD: Applied Grammar for Teachers: Why, What, How and When?

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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.

cropped-nwp40anni0117.jpg June 19 – 23, 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th – 12th grade Teachers
*This workshop takes place at UC Berkele

For more information and to register visit: bayareawritingproject.org/summerPD

Summer Fellowship: Remixing Frankenstein—Performing Meaning in the 21st Century

Remixing Frankenstein—Performing Meaning in the 21st Century

Announcing a summer fellowship for secondary teachers interested in exploring 21st century literacies through performance and the teaching of literature (open to teachers of all disciplines). Accepted teachers receive $1,000 stipend for full participation.

Performance at the Center, a new initiative at Teachers College, will bring twelve teacher fellows together with twelve high school students this summer to create a multimedia stage performance around Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. The project is a major mashup—part performance pedagogy, part remix, part transmedia storytelling, part literary studies, and part connected learning. And it is a great way for teachers to explore innovative new ways to teach literature (or any text), in a wildly creative environment.

The institute will be facilitated by a multidisciplinary team of educators. Daily scheduled workshops by visiting teaching artists will explore a range of ways to make meaning in text—from “reading Frankenstein through the camera’s lens,” to a classical dance teacher that’s facilitating a workshop around reading through body and movement.

The institute is unconventional in a number of ways, not the least of which is that students and teachers will work side-by-side for two weeks (teachers may also encourage students to apply).

During the third week after the students depart, teachers will work together to create curriculum to pilot in their classrooms in the fall.


For more information please contact: Erick Gordon @ ergordon@tc.edu

Performance at the Center, Fellowship for Teachers