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Young Writers Camps

Turn this Summer into more than a Story! 


2017-ywc-headerSummer 2017 marks the 20th 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 campatmosphere, 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. 

IMG_4555For more information or to pay online go to >>>>>>>> bawpwritingcamp.org.

2017 YWC Registration Form (pdf) 

3/7/17: Our St. Ignatius (SF Sunset, Westlake (Oakland), California High School (San Ramon) and Digital Storytelling (Oakland) Young Writers Camps are full. You can email (bawp@berkeley.edu) to be placed on the waitlist. 

Want camp Descriptions? Visit our camp website and click on the title of the camp for more information.

Welcome back!  Planning for our 2017 Young Writers Camps is in progress. Check out our locations below. We are excited to write with you this summer!

Want to know more about our camps? Visit our camp website

Unless otherwise noted our camps:

    • Are for incoming 3rd through 9th graders
    • Run Monday through Friday
    • Do not meet on the July 4th Holiday
YWC San Francisco @ St. Vincent de Paul
2350 Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
June 12 – 30, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$600
YWC Walnut Creek @
Seven Hills School 
975 N San Carlos Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94598
June 19 – July 7, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$600
YWC Kentfield @ Bacich Elementary School 
25 McAllister Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904
June 26 – July 14, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$600
YWC Oakland @ Westlake Middle School 
2629 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
June 19 – July 7, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$600  Camp Full!
Digital Storytelling @
Westlake Middle School
2629 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
June 19 – July 7, 2017
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
$600  Camp Full!
YWC Berkeley @
School of the Madeleine
1225 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
June 26 – July 14, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$600
YWC San Ramon
California High School
9870 Broadmoor Dr, San Ramon, CA 94583
July 10 – 28, 2017 
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$600 Camp Full!
YWC San Francisco @ St. Ignatius College Prep 
2001 37th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94116
July 24 – August 11, 2017 
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$600  Camp Full!

Incoming 7th, 8th and 9th graders, looking for something more challenging? Join our Teen programs on the UC Berkeley campus for the week long Engage and Write course.

Engage and Write – FULL!
UC Berkeley Campus
July 10 – 14, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
$580.00
*Open to incoming 7th – 12th
This course is centered on YA (young adult) fiction and non-fiction. Mornings are spent engaging in writing activities on and around campus. These activities are designed to help us craft an article, short story or children’s book based on our experience. Integrated within the engage and write sessions are activities for improving your writing craft and using technology to enhance your writing. Participants that have a laptop are encouraged to bring it as we will explore some online publishing tools such as iBook.

*Like our Young Writers Camps, this course will be led by several teachers allowing us to offer campers age appropriate writing activities.


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 thing outside the box. Although everyone based their stories on one picture, it was fun to see how everyone had different stories.” – 2015 YWC Camper

“I will remember reading at book passage. It was so fun and exciting.” – 2015 YWC Camper


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