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My son, a first-year college student, might be interested in a creative writing workshop in the Bay Area when he comes home this summer. He is a serious, motivated student who enjoys writing short fiction. I'm looking for recommendations for a workshop or course he could take with people of a similar age. He doesn't need, or especially want, a college-credit course, but rather some structure, feedback, and camaraderie. Thanks!
My current 6th grade daughter likes to write and is pretty good at it. I would love to nurture her interest by enrolling her in a fun writing camp this summer. Does anyone know of one geared towards 12 year olds? Alameda mom
My 8 year old son, who will be entering 4th grade, has expressed an interest in going to a writing summer camp. I'm looking for a 1 or 2 week camp for summer 2012. He has expressed an interest in being an author and illustrator one day so I wanted to give him an opportunity to explore and work on his creative writing skills (as well as work on his writing skills for 4th grade!). Something in the Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Richmond area would be the most ideal although we would consider Oakland and San Francisco. Thanks for any ideas! Potential Future Author's Mom
My kids have done the writing courses for years, and the creative writing class in third grade is especially rewarding and valuable. Heather MacLeod is teaching it again, I believe, and she is a wonderful, warm, encouraging, and thoughtful teacher. Both kids have learned so much and love to write!
Good luck - the application process is a bit complicated, and the deadline is in March, so best get started as soon as possible. You won't be sorry, it's been great for our kids. Parent of writers
For my daughter the class really put her on the road to considering herself a writer. She is now 10 and is an editor for a kid's magazine called Our Words Magazine ourwordsmagazine.com Maybe your son would like to submit a piece to the next issue, deadline March 1st )
Heather also teaches small writing groups, here is her website http://giftedyoungwriters.wordpress.com Good luck! Kristine
My daugher, 17, a graduating senior, will off to college in Fall. She wants to imporve her writing skills in summer before attending college. I tried a few places already, bay area writing project, class matters... But they don't take high school graduates. Do any of you know any writing class that fits her age? Thanks! I appreciate any thoughts. Karen
Can anyone suggest a summer program/workshop that focuses on reading and writing? My 10 yr old son needs practice during the summer. Ideally, it should be a part-time program that includes camp in the afternoon. Any suggestions, even an informal (home based) program could work. I'd prefer the Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville areas. Richmond mom
I'd like to sign my daughter up for a story writing class or short camp this summer. Does anyone know of any good camps or classes for children? My daughter is 9, going in to 4th grade and loves creative writing, so I'd like to feed that a little bit this summer if possible.
Wondering if anyone might recommend a creative writing workshop this coming summer? Our daughter loves the literary arts, writes short stories and fiction on her own, and is an avid reader. Turns out she has a few unscheduled weeks early in the summer, so a workshop that is one-two weeks in length would be great for her. She'd also be interested in pursuing something like this in the fall, so a recommendation for that would be much appreciated as well. She's just finishing up ninth grade at BIHS. We're in North Berkeley but are mobile. Many thanks
Hi. There's a writer's workshop with Deborah Davis for teens going on in North Berkeley this summer that might be just the ticket! It's from 9 to 12 June 22-26 6th to 9th grade June 29th - july 2 6th to 9th grade July 6 - 10 9th to 12th grade. Contact info: Deborah Davis 510-541-2199 email@example.com http://www.deborahdavisauthor.com Summer Teen Writing Workshops (in Berkeley) Info at http://www.deborahdavisauthor.com I hope that helps! Sara ------------------------------------------- Hello - how wonderful that your daughter loves reading and creative writing! She may be interested in the Joy of Writing summer workshops at Strategies for Learning in Oakland. Two-week sessions for high-school students are available from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. either M,W,F or T & Th. More info is at the Strategies for Learning website: www.strategiesforlearning.com or please contact me. Jan Leuin firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------------------------------- I may have the perfect opportunity for your daughter! I run a Creative Writing and Recycled Arts Camp for Girls, ages 9-12 and am looking for an intern. There is no pay involved, but she can participate at no charge and be involved in the activities we do, while also assisting. Below please find the info on the camp, and if you want to talk further, please contact me at email@example.com. Thanks! ------------------------------------------- ''Take My Word For It!'' Creative Writing and Recycled Arts Camp for Girls is headed into its third season. Our camp is for girls, ages 9-12. Our day is divided into 2 parts--In the morning campers will learn how to design and create their own fashions from recycled materials with artist, Daphne Ruff. Daphne teaches art and art history at The Academy in Berkeley. The girls will spend the afternoons diving into words, stories and creative flights of fancy with creative writing teacher, and camp founder, Sondra Hall. Sondra teaches her creative writing program, ''Take My Word For It!'' in five east bay elementary schools, including Chabot. At the end of each session, we will treat family and friends to a live fashion show of our fabulous creations, and a reading of our writing. Camp will be on the campus of Tehiyah Day School again this year, in El Cerrito. The dates are as follows (the session is 2 weeks) June 29 - July 10 9 am - 5 pm Sondra Hall ------------------------------------------- If you're mobile, you might check out 826 Valencia. Founded by Dave Eggers, this writing studio in San Francisco's Mission District really meets young people where they are and works with them to foster and build on their love of writing. My daughter has told me that she wishes she lived there; she has found a community of peer authors, support and challenge for her work, and a fun, respectful atmosphere. Workshops are free; donations are welcome. www.826valencia.org Author's Mom ------------------------------------------- Check out the Creative Spark! Summer Writing & Arts Workshops at http://creativespark.workshops.googlepages.com. We're offering high school workshops in the Illustrated Short Story and the Craft of Fiction in July. Our workshops are supportive, inspiring, and help young writers discover their unique voices while honing their craft. Feel free to email or call with questions or to receive our Summer 2009 brochure. Here's to a creative summer! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 510.205.2898. Lora Lewis, Director
My 15-year old daughter enjoys creative writing, particularly short stories and plays. Does anyone know of a good, enjoyable, creative writing class offered in the Berkeley-Albany area during the summer? Berkeley Mom
My Berkeley teen (age 15), who took part in the Bay Area Writing Project a couple of summers ago, is looking for a creative writing class for the summer. I think she wants something fairly challenging. She could take a Berkeley City College class this summer, but the schedule doesn't quite work. She enjoys writing short stories and essays. Any suggestions? sarah
Some colleges have overnight writing programs. I know the University of Iowa does -- you probably could get more info on overnight programs at Poets & Writers. anon
I am looking for recommendations on a summer course/camp for my sixth grader that would cover "advanced" (as opposed to remedial) writing and composition. Any advice welcome. Mary
In response to the request for information about a writing camp, my daughter (age 11 or 12 at the time) was in a program sponsored by the Bay Area Writing Project that she absolutely loved.
The Young Writers Camp is for kids entering 4th - 8th grades. Check them out at: http://www-gse.berkeley.edu/outreach/bawp/bawp.html
The information there now is for Summer 2000, but it will give you an idea of what they offer.
The Bay Area Writing Program for students will be at
Jefferson Elementary School 1400 Ada Street June 26-July 14th Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m.-noon Entering Grades 4-8 (fall 2000)Its phone number at Cal is 642-0971. My son (after fifth and six grades) was in the project for two years and loved every minute. -- Susan