Young Writers' Camps build middle and high school students’ writing skills
Over 30 students going into grades six through ten attended Young Writers' Camps at UW Oshkosh and Horace Mann Middle School in Neenah.
The ninth-annual camps, held during the first two weeks of August, are offered through the Fox Valley Writing Project (FVWP).
The theme of this year’s Young Writers' Camps is “Write What You Love.” Students meet four mornings each week and are immersed in diverse opportunities to write about topics they choose and then publish their work. Students discover new writing techniques and participate in peer response groups where they receive feedback and revision suggestions on their writing.
Chande Blurton, a student who attended last year’s camp, captured the challenge and delight of her writing experiences in a poem she wrote at the 2009 Young Writers’ camp held in Neenah.
I have a poem due tomorrow,
I don’t know what to write,
I can’t come up with an idea,
It’s gonna take all night!
. . .
This is very difficult,
I can’t think of a rhyme,
I’m starting to get anxious,
I’m running out of time!
I don’t know what to do,
I’m full of woe,
I really can’t write poetry.
Oh, wait! Here we go!
Each camp’s writing instructors are teachers who have participated in the FVWP Summer Institute, where they develop strategies for teaching students how to write and how to use writing to learn.
Based in the UW Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services, the FVWP is dedicated to the improvement of writing instruction and students’ writing skills.
By Tim Holdsworth