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Students are placed into classrooms based on the grade they will be entering in the fall. Although we try our best to keep classrooms confined to one grade level, the Summer Creative Writing Workshops reserves the right to place students in a multi-age or multi-grade classroom based on enrollment.
A well-rounded program of reading, dictation, journaling, and independent writing helps young children discover what it means to be a real writer. Drama and art also extend their understanding of the written word. Basic skills (such as letter formation and spelling) are addressed in context. As children explore the role of the author, they create short stories and poems for the class anthology.
The Intermediate Writers: Grades 3, 4, and 5
Workshops for the intermediate writers expose students to quality writing and assist them in writing stories, essays, poems, and plays. Daily writing exercises teach techniques such as metaphor and simile, extend student's writing vocabulary, and encourage creative expression. Students are also encouraged to write, edit, and revise self-selected pieces. Favorite pieces are "published" through in-class readings, performances, and a class anthology.
The Middle/High School Writers: Grades 6 through 12
Students will have the opportunity to explore different literary genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) in a supportive writing environment. Students will participate in readings and one-on-one conferences and publish anthologies.