NEW! Summer 2016
Creative Writing Projects
held at Saratoga Independent School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Enrichment for all skill levels from reluctant writers to aspiring authors!
Excellent opportunity for English Language Learners!
July 11-15 (Ages 8-14)
The Local Hero Project uses gratitude as a source of inspiration for an unforgettable week of writing, collaborating with friends, and appreciating people who have made an impact on our lives and the local community. Recognize police officers, firefighters, military personnel, EMS professionals, nurses, teachers, and other heroes in videos of gratitude, collaborate on a series of hometown acts of kindness, and join our writing community to create a personalized tribute to a local hero. Participants will invite family and community members to an appreciation ceremony at the end of the week.
July 18-22 (Ages 8-14)
The Music Gallery Project uses lyrics as a source of inspiration for a week of creative freedom in art and writing, collaboration with friends, and artist showcase. This project is perfect for anyone who loves music! Interpret song lyrics to create one of a kind sculpture representations using a variety of materials, draw on several musical genres to inspire writing, and join our writing community to create a detailed artist biography and introduction of artwork. Participants will invite family and community members to a gallery presentation at the end of the week.
August 8-12 (Ages 8-14)
The Performance Poet’s Project uses stories as a source of inspiration and explores reading and writing in a variety of poetic forms. This project is perfect for aspiring poets or anyone who would like to try writing poetry for the first time. We will explore classic and contemporary pieces with a focus on local poets. Participate in the art of performance poetry, design poetry pots, and join in our writing community to create a collection of original poetry. Participants will imagine unique ways to display their poems and invite family and community members to celebrate their creations.
The projects engage participants! At any given time you may see students acting out the lives and situations of student-generated characters, rapping or performing poetry and/or song, walking through the woods and journaling about the life of a fictional woodland character, participating in roundtable discussions of their peers’ work, or taste-testing homemade baked goods as they write a review for a family cookbook. Learning is all very hands-on.
While they are having fun, participants learn the basics of composition. They learn to initiate, plan, develop, organize, revise, and edit their writing.
Each project gives participants the opportunity to become more comfortable with public speaking. There are daily opportunities for participants to share their writing orally. On the last day of each project, participants share their work with the local community. While we will not force anyone to read in front of others, the writing community creates a nurturing, comfortable space for participants to share their work.
Participants have an opportunity to give back to the local community.
Each creative writing project was carefully designed to include elements of community service.
Instruction is provided by a NYS Certified English Teacher and College Writing Instructor in a small group setting, where oral and written feedback can be provided regularly. Participants will learn what they are doing well and what they need to improve. Additionally, teacher assistants (college education student interns) will also be available to provide feedback.