The usually quiet Milheim house is full of energy once again this week as the Young Writers Program hosts our annual Summer Writing Camps. Beginning July 20, our first ever third and fourth grade campers produced tales, letters, and poems galore, and last week, 47 middle school campers filled the classrooms with conversation, laughter, and creativity.
Middle school campers worked with five instructors throughout the week to create all kinds of new pieces. Joel Jacobson challenged campers with an advanced course on poetic syntax, sound, and line. With Adrian Molina and Sheree Brown, campers used photographs to inspire surrealist worlds, made black-out poems, and explored connections between poetry and prose. Katie Foster led a course in English-to-English translation, which included sessions of translating emoji and birdsongs. Within an hour of Jessica Long‘s workshop, titled Story Boom, campers had brainstormed ideas for a novel, written an outline, and started the first chapter!
On Thursday, campers revised and practiced their favorite pieces from the week, and Friday morning, Jessica Robblee from Buntport Theater led campers in a performance skills workshop to prepare for the afternoon’s readings.
We’re having tons of fun! Today, we started all over again with the high school-level camp. High school campers will participate in Poetic Choice, a workshop exploring the choices in line, sound, and syntax available to poets; Flash Magazine, in which campers will conceive and create a magazine in 6 hours; Stories that Shock, in which campers will write a short story with a “killer opening” that creates spine-tingling tension for the reader; and Fodder for Funny, a humor writing workshop.
All campers will reunite in the fall for the book release of the annual camp anthology, And We Created Worlds 6.0. For information on upcoming Young Writers Program workshops, click here. Until then, happy writing!