Summer Writing Camps
Writing Matters: Help for Reluctant or Struggling Writers
July 8-12, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- Is your child a reluctant or struggling writer?
- Does he or she have difficulty thinking of ideas for writing?
- Is organization, voice, word choice or sentence fluency a problem area for him or her?
- Does your child wrestle with conventions of writing?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, RIWP’s Writing Matters may be the summer program for which you have been searching. Writing Matters is a one week, small group writing workshop for reluctant or struggling writers, open to students entering grades 3-8. Staffed by certified teachers, this new RIWP summer writing program boasts a very low student to teacher ratio. Working in small groups, learners will practice traits of effective writing in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. With the goal of helping students to be more successful and more confident writers, the program features:
- Two hours of workshop-style instruction per day
- Motivational, skill-building activities
- Lessons focused on the traits of effective writing
- Strategies to improve communication and enhance student writing
- A low student-teacher ratio
Individual, private tutoring typically costs $50 or more per hour. RIWP’s workshop-style program is just $225 for ten hours of small group instruction.
RIWP Summer Writing Camp
The RIWP Summer Writing Camp is a program designed for students in grades K-12 who enjoy writing. Our 2013 program will take place on the Rhode Island College campus from July 15-26, 2013, Monday – Friday, from 9:00 – 12:00. Staffed by experienced local educators, our camp helps students develop their writing as they share their work in a lively, interactive, and supportive community.
Camp features include:
- Writing exercises designed to jumpstart thinking and improve each writer’s craft
- Exploration of the work of published authors to use as models in a variety of genres
- Freedom to explore individual writing interests
- Opportunities to collaborate with instructors and peers and to receive constructive feedback for revision
- A space for students to see themselves as writers with individual voices
At the end of the program, each participant will publish a self-selected piece in a compilation of student writing. All students will receive a copy of their group’s anthology.
July 15 – 26, 2013
Monday – Friday
9:00 – 12:00
$225 per student
Frequently Asked Questions
Which program is right for my child?
If your child enjoys writing, our two-week Summer Writing Camp is the perfect choice. Students will have an opportunity to meet peers who share their passion. They develop their writing as they share their work in a lively, interactive, and supportive community.
If your child is entering grades 3-8 and struggles with writing or is reluctant to write, Writing Matters, our one-week program, would be a good fit.
My child will be entering Kindergarten in September of 2013. Is he or she eligible to participate?
We generally accept students who have already completed kindergarten; however, if you believe your child is ready for Writing Camp, you may discuss it with the Writing Camp Coordinator and individual situations will be considered.
My child will be completing Grade 12 in June. Is he or she still able to participate?
Yes. Recent high school graduates are welcome to attend.
How much do your programs cost?
$225 per child
Are scholarships available?
A limited number of partial-tuition scholarships are available. Contact the Writing Camp Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Where do your camps take place?
We use classrooms in several buildings on the Rhode Island College campus including Henry Barnard School and Craig-Lee Hall.
Who teaches the students?
Our Youth Programs are staffed by experienced local teachers who are members of the Rhode Island Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project. Some groups are assisted by interns from Rhode Island College’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.
How many students are in each class and how are they grouped?
Class size in our Summer Writing Camp is limited to 22. Class size for Writing Matters is limited to 6. Students are grouped based on their grade level. Depending on enrollment, levels are sometimes combined.
Is transportation provided?
Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to bus students to the camp at this time.
Do you provide child care after the camp ends?
We do not provide additional day care once the camp ends. We request that parents pick up their children from Writing Matters promptly at 11:00 and from Summer Writing Camp promptly at12:00.
How will I know that my registration information has been received?
You will receive an information packet by mail before the program begins.