Announcing Our 2015 Manuscript Day

The Chippewa River Writing Project aims to provide youth and fellow community members with unique opportunities to write and learn about themselves as writers.

Join us for our first ever Manuscript Day – Saturday, April 25, 2015

Manuscript Day Brochure 2015

Local students who are currently in grades 3-12 are welcome to join us for Manuscript Day. Instructors for the event are teachers who have participated in the Chippewa River Writing Project and pre-service teachers from CMU who are excited about working with your child. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.

  • 8:30 – Sign-in at Anspach Hall
  • 9:00 – Kick-off session
  • 9:30 – 1st Session Writing Activity
  • 10:15 – 2nd Session Writing Activity
  • 11:00 – 3rd Session Writing Activity
  • 11:45 – Pizza and Read Around
  • 12:30 – Dismissal and Pick Up

Questions? Contact CRWP Director Troy Hicks via email: troy.hicks@cmich.edu

Summer 2014 Youth Camps

Announcing our 2014 Chippewa River Writing Camps!

Marcia and CamperThe Chippewa River Writing Project aims to provide youth and fellow community members with unique opportunities to write and learn about themselves as writers.

This summer, we are pleased to offer three different camp opportunities, two on CMU’s campus and one in Portland.

Together we’ll be sharing a love for writing. Let your child join us on an exciting journey through engaging activities as we live out our “writerly lives.” Enrollment this summer is limited to 20 participants in each camp.

Sign up now using our secure web form

Your enrollment cost will provide transportation and admission to field trips, snacks, a writer’s journal, camp T-shirt, and a copy of our camp anthology, commemorating our published works. We ask that students  bring their own lunch each day.

Also, this year we are able to offer scholarships. The registration cost for each camper is $100, which helps to cover expenses associated with staffing, instructional materials, and souvenirs. To ensure that all interested children can participate, however, partial scholarships are available to ANY family who chooses to use one. Details are available on the registration page for each camp.

All registrations must be complete by June 15, 2014. Should you need to cancel your registration, we will accept cancellations with a full refund through June 15, 2014, after which we will charge a $20 cancellation fee.

Questions? Please contact CRWP Director, Troy Hicks, at troy.hicks@cmich.edu

For more information, select the PDF version of our flyers.

CRWP Portland Youth Brochure 2014  CRWP Summer Youth Brochure 2014 CRWP Middle School Camp Flyer 2014
CRWP Portland Youth Brochure 2014 (PDF) CRWP Summer Youth Brochure 2014 (PDF) CRWP Middle School Camp Flyer 2014 (PDF)
Register for our Portland Elementary Camp, June 23rd to 27th, 2014 Register for our CMU Camp, June 23rd to 26th, 2014 Register for our Middle School Camp, June 23rd to 26th, 2014

 

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CRWP 2012 Youth Camps

Announcing our 2012 Chippewa River Writing Camps!

CRWP Youth Camp ImageThe Chippewa River Writing Project aims to provide youth and fellow community members with unique opportunities to write and learn about themselves as writers.

This summer, we are pleased to offer four different camp opportunities, including a new camp for middle school students focused on writing and technology.

Together we’ll be sharing a love for writing. Let your child join us on an exciting journey through engaging activities as we live out our “writerly lives.”

Your $100 enrollment cost will provide transportation and admission to field trips, snacks, a writer’s journal, camp T-shirt, and a copy of our camp anthology, commemorating our published works. We ask that students  bring their own lunch each day.

Enrollment this summer is now closed.

Young Writers Find New Ways to Grow at the Chippewa River Writing Camp 2011

Summer Institute participants Judy McAlvey (center) and Penny Lew workshop a piece of writing with a CRWC writer.

At a glance, it may seem like just another classroom at Central Michigan University.

A writer stands before an audience of half a dozen people, calmly walking her audience through a software that allows her to upload one of her poems onto her personal wiki.  She smiles as she presses a button, and a digitally created avatar reads off the lines of her writing in a sing-song voice.  The audience cannot help but smile, too.

What makes this classroom unique is that the writer explaining this software is ten years old.

This experience was one of many the young participants of the 2011 Chippewa River Writing Camp have carried away with them at the close of their time together.  For four days, twelve students, aged third to fifth grade, have met daily to laugh, play, and explore with one another just what it means to be a writer in a digital age.

Highlights of the camp included a campus-wide Writing Marathon that brought students from the football field, to a greenhouse, and even a live recording studio.  As they drew inspiration from a variety of settings, students were prompted to support each other through peer feedback and collaboration in a model of “kids teaching kids.”

“There was never a time when they weren’t teaching something,” notes elementary-school teacher and CRWP team member Delia King.  “They were always collaborating.”

Joined by fellow CRWP teacher team members Elizabeth Miller and Bridget Rise, King helped guide the young writers through a variety of digital writing tools, including Vokis, Kids’ Blogs, Glogster, Wordle, and wikis.

Summer Institute participant Marcia Larkins collaborates with a CRWC writer.

“Technology was a big part of the camp,” explains Miller. “It’s part of the writing process and opens it up to a wider audience of writers.”

The writers’ ability to immerse themselves in these new tools often surprised even their mentors.  “They adapted and caught on to the technology a lot quicker than we often do as adults,” notes King with a smile.

The event ended on Thursday, June 23rd with a celebratory reading from the students’ Writing Anthologies, but even as the camp drew to a close, not one of its participants was about to take a break from writing.

“I really, really like wikis and Wordles,” shared one writer, “and I’m going to do them all summer.”