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.

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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.”

CRWP Attends NWP 2010-11 Annual Meeting in Orlando

November 17th, 2010 marked the kick-off of the National Writing Project’s 2010-11 Annual Meeting, staged this year in sunny Orlando, Florida.  Eleven members of the Chippewa River Writing Project’s leadership team traded chilly Michigan temperatures for the chance to exchange ideas with NWP colleagues from around the nation (and around the world) during the three-day event, which took place on the grounds of Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

CRWP Co-Directors Sue Steffel and Liz Brockman attend a special-topics session together.

Held in conjunction yearly with the National Council of Teachers of English’s Annual Convention, the event offers a tremendous opportunity for teacher participants to reinvigorate their love for teaching and writing, as they return to their classrooms with new ideas and innovations gleaned from intense seminars, discussion sessions, and fellowship opportunities with colleagues to use throughout the year. Moreover, these teacher leaders return to CRWP with ideas for site development opportunities related to the summer institute, professional development, continuity, and youth programs.

St. Louis High School teacher and CRWP team member Erin Busch-Grabmeyer captures the feelings of all participants as she notes:  “Orlando was a wonderful experience; not only to learn new ideas to incorporate into our own SI, but to re-energize myself as a writer and a teacher of writing! I enjoyed seeing other like-minded individuals collaborate and learn from each other to improve writing programs in schools across America. Overall, it was a very positive and motivating experience.”

Highlights of the Annual Meeting included a welcoming address delivered by NWP President Sharon Washington, as well as a general session led by renowned elementary school educator, NWP teacher, and author Donalyn Miller, whose recent work The Book Whisperer has helped many teachers find new ways to help their students foster a love of reading.

CRWP teacher team member Beth Nelson during Friday's general session.

For many participants, however, the most valuable experiences were gained from the sessions themselves, which offered a wide range of topics targeted at a variety of interest levels– from technology, to administration; youth programs to partnership building, the conference offered something for everyone.  “The level of commitment and professionalism was refreshing and amazing,” observes Greenville High School teacher and CRWP team member Beth Nelson.  “I especially enjoyed the accessibility of the presenters.”

Meridian Junior High School teacher and CRWP team member Amanda Smoker echoes Nelson’s enthusiasm when she recalls a particularly favorite session: “I’m not exaggerating when I say that I found all of the sessions I attended to be valuable. The session that I was probably most inspired by was the session on Content Area Reading and Writing. I’m glad I put myself on the waiting-list for this session! For years, I have been a huge supporter of reading and writing across the curriculum and this session gave me some great ideas to bring back about how to get other content area teachers as involved in and excited about it as I am.”

The range of sessions offered during the Annual Meeting even lent two CRWP members the chance to share the expertise they have gained in developing the Summer Institute program since CRWP’s inception in 2009.  CRWP Director Troy Hicks and K-12 Co-Director Kathy Kurtze were joined by Iowa Writing Project’s Ann Berger and University of Colorado Denver’s Rich VanDeWeghe in delivering “Reading in the Invitational Summer Institute,” an exploration of the role reading plays in the Summer Institute classroom in connection with writing and teacher demonstrations.

All in all, the experiences gained from Orlando will remain with each of the eleven participants as they look towards CRWP’s future and begin to plan for a new year.  “The conference was so invigorating for me!” notes Smoker. “I love attending conferences in general, but the Annual Meeting is different; it’s a hands-on extension of the Summer Institute. I spent the entire three days being reminded why I love being a part of the Chippewa River Writing Project.”