Meadow Brook Hall. Photo courtesy Oakland University
Youngsters from third to 12th grade can participate in a variety of writing camps on the campus of Oakland University this summer. The various youth writing camps, hosted by the Meadow Brook Writing Project, are being held in “America’s Castle,” the Meadow Brook mansion.
According to the Oakland University website, young authors will interact with award-winning, specially-trained experts in the field of writing. Collaborative teaching teams consist of K-12 writing teachers and Oakland University faculty from the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. All are alumni of Meadow Brook Writing Project’s Summer Institute, an intensive writer’s workshop for master teachers involved in the National Writing Project. All camp teachers are involved in continuing education through the NWP conferences, publications, and teacher-training workshops.
Young authors of all ages will tour the mansion and gardens with professional instructors and docents and workshop with fellow writers in their age group.
Programs are as follows:
Grades 3-5: Developing authors: Different genres of prose and poetry will be explored using mentor texts in historical fiction, fantasy, folklore and biographical origins.
Grades 6-8: Maturing authors. Students will be engaged in poetry and prose in genres such as gothic, fantasy, historical and personal narrative.
Grades 9-12: Advanced writing opportunities will include challenging poetry and prose in genres such as gothic, fantasy, historical and fan fiction, along with narrative reflections.
For all groups, one day of camp will be spent at OU rendering one of their works into an orally narrated digital movie that will be uploaded to YouTube. Presentations of one polished work will be conducted at the close of the last day of that week’s camp.
The following camps are currently being offered (other “letters” have either concluded or have reached capacity):
Camp C, Grades 3-5 and grades 6-8; July 8-12; 9 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Camp E, Grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. July 22-26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Camp F; Grades 3-5; July 29- August 2; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Camp G, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12; August 5-9; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Meadow Brook Writing Project (MBWP) is a partnership between Oakland University and local schools, including Detroit Public Schools, Macomb County schools, Oakland Community College and the Public School Academies of Oakland University. The Meadow Brook Writing Project is also a site of the National Writing Project and is affiliated with the Urban Sites Network.