Registration opens for the NWA Writing Project’s 2022 Young Writers Camps




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The Northwest Arkansas Writing Project will host camps for young writers at various locations throughout Northwest Arkansas this summer.

Registration is open now for students currently in grades two through 11. From June 13-24, students will meet at the U of A and other NWA schools from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Vicki Collet, director of the Young Writers Camp, said attendees can expect active learning in a fun camp environment. “Our two goals are for students to have fun and improve their writing,” she said. “For example, students can participate in a scavenger hunt, looking for clues that would help them write a story.”

Former Young Writers Camp participants played guessing games to focus on descriptive language use, analyzed and wrote song lyrics, participated in collaborative writing contests, and filled in their writing notebooks. Additional information about the 2022 Young Writers Camp can be found here.

“We tell students that they need to exercise their writing muscles daily,” Collet said. “Like children attending sports camps, writing takes practice and endurance. We provide children with many opportunities for both when they participate in individual, small group writing experiences. and in full group.”

After camp each day, teachers will come together to collaborate and focus on improving the teaching of writing. These professional learning experiences are an essential part of the project. “Not only do students learn during Young Writers Camp, but teachers also take away strategies that they will use in their classrooms,” Collet explained.

The Northwest Arkansas Writing Project has sponsored camps for young writers for over 20 years. The professional organization focuses on improving handwriting in area schools. As one of more than 200 National Writing Project sites, it provides professional development for educators and directly reaches young writers through summer camps and other activities. For more information on writing project events, contact Collet at [email protected] or visit nwawp.uark.edu.

Scott R. Banks