UCLA Writing Project
2022 Summer Camps for Students

We at the UCLA Writing Project are excited to announce our 2022 summer programs for students entering grades 5-12 in fall 2022. The last two summers we could only offer virtual choices—and were delighted that all classes developed a real sense of community.  This summer some of our workshops will be virtual, others will be held in-person on our UCLA campus, university regulations permitting.

Our promise:  We’ll continue to give students exquisite attention, and they’ll experience pleasure and joy as they find the best words to capture their thoughts.

Just what will happen during the workshop activities for students enrolled in Crafting The Story – Grades 5-6, It’s An Argument – Grades 7-8, and College-Ready Writing – Grades 9-12? Simply put, students will grow dramatically as writers. They’ll expand their stylistic repertoires, focus on a particular genre—but try out several others.  They’ll draft short and long pieces and gain confidence as they develop their individual style.  By the end of the workshop time, students will think of themselves as writers—a big deal!

And what about the entering twelfth graders in the College Personal Essay workshop? They meet for just 12 hours over a four-day period. And that’s the perfect amount of time for zeroing in on the challenging and exciting task at hand: showing in what ways their hard work has translated to insightful understandings and how their experiences have built character.

What else should you know?

Our teachers are all UCLA Writing Project fellows.  This means that they participated in our Invitational Writing Project, a leadership institute that gathers wonderful teachers of writing PK-University—to share their expertise through demonstration workshops, to refine their own writer’s craft, to pay good attention to social justice issues in schools and communities.  They are teachers who love to write and to guide young students to grow as thinkers, readers and writers.

More still:

  • All classes will offer students appreciation, support, structure—and fun!
  • The day will combine whole group class time, small group sharing with peers, individual writing time.
  • Those classes scheduled to be virtual will have synchronous and asynchronous components.
  • All students will also have time to interact with their teacher one-on-one.
  • Students in the two-week workshops will craft an anthology of selected writing. They will also receive a certificate commending their participation.
  • We will have a limited number of scholarships for enthusiastic writers based on financial need. Click here for the application.

We hope to see you this summer!

Faye Peitzman, Ph.D.
UCLA Writing Project Director

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