UCLA Writing Project 2020 Summer Programs for Students

All Virtually Yours

We at the UCLA Writing Project are excited to announce our 2020 summer programs for students entering grades 5-12. Virtually, of course! This is a big change for us—a different breed of cat, but a magnificent animal nonetheless. We’ve brainstormed with our summer Writing Project teachers, all UCLA Writing Project Fellows. We’ve consulted with California and National Writing Project colleagues. Bottom line: We’ll continue to give our 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 30 hours of workshop activities for students enrolled in Young Writers 5-6, Writing in the Middle 7-8, and College-Ready Writers 9-12? Simply put, students will grow dramatically as writers. They’ll expand their stylistic repertoires, try out a variety of genres, perhaps draft longer pieces. They’ll gain confidence and more-than-competence, and they’ll 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 virtual practices will offer students appreciation, support, structure—and fun!
  • The day will combine whole group class time, small group sharing with peers, individual writing time. Synchronous and asynchronous experiences.
  • 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.
  • We have a limited number of scholarships for low-income families.

We hope to see you this summer!

Faye Peitzman, Ph.D.
UCLA Writing Project Director