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Budding poets, future storytellers invited to summer writing camp

Budding poets, future storytellers invited to summer writing camp

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 5:41 pm

Future authors and budding poets are invited to attend a Young Writers Summer Camp, sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies and the West Tennessee Writing Project.
Planned for two age groups, third-eighth graders and ninth-12th graders, the camp will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 21-25, in Gooch Hall.
The two groups will be separate and will engage in age-appropriate writing activities with teachers from their grade levels. The goal for Young Writers Summer Camp is to give all students, regardless of skill level, the opportunity to compose in a variety of styles, become more confident in their own writing ability and learn to appreciate the ability of others.
Writing workshops, mini-lessons on content and editing strategies, writing response groups, and one-to-one conferences with West Tennessee Writing Project Teachers are also planned.
Teacher consultants leading sessions include third-eighth graders, Mary Perry, Martin Martin Middle School; and Deborah Doss, Milan Elementary School; and ninth-12th graders, Greg Barclay, South Fulton High School; and Shannon Lyon, Obion County Central High School.
Teachers will meet young writers in the lobby of Gooch Hall. Parents should provide a bag or backpack for supplies.
During each camp session, children will be with others their age and will be involved in a variety of writing activities.
Registration is $125 per camper, which includes a T-shirt, writing notebook and an anthology of writing by campers.
The deadline is June 14. To register, go to or call ECOS at 731-881-7082.
For additional information about the camp or WTWP, see the WTWP Web site: or e-mail David Carithers, WTWP director:  
 Young Writers Summer Camp is a program of the West Tennessee Writing Project, a program of professional development for teachers from the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UT Martin.  

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