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YAWP: Young Adult Writing Program | CAWP

What is YAWP? 

A component of the Central Arizona Writing Project, YAWP (Young Adult Writing Program) is designed to offer young writers a non-evaluative environment in which to explore the power of creative writing.

What do camps look like?  Offering time and inspiration, YAWP sessions support writers in a collaborative atmosphere as they interact with their peers and share works in progress. YAWP sessions engage young writers in crafting a variety of forms based on the theme and focus of the camp. The creative writing camps, for example focus on writing such as poems, autobiographical sketches, heart maps, short stories, arguments, nature/science observations, craft secrets, and daily writing workshops. Each camper will share a final piece of writing in a culminating celebration and select a piece of writing for publication in the camp anthology.

Where are camps located? All YAWP camps are located on an ASU Campus (Tempe, West, and Poly). You may pick a camp location that best fits your geographical and curricular needs.

What grade levels do we serve? Each camp is uniquely designed to fit the needs of specific age/grade levels. We offer camps for students entering grades 2-12 in the fall 2018.

Who are the writing instructors? All writing instructors are trained Central Arizona Writing Project Teacher Consultants who have completed CAWP’s Invitational Summer Institute or training from the National Writing Project in teaching composition. All YAWP teachers continually implement writing in their personal and professional lives.

When/Where is YAWP? 

YAWP will be held from 9:00am -12:00pm, Monday through Friday

Session A   June 4-15, 2018    Tempe and Poly campuses

Session B   June 18-29, 2018  Tempe and West campuses

Cost: Tuition for each YAWP two-week session is $300. Tuition is collected at the YAWP orientation meeting on May 23, 2018 on the ASU Tempe Campus. There is a late registration fee of $50. We only accept cash or a check made payable to ASU. Each camper will receive a T-shirt designed by a local Tempe artist.  There are no refunds.

 Registration Deadline:  Friday,May 18, 2018 by 5pm

YAWP Orientation:  May 23, 2018, 7:00pm, ASU Tempe Campus

 MAIL Registration To:                                                    Email/ FAX Registration or Questions:

Arizona State University                                                   Tina.Norgren@asu.edu                                         

Att: Tina Norgren                                                                Phone: 480-965-3224

Central Arizona Writing Project-YAWP                           Fax: 480-965-0605 

P.O. Box 871401      

Tempe, AZ 85287-1401

                YOUNG ADULT WRITING PROGRAM (YAWP) MENU OF CAMP OFFERINGS:

ELEMENTARY GRADES

Grades 2-3

Creative Writing (Session A or B Tempe location): These camp sessions offer opportunities for students to spend each morning immersed in writing multiple creative genres such as poems, autobiographical sketches, short stories, plays, and memoirs. Students will write in the outdoors, learn from a published young adult author, and go on a writing marathon on the university campus. This camp is geared toward students who like to write and want to participate.

 Grades 4-5

Write Outside! (Session A or B Tempe location): This dynamic camp offers an opportunity for students in rising grades 4-5 to spend time each morning for two weeks at ASU immersed in creative writing using the inspiration and unknown wonders of the ASU outdoor environment. Students will participate in writing experiments and hands-on science activities with nature, and then move indoors to translate these interactions into words. Because of the summer heat, all outdoor spaces will be shaded and time outdoors will be brief.

MIDDLE GRADES

Grades 6-8

Creative Writing (Session A or B Tempe location): These camp sessions offers opportunities for students in rising grades 6-8 to spend each morning immersed in writing multiple creative genres such as poems, autobiographical sketches, short stories, plays, and memoirs. Students will write in the outdoors, learn from a published young adult author, and go on a writing marathon on the university campus. This camp is geared toward students who like to write and want to participate.

BLENDED GRADES*

Grades 3-8

Creative Writing (Session A Poly campus): This camp offers an opportunity for students in rising grades 3-8 to spend each morning for two weeks at Arizona State University East Polytechnic Campus immersed in writing multiple genres such as poems, autobiographical sketches, short stories, plays, and memoirs. This camp is geared toward students who like to write and want to participate. Students will participate in a writing marathon and write within the desert landscape of this beautiful campus.

Harry Potter Writing and Science! (Session B West campus): This Harry Potter-themed camp offers an opportunity for students in grades 3-8 to spend each morning for two weeks at Arizona State University West campus immersed in writing with trained CAWP Teacher Consultants. This camp is geared toward students who like to write and want to participate with their interest in Harry Potter.

 *in these blended camps writing activities are matched to grade level and needs of each child

HIGH SCHOOL GRADES

Mastering College Admission, Scholarship, & Application Essays (Session A Tempe location-Grades 10-12): This workshop offers high school students an opportunity to develop thoughtful, personal, and powerful admission, application, and/or scholarship essays for colleges, universities and other post-secondary programs. Students will also write creatively, learn from published young adult authors, and experience writing within a university setting.

Writing for College and Career Readiness (Session B Tempe location-Grades 9-12): This workshop offers students an opportunity to improve their creative and analytic writing skills and to develop the tools necessary to succeed in college and career writing. Students will practice a variety of college and career genres along with creative pieces, learn from published young adult authors, and experience writing in a university setting.

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 ASU Now article on YAWP 2016

ASU News article on YAWP 2015