Creative Writing Camps
2020 Schedule Coming Soon!
The camps are one-week programs for writers entering grades 3-8 in the fall. The classes are grouped by grade level, limited to 18 students, and are led by credentialed teacher consultants with the San Jose Area Writing Project.
The hours are 9:00 am – 2:30 pm and we are unable to provide daycare in the afternoon. Students bring a snack and lunch. Arts and crafts are offered at lunch time in addition to playground activities.
2019 camps were offered at two locations on two different weeks!
Cumberland Creative Writing Camp - June 10-14, 2019
Cumberland Elementary School | 824 Cumberland Dr, Sunnyvale
Join us next summer!
2019 classes at Cumberland include:
NEW! 1-2 Grades Combo Class: Fledgling Writers
Ready, set, fly! This class will offer a shortened program (9am-12pm) to our youngest budding writers. All students who have completed kindergarten or 1st grade are invited to join us as we help students find joy in the writing process through games, hands on activities, and of course writing!
Register for 1-2 Combo (separate registration from the rest of Cumberland CWC due to the shortened day).
3rd Grade: Writer’s Playground
Love writing? Fantastic! Hate writing? No problem! The aim of this workshop is to instill joy in the writing process for all students. We will play writing games and provide students with mini-lessons across a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, graphic fiction, and informational writing. Come have fun with us and leave bursting with creativity and craft.
4th Grade: Write Your Passion (And Get Better for School at the Same Time)
Writers write better when they write about what they love. What do you love to do? What are you already an expert on? Come write about your passion, and learn fun tools you can use to make all your writing even better.
5th Grade: Superheroes 101: Create Your Own Graphic Novel
Heroes are everywhere– lighting up the screen, filling up the page, even standing out in real life. In this workshop you will create an original story about the adventures of a courageous figure and transform it into a graphic novel you can share. You’ll be prepared to write your first draft by examining mentor texts, followed by brainstorming and discussing ideas. Then, you’ll revise and publish your graphic novel.
6th Grade: Dancing with Minotaurs
This workshop uses poetry, short stories, one act plays, myths, and legends for students to explore creative writing. It culminates in the production of an illustrated myth created by students.
7th Grade: Adventures in Visual Storytelling
Do you love reading graphic novels? Do comics spark your creativity? Do you take photos whenever you can? Join this class to create a visual component to your stories or to tell a story strictly through visuals. This class will include experiencing and analyzing visual art; time to write and create visual art; and feedback from peers and instructor. If you are a novice artist, do not fear—there will be many options available for all levels of writers and visual artists.
8th Grade: All Stories Are True! (Sort of)
What’s your story? We’ll use creative and unique methods to come up with old and new ideas for stories, poems, plays and cartoons. We’ll experiment with different ways to tell and share stories through theatre and the power of our voices.
St. Victor Creative Writing Camp - June 17-21, 2019
St. Victor School | 3150 Sierra Rd, San Jose
2019 classes at St. Victor include:
3rd Grade: Get Fit with Interval Writing!
Do you some genres or text types really ring your bell and with others it feels like you’re writing through molasses? In this creative writing camp session, you will “get fit” for all types of writing through “writing interval training” – writing quick, writing short, writing across the whole week; on demand/ prompt writing and self-chosen projects. Explore a variety of writing activities in a fast-paced, interactive week. Own your writer’s voice and be ready for anything next year!
4th Grade: Something Creative This Way Comes
Calling all science fiction & fantasy fans. We will study exciting mentor texts by authors such as Roald Dahl, Madeleie L’Engle, and Margaret Peterson Haddix as we craft our own short stories. Learn the tricks of the trade to keep your reader turning the page!
5th - 6th Grade: Superheroes 101: Create your own graphic novel
Heroes are everywhere– lighting up the screen, filling up the page, even standing out in real life. In this workshop you will create an original story about the adventures of a courageous figure and transform it into a graphic novel you can share. You’ll be prepared to write your first draft by examining mentor texts, followed by brainstorming and discussing ideas. Then, you’ll revise and publish your graphic novel. Note: modifications will be made to curriculum for students who have taken this class at Cumberland.
7th - 8th Grade: Find your Niche!
Engage in a variety of creative writing exercises to express yourself and the world around you! Use writing as a way to explore social justice issues, issues that are presented through podcasts and other avenues.
Join us next summer!
These are a fun week of camp-style writing classes designed for elementary students to develop their imaginative skills and hone their craft for writing fiction or creative nonfiction. Students learn how writers draw on research and real experience for their stories. They experiment with various formats, i.e. cartoons, online articles, scripts, etc. Teachers confer to give feedback while workshops are in progress.
$300 – Early Bird Pricing ($50 off if registered by April 1)
$350 – Full Price Grades 3-8 Full Day Program
NEW! $200 – Grades 1-2 Partial Day Program
Installment payments available: 25% due:
New This Summer: Youth Writing Certificates
Students in grades 4-8 can earn a certificate from SJAWP and receive a discount of 10% off summer programs at San Jose State by attending 4 weeks of summer writing classes!
Students who are interested in pursuing a Youth Writing Institute Certificate should enroll in both weeks of creative writing camps, then email Associate Director Jane Gilmore at email@example.com for a discount code for the two-week summer programs at San Jose State.