Writing Workshop

We look forward to summer 2021 when we can once again provide in-person camps with our youngest writers; virtual writing classes, unfortunately, are not developmentally appropriate for this age group. In the meantime, write, create, explore, read, and have fun!


See you in 2021.

Two-week program with an option of attending only Week One*.

*Students only attending one week of Writing Workshop must sign up for Week One)

During both weeks, students attend a morning workshop and a different workshop in the afternoon. Please make your choice for two workshops during registration.

Workshops are a creative community engaged in the process of writing. They offer students time, choice, creative exploration, and discussion. They are led by excellent teachers who listen, care, and are able to coach students to develop their writing. In two weeks, students write a lot!

Students choose their writing projects, and enjoy time to sketch, draft, rewrite, and review work with peers as well as confer with teachers. Workshop challenges students to lift the level of their work with models and mentor texts. Teachers encourage students to use a variety of formats and show them strategies for writing for the real world.

On the first Friday we have an author visit and on the second Friday parents are invited after lunch to visit classrooms and enjoy student work.

Students bring a snack and a lunch.  Recess is supervised outdoors on the attractive SJSU Campus.


2019 Classes

San José State University

July 8-12 and 15-19, 2019

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.

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. Prepared for your first draft by studying mentor texts, followed by brainstorming and discussing ideas. Then, you’ll revise and edit to publish your graphic novel.

Writing Love

​School writing hasn’t inspired you? This course will change your relationship with writing! Discover your identity as a writer and ​begin your lifetime​ journey​ of meaningful​ writing.​

Speak It, Write It, Share It

A multimodal approach to the writing process! Students will enhance their creative writing skills,  enjoy oral storytelling, and learn public speaking techniques and as they write and share stories of importance to them.

Something Creative This Way Comes

Calling all writers who enjoy creating worlds of their own! In the first week we will explore the craft of writing science fiction and fantasy and in the second week we will focus on utopian and dystopian literature. Study exciting mentor texts as you write our own short stories. Learn the tricks of the trade and keep your readers turning the page!


Pricing for 2019

$650 – Full Two Weeks Early Bird ($100 off if registered by May 1)

$750 – Full Two Weeks

$350 – One Week Only Early Bird ($50 off if registered by May 1)

$400 – One Week Only Full Price

Installment payments: 25% due:

  • April 1

  • May 1

  • June 1

  • July 1



San José Area Writing Project

English Department, FO 126
1 Washington Sq

San Jose, CA 95192



*Due to COVID, office is closed. Please email.

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