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Our summer Writing Workshop is back in-person for 2023! 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. 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. Writing Workshop features various workshop choices for 4th to 7th graders.


  • 75% refund will be given until June 1

  • 50% refund will be given with written notice up until a week before camp.

  • No refund after

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Writing Workshop


Program Overview


Grades 4-7

  • TBD


Week 1

  • June 20 - June 23, 2022
    9:00am - 2:30pm

Week 2

  • June 26 - June 30, 2022
    9:00am - 2:30pm


San Jose State University

1 Washington Square, San Jose, 95192


Creative Storytelling: Finding Our Voices Through Literature and the Arts

Calling all kids interested in writing, telling stories, and finding their voice! We will explore different genres of writing: short stories, poems, and fables/myths using music, drama, and art. We will study mentor texts for inspiration and create our own stories, poems, and myths.

Get your creative juices flowing and your pen/pencils ready for some summer fun and creativity!


KEYSONE MANITHEP is an educator who has worked with students ranging from elementary grades to high school. She is currently an Associate Director of the San Jose Area Writing Project and has taught creative writing. In her spare time, she loves to travel, discover new foods, read books, write haikus, and enjoy the natural world.


Goths and Geeks:

Rebels of Poetry and Prose

Are you a fan of Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Percy Jackson? Do you enjoy reading and writing about the supernatural, the unexplained, or the distant future? If so, “Goths and Geeks: Rebels of Poetry and Prose” is the workshop for you!
Over the course of the week, we will read five different literary rebels in the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction; then, we will write our own stories and poems within those worlds (and beyond).


RAVEN SISCO is a poet as well as an English and Creative Writing Teacher at Mt. Pleasant High School in East Side San Jose, CA. She has been published internationally, self-published two books in 2020, and currently serves as the Student Poetry Contest chair for the California Federation of Chaparral Poets. Among her personal interests are crafting, playing volleyball, and of course writing poetry.


Creating Characters Who

Spark Stories & Essays

Enjoy your creativity* in a comfortable class community, with free-drawing to funny prompts and fast free writing. Characters will show up with intriguing story ideas. We'll "draw" out possibilities for you to write and illustrate in any genre[s] you choose. I offer friendly advice, models and space to explore.
*Tune into your imagination

RIVER BROWN is a retired teacher turned illustrator and writer. As a consultant with the San Jose Area Writing Project, River gave numerous writing classes for students and teachers. She loves gardening, walking, picture books, kids' art, good poems, and the beach.

Registration is open!*

*When you register, please rank the top two classes you would like to enroll in via the questions.

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