My name is Mel and last year, I participated in the Young Writers’ Camp as a rising senior and it was so inspiring that I couldn’t stay away. Now I am a volunteer here, in hopes of inspiring the young minds of future, writers, authors, bloggers, movie directors, teachers or even another UNCG Young Writer’s camp volunteer. I speak from personal experience that these two weeks are going to be spectacular.
Day 1 The first day of any camp is crazy, but when you are working with great people and encouraging young minds, the experience makes the whole day all worthwhile. From elementary school to high school, UNCG is the perfect place for students to continue learning about creative and informational writing, discover their potential without the stress of homework and prepare them for the coming school year. It is also a chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones in a comfortable learning environment and enjoy a delicious snack break.
On the first day, the main purpose was to encourage the students to begin brainstorming ideas for their books, websites, blogs etc. You see, the camp is participating in The Melon Project, in which students are creating and editing projects for a school in Kenya where few have the chance to embrace the magic of books or have a chance in an education. Soon everyone began unlocking imaginative locations, colorful characters, touching emotions, heart pounding thrillers, tales of a dark aurora surrounding the scene and memories of a forgotten past from the dormant part of their subconscious. Everyone was enjoying the group discussions later on, where they discussed their ideas, offered advice and started to plan their next move. So far, the camp is running smoothly and there is still more to come.