On the final day of the first week, the camp was visited by an enthusiastic writer, Scott Reintgen. He is a former English teacher who, after publishing his first novel, has become a full time writer. His second novel is set to come out in a few days. Both novels are apart of a young adult series. After introducing the campers to himself and his novels, he lead them in a writing activity. In this activity campers were asked to finish the statement “I write because…” five different ways. Afterwards, they selected their favorite one. Then volunteers were chosen to share, and as they read them in succession, they formed a sort of oral poem.
Feeling energized by such a vibrant speaker, the campers, once divided into their groups, set to work on their own writing pieces. In most classrooms, all you could hear when you walked in were computer keys clacking away. A few teachers offered the campers some time to peer edit a fellow camper. Because most of the camp spent the entire day writing and editing, campers left at noon feeling accomplished and excited.
Those staying for the afternoon session enjoyed a nice break to eat lunch, chat amongst each other and give their brains a break from writing. But when the 1:00 session started up, the campers were ready to write again. The fiction writing group spent the beginning talking about their favorite story beginnings and what each of beginning accomplished. This allowed for them to think about their own beginnings and whether they were accomplishing the same things. After that they set to work on their writings and followed they drafted for the rest of the time.
The podcasting and poetry/spoken word groups are also getting a lot accomplished. Many campers in the poetry course, seem to be finding their footing in their poems and will enter next week ready to start memorizing them and practicing their performance. The podcasting course has been gearing up for the campers to start recording their own podcasts. They have begun working with Garageband to create intro, in between and outro sound bits and brainstorming their ideas for what their podcast will talk about.
All in all, with the first week of camp under their belts, campers are feeling confident and excited about their progress, ready to begin the second week strongly.
Reintgen showing the campers an example of an “I write because..” poem
K-2 class working on their stories
7-8 class typing away
6th grade class working hard