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YAWP: Young Adult Writing Program | CAWP

What is YAWP? 

A component of the Central Arizona Writing Project, YAWP (Young Adult Writing Program) is designed to offer young writers a non-evaluative environment in which to explore the power of creative writing.

What do camps look like?  Offering time and inspiration, YAWP sessions support writers in a collaborative atmosphere as they interact with their peers and share works in progress. YAWP sessions engage young writers in crafting a variety of forms based on the theme and focus of the camp. The creative writing camps, for example focus on writing such as poems, autobiographical sketches, heart maps, short stories, arguments, nature/science observations, craft secrets, and daily writing workshops. Each camper will share a final piece of writing in a culminating celebration and select a piece of writing for publication in the camp anthology.

Where are camps located? All YAWP camps are located on an ASU Campus (Tempe, West, and Poly). You may pick a camp location that best fits your geographical and curricular needs.

What grade levels do we serve? Each camp is uniquely designed to fit the needs of specific age/grade levels. We offer camps for students entering grades 2-12 in the fall 2020.

Who are the writing instructors? All writing instructors are trained Central Arizona Writing Project Teacher Consultants who have completed CAWP’s Invitational Summer Institute or training from the National Writing Project in teaching composition. All YAWP teachers continually implement writing in their personal and professional lives.

When/Where is YAWP? 

YAWP will be held from 9:00am -12:00pm,  Monday through Friday

Session A   June     1 - 12, 2020  Tempe campus 

Session B   June   15 - 26, 2020  Tempe, West, and Poly campuses

Cost: Tuition for each YAWP two-week session is $300. Tuition is collected at the YAWP orientation meeting on May 20, 2020 on the ASU Tempe Campus. Do not send earlier. There is a late registration fee of $50. We only accept cash or a check made payable to ASU. Each camper will receive a T-shirt designed by a local Tempe artist. There are no refunds.

 Registration Deadline:  Friday, May 15, 2020 by 5pm

YAWP Orientation:  Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 7:00pm, ASU Tempe Campus

 MAIL Registration To:                                                    Email/ FAX Registration or Questions:

Arizona State University                                                   Tina.Norgren@asu.edu                          

Att: Tina Norgren                                                                Phone: 480-965-3224

Central Arizona Writing Project-YAWP                           Fax: 480-965-0605 

P.O. Box 871401      

Tempe, AZ 85287-1401

YOUNG ADULT WRITING PROGRAM (YAWP) MENU OF CAMP OFFERINGS:

ELEMENTARY GRADES

Grades 2-3

Creative Writing (Session A or B Tempe location): These camp sessions offer opportunities for students to spend each morning immersed in writing multiple creative genres such as poems, autobiographical sketches, short stories, plays, and memoirs. Students will write in the outdoors, learn from a published young adult author, and go on a writing marathon on the university campus. This camp is geared toward students who like to write and want to participate.

 Grades 4-5 Session A-Tempe campus

Young Writer's in Nature! (Session A Tempe location): This 10 day program provides an opportunity for students to satisfy their innate curiosity by learning how the world works through exploration of our natural world.  Activities include nature journaling and sketching, poetry, and expository writing, use of field guides to discover local native plants and ecosystems, and creative thinking and problem- solving. 

Grades 4 - 5 Session B-Tempe campus

During the second session of YAWP, 4th and 5th grade writers will explore fantasy and sci-fi genres. We will explore classics in each genre to include Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Wings of Fire and the Endling, among others! We will also look at dystopian writing and how they may include current issues and technologies, but taken to the extreme!  We'll share ideas and respond to each other's work as we polish our writing for an anthology and for future life goals.

MIDDLE GRADES

Grades 6-8 

Creative Writing (Session A or B Tempe location): These camp sessions offers opportunities for students in rising grades 6-8 to spend each morning immersed in writing multiple creative genres such as poems, autobiographical sketches, short stories, plays, and memoirs. Students will write in the outdoors, learn from a published young adult author, and go on a writing marathon on the university campus. This camp is geared toward students who like to write and want to participate.

BLENDED GRADES*

Grades 3-8 (Session B, June 15 - 26, Poly and West Campuses)

Creative Writing: This camp offers an opportunity for students in rising grades 3-8 to spend each morning for two weeks at ASU East Polytechnic Campus (7001 E. Williams Field Rd. Mesa, AZ)  and the ASU West Campus (4701 W. Thunderbird Rd. Glendale, AZ) immersed in writing multiple genres such as poems, autobiographical sketches, short stories, plays, and memoirs. This camp is geared toward students who like to write and want to participate. Students will participate in a writing marathon and write within the desert landscape of these beautiful campuses.

 *in these blended camps writing activities are matched to grade level and needs of each child

HIGH SCHOOL GRADES

Grades 9-12 Session A, June 1-12 (Tempe campus):  Project Citizen: The Superpower of Hope 

This two-week young adult literacy lab is for the political-minded and the action-oriented. Designed with a mission for democracy, the intent is to unite youth from a wide variety of perspectives to think critically about the world in the 21st century and to do something about it with words, digital story-telling, poetry, music or art. With lessons taught by incredible minds and intellectuals, young people are given the tools to turn their passions into an argument that can be experienced by others. Working in a creative workshop setting, we will tell our stories through personal essays, fiction, and poetry. We'll share ideas and respond to each other's work as we polish our writing for an anthology. 

Grades 9-12 Session B, June 15-26 (Tempe campus):  Who Do You Think You Are? A College and Personal Essay seminar

Looking to create a standout college essay, but need a little help? We have the experts who are able to guide you. Everyone has a story, even you. And we know—it feels like this essay is the most important story you will ever tell, but it’s just a story. Let our gifted and savvy instructors guide you through the process, helping you shape the scene around that funny thing you did, or the amazing event you witnessed, or the time when your life was changed forever. This workshop will also include fiction writing, poetry, and a guest author visit. We'll share ideas and respond to each other's work as we polish our writing for an anthology and for future life goals.

REGISTRATION form for YAWP  Fileyawp_registration_2020.docx 

 ASU Now article on YAWP 2016

 

ASU News article on YAWP 2015