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YAWP: Young Adult Writing Program | CAWP

 YAWP 2022 info is coming!

Wait to register in January 2022.

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 writing. Due to COVID-19 our camps will all be offered in an ONLINE workshop format this fall!     

What do camps look like?  Offering time and inspiration, YAWP sessions support writers in a collaborative atmosphere where they can 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, craft secrets, and daily writing workshops.  Each camper will share a final piece of writing for publication in the camp anthology.               

Where are camps located?  Held ONLINE due to COVID-19.

What grade levels do we serve?  4th - 12th grades online this summer and will fit the needs of specific age/grade levels.    

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 K-12 YAWP teachers are certified to teach in the state of Arizona. All YAWP teachers continually implement writing in their personal and professional lives. 

When is YAWP?   Session A: June 7 - 18, 2021.       Session B: June 21 - July 2, 2021.                      Held Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm (exception: Session A- High School 1:00-4:00pm)

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Grades 4-5  Where Do Stories Come From? (Session A Only):  In this 10 day program for 4th and 5th graders, we will explore where inspiration and stories come from. Each day we will read a book, draw pictures, create hands-on projects or travel around our space in search of a story. We will explore different genres and stretch our imaginations. We will share our ideas and write collaboratively as well. At the end of this program, every student will have an ebook containing their writing and documenting their journey of creative writing. 

 Grades 4-5  Writers are Readers (Session B Only):  In this 10 day program for 4th and 5th graders, we will take daily inspiration from popular published books. Each day will feature a reading passage from a chapter or storybook to inspire our own stories. Some of the titles we will cover are City of Ember, Elle Enchanted, Wonder, Frindle, Holes, and more. (These books do NOT have to be read before the program). Each day after reading we will write and share together. At the end of this program, every student will have an ebook containing their own creative story.                                                                             


Grades 6-8  Writing Warriors: Writing Across Genres (Sessions A or B): There are many genres of writing to explore and here are but a few: movie script, news article, song lyrics, recipes, comic strip, essay, advice column, brochure, instruction manual, classified ad, poetry, science fiction, even science fiction utopian poetry. Think about all the writing you love to read and topics that pique your interest.   This course is designed as a journey of discovery in genre, voice and questions that interest you. There will be 3 instructional sections with opportunities for whole group shared writing, partner writing, and independent writing.   The first part of the class will be devoted to genre study using mentor texts.  Finally, we will share with one another to receive ideas, encouragement and inspiration from other writers. 

Grades 6-8   Writing in a Digital World! (Session A only):    Writing isn’t just limited to paper! Kids often have great ideas and need ways to safely express them. In this workshop, participants will create 21st-century texts using multiple digital platforms. They will become writers who can podcast, blog, publish book and gaming reviews, and even build their own sites! Each student will work with a subject matter that they are passionate about. The instructor will guide them on how to tap into creative ways to navigate the digital writing world. Students will need access to both their own Gmail account and apps on either phones or tablets.  

Grades 6-8  Rise Up and Write (Session B only): 
These camp sessions offer 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. They will explore how to make a good horror story, how to create mystery, how to make us laugh, and how to create characters and worlds that resonate.Students will also learn from a published young adult author. This camp is geared toward students who like to write and want to participate.


Grades 9-12   Project Citizen: The Superpower of Hope (Session A Only): NOTE TIME CHANGE: 1:00-4:00pm This two-week young adult literacy lab is for students who dream big and strive for a brighter future. Designed with a mission for the action-oriented, the intent is to unite youth from a wide variety of perspectives to think critically about the world and their place in it. By expressing their voices, students will become windows and bridges; they will learn tools for effective craft and communication. With lessons taught by incredible minds and intellectuals, student writers will transform 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, poetry and digital/visual narratives. Students will leave the workshop with pieces of writing to submit to college applications, scholarships, literary magazines, or for their own personal collection. We will also polish our writing for an anthology.

Grades 9-12   Discovering Your Story  (Session B Only):  Held 9am - 12pm.  Everyone has a story: including you! The events, experiences, people and time take a significant role in shaping our lives and our identities. The journey of discovering how to tell your story will begin here. Let our gifted and supportive instructors guide you through the process, helping you shape the scene around that person who helped you, or the amazing event you witnessed, or the time when your life was changed forever. This workshop will also include collaboration among 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 a creative journey of self discovery. 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.

Cost: Tuition for each YAWP two-week session is $250 if paid by May 19th and $300 after that date.   YAWP is now closed for 2021!

We only accept cash, check/money order made payable to ‘Arizona State University.’  Electronic checks are not accepted.  There are no refunds.

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Questions to: or  call 480-353-9233.