Summer Camp Session A June 3rd-14th, 2024

Summer Camp Session B June 17th-28th, 2024

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. 

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.               

What grade levels do we serve?  4th-12th.   

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. 

Cost: Tuition for each YAWP two-week in person session is $300 plus a $25 book fee for a total of $325. Tuition is due no later than May 29th. We only accept online payments. There are no refunds. 

Are scholarships available? Yes, scholarships are available for those in need. Email for more information.

When/Where is YAWP?   

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

Session A   June 3 - 14, 2024    Tempe Campus  

Session B   June 17 - June 28, 2024    Tempe Campus 

Registration Deadline: Session A: May 28th, 2024 by 5pm Session B: June 10th 2024 by 5pm 


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SESSION A: JUNE 3rd-June 14th 2024

Session Title: The Superpower of Hope: Writing for Change!

Grades: rising 4-5 

Instructor: Ms. Jenny Selayro

Mentor Text: We Have a Dream by Mya-Rose Craig

This literacy lab is for the creative-minded and action-oriented! Join us as we use poetry, digital storytelling, comic strips, and art to consider ways to make positive change in the world. While reading We Have a Dream by Mya-Rose Craig, aka Birdgirl, young writers will explore environmental themes, change making, and the ways one writer can become a spark that starts a movement.


Session Title: Wandering the Wild: Nature Writing for the Middle Grades

Grades:  rising 6-8

Session Leader: Ms. Nicki Mann

Mentor Text: A Wolf Called Wander by Roseanne Parry

Do you love the outdoors? In this workshop, we'll use the natural world as inspiration. Join us for two weeks filled with journaling, poetry, nature fiction, art, and open air drawing. Our writing will be inspired by nature that surrounds us in the campus- fountains, secret gardens, hidden reptiles, and hidden corridors! Let nature inspire you as we read A Wolf Called Wander by Roseanne Parry and explore “ASU’s habitat,” letting it spark imagination and creative writing. 


Session Title: Mind over Media: Using Stories to Change the World

Grades: rising 9-12 

Session Leader: Ms. Ginette Rossi

Mentor Text: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Alevertalli and Aisha Saeed

Do you want to have your voice heard? This literacy lab is designed with a mission of writing for positive change. 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. With inspiration from Yes No Maybe So by Becky Alevertalli and Aisha Saeed, we will write public service announcements, spoken word poetry, infographics, and op-ed essays. Whether focused on pollution, women’s rights, animal abuse, homelessness, environmental issues or more, students will experience the power of the written world. 


 SESSION B: June 17th-28th, 2024

Session Title: Words in the Wild: Bringing Nature to Life Through Writing

Grades: rising  4-5 

Session Leader: Ms. Jenny Selayro

Mentor Text: Wild Child by Dara McAnulty

Let’s write outside! Campers will learn about nature journaling techniques such as easy sketching practices, incorporating their senses into creative writing, and different ways of drawing, writing, and measuring what they see. We’ll explore different parts of the university campus and learn to look for the small details and the big picture! With help from Wild Child by Dara McAnulty, young writers will learn how writing can bring nature to life. If you love nature, this camp is for you; no artistic skill needed! 


Session Title: Step Outside! Writing Inspired by the Outdoors

Grades: rising 6-8th (20-25 capacity)

Session Leader: Ms. Nicki Mann

Mentor Text: Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty

If you ever dreamed about writing a nature book or the next “Planet Earth” documentary, this is the camp for you! Join us to explore  and observe as naturalists. Drawing inspiration from Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty, we will explore ASU’s campus arboretum while nature writing. We’ll also connect with nature and learn about seeing the world through the perspective of others, as we write and share descriptive naturalist articles, essays, creative poetry and drawings.  


Session Title: Writing Your Future: A College and Personal Essay Seminar

Grades: rising 11-12th 

Session Leader: Ms. Kylie Frontczak

This writing seminar welcomes soon-to-be eleventh and twelfth graders who are thinking about that personal statement colleges are looking forward to reading. In this workshop, students will try their hand at a variety of application topics, explore the role of style (not just what you say, but how you say it), and analyze sample personal statements. They’ll draft, share, revise, edit. By the end of the workshop, students will have several “starts” as well as a revised draft of a personal statement.