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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

"Now when I think writing, I think challenging but fun! "

--2010 Camp Participant


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Cal State Northridge Writing Project
Kathleen D. Rowlands, Director
Michael D. Eisner College of Education
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

The Write Stuff 2016

A Camp for Young Writers

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Because of low enrollment, the 2016 Young Writer's Camp has been cancelled.

If you already enrolled your child, you should receive a credit card refund by June 3rd. If you have questions, pleaase email

Give your child the gift of discovering his or her creative voice as a writer through participating in three weeks of engaging activites with language! Space is limited, so register now!

When and Where

Monday through Friday, June 20-July 8, 2016 (except for July 4th) from 9 am until noon.

The camp will be held on the campus of Hale Charter Academy, 23830 Califa Street, Woodland Hills 91367. Room assignments will be communicated on the first day of Camp.

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EIGHT DIFFERENT OFFERINGS targeted to the interests and needs of different age groups.

LITTLE SCRIBES for entering 1st and 2nd Graders. Campers will write and illustrate a number of stories. By the end of camp they will have published at least one multipage book.

MORE THAN STORIES for entering 3rd Graders. Campers will experiment with many different forms of writing such as poetry, riddles, stories, and tall tales. They will read examples of these forms. Then they will write, share their writing with others, and choose a piece for publication.

DISCOVERING A WRITER'S VOICE for 4th and 5th Graders. Campers will use music, art, film, and photographs to inspire their creative talents as they write and share their writing with others before choosing a favorite piece for publication.

DEVELOPING A WRITER'S VOICE for 6th Graders. Campers will learn to have some fun with the written word as they develop into power writers. They will use music, art, film, and photographs to inspire their writing. Then they will experiment with language and syntax to craft their work before choosing a favorite piece for publication.

WRITING WITH STYLE for 7th and 8th Graders. This workshop bridges the gap between middle school and high school by showing campers how to take the creative writing they enjoy and use it in the kinds of writing expected in high school. Campers will work in peer groups before choosing a piece for publication.

WRITING WITH AN ATTITUDE for 9th-12th Graders. This workshop centers on the kinds of writing required in high school, but focuses on writing with creativity, imagination, and style. Campers will examine models of published writers who write with an attitude, experiment with their own styles, and walk into fall classes knowing that whatever writing tasks teachers assign, they will meet their requirements with confidence.

DRAMATIC STORYTELLING for 9th-12th Graders. Campers will learn to write and perform interior and dramatic monologues, short skits, and one-act plays. They may work to develop a concept, create a storyboard, and shoot a short film.

IMPROVING STUDENT ACADEMIC WRITING for 11th and 12th Graders: Campers will develop the writing skills and tools needed to succeed in higher education. They will become familiar with the MLA and APA style sheets, and learn to assess, manage, and use information from multiple sources. They will gain a better understanding of Fair Use and Intellectual Property Rights, and they will improve their presentation skills. Finally, they will learn how to approach on-demand, timed writing tasks such as the SAT, the EAP, and the UC’s Analytical Writing Placement Examination.

The camp costs $450 for three weeks of instruction and includes all materials as well as a camp tee shirt, and a juice and cookie snack mid-morning. (Hale Charter Academy students are offered a discounted rate of $300 for three weeks.) No refunds can be given after June 10, 2016.

A LIMITED number of partial scholarships are available. See the FAQ Here for details and instructions.

Register and pay by credit card for The Write Stuff 2016 HERE!

If you prefer, you can register above and mail a check made out to The University Corporation for $450.00 (or $300 for Hale Charter Academy students) to:

Kathleen Rowlands, Director
Cal State Northridge Writing Project
College of Education #133
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

Return the Two Page Release Form
Download, print, sign and return the Release Form (there are TWO pages to the document) to the address above.

Get the Release Form here: Word format | PDF format