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2022 camps have been canceled.

 

What is the Minnesota Writing Project (MWP)?

The Minnesota Writing Project (MWP) supports literacy learning in its many forms for all learners. We are a network of teachers across the state of Minnesota across all grade levels and subject areas. We love learning and exploring reading and writing!

A component of the Minnesota Writing Project, our summer camps are designed to offer young writers a non-evaluative environment in which to explore literacy in many forms.

Are camps virtual or in person in summer 2022?

We are offering both in person and virtual camps.

What do camps look like?

Offering time and inspiration, MWP camps support writers in a collaborative atmosphere where they can explore a variety of genres. These one-week and multi-week camps engage young writers in reading and crafting a variety of forms based on the theme and focus of the camp.

What is the structure of MWP camps?

Virtual camps use Zoom and Google docs. Each camper and their guardian will receive a link to a Zoom meeting that will occur at the same time each day of the camp (e.g., 9:00–10:30am Monday–Friday). Campers will also be invited to share their writing with the teachers through Google Drive for feedback throughout the week, though this will be optional in order to support online privacy if a guardian wishes. 

In-person camps will include 3 hours of active learning through writing, reading, and sharing. We will be outside as weather and curriculum allow. All campers and guardians are expected to wear masks while they are inside any buildings on the University campus (subject to change based on the most recent guidance from the CDC). Campers may be dropped off up to thirty minutes before a camp and must be picked up within 30 minutes after a camp. If a camper is participating in both morning and afternoon camps, there is a supervised space for campers to eat lunch (which they should bring on their own). 

For virtual and in-person camps, campers and guardians will also receive an email from the teacher the Friday before the first day of the camp and every day of the camp sharing (1) a review of what happened during camp that day, (2) documents with activity descriptions and reading selections, and (3) extension ideas such as conversation starters or additional resources such as texts or writing activities.

Why are camps during the week of June 20 only four days long?

The Minnesota Writing Project recognizes the federal holiday Juneteenth. As with other federal holidays that fall on weekends, recognition shifts to the closest weekday. This year, that is Monday, June 20.

Camps that run the week of June 20 will include emailed optional activities and resources for campers in place of programming on Monday of that week. Camps will officially start on Tuesday, June 21 and will include a four-day arc of programming related to but not dependent on the optional materials sent in place of programming on Monday, June 20.

Camp Directors

Anna Schick

Anna (she/her/hers) currently teaches future English teachers at the University of Minnesota. She is a former middle and high school English teacher, teaching locally in St. Paul and internationally in Switzerland. She is happiest walking under tall trees, baking banana bread with a three-year-old chef, and writing in creative and new ways.

 

 

Jana LoBello Miller, Ph.D.

Jana LoBello Miller (she/her/hers) currently serves as the Co-Director of Elementary Teacher Education at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. She is both a former elementary and special education teacher. Outside of teaching, she enjoys biking, kayaking, dog walks, and writing letters to friends and family.

 

 

Kay Rosheim, Ph.D.

Kay Rosheim (she/her/hers) works as a Literacy Specialist for Eden Prairie Schools and teaches graduate level courses at the University of St. Thomas and St. Cloud State University to teachers seeking reading endorsements. Besides teaching reading, she loves to teach writing and write herself. She also loves to bike and spend as much time outside as possible with her husband and their dogs Sisca and Yogi.

 

 

Lee Fisher, Ph.D.

Lee is the Director of the Minnesota Writing Project and former high school English and Theater teacher. He loves children’s literature and oral storytelling. You will find him going on adventures with his two-year-old and in the kitchen cooking and baking for his family.

 

 

Questions?

Email us at mwp@umn.edu.