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2021 Summer Camps Interest Form


Registration for 2020 summer camps is closed.

 

Participation waiver

Each youth being registered for Minnesota Writing Project online workshops must have a waiver signed by a guardian.

  1. Download the waiver form  (a Microsoft Word document). This form is also available by request (email mwp@umn.edu).
  2. Complete the required boxes, including signer's name, youth's name, relationship, signer's email address, signer's mailing address, and signature.
  3. Email the completed form to mwp@umn.edu.

Youth MUST have a signed waiver on file in order to participate in the online workshops.

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. Because of current health conditions, our camps will all be offered in an online workshop format this summer! 

What do workshops look like?

Offering time and inspiration, MWP youth workshops support writers in a collaborative atmosphere where they can explore a variety of genres. These one-week workshops engage young writers in reading and crafting a variety of forms based on the theme and focus of the camp. Many of these workshops will use modified curriculum from our in-person camps.

Where are workshops located?

All MWP youth workshops are located online using Zoom and email. Each young writer and their guardian will receive a link to a Zoom meeting that will occur at the same time each day for the five-day workshop (e.g., 9:00–10:00am Monday–Friday). They will also receive an email from the teacher the Friday before the first day of the workshop and every day of the workshop sharing (1) a review of what happened during the workshop 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. Young writers 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. Workshops will meet each morning or afternoon online in a shared time-slot (9:00–10:00am or 1:00–2:00pm) with writing activities, collaborative discussions, and ways to connect with peers. 

What grade levels do we serve?

Each workshop is uniquely designed to fit the needs of specific age/grade levels. We offer workshops for young writers entering grades 7–12 in fall 2020. 

Who are the teachers?

All writing instructors are trained Minnesota Writing Project Teacher Consultants who have completed one of the MWP’s Summer Institutes offered in collaboration and with support from the National Writing Project in teaching composition. All MWP teachers are certified to teach in the state of Minnesota. All MWP teachers continually implement writing in their personal and professional lives.

When are the workshops offered? 

Workshops will be held from 9:00am–10:00am or 1:00–2:00pm, Monday through Friday for two weeks (see below for selections). This time will be used to set up the activities for the day, write as a group, and/or share and reflect on activities from the previous day. Young writers will then receive planned writing or reading activities to work on at home during the day/evening depending on what works best for each participant. The amount of time young writers devote to these activities may vary depending on the individual, interest, and availability, but teachers will plan on a minimum of two hours of work time in addition to the one hour of face-to-face time. Many young writers have chosen to devote much time to their work because of their excitement about the materials offered by teachers, but this is completely optional.

What do the workshops cost?

Each workshop costs $125. Need-based scholarships are available upon request. A $15 sibling discount is also available. Because we are reducing the costs of workshops by over 40% in recognition of the financial challenges many are facing, we are not offering additional discounts.

Workshop Offerings

Check out our downloadable flyer!

Week 1: June 15–19, 9:00–10:00 am

  • Family Writing Workshop with Kay Rosheim, Grades 4–6 (With families! One registration covers anyone living with the student, including guardians, siblings, and more!)
  • Harry Potter Fan Fiction with Jess Emery, Grades 7–8
  • Flash Fiction with Jonathan Nelson, Grades 7–8
  • Non-Linear Storytelling with Adam Koehler, Grades 9–12

Week 1: June 15–19, 1:00–2:00 pm

  • Harry Potter Fan Fiction with Jess Emery, Grades 7–8
  • Young People Destroy Science Fiction! and Fantasy with Jacob Juliar, Grades 7–8
  • Flash Fiction with Jonathan Nelson, Grades 9–10

Week 2: June 22–26, 9:00–10:00 am

  • Interactive Fiction with Bryan Coyle, Grades 7–8
  • Super Hero Stories with Adam Koehler, Grades 7–8
  • Rhymes, Rhythm, and Poetry with Alexei Moon Casselle, Grades 9–12

Week 2: June 22–26, 1:00–2:00 pm

  • Scary Stories with Leyla Suleiman, Grades 7–8
  • Young People Destroy Science Fiction! and Fantasy with Jacob Juliar, Grades 9–12

Workshop Teachers

Bryan Coyle

Bryan Coyle is a Language Arts Teacher at Irondale High School in New Brighton. When he's not teaching, he loves reading historical fiction, running along Minnehaha Creek, and spending time with his dog.

 

 

 

Adam Koehler

Adam has been an educator for the previous 10 years serving youth in a variety of ways including outdoor educator, ropes course facilitator, AVID tutor, and licensed English teacher. Currently, Adam teaches 9-10th grade Language Arts at Great River School in St. Paul. When he’s not teaching, Adam loves to read, play guitar, and explore Minnesota’s natural spaces.

 

Alexei Moon Casselle

Alexei Moon Casselle AKA Crescent Moon is a songwriter, rapper, poet and educator that has dedicated over 25 years to the art of creative expression through writing and performance. Known mostly for his work in bands such as Kill The Vultures, Mixed Blood Majority, Roma di Luna, and as a previous backing vocalist for Twin Cities legends Atmosphere, as well as Eyedea & Abilities, Crescent Moon has also focused his creative energy on writing workshops for youth in Minnesota and abroad, as well as coaching spoken word teams in international poetry slam competitions.

 

 

Jacob Juliar

Jacob Juliar (he/him/his) is a bilingual writer and Wayzata middle-school teacher who spent a decade living in Seoul, South Korea—a bustling city of 20+ million people. He spends his days reading Calvin and Hobbes anthologies to his two small children and the rest of his time searching for and reading science fiction and fantasy books that take place in space.

Jess Emery

Jess Emery is a teacher at Henry Sibley High School. She teaches writing to English Language Learners, and co-teaches across content areas with other teachers at her school. She is passionate about her students, running, cooking, reading, and spending time with the people she loves.

Jonathan Nelson

Jonathan Nelson is a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at Minnetonka Middle School West. In addition to helping students learn, he also loves reading, coffee, disc golf, and podcasts about history and law.

 

 

 

 

Kay Rosheim

Kay is a teacher-researcher and literacy specialist at Forest Hills Elementary in Eden Prairie. Kay is a lover of writing, reading, and nature. She is happiest when she is outside walking her two golden retrievers Yogi and Sisca or cuddled up with a good book with her dogs by her side.

 

 

Leyla Suleiman

Leyla Suleiman teaches 9th and 10th grade English Literature at Park Center Senior High. In addition to loving her work as a teacher, she loves to find new ways of being creative, like making clothes, loom weaving, and cooking food from around the world. She also loves all kinds of movies, from romantic comedies to horror films.

 

 

Questions?

Email us at mwp@umn.edu.