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Building Fantastical Worlds (July 8 – July 12)

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 8-11) Have you ever wondered what it’s like living in a magical world, like that of Harry Potter, the Chronicles of Narnia, or The Borrowers? How does one leave the world of the everyday and leap into those of the fantastical ones? Better yet, how does one create their own? Join us for an exploration of surprising worlds of all shapes and sizes! Learn new perspectives from which to build original, in-depth worlds in your creative writing.…

Young Storytellers (July 8 – July 12)

July 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) The art of storytelling is important for confidence in any presentation. This camp will introduce skills needed to engage an audience. We’ll practice a variety of techniques to deliver a story including voice, body language, and facial expressions. We will learn to make a story come alive in the telling. With the help of the instructor, students will choose a fairytale character whose story they’d like to tell. At the end of the week we’ll show…

My Name in Print (July 15 – July 19)

July 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 8-11) Write, write, write! We will spend the first part of this camp producing poems, stories, journal entries, and creative essays through imaginative writing prompts. Participants will be encouraged to try all genres, but will focus on the one(s) they feel most passionately about. Participants will learn to make the most of their writing by sharpening their editing and revising skills. Then they will select their favorite work, which will become part of a class anthology. At…

The Secret Lives of Animals (July 15 – July 19)

July 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) From the Talking Beasts of Narnia to the Warrior Cats to the owl Hedwig, animal characters fill youth fiction with adventure, both realistic and fantastic. We’ll observe real animals with a ZooMobile visit. We’ll share our favorite animal stories and write some of our own. We’ll make the kinds of choices authors face when writing animal characters. To anthropomorphize (make like humans) or not? Can they talk with each other, with other animals, with humans? How…

Supernatural Shakespeare (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 8-11) Calling young thespians! We’ll spend the week walking into the world of William Shakespeare, with special focus on his use of the supernatural in his plays. We’ll explore his life and times and learn the secrets to his use of language. We’ll play theatre games, peek into some of his otherworldly plots and characters, and even learn how to ward off the curse of The Scottish Play! Come, let’s cook up some chaos, incite some sibling…

Find a Mystery (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) There’s something mysterious about Writers & Books. Was the building designed by a man who talked to ghosts? Where does the staircase go and what’s with the little door at the top? What happened to the cracker I left on the mantel last month? It’s a mystery! Whether your favorite sleuth is Nancy Drew or Herculeah Jones, Dink Duncan or Encyclopedia Brown, you’re sure to get a chance to follow their lead: something mysterious is always…

Poetry, Pottery, and Paper (August 5 – August 9)

August 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

(ALL DAY: for ages 8-11) In this collaboration between Writers & Books and the Flower City Arts Center, you’ll have a unique opportunity to merge visual arts with creative writing. You will use a press mold to create a ceramic book, write pottery-inspired poems, interview real artists, make paper, and use a letterpress to print the words you have written. This camp will be a real hands-on experience taught by professional artists and writers at both the Flower City Arts…

Flash Your Fiction (August 12 – August 16)

August 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 8-11) Flash fiction is a very short form of story writing. Every word is essential. These stories have all the parts: character, setting, and plot but in a nutshell. We’ll learn to hook the reader and then, through an unexpected twist, leave the reader wanting more. In writing our own pieces, we’ll analyze the power of words and learn what is and isn’t necessary for a good story. Editing will be a key component, as will feedback…

Gods, Heroes, and Beasts: Fabulous Mythic Theatre (August 12 – August 16)

August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) Come on a journey to explore the larger than life, super-powered gods, heroes, and beasts of many cultures such as Celtic, Eastern Indian, Norse, African, and Asian. We will share stories from Korwin Briggs’ Gods and Heroes and enjoy flipping through the Myth Match: A Fantastical Flipbook of Extraordinary Beasts. Learn about dialogue and story line. With your team make your mythic characters come alive through their words and actions. Create a humorous or melodramatic skit…

My Idea Book (August 19 – August 23)

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: ages 8-11) Artists carry sketchbooks to capture ideas with drawings. Writers carry journals to capture thoughts and experiences with words. In this camp, we will gather pictures and words in our own special “idea books” in order to explore ways in which art and words can work together. We will take walks in the neighborhood and visit the Memorial Art Gallery to capture images in sketches and words. We will experiment with both illustration and writing by trying different…

Heroes of Social Justice (August 19 – August 23)

August 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) Last year, 2018 marked the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass, and here in Rochester we will continue to honor his legacy. This camp will celebrate heroes around the world who stand up for justice and freedom. We will learn about local heroes in our history like Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, as well as today’s heroes and innovators such as refugee and Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini, human rights activist Yeonmi Pak, and more! You will…

Kitabu* Kingdom! (August 26 – August 30)

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(MORNINGS: for ages 8-11) Books, books, books, and more books! We will read—in the classroom, outside under a tree, nestled in a cozy corner. We’ll read with a community of readers, we’ll pick favorite passages to share aloud, we’ll listen, and we’ll discuss our own very favorite books. What makes a book compelling? What draws you in and keeps you returning for more? We’ll explore these questions through writing our observations and participating in group activities. Come prepared with a…

Percy Jackson’s Greek Myth Readers Theatre (August 26 – August 30)

August 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) When New York middle school student Percy Jackson finds out he is a Demi-god, the Greek myths come alive in a way he would never have imagined! We’ll explore his adventures, and learn about Greek gods, heroes, and modern-day Demi-god heroes along the way. You’ll get to create your own hero and act out brief role-plays based on the adventures of Demi-god heroes. With your team, you’ll practice a reader’s theatre skit based on a chapter…

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