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Summer Writer's Camp at Oakland Writing Project Helps Youth See Life Through Writer's Lens

Publication: Sherman Publications, Inc.
Date: July 31, 2013

Summary: The Oakland Writing Project held a Summer Writer's Camp which encouraged participants to see their own experiences through a writer's eyes. They toured local areas in search of inspiration and were pushed to focus on the details of their experiences.


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Students in the Oakland Summer Writer's Camp just finished eating pizza and cookies from Rudy's Market after walking through downtown Clarkston. With their notes of different things they saw on their walk and learned while taking a tour at the Union, they thought about what they could write before they headed back to Renaissance High School.

Directors Jim Haugh and Phyliss Ness added so far the highlight of the two week camp was visiting the Union.

They also explained the camp is part of the National Writing Project under the Oakland Writing Project.

'The idea is to help children lead their lives as writers,' said Ness. 'We talk a lot about leading the writery life. Our focus for the two weeks we have the children is on personal narrative writing which can take a form of a story, a poem or opinion piece.'"

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