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Young Writers Find Place to Belong at Summer Writing Project Camp

Publication: South Coast Today
Date: July 17, 2014

Summary: The Buzzards Bay Writing Project's summer writing camp provides opportunities for growth in writing for youth participants and a "family" to return to each year.


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Isaac, age 13, heads many summer mornings from his New Bedford home to Case Junior High School in Swansea Village, where he and several other students attend the Summer Camp for Young Writers, sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Writing Project. The program is based at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for University, School and Community Partnerships in Fairhaven.

The SouthCoast project is a site of the National Writing Project and is a nonprofit K-16 professional development provider that serves teachers at all levels. The project's mission is to promote exemplary instruction in every classroom and in all disciplines across the curriculum.

The summer camp, which began in 2008, was created by the BBWP for young writers in grades 4-12. A similar program is held in Somerset for students in grades 3-4. Students explore writing in several genres, including poetry, prose, fiction and nonfiction."

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