Plymouth Writing Project Summer Camps for Young Writers

July 2nd, 2007 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — The Plymouth Writing Project, New Hampshire’s chapter of the National Writing Project, is hosting a series of summer camps here at Plymouth State University and at the Elm Street School in Laconia.

The aim of the Plymouth Writing Project is to prepare teachers for leadership roles in the teaching of writing. They explore best practices in intensive five-week summer institutes and specialized leadership training. The Plymouth Writing Project summer camps are directed by PWP teacher consultants, who bring the best in writing instruction to area children.


The camps offered in Plymouth are Adventure Writing for students entering grades 4-5, from July 16-20, Fantasy and Fiction, for students entering grades 6-7, from July 23 to 27 and Poetry and Prose for students entering grades 8-9, from July 9-13.

Teachers Kari Allen and Jennifer Larochelle will direct the Plymouth camps. Allen is a second-grade teacher at the Sant Bani School in Sanbornton and a graduate of Plymouth State University’s masters program in the teaching of writing, while Larochelle teaches seventh-grade literacy classes at Newfound Memorial Middle School and is a two-time writing project fellow.

The camps in Laconia are directed by Donna Marie Gamlin and Amanda O’Riordan, both teachers at Elm Street School and Plymouth Writing Project fellows. The camps in Laconia include Poetry and Personal Narrative in Your Own Backyard for students entering grades 5-6, from July 9-13, and Fantasy and Realistic Fiction with Fur, Friends, and Fun for students entering grades 3-4, from July 16-20.

Camps are appropriate for children with all degrees of comfort with writing. The aim is to make writing meaningful and enjoyable for all participants.

For more information about the camps, contact Meg Petersen, Plymouth Writing Project Director at 535-2684, or by e-mail

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