Young Writers Invited to Join PSU’s National Writing Project

March 24th, 2011 by Adam

Do you know a child who loves to write? Do you think it would help them to be personally mentored by teachers in a day camp close to home? The National Writing Project in New Hampshire to offer writing camps for young writers, offering summer camps in six locations for young writers entering grades 3-8 in the fall. The programs are scheduled during the months of July and August. New Hampshire’s National Writing Project director, Dr. Meg Petersen, a Plymouth State University English professor, says the programs are laboratories for best practices in teaching writing.

“In the summer camps, writing project teachers develop writing programs that can serve as models,” said Petersen. “When these talented teachers can focus on writing with children, amazing results are possible.”

Each camp has its own theme. Camps in Hollis center on our relationship to nature and the natural environment, while camps in Concord focus on writing in different genres through the inspiration of art and music. In Plymouth, students will write from different perspectives and explore the senses in writing. The camp for grades 6-8 in Littleton will focus on bringing the North Country to life through writing, while the grades 3-5 camp will focus on writing and dreams. Campers in Laconia will create their own characters using props. A special camp in Meredith will have students creating their own movies from their original writing.

The summer programs allow young writers to share in the art of writing and thus to create communities of writers. During the week students write in journals and on computers, share their writing with one another for feedback in peer conferences, work on revisions and publish their writing. The week culminates with a sharing of student work for parents, families and friends and a group anthology which is printed for all participants and subsequently available as a publication on the project website.

The National Writing Project in New Hampshire (NWPNH) is a site of the National Writing Project, which is dedicated to improving the teaching of writing in our nation’s schools. This year, the project will celebrate its tenth summer institute for the best teachers of writing in the state. The project also offers a residential writing institute for young writers entering grades 9-12 on the campus of Plymouth State University. All summer youth writing project programs are staffed and planned by NWPNH teacher consultants. For more information and registration forms visit the project website or contact NWPNH youth program coordinator, Heidi Freeman or call 677-3978.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or