2013 "Write On!" Elementary Writing Camp

This summer,  area elementary students, grades 3 - 6, gathered at Missouri Western State University to attend the annual PLWP elementary writing camp.  They published an anthology with their favorite writing pieces in it (Read the anthology).

Here is a letter from the campers and teachers describing the camp:

Dear Readers,

The 2013 campers came from elementary schools all over the city of
St. Joseph, grades three through six, and gathered at Missouri Western State
University from May 28th – June 20th.

On some days, as many as one hundred campers gathered to write, reflect,
respond to writing prompts, take part in read alouds, and participate in other writing activities.
We then shared our writing during open mic time and learned a great deal from one
another’s work. Our teachers were very pleased to see us using the lessons we were
learning about author’s craft as we wrote our stories. After open mic we met in
literature circles and discussed the book we had chosen to read. Reading the works of
popular, current authors gave us a chance to study how they crafted their stories.
Break time came next and was an opportunity to relax, find inspiration, and make
new friends. Following break, we reconvened in small groups to learn more about the
craft of writing, to write more, and to share even more. We experienced a wide
variety of writing activities that have helped us to become better writers.

Two special highlights to this year’s camp were the writing marathons we were
able to take. Both marathons took us around the Missouri Western campus. As we
traveled around campus we learned how important it is to write in new places. When
authors write in new places, new ideas often surface.

Our anthology was created from a collection of writings that began as mere
ideas and eventually, through using the writing process, blossomed into polished
pieces. We are officially published authors! So please read and enjoy our writing. We
definitely had fun creating it and we’re happy to share it with you now.

Write on! Youth Writing Camp Staff
Director: Ann Dotson
Co-Director: Christie Leigan
Assisted by: Mya Mikkelsen, Jerri Fischer, Misty Burright, Tia Frahm, and Raelynn
Anthology compiled and edited by: Ann Dotson, Christie Leigan, Mya Mikkelsen, Jerri
Fischer, Misty Burright, Tia Frahm, and Rae Lynn Stroud


Write On! camp was a cooperative partnership of Prairie Lands Writing Project, the St. Joseph School District, and Missouri
Western State University
. For more information about our summer writing camps, contact Christie Leigan, PLWP Youth Program
Director (christie.leigan@sjsd.k12.mo.us) or check our website at http://www.missouriwestern.edu/plwp/youth/.