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Camp WITS: Writers in the Summer Camp WITS: Writers in the Summer JAN 10, 2017

Camp WITS: Writers in the Summer
A program of Seattle Arts & Lectures
July 24-28 & July 31-August 4
Grades 4-12

At The Center School
(Located in the Armory at Seattle Center)
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109


Scholarships are available! Click on "Register Here" link above and choose "Scholarship Application for All Sessions" from list of camp session options.

Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Camp WITS: Writers in the Summer returns for a second year of fun-filled creative writing featuring comics, fiction, poetry, and spoken word. This year, camp will include two, one-week sessions held from 9:00 am-3:30 pm at The Center School in the Armory of the Seattle Center. Each day will include on-site guided writing time and field trips to the many art, park, and urban offerings surrounding Seattle Center! Taught by accomplished WITS Writers-in-Residence, youth will learn new ways to express their authentic voices while finding fun and joy in the writing process. Campers will make new friends and become part of a community of young writers from across the city. Camp concludes with celebratory readings open to family and friends.

Camp WITS is open to all experience levels and abilities, from new to seasoned writers. Sessions are limited to 20 students each.

WEEK 1: Mon.-Fri. July 24-July 28

Mixed Metaphor (Elementary School)
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Grades 4-5

Students will use play, rhyme, and their own creative visions to write original poems, build vocabulary, and cultivate a love for bringing their imaginations to the page! Activities are tailored to support all levels of readers and writers. All students will create a collection of their work, and have the chance to read one of their poems aloud at an end-of-camp celebration for family and friends.

Meet the Teachers

Samar Abulhassan is a teaching artist and poet living in Seattle. She has worked for Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools Program since 2008. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University, where she studied fiction. She is a Hedgebrook alum, has published five chapbooks (including Farah and Nocturnal Temple), and loves working between poetry and prose.

Jeanine Walker is a poet who holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Cimarron Review, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, Narrative, PageBoy, and Web Conjunctions. She has performed at many venues around town and is the co-producer and host of the variety show 'Mixed Bag.'

Comics & Zines! (Middle School)
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Grades 6-8

In this mixed-genre class, students will combine storytelling and drawing to create handmade comics and zines. Students will learn comics fundamentals, and creative content building, putting these skills to work both in their own pieces, and as part of a printed class anthology. Students will also have the opportunity to showcase and read from their favorite work at an end-of-camp celebration for family and friends.

Meet the Teachers

David Lasky is the co-author of the Eisner-Award-winning graphic novel, Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song. But he is better known to children as the guy who colored Cece Bell's awesome graphic novel, El Deafo, a Newbery Honor Book. He teaches comics at numerous venues in the Seattle area, including Hugo House and Coyote Central.

Kelly Froh has self-published many mini-comics and zines including the all-comics magazine The Weeknight Casserole Collection and her newest, Senior Time. Her comics and stories have appeared in The Seattle Weekly, Poetry Northwest, Moss, and The Women's Review of Books. Kelly has performed at the Hugo House's acclaimed Literary Series, Lit Crawl, Pecha Kucha, Spark Central, and at Bumbershoot. Kelly is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Short Run Comix & Arts Festival. 

Poetry Out Loud (Middle School)
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Grades 6-8

In this poetry workshop, students will develop their authentic voices for the page and the stage! Master youth speaks performance poets will be used as mentor text inspiration for students to generate original work for publication and out loud performance. Students will also explore the issues that are most important to them and respond through poetry. 

Meet the Teachers

Imani Sims spun her first performance poem at the age of fourteen. She has gone on to teach performance poetry to youth and adults, publish her third collection of poetry entitled, (A)live Heart on Sibling Rivalry Press, and focuses on creating interdisciplinary arts experiences for the QPOC community.

Emily Sugiyam earned her Masters in Teaching at Western Washington University and is entering her fifth year of teaching at Broadview Thomson in Greenwood. She teaches 7th and 8th Grade Language Arts and her favorite unit this past year was Speech Writing. She loves reading Young Adult books so she can keep up with her students, and she is always planning her next road trip. 


WEEK 2: Mon.-Fri., July 31-Aug. 4

What's Your Story? (Elementary School)
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Grades 4-5

In this mixed-genre class, students will engage poetry, fiction, and comics to tell the stories that matter to them! What makes a strong character? What do we want them to say? How can we reimagine the world around us? Students will experiment with new literary approaches and strengthen their skills in written, oral, and visual storytelling. They will collaborate together to create an encouraging community of writers and share their work with an end-of-camp performance for family and friends. All students will leave camp with a chapbook of their work.

*Note: Students may sign up for consecutive weeks, curriculum will differ. 

Meet the Teachers

Jane Wong holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. She is a former U.S. Fulbright Fellow and Kundiman Fellow and the recipient of The American Poetry Review's 2016 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books). She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pacific Lutheran University and teaches Creative Writing and Asian American Studies.

Rachel Kessler is co-author of books Who Are We? (including a 7" record) and TYPO, made as co-founder of poetry performance collaborations Vis-a-Vis Society and Typing Explosion, respectively. Her work has appeared in The Stranger, USA Today, Tin House, Poetry Northwest, Narrative and elsewhere. Inspired by everyday occurrences, she has performed poetry in parks, on buses, disguised as a tree, aboard water taxis, in phone booths, hair salons and public restrooms.

Unexpected Connections (Middle School)
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Grades 6-8

This class will focus on writing and thinking about poetry and comics and their intersections. Students will fill their journals and sketch books with drafts of new poems, comics, and poem-hybrids, maps, short fiction, and visual poetry. Students will explore solo writing as well as collaborative projects, taking inspiration from found material, visual art, improv exercises, and field trips around The Center School.

*Note: Students may sign up for consecutive weeks, curriculum will differ.

Meet the Teachers

Emily Bedard writes poetry, fiction, and collaborative screenplays with her sister. She has an M.F.A. from the University of Montana and has taught students from preschool to college age. Her freelance work is in print and online, and her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Swivel, and elsewhere.

Greg Stump has been a regular contributor to The Stranger for more than a decade. He is the co-creator of the comic book series Urban Hipster, a former writer and editor for The Comics Journal, and the creator of the weekly alternative-newspaper comic Dwarf Attack. He teaches comics through a variety of schools and organizations in the Seattle area and recently completed his first graphic novel, Disillusioned Illusions.

Summer Writers’ Society (High School)
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Grades 9-12

Poetry and fiction combine in this mixed-genre camp that will give students the chance to explore writing of all lengths. Students will use poetry, flash-fiction, myth and short stories to express their creative visions, practice authentic dialogue, and get feedback and support from both published writers and peers. At the end of camp, students will have a portfolio of their work and an opportunity to share a piece of writing in a reading for family and friends.

Meet the Teachers

Daemond Arrindell is a poet, performer, and teaching artist. He is currently a faculty member of Freehold Theatre and is co-facilitating a poetry and theater residency at Monroe Correctional Complex for men. In 2012, he taught Seattle University’s first course in Slam Poetry. He has performed in venues across the country and has been repeatedly commissioned by both Seattle and Bellevue Arts Museums.

Michael Overa was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and holds an MFA from Hollins University. A steadfast believer that clear communication opens doors, Michael has taught writing in a variety of venues, including Cornish College of the Arts and the Tinker Mountain Online Writers' Workshop. His work has appeared in the Portland Review, Prime Number Magazine, Fiction Daily and the Denver Syntax, among others.

See you this summer!


Scholarships are available! Click on "Register Here" link above and choose "Scholarship Application for All Sessions" from list of camp session options.

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