Basic Information

  • For girls and boys entering second through fifth grades
  • Two week-long sessions. The morning will be focused on writing, with the afternoon dedicated to book crafting.
  • August 5-9
    •  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Writing, $400)
    • 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Optional book crafting, $50)
  • August 12-16
    • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Writing, $400)
    • 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Optional book crafting, $50)
  • Campers will need to bring a notebook to write in, lunch, and a refillable water bottle to camp every day. All the supplies needed for book crafting will be provided.

About the Program

The Summer Writing Program will provide a space where boys and girls can feel safe and encouraged as they explore and grow as writers. Each week will be filled with the freedom that creative writing provides. The mission is to provide budding writers the opportunity to grow and learn more about their writing craft in fun and unique ways. 
With their imaginations and trusted notebooks, the writers will learn by doing. Examining metaphor and personification while creating short stories, learning about voice and rhythm in poetry, discussing character and plot as they start to write their novels, led by skilled teachers who are accomplished in their fields and share a love of the written language. 
Daily activities will also be accompanied by different readings — stories, poems, and essays written by their true writing teachers, the published authors who inspire their writing. In the afternoon, the writers will learn the basics of book crafting, designing, and making books in which to publish their written pieces.

About the Camp Team

Simone Wolk is the lead 4th-grade humanities teacher at Burke's. Teaching writing is her passion; helping young writers to paint a picture with the power of their pen. This passion for writing stems from her grandfather, who was a magazine editor and writer, founding Olam Hadash, a monthly children's magazine written in Hebrew, as well as her father who was also a language arts teacher. She believes that great writing teachers live on our bookshelves, so when working with young writers they explore literature and poetry together in order to strengthen their writing. Simone also believes that every young writer carries gems in their pockets and she strives to help them discover them.

Julian Morris is a Fourth Grade Language Arts Associate Teacher here at Burke's. Never without a book and a pen in his bag, Mr. Morris loves nothing more than to help excite, develop, and polish a student's voice in their writing. From group lessons to one-on-one conferencing, Mr. Morris is a student's number one fan during the writing process. From brainstorming, blocks, to the final published work, Mr. Morris cannot wait to see what students come up with next in their writing!

Life at Burke's>Summer Programs>Writing Program>Refund Info

In order to receive a full refund on this summer program, cancellations must be received no later than 14 days before the camp starts.
Financial assistance is available for students receiving tuition assistance at Burke's. Please contact Ron Bannerman for more information.
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