Summer Camp Composition
Taught by School Director Laurie Gourley
“I don’t know what to write for my story. Where do I even begin?”
Has your child ever said something like this? Have you ever watched them sit and stare at a blank piece of paper or computer monitor? Writing can be a complicated skill to learn. But it isn’t impossible.
This summer, I will offer Camp Composition, a week-long session geared to help even the most anxious student begin the process of becoming a writer.
Like a painter needs a canvas, brushes and paint, students require tools with which to write well. I have learned that the key to teaching writing is to break the writing task into distinct steps. After 18 years of using IEW’s syllabus, The Institute of Excellence in Writing, I have witnessed that writing can be taught in incremental parts where students are able to experience success, which begins to build confidence in their writing abilities. This confidence, combined with learning how to organize and express their thoughts, allows the student the freedom to develop their own sense of writing style.
I teach writing as a process that encourages the students to think. This class uses logic and organization as a building block for the expression of information and ideas. With practice, modeling, repetition and encouragement, most students will begin to produce well-written, logical papers.
I am offering one Camp with two distinct topics during the week of June 11th – June 15th. The goals are described below.
This class will be held June 11th – June 15th, Monday-Friday from 9:00-10:30AM, a total of 7.5 hours of intensive instruction, 1.5 hours per day. Each day is necessary to understand the composition concepts presented.
The fee for the week is $100.00. I will supply all necessary paper, handouts, and research material. Your child should bring a notebook, pencils or pens, and a dictionary/thesaurus. Space is limited so please send your registration in early. Click here to print the registration form. Thank you for your interest in Camp Composition!