This week I’m combining my love of writing and teaching through play to facilitate a writing camp for kids in St. Paul, Alberta. The St. Paul & District Arts Foundation is offering Compose Your Summer, four days of literature and dance. Miss Heather is facilitating the dance and I’ll facilitate the writing portion.
Here are some of the ideas we’ll be trying:
DAY 1 – FOCUS ON SETTING
Ice-breaker idea from She’s Crafty
Challenge: Draw a giant map or picture of your story world using crayons, markers, paint, or whatever else you choose. Think about what your world is like, who lives there, and how your characters work together or against each other.
DAY 2 – FOCUS ON CHARACTER
Challenge: Explore costumes and figure out what your main character looks like. Draw a picture of your character and/or fill out a character questionnaire. Then interview a fellow camper and find out about his or her character. If you’d like, you can act out your character and we’ll capture him or her on video.
DAY 3 – FOCUS ON STORY STRUCTURE
Challenge: Brainstorm a beginning (including hook), middle, and end to a story with the group. As a group, act out the group story, which will be videoed. Decide on the main points of your own story and either write out or act out your story. (Discussions of genre and dialogue as time permits)
DAY 4 – FOCUS ON PULLING THE PIECES TOGETHER
Challenge: Explore the senses and create a sensory dictionary as a group. Go through your story and highlight each sense with a different colour. Discuss self-editing tips as a group. Exchange stories and give feedback. Work on revisions.
I’ve found an amazing array of resources on writing and teaching writing to children to include as handouts for each participant.
- 40 Printable Writing Prompts
- A Good Hook Poster
- I am as … worksheet
- Narrative Writing Poster
- Writing Freebies and Resources
Stay tuned for a report back on how the writing camp went and lessons I learned 🙂