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Project Ink Summer Camp

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Project Ink:  Summer Creative Writing Camp

 

SCHEDULE

 

***Registration for Project Ink 2017 will open on Tuesday, April 25th at 10:30 a.m.***

Take part in Project Ink, a two-week summer creative writing camp for students entering 2nd to 8th grade.  The teacher to student ratio is 1 to 9.

The registration fee is $425 per student (not including the Eventbrite processing fee of $24.37).  

Project Ink is Monday through Thursday for two weeks.

Classes are three hours per day from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. (morning session) or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (afternoon session).

STEP 1:  CHOOSE A SESSION

Session One:  June 19, 2017 to June 29, 2017

Session Two:  July 10, 2017 to July 20, 2017

Session Three:  July 24, 2017 to August 3, 2017

STEP 2:  CHOOSE MORNING OR AFTERNOON

Morning:  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon:  1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  (There are no 2nd grade classes in the afternoon)

STEP 3: CHOOSE A GRADE LEVEL

Lower Elementary (2nd Grade): entering 2nd grade in Fall 2017.   Please note that 2nd grade classes are only in the morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Please carefully review the section entitled “Eligibility Requirements for 2nd graders” regarding Age Verification

Lower Elementary (3rd and 4th Grade):  entering 3rd and 4th grade in Fall 2017

Upper Elementary: entering 5th and 6th grade in Fall 2017

Junior High: entering 7th and 8th grade in Fall 2017


CURRICULUM

 

At Project Ink, students will develop their love for writing. Using their imagination to create their own fictional story, students will learn practical tips and useful techniques to become better writers.  They will practice the five steps to the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing a finalized story. During the two weeks, as students work through the five steps of the writing process, they will successfully complete the following objectives:

Prewriting  

While prewriting, students will brainstorm and determine the following:

The Setting:

  • Create a positive or negative mood (feeling)
  • Break down the setting, describing important features in the setting so the reader can visually see the setting through written sensory details

The Protagonist and Antagonist:

  • Develop characterization through description, action, and speech
  • Choose a specific personality trait, such as brave for the protagonist and greedy for the antagonist
  • Prove that personality trait through each detail

The Conflict and Resolution:

  • Tie the story together, making sure to include details from their setting and characters
  • Create a logical flow to the storyline with a step-by-step sequence of events

Drafting

While drafting, students will put their ideas onto paper:

  • Effectively use their prewriting as the skeleton to organize writing
  • Fill in the story with more elaborative details, making sure not to be repetitive.  Details should add new information and should follow a logical progression of ideas
  • Craft sentences with strong, concrete details

Revising  

While revising, students will add:

  • At least one to three extra elaborative details to each main idea
  • Sensory adjectives to nouns
  • Adverbs to verbs
  • Dialogue and interior monologue
  • Transition phrases

Editing

While editing, students look for spelling mistakes, misused or forgotten punctuation, and grammatically incorrect sentences.  Students will also:

  • Practice the use of correct editing marks
  • Develop the habit of reading their writing two to three times until they know it is perfect

Publishing  

When publishing, students can choose to finalize the story with any or all of the following:

  • Illustrations
  • Cover page
  • Prologue
  • Epilogue
  • Dedication
  • Back-cover summary

Fees, Information & Policies

 

Student Behavior Policy

The teachers at Bridges work hard to create a positive, peaceful and organized environment where students can experience the benefit of quality teaching, cooperative learning, and hard work.  At the same time, we want our students to feel comfortable and enjoy the learning process during Project Ink.  In order to maintain this type of environment, we adhere to the Bridges student behavior policy regarding expected student attitude, behavior, and work habits. Please carefully review our Student Intolerables regarding unacceptable behaviors and attitudes.  If any student violates any Student Intolerables, we may withdraw them from Project Ink without any refund.

Refund Policy & Changing Sessions

Are there any refunds for cancellations? We apologize, but there are NO REFUNDS. There is no exception. Please confirm your child’s summer schedule and your vacation schedule before registering.

Can I get a refund if my child does not like the program and does not want to attend Project Ink?  There are no refunds, even if your child decides after the first day or in the middle of the session that he does not like it.  If necessary, please discuss the decision to enroll for Project Ink with your child before registering.

If I already registered my child, but my child can no longer attend, can I transfer my child’s registration to another child? There are no transfers of registration permitted to another child.

Can I change sessions?  You can change sessions, but there is a transfer fee of $20.00 on Eventbrite.  To transfer sessions, please email us at info@brwi.org.  

Eligibility for 2nd Graders

In order to create the best possible environment for teachers and students, please carefully review the following eligibility requirements for 2nd graders.  We understand that Project Ink is not a perfect fit for all students, and there may be other programs that will be more effective for some 2nd graders.  Project Ink is a good fit for your 2nd grade child only if they meet ALL of the requirements listed below. If your 2nd grader does not meet all of the listed requirements, please do not register your child.

  • ability to focus for 3 hours 
  • ability to work independently without requiring excessive attention or repeated direction from a teacher
  • writing stamina without complaint or tiredness
  • writing fluency and quickness (written production of letters and words is not difficult for them)
  • enjoys opportunities to generate ideas and use creativity

*Age verification required:  We DO NOT accept 1st graders in our 2nd grade program.  All 2nd grade registrations are required to upload a 1st grade report card to register for the 2nd grade class.  The primary purpose is to verify your child’s age.  At the time of registration, please have a scanned copy of the report card ready to upload. After you submit your registration for Project Ink, you will receive an email to upload the report card.  You must upload the report card within 48 hours of your registration or your registration will be cancelled WITH NO REFUND.

Registration Information

How do I register?  We only offer online registration.  Click on the Project Ink button on the top right of this page.  Complete all the required information on the registration page and pay the registration fee online.

If a class is full, can I get on a waitlist?  Yes. To get on the waitlist, please go to the Project Ink Waitlist to submit all the required information. We will email you if any registrations are cancelled or if we open up a new class.

How much does it cost?  $425 per student.  However, Eventbrite will also charge a processing fee in the amount of $24.37.  Therefore, for each registration, the total amount is $449.37.

How long is each session? Two weeks.

What if my child has to miss some days during Project Ink? The structure of Project Ink requires all students to be present every day. Due to the number of students in each class and the substantial amount of curriculum the teachers must teach every day, the BRWI teachers will not be able to take away time from other students to help absent students catch up. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you do not pull your child out of class.

Can I register for my friend’s child?  No. We can only accept registrations from parents or legal guardians. Please do not register your friend’s child. The parent’s child (or his legal guardian) must register on their behalf.

Should I enroll my child in more than one session?  Students are more than welcome to sign up for more than one session. Keep in mind that every session will cover the same material, so your child would only benefit from writing multiple stories.

Can I get on the email distribution list for Project Ink for next year? Please click on the DISTRIBUTION LIST REQUEST on our homepage and submit the requested information to be added to our distribution list.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email us at info@brwi.org or call us at (949) 651-1075 x102.