CANCELED: YAWP Online: Being Lit for Grades 9–12

A youngster reads at ASU's El Dia 2019 celebration / Photo by Bruce Matsunaga

8/31/20: Due to low enrollment, the fall 2020 session of YAWP has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Fall YAWP is now online! A component of the Central Arizona Writing Project in the Department of English at ASU, the Young Adult Writing Program is designed to offer young writers a non-evaluative environment in which to explore the power of writing. Because of current health conditions, our camps will all be offered in an online workshop format this fall.

This session is for Grades 9–12 and is focused on "Being Lit: Reading and Writing Our Way Toward Understanding." This book club will feature group readings of literature about racial equity and experiences of Latinx, Black and Indigenous young people. This group will provide opportunities to read, discuss and respond in writing and through art to experiences of characters in the book, and connections to student’s lives. Book titles to get prior to start of classes: "The Book of Unknown Americans" by Erika Sanchez ISBN: 9781524700515; "I'm Not Dying with You Tonight" by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal ISBN: 9781492678892; and "Dreaming in Indian" edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale ISBN: 9781554516865. Instructor Rosanne Orta. Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30–6 p.m.

What do camps look like?  Offering time and inspiration, YAWP sessions support writers in a collaborative atmosphere where they can share works in progress. YAWP sessions engage young writers in crafting a variety of forms based on the theme and focus of the camp. The creative writing camps, for example focus on writing such as poems, autobiographical sketches, heart maps, short stories, arguments, nature/science, craft secrets and daily writing workshops.  Each camper will share a final piece of writing for publication in the camp anthology. Detailed information about each camp is at the YAWP website.

Where are camps located? All YAWP camps are located online using Google Classroom. Each camper will receive a link with curriculum, resources, writing spaces and avenues to receive and give feedback. The classes will meet at different times online and there will be daily writing extensions, projects and ways to connect with peers.

What grade levels do we serve? Each camp is uniquely designed to fit the needs of specific age/grade levels.    

Who are the writing instructors? All writing instructors are trained Central Arizona Writing Project Teacher Consultants who have completed CAWP’s Invitational Summer Institute or training from the National Writing Project in teaching composition. All K–12 YAWP teachers are certified to teach in the state of Arizona. All YAWP teachers continually implement writing in their personal and professional lives. 

When is YAWP? YAWP for the fall will be held online for 8 weeks from Monday, September 21 to Saturday, November 14, 2020.  Please see the different weekly meeting times per class.

Registration Deadline:  Monday, September 14, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Department of English
Tina Norgren
Oct 19 2020 - 4:30pm
$25 and More