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The Writer's Workshop

The Writer's Workshop

Two one-week sessions  
June 17-21 (No camp June 19)
August 12-16 Full- Waitlist Available
9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. 
Rising 4th through rising 6th graders
$520 per session ($420 for June 17-21)

What to bring: Laptop, Writing utensils, journal/notebook, snacks, lunch, water bottle (labeled with name) sunscreen 

This writing program is structured as an open writer’s workshop. Each day, the workshop will begin with Writing on Writing, helping students to see that writing is anywhere and everywhere. Students will use their writers’ notebooks for notes and starters, planting seed ideas, trying new genres, writing deeply to move beyond quick writes and prompt writing, and finding their own writing process. Students will dig into genre writing and attempt genres not typically taught throughout the school year. Student projects will include creating a multi-genre piece, presenting on a newly learned way of writing that resonates with their writing style, sharing a beloved piece of writing by a writer they admire, and a final project of their choice. During the in-class workshop, students will participate in writing walks and enjoy virtual visits from all types of authors to learn more about how writers write. Throughout their time in the workshop, students will make connections, write with their whole self, and create a lasting writing community that will continue to inspire their inner writer. 

Meet our Staff:

Rebecca Poyatt
June 17-21

Rebecca Poyatt currently teaches middle school English at The Field School in Washington, D.C. She previously taught language arts and reading to grades 3-6 at independent schools in the Washington, D.C. area and Atlanta. She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature and language arts and an educational specialist degree in educational theory and practice with a focus on literacy and writing. Ms. Poyatt is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Red Clay Writing Project Summer Institute, and she serves as a teacher consultant for the project as well. She continues to take and teach courses in the teaching of and craft of writing, and she has written various poems and short stories. 

Fun fact: Ms. Poyatt is an accomplished tap dancer and takes lessons at the Kelbaugh Studio of Dance. 

Chris Maloney
August 12-16

Chris Maloney grew up in Buffalo, New York and received his Bachelor's Degree in Politics from Purdue University. He also has a Master's degree in Politics from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University. Chris has taught in area independent schools for 27 years with stops at Woods Academy in Bethesda where he taught history, math, and religion, and Gonzaga College High School where he taught history and chaired the history department. Chris also served as founding principal at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park. For the last seven years, he has taught history and leadership studies at Saint John's College High School in Washington, D.C. 

Fun Fact: Chris and his wife take great joy in their three adult daughters and share texts with them every day about college and pro sports. 

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June 24–28, July 1-3, July 8-12
1st Graders–5th graders:
June 24–28, July 1-3, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-August 2

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July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26
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July 29-August 2

One week session
June 24–28
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (Monday–Thursday), 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (Friday)