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This online camp gives kids a writer’s toolkit for avoiding/fixing common writing mistakes. They’ll learn what makes sentences run well, and how to make basic repairs.

The LitWits Kit for DRAGONWINGS by Laurence Yep - LitWits Workshops

Like a snazzy car with broken parts, a great idea or story won’t work until all is in order. (It won’t sell to your audience or teacher or publisher, either.) Mechanical problems with grammar, punctuation, formatting and structure can cost kids academically. Don’t let them get stranded without the necessary tools!

In Mechanics Camp, we’ll give kids the basic tools they’ll need to get their work road-ready — and make the grade.

We’ll help young writers avoid/fix some of the most common mishaps:

  • subject-verb disagreement
  • improperly used commas, semicolons, and colons
  • run-on and fragmented sentences
  • contraction errors
  • lack of dialogue/paragraph breaks
  • misplaced apostrophes
  • incorrect pronoun use/order
  • confusion about using who, who’s, whose, whom, and that
  • common misspellings
  • misuse of words that sound alike
  • capitalizing (or not) improperly
  • and LOTS MORE!

 We inspire young writers in creative, kinetic ways:

  • sensory props that help kids remember abstract ideas
  • inspiring excerpts by master writers, for study and emulation
  • fun activities and projects that help concepts “stick”

Instructors: Becky and Jenny, sisters and LitWits founders. Jenny has a BA in English literature and an MFA in creative nonfiction and poetry writing. She’s been a K-6 teacher and a K-12 language arts tutor, and her scholarship, essays, and poems have appeared in several journals. She’s the author of MINE, a creative biography set near her home. Becky is a literature-based homeschool teacher and a journalism major who spent four years as a staff writer for The Register Pajaronian. She’s writing the biography of a fascinating Bay Area woman of history.

Hours: 9am – 12pm, Monday through Friday. This camp meets online, via Zoom.

Ages: 8 and up. Our activities are geared to accommodate a range of ages simultaneously.

Cost: The camp cost of $290 includes all supplies, which will be mailed ahead of time. There’s a sibling discount of $10 each that gets deeper with each additional schild.

LitWits is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the camp, we’ll be happy to issue a full refund. Within 30 days we’ll refund 50%, as we’ve incurred per-child costs by then. Unfortunately, we can no longer offer makeups.