The beauty and power of language, in five special forms

Register for Aug 19-23, 2019
From the LitWits Kit for THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN by E.B. White - LitWits Workshops

The act of writing poetry teaches writing skills that apply in all genres, as well as the art of concise diction, careful speaking and listening, and most importantly, empathy. It’s also mysterious, beautiful, and FUN!

In PoetryWriting Camp, poets ages 8+ will learn a classic form of poetry each day, each originating in a different part of the world.

To build and embellish those forms, we’ll help kids learn:

  • how to condense a powerful visual into a single word or simple phrase
  • the importance of rhythm and rhyme to tone and meaning; scansion skills
  • the emotional and literal connotations of fresh metaphors and similes
  • how to convey emotion and a physical description in a single word-image
  • the significance of objects in a poem; how symbols work
  • the power of their own voices
  • important poetry terms and their applications (put into practice)


And we’ll teach it the LitWits way:  making literary ideas tangible, sensory, and FUN!

We’ll use:

  • sensory props to vivify some of the world’s best poems
  • inspiring excerpts by masterful poets, for appreciation, study, and emulation
  • fun activities that show why certain techniques work
  • engaging art projects that connect us to our own poems’ themes

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. Becky is a literature-based homeschool teacher and a journalism major who spent four years as a staff writer for The Register Pajaronian. Both Becky and Jenny are currently writing creative biographies of two fascinating Bay Area women of history.

Hours: 9am – 12pm, Monday through Friday

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

Cost:  The camp cost of $295 includes all supplies; children bring their own no-nuts snack. There’s a $20 discount for each sibling.  If you’d like us to send you a PayPal bill 30 days prior, please register using promo code BILLME.

LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School and Inspire Charter Schools.  Charter school parents, please enter promo code CHARTER to register, then request a purchase order.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the event, you can choose a refund or makeup; within 30 days, you’ll get a makeup. (Use promo code MAKEUP to re-register, and please remind us, in the Notes field, which event you missed.) There are no refunds or makeups for no-shows. We hope that makes sense and seems fair!