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StoryWriting Camp

The narrative arc, taught and recreated

in sensory, hands-on ways

Calendar & Registration

In StoryWriting Camp we learn how to craft a story like “real” authors — who are no more “real” than ourselves!  Really!

Kids ages 8+ spend the week following a narrative arc, setting scenes by showing vs. telling, building tension by focusing on just the right details, creating credible dialogue, and more. And we do it all the LitWits way: making big literary ideas tangible, sensory, and FUN!

Here’s a huge list of amazing things learned,and CCSS  met while “just” having creative, memorable fun!

REGISTRATION FOR APR 27-MAY 1, 2020

 We inspire young writers in creative, kinetic ways:

  • Sensory props from great stories: sounds, tastes, odors, objects, and images
  • Inspiring excerpts by masterful storytellers
  • Fun activities and games that show why certain techniques work
  • Engaging art projects that connect us to our own characters and stories

While having all that hands-on fun, we learn

  • Narrative arc components and pacing
  • Powerful description techniques
  • How to effect mood and tone
  • Interesting characterization methods
  • How to increase and resolve tension
  • Intriguing metaphors and similes
  • How to emulate the masters
  • The power of our own voices

Just look at all these smiling kids and their beautiful handmade books filled with their very own fabulous stories!

We’re always so impressed at how well kids followed the narrative arc, and so pleased that they pick up on the tips and tools we embed in our sensory props, activities, projects, and other fun.

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!