The San Joaquin Valley Writing Project and Fresno State are offering a one-week day-camp from June 17-21. Kids from 5th to 8th grades will combine sports with descriptive writing and art with memoir writing.
During the morning, the students will play sports and play with words as they engage in outdoor and indoor activities that support descriptive action writing. Students will also explore sports through poetry and narrative writing.
In the afternoon, participants will learn to write a memoir in comic form. Together, the group will engage in genre analysis to understand how comics are constructed before jumping in and creating their own. The comic memoir helps students develop visual literacy skills, pairing the consideration of writing choices with design and illustration. In addition to instruction on writing, a portion of the day will focus on learning to draw, which encourages students to think about their writing and story in an abstract way.
Participants have the option of attending just the Summer Sports-Writing Camp for $175 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Art of Writing Comics from 1 to 5 p.m. for $175 — or both programs for only $325, including lunch. There is a $25 discount for siblings. The classes will be in the Fresno State Kremen Building, Room 140. Registration is online.