CANCELED: YAWP Online: Book Bistro for Grades 6–8

A girl writes near a book at ASU's El Dia celebration in 2018 / Photo by Bruce Matsunaga

8/31/20: Due to low enrollment, the fall 2020 session of YAWP has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Fall YAWP is now online! A component of the Central Arizona Writing Project in the Department of English at ASU, the Young Adult Writing Program is designed to offer young writers a non-evaluative environment in which to explore the power of writing. Because of current health conditions, our camps will all be offered in an online workshop format this fall.

This session is for Grades 6–8 and is themed "Book Bistro." This class will be a reading series dedicated to literature written by authors of color. Students in grades 6–8 can either choose from a selection of books below to get or may come with four of their own. We will work side by side with the literature to create expressions of poetry and art, alongside vocabulary in action and investigate beyond basic literary elements. At the end of the 8-week session, students will invite their family and community members to listen to a talk on one of the books that impacted them the most. Instructor Ginette Rossi. Saturdays 10 a.m.–1 p.m.   

  • "Tight" by Torrey Maldonado, published by Nancy Paulsen Books (Middle Grade)
  • "The Laura Line" by Crystal Allen, published by Balzer and Bray (Middle Grade)
  • "Just South of Home" by Karen Strong, published by Simon & Schuster (Middle Grade)
  • "8th Grade Superzero" by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, published by Scholastic (Upper Middle Grade)
  • "Piecing Me Together" by Renee Watson (Middle Grade) 
  • "So Done" by Paula Chase, published by Greenwillow (Upper Middle Grade)
  • "Dough Boys" by Paula Chase, published by Greenwillow (Upper Middle Grade)
  • "Genesis Begins Again" by Alicia D Williams, published by Atheneum (Upper Middle Grade)
  • "My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich" by Ibi Zoboi, published by Dutton (Middle Grade)
  • "Love Like Sky" by Leslie Youngblood, published by Disney Hyperion (Middle Grade)

What do camps look like?  Offering time and inspiration, YAWP sessions support writers in a collaborative atmosphere where they can share works in progress. YAWP sessions engage young writers in crafting a variety of forms based on the theme and focus of the camp. The creative writing camps, for example focus on writing such as poems, autobiographical sketches, heart maps, short stories, arguments, nature/science, craft secrets and daily writing workshops.  Each camper will share a final piece of writing for publication in the camp anthology. Detailed information about each camp is at the YAWP website.

Where are camps located? All YAWP camps are located online using Google Classroom. Each camper will receive a link with curriculum, resources, writing spaces and avenues to receive and give feedback. The classes will meet at different times online and there will be daily writing extensions, projects and ways to connect with peers.

What grade levels do we serve? Each camp is uniquely designed to fit the needs of specific age/grade levels.    

Who are the writing instructors? All writing instructors are trained Central Arizona Writing Project Teacher Consultants who have completed CAWP’s Invitational Summer Institute or training from the National Writing Project in teaching composition. All K–12 YAWP teachers are certified to teach in the state of Arizona. All YAWP teachers continually implement writing in their personal and professional lives. 

When is YAWP? YAWP for the fall will be held online for 8 weeks from Monday, September 21 to Saturday, November 14, 2020.  Please see the different weekly meeting times per class.

Registration Deadline:  Monday, September 14, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Department of English
Tina Norgren
Oct 24 2020 - 10:00am
$25 and More