The thirty-third annual SIUE Summer Writing Day Camp is an attractive opportunity for youths ages 8-18 who wish to combine learning with recreation. Presented through the Department of English Language and Literature, Writing Day Camp offers intensive and practical development in basic writing skills in combination with a full and vigorous recreational program. Students are grouped according to their grade level in school, with groups averaging about 12 students each. Total enrollment is limited to 78 student-campers per session. The camp director is assisted by a staff comprised of area elementary and secondary school and University teachers and recreational counselors. The adult-student ratio in the Writing Camp is about one to eight.
9-10:30 a.m. Classroom Writing Development
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Recreational Activity
12:30-2 p.m. Classroom Writing Development
2-3:30 p.m. Recreational Activity
*Campers eat together in the University cafeteria. Campers may purchase their
lunch or bring it from home
Writing sessions concentrate on intensive practice in the development and expression of ideas. The objective of the program is the development of skill in the articulation of thought in the sentence, the paragraph, and the short essay, as well as by means of collaborative effort in such creative forms as drama and fiction. Instruction in spelling, grammar, punctuation and other basics of language usage is provided on an individual basis as needed, but not as an objective of the program.
Students at all grade levels use computers extensively in the composition process, but they do not need prior experience with computers in order to do well in the program. The sole requirement for admission to the Writing Camp is the desire to learn to write well. Enrollment is on a first-come first-served basis.
A $15 non-refundable enrollment fee is payable with the return of the registration form. The $200 balance is due no later than June 5 for the June session and July 3 for the July session.
The beautiful natural setting of its 2,600-acre campus makes SIUE ideal for a summer recreational program for youths. Student-campers have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of recreational activities that stimulate their imagination and develop their physical skills: softball, swimming, volleyball, bowling and nature exploration, among others.
Writing instructors and recreational counselors try to ensure that student-campers view the writing and recreational parts of the camp as one continuous learning experience. The SIUE Summer Writing Day Camp is offered by the Department of English Language and Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences. It represents an effort to upgrade literacy through close professional cooperation between the University andarea schools on the initiative of the University. Instructors in the Writing Camp either are area elementary and secondary school teachers or are present or former instructors in the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature who have received special training in the teaching of writing.
Registration, health and legal forms canbe found at siue.edu/ENGLISH.
Please return them with your $15 registration fee.
Department of English Language and Literature
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Illinois 62026-1431