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Summer 2014 Writing Day Camp

The 32nd annual SIUE Summer Writing Day Camp is an attractive opportunity for youths, ages 8 to 18, who wish to combine learning with recreation. Presented through the Department of English Language and Literature, the 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 60 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 adultstudent ratio in the Writing Camp is about 1 to 8.

Writing Development

The writing sessions of the camp 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.

Recreational Activity

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, billiards, rock climbing wall, nature exploration and a supervised visit to the rock climbing gym 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 and area 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 Department of English at SIUE who have received special training in the teaching of writing.

Two, two-week sessions of summer writing and recreational experiences for youths 8 to 18.

Daily Schedule

9-10:30 - classroom writing development
10:30-12 - campus recreational activity
12-12:30 - lunch
12:30-2 - classroom writing development
2-3:30 - campus recreational activity

All student-campers eat together in the University cafeteria. Campers may purchase their lunch or bring it from home.

Session I: June 9-20, M-F 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Session II: July 7-18, M-F 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Course/Program Cost/Location
$15 non-refundable registration fee + $200 due June 6 (for Session One) or July 3 (for Session Two). 
Camp is located, for the most part, in Peck Hall

Registration/Contact Info/Web Site
Registration forms may be found at:
Contact: Adam Cleary, Camp Director

Department of English Language & Literature
Box 1431
Edwardsville, IL 62026-2060

For more information, call 618-650-2060 or 888-328-5168, Ext. 2060

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