Meets daily June 5th-9th. This camp is for kids going into 6th – 9th grade. Camp meets Monday through Friday from 1pm – 4 pm each day. Explore cityscapes, coffee shops, public art, and urban life in Boise’s downtown. A professional teaching-writer from The Cabin will be your guide as you find inspiration to write original short stories with unique characters and settings, and create super-alive poems rooted in observation. Because this particular section of Urban Ink has a wider age range, 9th graders are encouraged to take on a mentor role during the week. Our teaching-writers are prepared with a curriculum to reach all ages in the group.
Downtown adventures in short fiction & poetry.
During the last half-hour of camp on Friday, family and friends are invited to The Cabin for lemonade and a public reading of student writing.
Foci for Student Learning:
- Reading literary texts critically to learn about craft
- Using the urban landscape as inspiration to write
- Develop the fundamentals of poetry: line/stanza/structure, image and detail, sound, figurative language
- Develop the fundamentals of fiction: character, setting, scene, instruction and dialogue, plot, theme and meaning
- Investigating the role of the writer: that writing is work, takes time, affects the public space
- Responding to what works in one another’s work
- Offering constructive critique for peer’s work towards revision
- Revising for publication
Essential Questions Students Will Investigate:
- What inspires writers? What inspires you?
- What is your taste in reading? How can you write what you want to read?
- What does it mean to be a writer?
- Why do we write about the city? What kind of citizen is a writer?
- How does writing about the city change you? How does writing about the city change the city?
- Why is there a difference between poems and stories?
- What makes stories and poems work?
- Why do people make art?
Our ticketing system charges a $4.50 convenience fee for each camp purchased online. To avoid this fee, register by phone: 208-331-8000.