UC Berkeley Young Writers Camp


The Young Writers Camp gives children who are interested in writing the time and opportunity to explore many different paths in their writing. Our time will be spent doing many things including in-depth instruction, structured writing time, flexibility in what types of writing our campers want to pursue, ample time with trained writing teachers, guided group and peer response, and daily opportunities to share writing with a small or large audience.

The goal of camp is to help students discover the conditions and habits they need to write their best. Although participating in camp offers a wonderful experience in and of itself, the teachers strive to help campers grow into independent writers.



Instruction includes craft lessons –how to write dialogue, how to create a believable character, how to incorporate imagery into one’s writing — as well as method lessons — how to get started, the ins and outs of drafting, how to get a lot out of your peer editors.

During camp, our young writers grow in confidence and skill. Freed from the pressure of grades or the criteria of a structured assignment, they are able to explore their interests, discover their strengths and take risks that they might not in a traditional school setting. At the end of camp we encourage writers to carve out time to write in and out of school.

Additional Information

Gender Coed

Minimum Age 8

Maximum Age 14

Camp Dates Our camp dates are listed below. Please visit our website for more specific information. YWC SF Pacific Heights @ St. Vincent de Paul June 17 – 28, 2019 (2 wks) 9:00 am – 1:30 pm YWC Walnut Creek @ Northgate High School June 17 – 28, 2019 (2 wks) 9:00 am – 1:30 pm YWC Kentfield @ Kent Middle School June 17 – 28, 2019 (2 wks) 9:00 am – 1:30 pm YWC Oakland @ Westlake Middle School July 8 – 26, 2019 (3 wks) 9:00 am – 12:00 pm YWC Berkeley @ School of the Madeleine July 8 – 26, 2019 (3 wks) 9:00 am – 12:00 pm YWC San Ramon @ Windemere Ranch MS July 8 – 26, 2019 (3 wks) 9:00 am – 12:00 pm YWC SF Sunset @ Mercy High School July 15 – Aug 2,2019 (3 wks) 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Camp Cities San Francisco (two sites!), Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Kentfield and San Ramon.

Year Established 1973

Camp Capacity A maximum of 20 kids per classroom. Camp sizes vary.

Camp Length 2 weeks or 3 weeks long (45 hours)

Cost Per Week Cost for camp is $650 total

Financial Aid Offered Yes - please email the office - bawp@berkeley.edu

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2121 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, California 94720
United States

Our main office is located in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley.
We have seven summer camp locations across the Bay Area. San Francisco (Pacific Heights and Sunset neighborhoods), Kentfield, Walnut Creek, Oakland, Berkeley and San Ramon. Join us this summer!

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1225 Milvia St
Berkeley, California 94709
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2350 Green St
San Francisco, California 94123
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425 Castle Rock Rd
Walnut Creek, California 94598
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3250 19th Ave
San Francisco, California 94132
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2629 Harrison St
Oakland, California 94612
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11611 E Branch Pkwy
San Ramon, California 94582
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800 College Ave
California 94904
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