Don’t let summer slide set your creative writer back – join the Tokyo Kids Write program. Campers step away from textbooks and jump into hands-on experiences that inspire their best thinking and most exciting words. Due to high demand, Tokyo Kids Write is being held two times this summer 2019!
Tokyo Kids Write (Jul 1-9 & Aug 1-9; Minami Azabu; Minami Azabu) – English Writing Camp for 9-12 Year-Olds
Tokyo Kids Write (Jul 1-9 & Aug 1-9, 2019; Minami Azabu) – Tokyo English Writing Camp for 9-12 Year Olds
How do the two sessions differ?
(7 days; Mon-Fri, Mon & Tues) 10 am-3 pm: Writing What We Know: Letting our Hobbies Guide Us in Writing From Many Genres
with Star-Author Holly Thompson
, award-winning author of children’s and young adult books such as Orchards
, The Language Inside
, and Wakame Gatherers
(7 days; Mon-Fri, Mon & Tues) 10 am-3 pm: Nature Writing that Leaps, Growls, and Blooms: How creatures and living things can impact our writing
with Star-Author Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
, award-winning author of Somewhere Among
and numerous poems, with another book in progress.
Who is Tokyo Kids Write for?
Young writers and readers, ages 9-12, on average. TKW is a camp for anyone who is not already in love with words. It is definitely a summer activity for those who enjoy reading and can express themselves in writing. Read what last’s year’s writers said! And yet, not every young person is excited to hear about writing. To many, the word “writing” can signal pangs of boredom and groans of defeat. Too many kids and young adults equate writing with the tedium of scripted five-paragraph essays with no time for creativity. This camp is a break from that rushed, scripted monotony. Tokyo Kids Write is a reboot for how each camper views him or herself as a communicator. In these seven days, how a child even sees him/herself in relation to the community and world can shift. Writing and every part of the overall process can become fun again! Tokyo Kids Write is a sure-fire way to gear up for the upcoming school year. Young people benefit greatly from carved-out time specifically set aside to cultivate ideas, mull over thoughts, and investigate their natural, intrinsic curiosity. We will move your young writer forward in the best possible way—through writing workshop-style learning and hands-on activities that challenge, inspire, and encourage every camper.How is this different than another writing camp? Well…Award-winning, Japan-based writers spend time with us, create alongside us, and offer specific writing feedback! These will be monumental memories–something no one else offers! We operate as a writers’ workshop, valuing every reader and writer’s voice.Additionally, we don’t always stay in the studio! Instead, we take mini-outings for rich experiences to help our writing. Botanical gardens, a busy bus station to record observations, perhaps a trip to the local ice cream shop to beat the heat and practice our sensory writing and record a quick restaurant review! It may mean a quiet walk of recording every swoosh, ripple of leaves, or city sound we encounter for a story we’re working on. We use art, memory, and play to be our most creative, mindful selves. Reluctant readers and writers take bigger risks and dare to engage when it doesn’t feel like an assignment. We work in an atmosphere where every child is joyfully engaged.
Details Kids Can Write Program
Date of Camp: Two seven-day camp periods; Jul 1-9 & Aug 1-9, 2019
Times: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Cost: Camp fees: 80,000 yen includes all outings, signed copies of our star-books from the authors, notebooks, writing, and art materials for seven days with new friends, renewed skills, and confidence!
Location: Best Living Japan studio located at 3-17-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Materials: Notebooks, pencils and class materials, and copy of the best- selling novel by our Author in residence are provided. Kids must bring their lunch (refrigerator is available).
Sign up by: June 30th (limited spaces)
Sign up and Email questions to:
*Write Melissa Uchiyama with your interest and we’ll go from there!
Include, please, your child/children’s name(s), ages, and a brief background of who they are and why this camp appeals to you.
Melissa Uchiyama is a US National Board Certified teacher who has worked as a mentor for other educators and has led and continues to lead small group classes, whole classrooms in early literacy, emergent literacy and sophisticated writing programs.
Melissa has been published in The Washington Post, The Japan Times, Kyoto Journal, within anthologies, and additional journals. She has worked one-on-one with one of the most prominent, living poets, and stays current in top writing and editing strategies, enrolling in courses with best-selling, international authors and writing groups.
With over sixteen years in education, Melissa has worked with a variety of needs and communities, both in south Florida, where she began, to the Japanese and international families that make up Tokyo. Ms. Uchiyama worked as one of only two writing specialists to reach and teach every single child in her elementary school, expressly focusing on every component of the writing process full-time, using data-based, child-focused research and observation.
She has met privately and in classrooms, working with second-language learners and writers from pre-school and kindergarten into high school, MBA writing programs, and with the senior population. She understands the power of words, helping a writer find the words to most effectively share his/her story.
Tokyo Kids Write (Jul 1-9 & Aug 1-9, 2019; Minami Azabu) – Seven-Day Tokyo English Writing Camp for 9-12 Year Olds
Check out our other recommended English language Japan summer programs here.
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