Shaping Identity through the Autobiographical Essay
The autobiographical essay isn't your typical "all about me" essay. It focuses on the inner world of the writer, developing reflection and confidence in self-expression. This camp helps kids explore who they are and why, and share their discoveries with clarity and cohesion.
LitWits is committed to helping young writers grow beyond what they've learned in our Beginning and Advanced EssayWriting Camps. In Autobiography EssayWriting Camp, we'll review the structure of the five-paragraph essay - its importance and parts -- and add new strengths and skills. We'll each write our own essay through the week, learning through discussion, group brainstorming, and creative, kinetic activities.
Students will gain essential academic information in fun, hands-on ways:
- dramatic activities and games that show why certain techniques work
- sensory props to stimulate ideas and questions
- inspiring examples for emulation
- engaging projects that connect concepts with creative power
By these methods, and with in-class practice, we'll share:
- the structure of the five-paragraph essay - its importance and parts
- how to outline and support the autobiographical essay
- how to engage the audience from the start
- the art of transitions
- how to vary syntax with punctuation and conjunctions
- how to elevate colloquial language to academic heights
- proofreading tips
- and more!
Every student will take home an original essay -- and strong skills and fun memories, too!
“ I just want to thank you for an amazing experience for my daughter. She LOVED the writing camp! You are so encouraging and helpful to her and made her feel very confident!”
Instructor: Lisa Craddock holds BAs in Literature and Theatre, and a Master of Humanities in Film Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric, or “the art of speaking and writing effectively.” Lisa has taught classes in literature, composition, and film for the University of Colorado. Her scholarship, essays, poetry, and plays have appeared in a variety of literary and academic venues. She considers it a privilege to homeschool her own four children, avid fans of LitWits since its beginning. Lisa has led educational events for the homeschool community for several years, helping young readers understand themselves and the world through “living books.”
Hours: 9am - 12pm, Monday through Friday
Ages: 12 and up. Our activities are geared to accommodate a range of ages simultaneously.
Cost: The cost of each camp includes all supplies; kids bring their own no-nuts snack. LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School - OG parents, please register online with promo code OCEANGROVE (click link at top of ticket listings) to reserve a seat, then request a purchase order.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days weeks before a camp, you can choose a refund or makeup. Makeups may be applied to any LitWits events. (Use promo code MAKEUP to re-register, and please remind us, in the Notes field, which camp you missed.) If you cancel within 30 days of the camp, you'll have a makeup coming.
There are no refunds for no-shows. as we’ve already purchased materials and turned away wait-listers. We hope that makes sense and seems fair! We appreciate your consideration.