LitWits® BEGINNING ESSAYWRITING CAMP
$285 – $295
LitWits® BEGINNING ESSAYWRITING CAMP

LitWits® BEGINNING ESSAYWRITING CAMP

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Campus of Vintage Faith Church (upstairs in the Children's Building)

350 Mission Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Essay writing shouldn't be intimidating!

It's just a written way to speak your mind, supported with strong examples. Once you've learned the basic structure, it's fun and confidence-building to hear your thoughts laid out so well -- and it'll help you do better in school, too!

In Beginning EssayWriting Camp, we'll learn the structure of the five-paragraph essay - its importance and parts. We'll work as a class to construct a group essay through the week, learning through discussion and fun, hands-on 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, students learn:

  • the structure of the five-paragraph essay - its importance and parts
  • how to outline and support a strong 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
  • ways to expand on the five-paragraph essay
  • and more!

Every student will take home a copy of the collectively written essay -- and strong skills and fun memories, too! EssayWriting Camp aligns with these Common Core State Standards.


“LitWits is motivating, educational, and inspirational. Your workshops have shown my son that exploring the world of literature and writing can be fun. I can’t thank you enough.”


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: 8+ (older students who aren't familiar with the five-paragraph structure, or who need more practice at a basic level, are welcome -- they won't be the only older kids there!) Our activities are geared to accommodate a range of ages simultaneously.

Cost: The cost of each camp includes all supplies; children 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.

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