Literary Arts Camps: Poetry Camp





June 19, 2019 – June 21, 2019 all-day
Literary Arts Camps: Poetry Camp

Your teen will be encouraged to follow any guidelines they wish, or leave it entirely up in the air.

The following formats will be covered:

  • Haiku
  • Limerick
  • Ballad
  • Sonnet

Your teen will learn the definition of each and go over examples. It won’t be encouraged as a guideline, but more as a teaching moment. I would like your teen to be able to be comfortable in this setting, enough to let their mind, soul, & heart soar on paper.

Each student prior to camp beginning is encouraged to find a poem (on the Internet, in a book, wherever) that resonates with them and bring it to camp. This poem can come from any time period, rhyming or not.

The first day I will have a few objects on the table that they can write a poem about before we dive in. I am hoping this will help get them in the headspace for the entirety of the camp. Once this exercise wraps up, we will start covering different types of poems for the day. The last bit of the day will be used to brainstorm what they want their camp poem to be about.

At the beginning of the second day, we will once again do poems based on objects. I will have a different set of objects on this day. After we are finished with those, we will begin assembling our poems we brainstormed the day before.
With the last bit of this day, they will have the opportunity (if they wish to – this isn’t mandatory) to share the poem that they chose prior to camp beginning.

On the last day of camp, we will be deconstructing the poems your teen wrote in order to make new poems without writing any other words. We will be cutting the sentences up and putting them in a pile. Each student will be asked to take 5-10 cuttings and assemble another poem.
This will be done as a hope to show each teen how versatile poetry can be.

Supplies will be provided. Please make sure to pack your teen a light lunch as we will be taking a break and (weather permitting) having a small picnic on the lawn each day. Also encouraged are light sweaters as it gets cold in the building sometimes, and a bottle of water to sip on throughout the day.

Instructor: Summer Bat
Age Group: 13-15
Days/Dates: Wednesday-Friday/ June 19th-21st
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Price: Members:$65.00/Non-Members: $90.00
Registration Deadline: June 12th