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Fun and Learning Combine in ACC’s Summer Writing Camps

Above, a fun activity for the middle school writers tasked them with writing a story on how one student “became” a mummy, then illustrating the tale by wrapping a camper in donated toilet paper. Stories were judged by a staff member based on creativity and originality.

Above, a fun activity for the middle school writers tasked them with writing a story on how one student “became” a mummy, then illustrating the tale by wrapping a camper in donated toilet paper. Stories were judged by a staff member based on creativity and originality.

Writing creatively and accurately was the theme for summer writing camps that brought dozens of Alamance County children to the College campus. The summer writing camps were financially supported by an ACC Foundation mini-grant.

Divided into three age groups—rising 4th-5th, rising 6th-8th, and rising 9th-12th–the free camps were operated by Piedmont Voices, a Triad chapter of the National Writing Project. ACC was named a National Writing Project site in 2017 through the efforts of ACC English instructor Courtney Doi, who acted as coordinator for the summer camps.

“Each group learned about different types of creative writing, engaged in fun writing exercises, learned how to give constructive feedback, and composed a polished piece for presentation,” said Doi.

The goal of the camp is to emphasize and develop writing skills in fun ways for the Alamance-Burlington school students, who will use writing in some fashion no matter what career they choose.