Grades 5-8

Sign in Location: Humanities Building, Room 1054

Young Writers learn essential elements of the writer’s craft—descriptive detail, poetic language, punctuation as craft, and voice—that make personal narrative and nonfiction writing come alive. Students practice close reading and engage in revising their work under the guidance of accomplished instructors. Young Writers is designed to foster creativity and imagination—and to help boys and girls discover and develop their innate gifts and talents. Our instructors are highly imaginative educators, dedicated to making writing an adventure and a lifelong joy.

  • Young Writers use the extensive Purchase campus—fields, garden, artwork, museum, and other summer programs—as inspiration for their writing assignments.
  • Young Writers share their favorite work in a culminating reading to which friends and family are invited.

Typical Day

9:30 – 10:00 Warm Up Activities/Getting to Know Ourselves as Writers

10:00 – 10:15 Free-writes based on lesson taught the previous day

10:15 – 10:30 Guided genre based direct instruction lessons

10:30 – 11:15 Independent Practice

11:15 – 11:30 Morning break

11:30 – 12:00 Outside explorations/visits to inspire our writing

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 Class share/partner work

1:45 – 2:15 Computer time for publishing

2:15 – 2:45 Writers’ celebrations/reflections

2:45 – 3:30 Fun Language Activities

Session III: July 29–August 2 (one week)
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$650 for the first registration
$585 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 10, 2019)

For a well-rounded summer, combine this program with Young Artists, Young Photographers, Young Architects, Young Actors and Performers, Young Journalists, and/or Virtual and Augmented Reality Adventures! to maximize your creative experience.

Discount for enrolling in multiple programs.

About the Instructor