Quills Creative Writing Camp at San Domenico School

July 17, 2016

Quills Creative Writing Camp Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Quills Creative Writing Camp at San Domenico School in San Anselmo.

Quills Creative Writing Camp started 4 years ago when Elizabeth Stoner, a Marin native, UC Berkeley alum, and educator, decided that summer camp needed to diversify.

After years of running successfully positive volleyball camps that produced happy, improved, and engaged athletes, Elizabeth wanted to provide similar results for an underserved group: the young writer. As a creative writer herself and imaginative child, she found that sometimes school didn't allow the space for unencumbered creativity and wanted to provide the platform for young writers to not only explore their own creativity, but to improve upon it.

Designed as a week-long workshop and idea incubator, Quills provides the right framework for students to be engaged and inspired and the right environment for them to feel comfortable and confident in their ideas and their personalities. Quills kids are explorers of the mind, all the while advancing academically. Curriculum is aligned with grade level objectives so that students practice the writing they will be required to do in the classroom, but with content they are sure to enjoy.

At Quills, young writers will learn more about their craft through fun, age-appropriate writing exercises designed to explore various genres of writing such as poetry, memoir, short fiction and fables. Using the outdoors, our favorite things, music and classic tales, we will tap into the things that inspire us the most to create a memorable portfolio that will be read aloud to peers and parents at the end of the week. Through word and writing games, as well as other creative exercises, kids will gain confidence in their own writing skills as well as spend mornings and afternoons having fun and stretching their imaginations.

Younger students focus on word choice and thinking outside the box while learning the basics of creative writing. Trusting your instincts and taking risks is also a goal. For the older session, content will focus on developing an idea and identifying your personal style, as well as gaining skills in critical thinking.

A favorite prompt from last year: How does Pluto feel now that it is not a planet?

The Quills Kid's mind is buzzing with ideas!

Quills Creative Writing Camp
July 25–29
San Domenico School, San Anselmo
Session I Grades 3–5; 9 am–1pm; $200
Session II Grades 6–8; 1 pm–4 pm; $200
Session III Grades 9–12; 5 pm–7 pm; $160

*with College Application Essay additional $40 and 30 minutes.