Creative Writing Scribes, 5-6th grade
In this exploratory camp, students will develop their creative writing abilities by experimenting in a wide variety of prose and poetry. Students will examine works from carefully curated authors and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and artistic experiences designed to inspire their imaginations. Camp sessions will be facilitated by two local artists: Samar Abulhassan and Jay Thompson are both published poets and educators. The week will culminate with a reading and/or presentation of student work.
This camp is for students entering 5th & 6th grade in Fall 2022 and will take place in-person at our facility in Capitol Hill. Be sure to read our COVID-19 Policies before registering for this camp.
Scholarships are available by application. Questions? Please email email@example.com.
Samar Abulhassan holds an MFA. from Colorado State University and has worked as a teaching artist for a decade, for Seattle Arts and Lectures' WITS Program, Hugo House, Jack Straw, and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of multiple chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple. She received a 2016 CityArtist grant to complete a novel-in-poems, reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet ignited while exploring Pike Place Market and Seattle’s waterfront.
Jay Aquinas Thompson
Jay Aquinas Thompson (he/they) is a poet, essayist, and teacher with recent work in Interim, Pacifica Literary Review, Passages North, COAST | NoCOAST, and Poetry Northwest, where they're a contributing editor. Their long poem "Poor and Carefree Strangers," excerpted in FIVES: a Companion to Denver Quarterly, is a '21-'22 Best of the Net nominee, and they're a 2021 Tin House Workshop alum in nonfiction. They're a grateful recipient of grants and fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, the Community of Writers, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and King County 4Culture. Jay lives with their child in Seattle, where they teach creative writing to incarcerated women as a member of the Golf Pencil Group; after-school poetry classes through Creative Advantage All Access Arts Streaming; and public school students as a member of Writers in the Schools.