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. This camp will be facilitated by two local artists: Sara Brickman is a published writer and educator, and Arlene Naganawa is a published poet and educator. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Note – all Scribes Summer camps are in Pacific Standard Time
Arlene Naganawa works with high school and middle school writers in poetry, fiction, and academic writing. Arlene's work appears in such journals as Crab Orchard Review, Crab Creek Review, Pontoon, Calyx, All the Sins, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Caketrain, and others. Her poems have been featured on Poetry on Buses and in Washington 129, an anthology of Washington State poets curated by Tod Marshall. She is the author of three chapbooks and is currently part of the Pongo Publishing Teen Writing team and a Writing and Critical Thinking instructor with Minds Matter Seattle, a nonprofit organization that helps high school students from low income families to prepare for success in college.
Sara Brickman is a queer Jewish writer and performer from Ann Arbor, MI, invested in liberatory futures and reckoning with ghosts. Their work investigates trauma, diaspora, gender and memory. A senior teaching artist with the Writer in the Schools Program and the winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize for poetry of witness, Sara's recent poems and essays have appeared in Narrative, The Indiana Review, Adroit, Ghosts of Seattle Past, BOAAT, and Muzzle Magazine. They are a Lambda Literary Emerging Artists Fellow, and have received grants and fellowships from The Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Bloedel Reserve.
As a performer, Sara has appeared at the Individual World Poetry Slam finals, and represented Seattle on 5 National Poetry Slam teams. Their interactive work "A Ritual for Suturing Ghosts" was part of On The Boards' Performance Lab in 2020. They are currently at work on a memoir about alternate universes, trans identity, confederate statues, and collective organizing in Charlottesville, Virginia during the white-nationalist rallies of 2017. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in the unceded Duwamish territory of Seattle, where they teach writing to youth and adults and rear a cat named Latke.