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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: Arlene Naganawa is a published poet and educator, and Colleen Barry is an artist, published writer, and educator; it will also feature guest teaching artists. The week will culminate with a reading of student work and the option for students to contribute a chosen piece to a digital anthology of their work. 

This camp is for students entering 5th & 6th grade in Fall 2021 and will take place online using Zoom and Google Classroom. All camps will break for lunch from 12-1pm each day.

Scholarships are available by application. Questions? Please email

*Note – all Scribes Summer camps are in Pacific Standard Time

Instructor: Arlene Naganawa & Colleen Barry

Grade: 5-6

Location: Online

Duration: 1 week

Term: Scribes 2021

Start Date: 07/26/2021

End Date: 07/30/2021

Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Arlene Naganawa & Colleen Barry

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.

Colleen Louise Barry is an artist and writer. She is the author of the chapbooks The Glidden Poems (dancing girl press) and Poultry In Motion (Factory Hollow). Her writing and comics have been published in jubilat, Poetry Northwest, The Tampa Review, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere; her visual work has been shown at the Seattle Art Museum, The Factory, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and runs the interdisciplinary publishing projects Mount Analogue and Angel Tears.

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