About Our Camp

Exciting details:

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Who is Tokyo Kids Write for? Young writers and readers, ages 9-12, on average. I invite any questions.

How is this different than another writing camp? Well…

We welcome award-winning, Japan-based authors as they join camp sessions, share personal tips, and offer specific feedback to our young authors!

One summer, our camp Skyped and emailed with Suzanne Kamata, author of Gadget Girl. We even read portions of her manuscript before it was even on the market! She supplied personal feedback to each young author.

This year, we welcome acclaimed author, Leza Lowitz! Her powerful novel-in-verse book, Up From the Sea, will connect to our camp as we learn how to research and connect historical knowledge with imagination to create our own work! Leza will join us in our studio for what will surely be a momentous day within the week. (Books will be supplied).

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Our campers recognize the same skills they work towards in professional, real-life form from people they admire.

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Instead of simply having ONE teacher who edits and comments on our work, we operate as a workshop, valuing every reader and writer’s take and suggestions for our writing. Having a superstar, cool, Japan-based writer who also offers personalized feedback also helps, indubitably!

Additionally, we don’t always stay in a classroom! Instead, we take mini-outings for rich experiences to help our writing. This may mean a trip to the local Baskin Robbins to beat the heat with an order of ice cream to coincide with sensory writing and writing restaurant reviews! Reluctant readers and writers take bigger risks and dare to engage when it doesn’t feel like an assignment. We work in the atmosphere where every child is engaged.

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Stepping out of the box may mean brainstorming under a shady tree and letting the sounds of Tokyo be our rhythm as we search our brilliant verb word bank for the perfect word. It means flexible seating, warming up with music and a silly writing prompt, stretching out and feeling free to create. Depending on our writing task and project, it may be interviewing community members or thinking bigger, while we work in our beautiful workshop space of Best Living Japan. We will work like journalists and chase the story.

Our interactive syllabus is forthcoming! We will read as writers and write as readers. We integrate the two, dissecting words from the best books we read and then making them our own. We look at WHY we can’t put the book down from the first page and then we make the decisions that give OUR own writing posses that very can’t-put-it-down-quality!

Okay, how about cost?

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And lunch? As a side note, campers will bring lunches to be refrigerated.

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To be wise, integrated readers and authors, we must ask questions and interact with text. We’ll use HUGE wall-sized neon sticky notes and the teeny ones, too. We’ll get out markers and chalk and get a bit messy with ideas. We’ll test our use of transitional phrases and sequencing skills by making sandwiches, brushing teeth, you name it! We are not stuck in a textbook.

Collaboratively, as a group, we will make decisions along the way as to how to move through the writing process. The campers will drive how they most want to share their writing and in what form that publishing takes, be it online or in paper form.

Get ready, Tokyo! Kids sure can write.

*Write me with your interest and we’ll go from there!  

Include, please, your child/children’s name(s), ages, and a brief background of who they are and why this camp appeals to you.