About Our Camp

 

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Tokyo Kids Writes is a creative summer writing opportunity to equip young authors! 

 

We offer two fresh sessions this summer: 

July 1-9 (weekdays) or Aug. 1-9 (weekdays), from 10 am-3 pm!

Seven days of laughter, ideas, & brilliant ways to express ourselves!

TKW brings in the help of AWARD-WINNING, Japan-based authors.

Our camp is set in the fresh, centrally-located Best Living Japan Studio in Minami-Azabu. 

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In July: We will empower our writers to USE THEIR HOBBIES & CURIOSITY to research & write across a variety of genres!

Use that passion for airplanes, karate, or gymnastics, say, and see how it can be applied to creating a hilarious non-fiction guide, powerful poem, or mystery!

See how prolific author, Holly Thompson, does it!

 

In August: TKW campers will hold a magnifying glass up to NATURE!

We’ll study treefrogs, swift fish, wrinkly elephants, & summer rain to add depth and detail to our characters and setting with the brilliant, Annie Donwerth Chikamatsu

 

Who is Tokyo Kids Write for? 

TKW is geared for 8-12 year-olds, as well as teen writers! Each camper receives individual attention and coaching for the best, most tailored experience!

We can discuss your child and make the best decision!

 

Tell me more:

TKW is a camp for anyone who is not already in love with words. It is definitely a summer activity for those who enjoy reading and can express themselves in writing. Read what last year’s writers said!

Not every young person is excited to hear about writing. To many, the word “writing”  can signal pangs of boredom and groans of defeat. Too many kids and young adults equate writing with the tedium of scripted five-paragraph essays with no time for creativity.

This camp is a break from that rushed monotony. Tokyo Kids Write is a reboot for how each camper views him or herself as a communicator. In these seven days, how a child even sees him/herself in relation to the community and world can dramatically shift!

Writing and every part of the overall process can become fun again! Tokyo Kids Write is a sure-fire way to gear up for the upcoming school year. Young people benefit greatly from carved-out time specifically set aside to cultivate ideas, mull over thoughts, and investigate their natural, intrinsic curiosity.

We will move your young writer forward in the best possible way—through writing workshop-style learning and hands-on activities that challenge, inspire, and encourage every camper.

I invite any questions.

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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 via Skype and follow-up emails that she personally sent to each writer!

Last year, we welcomed acclaimed author, Leza Lowitz! Her powerful novel-in-verse book, Up From the Sea, connected to our campers who researched and connected with historical knowledge on a heart level. Leza joined us in the Best Living Japan Studio for what was a momentous day!

Instead of simply having ONE teacher who edits and comments on our work, we operate as a writers’ workshop, valuing every reader and writer’s take and suggestions for our writing.

Having superstar, cool, Japan-based writers who spend time with us and offer specific writing feedback is something no one else offers!

Additionally, we don’t always stay in the studio! Instead, we take mini-outings for rich experiences to help our writing. Botanical gardens, a busy bus station to record observations, perhaps a trip to the local ice cream shop to beat the heat and practice our sensory writing and record a quick restaurant review! It may mean a quiet walk of recording every swoosh, ripple of leaves, or city sound we encounter for a story we’re working on.

Reluctant readers and writers take bigger risks and dare to engage when it doesn’t feel like an assignment. We work in an 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 in our beautiful workshop space of Best Living Japan. We will work like journalists and chase the story.

We 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!

Collaboratively, we make decisions along the way as to how to move through the writing process. The campers drive how they most want to share their writing and in what form that publishing takes, be it online or in paper form. As a long-time educator, writer, and editor, I get to facilitate!

 

What about the cost?

80,000 yen covers the cost of camp tuition and materials (our focus book, signed by this summer’s star author, notebook, pens, and all writing and art supplies).

 

And lunch? Campers bring lunches. Refrigeration is available.

 

Get ready, for Kids Write Tokyo 2019! 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.