Writers Boot Camp

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Writing Boot Camp

August 1-5, 2019

This 4-day/night immersion provides high school juniors, seniors, and rising college freshman with the tools they need to face the higher writing expectations and increased work loads of their school year ahead.

The practical workshop sessions focus on honing students’ essay-writing skills. Any student who hopes to improve his or her writing will benefit from practical instruction which includes refreshers on grammar, vocabulary, mechanics, logic, precision, how to develop and expand on a theme, and how to connect with a reader.

Whether wanting to improve their English grades, preparing for AP English, or dreading Freshman Writing 101, attendees will partake in rigorous practice that will greatly enhance their writing facility, speed, and confidence.

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Excursions To increase retention and alleviate brain drain, the program incorporates plenty of social activities to recharge the mind and engage the body. With outings and lots of counselor-led experiences, Boot Campers pair up with our Young Authors participants for fun and relaxation.

Outings highlight the natural, architectural and recreational gems of the surrounding community, including creekside hiking in the Pennypack Nature Preserve, a local farm/craft market and tours. Additionally, campers will be traveling off-site by van to the Philadelphia Rock Gym for top-roping and team building, a night at Altitude Trampoline Park and games on the turf under the lights. All of our experienced staff are lit-loving professionals excited to engage and connect with their Boot Campers.

Young people studyingGuided Writing
These one-hour sessions encourage pen-to-paper writing time, with staff support and inspiration.  

Additional Program Option
Students who are rising seniors are strongly encouraged to stay and participate in the Crush Your College Admission Essay Workshop. This two-day program is only $150 for those enrolled in either Young Authors or Writing Boot Camp.

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Housing/ Meals
Boot Campers may choose to live at home and attend the program from 9 am – 9pm or immerse themselves in the full overnight experience. Partnered with our Young Author Program, we offer single-sex residences in one of four charming stone cottages on the green with experienced residence counselors on staff. The cottages have WIFI, air-conditioning and feature a first floor open-plan Great Room, living/dining area, washer/dryer and a large kitchen. Each cottage has a private outdoor patio overlooking the meadow and opens on to the communal green for socializing, games, readings, meditation and yoga.

Meals will be served in the Bryn Athyn College’s Brickman dining hall. The menu features fresh, healthy, local fare and includes gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Fee

50% is due on acceptance into the program, with the remaining balance due by July 15, 2019.
See Refund/Cancellation policy below.

2019 Schedule

Thursday, August 1   

  • 1:00pm Check in at cottage green, meet the counselors
  • 2:00 Welcome
  • 3:00-4:30 Afternoon session and warm-up — Doering classroom Mary Heinrichs Williams
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • 6:00 Evening walk around historic district
  • 7:30 Keynote— Doering 119  Julianna Baggott
  • 9:00 Meditation*
  • 10:30 Lights out

Friday, Aug 2

  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00 Morning session 1   Erica Cantley
  • 10:00 Morning session 2   Erica Cantley
  • 11:00 Morning session 3   Erica Cantley
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00 Afternoon session 1   Mary Heinrichs Williams
  • 2:00 Afternoon session 2   Mary Heinrichs Williams
  • 3:00-5:00 counselor-led activity or yoga*
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • 6:30-9:00 Philly Rock Gym Excursion*
  • 8:00 Guest author/participant readings
  • 9:00 Meditation *
  • 10:30 Lights out

Saturday, Aug 3

  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00 Morning session 1   Erica Cantley
  • 10:00 Morning session 2   Erica Cantley
  • 11:00 Morning session 3   Erica Cantley
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00 Afternoon session 1   Mary Heinrichs Williams
  • 2:00 Afternoon session 2   Mary Heinrichs Williams
  • 3:00-5:00 Counselor led-activity
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • 6:00 Readings on the green
  • 7:00-9:00 Ultimate Frisbee under the lights or movie night at cottages
  • 9:00 Meditation*
  • 10:30 Lights out

Sunday, Aug 4

Monday, Aug 5

  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00 CHECK OUT/DEPARTURE IF NOT STAYING FOR COLLEGE ESSAY PROGRAM
  • 9:00 College Essay  Mary Heinrichs Williams
  • 10:00 College Essay
  • 11:00 College Essay
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00 Afternoon session 1
  • 2:00 Afternoon session 2
  • 3:00-5:00 Counselor-led activity
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • 6:00-9:00 Counselor-led activity
  • 9:00 Meditation
  • 10:30 Lights out

Tuesday, Aug 6

  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00 College Essay
  • 10:00 College Essay
  • 11:00 College Essay
  • 12:00pm Lunch, closing remarks
  • 1:00 Check out/departure by 2:00pm

Refund/ Cancellation Policy

A 50% deposit is due upon acceptance. Participants who cancel before July 1 will receive a refund minus a $100 cancelation fee. If you cancel after July 1, 2019 there is no refund.

If it is necessary for Bryn Athyn College to cancel a class for any reason, students will be notified and offered another class in its place. We cannot be responsible for nonrefundable airline tickets.

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