Registration has opened for the 2017 Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP) summer camps, a series of programs designed to provide creative inspiration to children and teens and introduce them to the rich history and iconic sites of our region.
While many of the programs are held here on the SUNY New Paltz campus, HVWP has new and longstanding partnerships with museums and historical sites to offer five special camps at some of the region’s most remarkable places:
- Courageous Writers – Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historic Sites: Dive into presidential history as we visit the home of one of the Hudson Valley’s favorite families. Our writing will be informed by hikes through beautiful parklands and stopovers at the FDR Presidential Library and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill. Ages 12-16. July 31-Aug. 4, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. https://www.nps.gov/hofr/roosevelt-vanderbilt-national-historic-sites.htm.
- Exploring New Paltz, Then & Now – Historic Huguenot Street: Join us as we tour one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United State, right here in our own backyard, and write about the remarkable history of this land and its people. Ages 10-14. July 24-28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. http://www.huguenotstreet.org/.
- Becoming Authors & Artists – Storm King Art Center: The world-famous sculpture park is the perfect setting to learn about and create art through exploration of the rolling hills and meadows that serve as home to some breathtaking artworks. Ages 10-14. July 10-14 and July 17-21, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. http://stormking.org/.
- Step Back in Time – Museum Village, Monroe: At this one-of-a-kind open-air historical museum, we will learn together about Hudson Valley life in the 19th century, and draw from that era’s architecture, photography and artefacts to inspire our own writing. Ages 10-14. July 24-28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. http://museumvillage.org/.
- Making Art & History – Clermont State Historic Site: One of our favorite camps brings us to the banks of the Hudson River itself, as we join the storied lineage of authors and artists who have celebrated its landscape in word and image. Ages 12-16. July 10-14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. http://www.friendsofclermont.org/.
“We are extremely proud of our teachers who devote time in the summer to lead our programs; when teachers love writing, love children, and love learning, good things happen,” said Tom Meyer, a founding director of the HVWP. “I’m especially excited about our place-based programs, which allow young writers to spend an entire week exploring these local sites. Our programs give kids chance to go deeper, to write about these places, to really get to know and care about them, and to develop a sense of stewardship.”
Programs offered on the New Paltz campus link writing with art and drama for younger students, give choice and freedom to teen writers, and provide practical support for writers working on their college essays.
About the Hudson Valley Writing Project
The Hudson Valley Writing Project at SUNY New Paltz, founded in 2001, is dedicated to improving the teaching of writing and promoting literacy development in all disciplines and at all levels of education, preschool through college. HVWP teachers help students become successful writers, learners and participants in their communities. For more information, visit www.newpaltz.edu/hvwp.