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Camp Guide

Authors of the Future! Summer Writing Camps

MapHacienda School
4671 Chabot Drive

Pleasanton, CA 94588
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  • Creative Writing Camps
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Every summer, Hacienda School of Pleasanton and Emerson School of Palo Alto open their doors and offer their innovative programs in a camp-like setting to outside students who want to share in the summer learning adventures.

Presentation Skills—(subtitled “Posters and PowerPoints” this year) develops students’ analytical and public speaking skills, with emphases on planning, outlining, and creating classroom communications using a variety of presentation tools.
Hacienda: 7/13-7/17; Emerson: 7/20-7/24

Expository Writing—focuses on the four subjects of the California Writing Tests, prose forms used in school assignments, the processes of selecting a topic and outlining the content, and writing mechanics (word choice, sentence structure, variety, etc.).
Hacienda: 7/20-7/24; Emerson: 7/6-7/10

Creative Writing—concentrates on a variety of literary forms (e.g., stories, plays, poems, journals, autobiographies, letters) and authentic self-expression, with emphasis on descriptions of character, setting, and action, as well as writing mechanics.
Hacienda: 7/27-7/31; Emerson: 7/13-7/17

Cost: $500 for 1 week, $950 for 2 weeks, $1,350 for 3 weeks.

All courses are directed by the distinguished faculty of Hacienda School and Emerson School. Breaks are taken for snacks, lunch, physical exercise, and social interaction. Parents are welcome at afternoon presentations.

Additional Information:

County: Alameda
Gender: Coed
Minimum Age: 7
Maximum Age: 13
Year Established: 1993
Capacity: 60
Lodging: no
Camp Length: 7/15 - 8/2
Camp Days: M- F
Cost Per Week: $500
Financial Aid Offered: no
Camp Director Email: cchu@headsup.org
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