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Authors of the Future! Summer Writing Camps

MapEmerson School
2800 West Bayshore Road

Palo Alto, CA 94303
  • Academic & Enrichment Camps
  • Adventure Camps
  • Camp Resources for Parents
  • Creative Writing Camps


Every summer, Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton 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.

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.).
Emerson: 7/6-7/10; Hacienda: 7/20-7/24

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

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.
Emerson: 7/20-7/24; Hacienda: 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 Emerson School and Hacienda School. Breaks are taken for snacks, lunch, physical exercise, and social interaction. Parents are welcome at afternoon presentations.

Additional Information:

County: Santa Clara
Gender: Coed
Minimum Age: 7
Maximum Age: 13
Year Established: 1993
Capacity: 60
Lodging: no
Camp Length: 7/6 - 7/24
Camp Days: M - F
Cost Per Week: $500
Financial Aid Offered: no
Camp Director : Linda Paz
Camp Director Email: lpaz@headsup.org
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