BVU launches new Summer Academy

Tuesday, March 27, 2001

When someone says "summer camp," you may think of swimming, horseback riding, singing folk songs and telling ghost stories around a campfire.

But Buena Vista University has something more in store for its summer campers - a head start in their academic fields of interest.

BVU's new Summer Academy will offer a series of week-long camps for middle school and high school students that will give them a high level of hands-on experience in a rigorous academic setting.

"This first summer we are offering four camps - Journalism, Drama/Theatre, Creative Writing and Science," says Carla Offenburger, Summer Academy director. "All of the camps have instructors who are enthusiastic about their subjects and about the development of young students."

"My goal in the summer camp will be to get young students excited about creative writing by exposing them to three different genres - fiction, poetry and drama," says Dr. Annamarie Formichella Elsden, assistant professor of English at BVU, who will lead the creative writing camp.

"The class sessions will be designed to foster open exploration of students' individual voices and to nurture their confidence as writers. The point is for the students to have fun, to experiment with language and to learn new ways of expressing themselves," says Elsden.

Read the rest of this story in the 3/27 Pilot Tribune.

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