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Press Release for Wednesday, December 9, 2015

UNF Writing Boot Camp Aids School Students in FSA Prep

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

Grab your notebook and get ready to write. Students in grades four through 11 have an opportunity to acquire stronger, lifelong writing skills and earn higher Florida Standards Assessments English language arts and writing score by attending the annual Camp Composition at the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida beginning Saturday, January 23, in Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Building 57.


The writing camp will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on the following days:


Week 1, Saturday, Jan. 23: Writing Prompts

Week 2, Saturday, Jan. 30: Prewriting Strategies

Week 3, Saturday, Feb. 6: Drafting Strategies

Week 4, Saturday, Feb. 13: Revising Strategies

Week 5, Saturday, Feb. 20: Editing Strategies

Week 6, Saturday, Feb. 27: Writing Celebration


Camp orientation is from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday. Jan. 22, in Petway Hall, Building 57, Room 1100A, where the detailed schedule and room assignments will be shared with participants.


Camp Composition will be led by local lead area teachers who specialize in writing instruction in grades four through 11. These teachers will work with specific writing teams and will provide weekly feedback to each individual student. Stress-reduction strategies will also be taught to students by an expert.


A completed form and registration fee of $240 is required; space is limited. Scholarships will be offered on a limited basis to students who qualify for free or reduced lunch and/or attend a Title 1 school. Confirmation from the school is required. A reduced fee is also available for siblings. No refunds will be offered after Wednesday, Jan. 13.


For more information, contact Dr. Christine L. Weber, UNF associate professor in the Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL, at (904) 620-1754, or at , or visit .


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.