Camp Emerson Announces Creative Writing Program for Prolific Writers and Readers age 7-15 this Summer

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Camp Emerson and young adult author and editor, Leila Sales, join forces to help children unplug at summer camp and pursue their writing and reading passions.

Camp gives children a rare and valuable opportunity to develop new skills, discover new passions, and become more complex and confident individuals. I’m looking forward to helping the campers find the joy that I do in writing, reading, and storytelling."

Camp Emerson, a resident camp in Hinsdale, MA, announces its first artist-in-residence will be Leila Sales, young adult author at Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers and an editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The campers at Camp Emerson are known for being prolific readers and writers. There is a library at camp and it is common to see piles of books next to every bed. Camp is also one of the places where children happily get away from their phones and screens. The goal of this creative writing program is to give the kids more reasons to stay unplugged well beyond camp.

Leila Sales is the author of the novels Mostly Good Girls, Past Perfect, This Song Will Save Your Life, and the forthcoming Tonight the Streets Are Ours. She was sought for this position because of her passion for inspiring young writers and her humorous and genuine writing voice. Drawing on her own camp experiences (she attended Camp Emerson as a camper from 1995 – 1998 and as a counselor in 2006), Sales is eager to engage the children and encourage their writing. "Camp holds a very dear place in my heart. It gives children a rare and valuable opportunity to develop new skills, discover new passions, and become more complex and confident individuals. I’m looking forward to helping the campers at Camp Emerson find the joy that I do in writing, reading, and storytelling this summer", said Sales.

Sales will select books that she has worked on for each age group to read prior to the summer camp. At camp, the campers will join in book clubs and share their thoughts about the stories. Sales will provide context about the publishing process and how these books came to be. Boys and girls will also have writing workshops with Sales and have been encouraged to bring their own novels, short stories, poetry and scripts for discussion. Several of the campers are already prolific writers and are eager to get feedback on their work.

At the culmination of the creative writing program, the entire camp will hold an evening event where the campers can read aloud and share their work. Camp Emerson looks for opportunities for each child’s interests to be showcased. The athletes have their competitive events, the actors have their performances, and the science classes launch their rockets. Now the writers can have their well-deserved spotlight too.

Sue Lein, Owner and Camp Director, believes that the summer camp experience is about building confidence, independence and friendship. Her goal is to help all the children launch their future selves by supporting their interests and helping their dreams come true. Bringing Leila Sales to Camp Emerson, as its first artist-in-residence, will show the children how to take that next step.

For more information, please contact:
Sue Lein
Owner and Camp Director
Camp Emerson

Winter Address:                        
91 Minuteman Road                            
Ridgefield, CT 06877                        
T: 203-894-9663                        
F: 203-894-9673

Summer Address:
PO Box 808    
Hinsdale, MA 02135    
T: 413-655-8123    
F: 413-655-2571

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