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NMSU showcases young writers’ talents, new camp applications now open

New Mexico State University is accepting applications for its 2017 summer writing camps and also showcasing the works of young writers involved in last year’s program.


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Annabel Simpson, Clarivel Garcia and Angelita Altamirano work on a script for a video at NMSU's Creative Media institute computer classroom at last summer's writing camp. The deadline to apply for this year’s summer writing camps is Monday, May 22. (Photo by Karen Trujillo)
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Clarivel Garcia works on a narrative for a video she was making at one of NMSU's writing camps last summer. (Photo by Karen Trujillo)

“The camps give young writers a place to explore writing,” said Karen Trujillo, the camp director. “Camp activities include idea generating, writing across genres, performing and more. The performance will demonstrate to our community just how much these young writers have learned.”

Students in the camp work with mentor writers and teachers of writing from the NMSU Borderlands Writing Project in the College of Arts and Sciences and the local community.

This summer, the Girlhood Remixed and Ink Spilling camps will be combined for one summer camp, held over the course of two sessions. The first session runs from June 5-9 for students in sixth through eighth grades. Session two will be from June 12-16 for students in ninth through 12th grades. Sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a brown bag lunch from 12-12:30 p.m. daily at Milton Hall, Room 167. The closing ceremony for the camp will be from 5:30-7 p.m. on the last day for each session at the College of Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101A.

The deadline for summer camp applications is Monday, May 22.

The fee for the camp is $50 per child, which is due on the first day of the camp. For more information and to download the application, visit http://inkspilling2017.weebly.com/.

Writers from the past year’s Ink Spilling and STEAMily (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) young writers summer camps will be performing pieces from their writing workshops over the past year from 4-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 in the Roadrunner Room at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library. The performance is free and open to the public.

During the event, Amy Lanasa, department head of NMSU’s Creative Media Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences, will speak about her department’s work embodying the integration of art and science. Borderlands Writing Project leader Chris Burnham, English department professor emeritus, will speak briefly about the organization's aims to bring together K-12 teachers with college instructors through growing together as writers and teachers. Last year’s camp director, Gail Wheeler will discuss the past year’s activities and the contributions of the many volunteers from the Las Cruces and NMSU community who made the writing camps happen.