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Inkspire Writing Experience

10th anniversary theme in 2022: WRITE-A-TOUILLE (learning and writing about food)

Summer 2023 Details Below

About the INKSPIRE Camp Experience

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower of life, even if it’s a cactus.” -- Enid Bagnold, British author and playwright, best known for the coming-of-age horse book National Velvet.

 

Winchester, KY, camp runs July 31-August 4, 2023. 

COST

Camp early bird cost is $175. That's only $35 a day for "workable fun" writing and listening experiences. 

Registration will open in early August. Space limited to 35 campers.

Business and groups who are giving scholarships should contact Inkspire by May 31 to retain the $160 early bird discount. In 2023, payments will be accepted online and by check and mail.

DAILY SCHEDULE

M-F July 31 to August 4, 2023, in Winchester, KY, at Grace Academy (formerly Fannie Bush Elementary School) 250 N. Main St.; Winchester, KY. 40391

M, T, W, & F    9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Th   1:45  to 7 p.m. (later time allows families to set off sky lanterns with student poetry)

Loads of creative activities to spur mini-writing assignments. An emphasis in poetic forms provide students an opportunity to develop imagination, focus on detail, understand rhythm, and display creativity in conciseness. 

This year's camp activities will focus on the 2023 theme "Moby INK" and involve seaworthy people and objects. More details forthcoming.

 

In 2022, students replicated Van Gogh's "Still Life with Apples" on a canvas with acrylic paints. The painting is featured above. Our planned delicious speakers included: baker and owner of a local sweet shop; a farming couple with a variety of farm-to-table stories; a University of Kentucky consumer and family extension agent discussing nutrition; a food stylist sharing stories of putting commercials for restaurants such as Fazoli; and a librarian talking about the history of cookbooks.

2022 CAMP TOPICS 

  • UNIQUE KENTUCKY FOODS, such as Hot Brown, Cold Brown, beaten biscuits, county ham, burgoo, messes of greens, sweet tea and sodey pop (such as Ale-8-One), 'lasses, translucent pie, apple stack cake (a pioneer wedding tradition)

  • Cultural food traditions, such as soul food and foods prepared for Jewish holidays

  • CHEFS, including Julia Child and her cat Minette

  • TABLE MANNERS, including Emily Post etiquette

  • COOKBOOKS

  • FOOD IDIOMS, such as take it with a grain of salt or bigger fish to fry

  • INTERNATIONAL FOOD PHRASES, such as al dente and à la mode

  • MAD HATTER TEA BASH with ALICE IN WONDER INK   

                    

YEARLY  TRADITIONS

  • A COOL CAMP SONG

  • A SPECIAL CAMP T-SHIRT

  • POETRY IN FLIGHT--SENDING OFF POEMS ON SKY LANTERNS

  • PERSONALIZED NAME PENCILS

  • INDIVIDUALIZED AUTHOR POSTERS

  • MASTERPIECES ON CANVAS DURING ART CLASSES

  • A WRITING FOLDER   

  • LITERARY FEAST -- THURSDAY'S DELICIOUS SNACK

  • FAMILY PHEUD -- FINAL DAY COMPETITION

  • MAGICAL CLOSING PROGRAM -- VOLUNTEERS SHARE THEIR WRITING                                                                                                                                             

ABOUT CAMP

Inkspire Camp celebrates its 10th year as a week-long non-profit, creative camp dedicated to making writing fun. The 10th anniversary features the tasteful theme of food.  A new feature will include instruction in listening skills. Why add listening?  Listening is integral to writing well. Of the four modes of communication--reading, writing, speaking, and listening--the skill most used is the skill least taught.  

 

All parents and/or guardians must sign a standard waiver of liability release form on the first day of camp. This form will be emailed prior to camp.

 

Students will be responsible for bringing sack lunches and drinks each day. Refrigeration is available. Students also will bring a labeled bottle of hand sanitizer and a roll of paper towels on the first day. 

 

Masking will be optional, but may change per state or federal guidelines.

 

Families will bring both a low-sugar snack and bottled water on the first day that will cover 20 people for our canteen breaks. This generous donation helps keep down the cost of camp. 

2022 Activities-- 2023 COMING

NEW for 2022: Learning The Art of Listening

 

  • Send off poems written on sky lanterns--Poetry in Flight 

  • Paint on canvas Van Gogh famous "Still Life with Apples"

  • Start a writer's folder with inkspired work

  • Design an author poster

  • Listen effectively to guest speakers related to our food theme 

  • Participate in closing program wearing camp t-shirts

  • Perform  great camp theme song 

  • Enjoy great read-aloud books focused on the food theme

  • Learn to easily write the world's best thank-you letters to our speakers

  • Use the six writing traits (known as V.O.I.C.E.S.) in all future work to strengthen writing

  • Enjoy  recreation with traditional games such as volleyball and four square, and other activities such as Team Scrabble and the beloved Writing Family Feud on the final day

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Location

Inkspire is an educational and non-religious based summer camp using the facilities of a private school, Grace Academy, at 250 N. Main Street, Winchester, KY., This is the former Fannie Bush Elementary School down the street from the main post office.

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