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Summer camp sparks creativity in young writers

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Ink Spilling, a program created by NMSU's Borderlands Writing Project (BWP), offered young writers a place to explore and celebrate writing in an open and creative setting that fostered a sense of community. Campers experienced the power of writing and created and shared work with special guests as well as with several mentor writers from BWP.

The weeklong camp focused on different areas of writing and the "writing process," while attempting to incorporate relevant and timely areas of exploration, such as screen/playwriting, comedy, poetry, novellas, zines, collage and translation, just to name a few. The goal was to help campers recognize the relevance of writing, to celebrate the power of self-expression, to learn different processes of writing, to get more practice with writing and to make writing fun.

BWP (formerly the New Mexico State Writing Project) is an affiliate site of the National Writing Project. The BWP serves educators in Las Cruces and El Paso, as well as across the southwestern borderlands of New Mexico.

Other BWP activities include a literacy program at Rus Bradbird's Basketball in the Barrio day camp in El Paso, Texas. BWP members work with kids from 5-12 years old on their writing and reading skills.

For more information on BWP, go to borderlandswp.wordpress.com/about.