Squash and Writing/ summer 2021 July 4-9,11-16,18-23,25-30 August 1-6

program’s cost: $1600 for 6 days program

Age: 10-17

Squash and writing program

The Squash & Writing program offers the same amount of squash training as any other Squash & Beyond camp, with the addition of an intensive writing workshop. Participants will enjoy eight hours of designated writing time, including daily classroom sessions and nightly homework assignments.  After the three-hour morning training session, the S & B writers will convene for ninety minutes of classroom time, focusing on a different style of writing each day.  Campers return to the courts for the two-hour afternoon training session, following by dinner and the entertaining evening activities.  Their efforts culminate in the publication of the S & B Chronicle, an online newspaper covering the events of the week.

This hands-on program will help participants develop the attitudes essential to their long-term success as writers:  curiosity, enthusiasm and confidence, as well as attention to detail. By writing in a range of genres, from expository to evaluative to persuasive, and focusing on tasks such as sporting recaps, movie reviews and op/ed columns, the S & B writers will experience writing beyond the traditional curriculum. At the same time, writing conferences with the instructor and collaboration on a document meant for public view will help the writers to develop and apply editing strategies that will pay dividends when they return to their normal school environment. The Squash & Writing program is limited to twelve participants per class (three classes are offered), and writers of any level are welcome.

How does it works?

The Squash and Writing program offers the same level of squash training as any other squash session during the summer at Squash and Beyond Camps, combining twice-daily training with an intensive writing workshop. After dinner, campers will participate in fun outdoor activities through 9 PM.

Note: all Squash and Beyond writing courses require that students bring a laptop to camp.

The instructor: Jim moore

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Jim Moore chairman of the English department and director of the squash program at Blair Academy. A writer of fiction and non-fiction, Jim has served as board chairman of Writers & Books, a literary organization with over 5,000 members in Rochester, NY. Before becoming a full-time teacher, Jim directed the college counseling programs at Blair and Savannah (GA) Country Day School; he also served as director of alumni relations at the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School Business. Jim has been a staff coach at Squash and Beyond since 2012; in addition to his work on the court, currently leads our College Essay Workshop and other writing programs in July. In 2015, Jim and his wife Wendy led the Squash and Beyond trip to the Dutch Junior Open in Amsterdam.

Jim earned a BA in English from Cornell University.