2017 Fall Reading at Brookline Booksmith

2017 Fall Reading at Brookline Booksmith

On October 29th, 2017, Summer Ink campers, along with family and friends, came out in force to celebrate their writing accomplishments. Our annual fall reading was held at Brookline Booksmith, a beautiful venue that regularly hosts world-renowned authors. As our campers stood before the microphone, their words painted vivid images of the exciting activities they experienced last summer: a suspenseful fencing match, an adrenaline-fueled climb up a rock face, a germ-filled salsa lesson. The campers’…

Fall Reading at Summer Ink

Fall Reading at Summer Ink

Summer Ink campers from Boston and Greater Boston gathered at Brookline Booksmith on a beautiful mid-October day to read aloud from their writing. The 2016 Summer Ink fall reading drew over 100 family, friends, staff and community members – an enthusiastic audience that came together in appreciation of the hard work and accomplishments of our campers. One by one, middle and high school campers bravely approached the podium, adjusted the mic, and began. Although the…

High School Summer Writing Program Pilots a New Curriculum

High School Summer Writing Program Pilots a New Curriculum

Boston & Beyond just got a makeover! The new curriculum for our high school campers, piloted this summer, featured exploration of neighborhoods around the city, including East Boston, Harvard Square, Charlestown, Fort Point, and Kendall Square. In each place, campers interviewed residents and shop owners, took guided tours, engaged in a local activity, and tasted foods, all with the goal of understanding the neighborhood in a new way – and communicating these new perspectives in…

2016 Camp Season a Success

2016 Camp Season a Success

The 2016 Summer Ink camp season brought together 120 middle and high school campers from Boston, Greater Boston, and beyond to explore the city, engage in exciting activities, make new friends, and practice writing skills. We had a blast! New this summer: Simmons campers sailed on the Roseway, a tall ship, where they had a chance to climb the rigging and sit the bowsprit — hair-raising activities that campers wrote about in their journals. We…

Meet Our New Camp Director

Meet Our New Camp Director

We are proud to introduce Summer Ink’s new Camp Director, MaryKate DiPisa. An ELA teacher in middle and high school classrooms since 2010, MaryKate currently teaches 7th and 8th grade ELA at Irving Middle School in Roslindale. MaryKate is a Summer Ink veteran! Below, she recalls her time as a Senior Counselor in 2012 and shares her excitement about the upcoming summer season. What do you remember about being a Summer Ink Senior Counselor? I loved…

Summer Ink Fall Reading Showcases Student Writing

Summer Ink Fall Reading Showcases Student Writing

Over 100 excited Summer Ink campers, along with family and friends, gathered at Brookline Booksmith on October 25th to read aloud from their writing. Part celebration and part reunion, the Summer Ink Fall Reading showcases campers’ work and helps us fulfill our mission to give students the conviction that the world wants to hear them. Topics of the journal entries and longer essays ranged from canoeing on the Charles to climbing cliffs at Hammond Pond…