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 air outside felt crisp, inside Brookline Booksmith the campers’ powerful writing brought the heat and excitement of last summer alive. In journal entries and polished pieces, campers described the feeling of a great Frisbee toss, the adrenaline rush of scoring a basket, the joy of noticing the smallest sensory detail during a nature walk. Some campers shared short stories or character sketches.* Every piece demonstrated one or more of the writing skills campers practiced at Summer Ink using the WEX method: focus, use of strong verbs, avoiding cliché, strong leads, showing rather than telling, incorporating dialogue, and more.
Each Summer Ink family in attendance received a copy of The Collection. This printed compilation of camper writing was greeted with great excitement. Our campers are now published authors!
The annual fall reading helps us fulfill our mission to give all students the power to explore their ideas, the skills to communicate them clearly, and the conviction that the world wants to hear them. It also brings our camp community together in the fall, after school has begun and the summer feels like a distant memory, to reconnect, revive friendships, and reminisce.
Thanks to all who attended this year’s fall reading. We hope to see you next summer!
*For character sketches, campers go to a local mall to people-watch, selecting one person to observe closely. Based on that person’s outward characteristics, campers create a rich inner life for their character.