Creative Writing & Art
Summer Camp 2010


Paper & Palette: Exploring your writer and artist self


Do you love to write?
(or maybe you would like writing more if you could just come up with some cool ideas?)

Do you love to make art?

(or maybe you would like art more if you could learn to use some new materials?)

Come join us this summer and explore your writer and artist self!


This year we're in the East Bay and in San Francisco!


What we'll be up to:

We'll spend half of each day with paper and pencil, immersing ourselves in words. The other half of the day we'll work with pastels, charcoals, watercolors (and more!), immersing ourselves in visual art.

Plus, we'll read writing by well-known authors, look at art by famous artists and have fun drawing, writing, editing, painting, snacking, erasing, gabbing, reading stories, as well as admiring and sharing our work.

When & Where ?

East Bay

Camp will be held at the spacious and beautiful Classroom Matters,

a tutoring center in Berkeley, 2436 Sacramento Street (at Dwight).



Our East Bay camp is an all-girl camp. Campers should be going into 3rd, 4th and 5th grade in Fall 2010.


2010 East Bay Sessions

(All camp days are from 9 am - 4 pm.)


SESSION A (2 weeks) June 21- July 2    


SESSION B (1 week) July 5 - July 9


SESSION C (2 weeks) July 12 - 23


San Francisco


Our San Francisco camp is for boys and girls into 3rd, 4th and 5th grade in Fall 2010.


Where & When?

Camp will be held at the spacious and beautiful CCE Painting Studio, in the Glen Park neighborhood of San Francisco.


2010 San Francisco Sessions

Half - day sessions are 2 - 5:30  Full day session is from 9 - 4.


SESSION A  (1 week, half-day) June 21st – 25th


SESSION B (1 week, full-day) June 28th – July 2nd


SESSION C (1 week, half-day) July 5th – July 9th


How much?

East Bay
Sessions A and C
$650. per 2 week, full-day session,

plus a $20 materials fee,

Session B
$325. for 1 week, full day session
plus a $20 materials fee,
$345. total


San Francisco

Sessions A and C

Half day, 2:00 – 5:30

$170 per one week session

plus $30 materials fee

$200. total


Session B

Full day session, 9:00 – 4:00

$350 for 1 week,
plus $30 materials fee

$380. total



Teaching art this summer is artist, Angela Baker, who has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Columbus College of Art and Design, with an emphasis in painting and drawing. Since 2001 Angela has been teaching both in-school and after school visual art classes with established San Francisco arts organizations such as Leap…imagination in Learning, ArtSpan and the San Francisco Arts Education Project. Angela is also an exhibiting painter whose work has been showcased in group and solo shows in Budapest, San Francisco and New York.


Teaching writing this summer is Sondra Hall, the founder and director of "Take My Word For It!" Sondra designed an innovative curriculum to teach creative writing to kids in after school programs and in community settings. "Take My Word For It!" 's program is now in seven schools in the San Francisco Bay area.


To Register:
Click here to request a registration form.

Come to camp with a friend or a sibling and you each receive 10% off!

Sign up a pair of campers at the same time, and pay in full by May 1, 2010 and each camper receives 10% off the camp fee. (The materials fee stays the same.)

Who we are: “Take My Word For It!" is a Bay area creative writing program that encourages kids to have a grand old time, as well as feel safe and supported while they grow as writers. We have been leading students on word expeditions for five years in after school programs and community settings.

Kids have been writing with us at Los Perales; Bay Farm; Thornhill, Chabot and Kaiser Elementary in the East Bay, and Miraloma Elementary in San Francisco. We have also been turning kids on to writing at 826 Valencia; Book Passage; 18 Reasons and Classroom Matters.

In 2010 we began teaching women seeking refuge from homelessness and domestic violence at Mary Elizabeth Inn, in San Francisco.

"Take My Word For It!" was founded by Sondra Freundlich-Hall, a writer and parent who believes in the power of the written word to transform. You can reach her at sondra@takemywordforit.net.