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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my child do in class? HVWP teachers build a fun and safe learning environment so that writers become comfortable writing and sharing their work. Days begin with "writing into the day" and include community-building activities like nature walks, museum tours, or collaborative games that inspire writing. Writers try many types of writing and look closely at excerpts of published writing as a way to try "craft moves" that successful writers use. The teachers incorporate conferencing into daily activities so that by week's end, all writers gain experience choosing and revising a piece of writing to publish. 

Who teaches the summer programs? HVWP's master teachers have completed a rigorous professional development program sponsored by the National Writing Project, during which they study writing, teaching, and recent literacy research. In addition, SUNY New Paltz future teachers work alongside them in an apprenticeship model. We have at least one teacher for every eight students. 

What is unique about HVWP youth writing programs? Writers gain inspiration from Hudson Valley history, art, and nature through daily writing and art activities. In our place-based programs, HVWP teachers work alongside museum educators, park rangers, and docents who take the group on behind-the-scenes tours. 

What is the "Writing Celebration" on the final day of the program? We invite family and friends to attend a one-hour celebration. This is rewarding for everyone: the writer, the families, the teachers, and the peers who provided inspiration and feedback along the way. Young writers gain confidence using their "voices" and sharing their writing for an audience. 

What writing supplies will my child need? We provide pencils, journals, and all other supplies that your child will use in class. Some writers may want to bring their own laptops. 

What else will my child need? Snacks? We request that all participants bring refillable water bottles and snacks. No nut products are allowed for the safety of students with allergies. For full-day programs, writers also bring lunches. We are unable to refrigerate snacks and lunches. If necessary, perishable food items should be sent in an insulated/cooler bag or packed with an ice pack. Participants may also want to bring sunscreen and insect repellent for outdoor activities. 

Will my child have homework? While there is no homework, many students are motivated to continue writing outside of class. 

For what kind of student is the program geared? We create a place for every kind of writer, from the reluctant to the most passionate. Children and teens are given freedom to choose what they write about, exploring topics of interest to them. They build confidence by writing in a variety of genres, gaining new skills and developing their voices as writers. HVWP teachers work to individualize the programs to reach all ability levels. 

Do the writers get breaks? We provide breaks each day during which children can enjoy a snack, relax with their teachers and classmates, and enjoy time outdoors, weather permitting. 

Can my child be placed in the same class with a friend? Yes, as long as the program has room and children are in the same age/grade level, we can usually put them together. 

Can my child attend for a partial week? Writers benefit most from attending the full program and contributing to the writing community. Therefore, we discourage young writers from attending for less than a full program, since teachers design the program so each day's work builds upon the day before. Tuition is not adjusted for those who cannot attend full programs. 

How are absences made up? We do not have make-up days or provide refunds for missed classes. 

What if my child misbehaves? We contact parents/guardians immediately if a young writer jeopardizes the learning environment. If problem behavior persists, the child will be asked to leave the program. These situations are extremely rare and our teams are experienced in working through conflict. Removing a child from a program is a last resort. Refunds are not provided in such situations. 

If I register my child online and do not pay immediately, is his/her spot held in the class? Registration is not complete until full payment is received. HVWP releases the program placement if a payment is not submitted within a two-week grace period after registration. 

Is tuition assistance available? Yes, we have limited need-based assistance to reduce tuition costs. Click here to learn more about Tuition Assistance

Is transportation available? No, but we encourage parents to carpool. 

Does HVWP offer aftercare? We request that children be dropped off and picked up promptly at the designated times. We are not able to offer extended hours or late pickup. 

What if the class I register for is full? We limit the number of students in each class. If a class you register for is full, we will contact you about the waiting list and other available programs. 

How do I get a receipt? After your child completes the program, please email us at hvwp@newpaltz.edu and provide your name, your child's name, and address.

What is the refund/cancellation policy? Participant cancellations made by May 15 will receive a full tuition refund, minus a $75 processing fee. Participant cancellations made after May 15 cannot receive a refund. 

For programs cancelled by HVWP, you may choose to: 1) receive full tuition credit toward a future program, 2) make a tax-deductible donation in the amount of the tuition, or 3) receive a full refund. To lessen the financial impact on HVWP, we ask that you please consider a full or partial program credit rather than a refund in order to support our youth writing programs. 

 

Other questions? Please email us at hvwp@newpaltz.edu or call us at (845) 257-2836.