encourage * educate * empower

at Harrisburg Area Community College

July 10-14, July 17-21

Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm


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The American Literacy Corporation (ALC) will host the 2017 Central PA Writers and Illustrators Summer Camp - encourage • educate • empower at Harrisburg Area Community College. This is a five-day camp held Monday through Friday, July 10th through 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The camp is for students going into the 3rd through 12th grade in the fall of 2017. Due to the demand and requests from families, we have extended the camp from one week to two weeks and to include Fridays.

Students will explore a variety of writing and illustrating styles and genres. This fun and engaging camp is designed to help students increase their love for and skill in writing, illustrating and animating. The camp provides a supportive environment in which kids enjoy the creative process. The camp is project-based and will end with a culminating event where the students’ work will be displayed and shared. Each participant will be provided supplies, daily lunch, morning and afternoon snacks and a free book by one of the authors or illustrators.

Returning authors and illustrators are: Charles R. Smith, Jr., Matt Novak, Sharon Flake, Sheena Hisiro, Floyd Stokes and others will be added. Cost: $225 per week.

  • General Public Early Bird Registration $375 and will open on January 10. Early bird registration will receive a discounted price of $375 if registration is received by March 15.
  • After March 15 camp fee is $425 per camper for both weeks.
  • Military, veteran, and first responder camp fee $350 for both weeks.
  • An additional option is for one-week only registrants, price is $225 per week. Campers will be place on a waiting list upon receipt of $50 registration fee. Registrants will be placed on a “space available list” until June 1, 2017 at which time, we will assess space availability. To get the full benefit of the camp, campers should register for the entire two weeks though we know this is not possible for everyone.

Cost includes: one free signed book by one of the featured authors or illustrators, lunch, snack and supplies. Group discount and scholarships are available after March, when scholarship funds are received from granter.

The camp can only accommodate 100 participants. A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to hold each spot. The full amount is due by June 10, one month prior to the start of the camp. Cancellations can be made before June 10 and a refund will be given minus the $50 deposit. Campers can sign up for one or both weeks. Individual days are not allowed. Priority will be given to those who sign up for both weeks.

Central PA Young Writers and Illustrators Summer Camp is a program of The ALC which is a non-profit organization. The mission of the ALC is to partner with community-based organizations and other institutions with programs targeting educational enhancement and development for elementary-aged students.

Thank you for your continued support and for considering this opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact Floyd Stokes at (717) 580-5429.

About the Instructors

The authors and illustrators below will be teaching the classes daily with assistance from area school teachers.

Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Charles R. Smith, Jr. is an acclaimed poet and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator of My People, a picture book based on the poem by Langston Hughes. He is also the illustrator of If, the author and photographer of I Am the World, and he won the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for his book Twelve Rounds To Glory. Many of his books have also garnered reluctant reader awards, proving that kids that don't like to read, do like to read his books. He grew up in Compton, California and attended the Brooks Institute of Photography. A magazine and book cover photographer in addition to a picture book creator, Charles lives with his wife and kids in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Matt Novak

Internationally recognized children's book author Matt Novak has been writing and illustrating picture books for more than 25 years. Among his many titles are Little Robot, The Last Christmas Present, No Zombies Allowed, and Twelve Snails to One Lizard (A Reading Rainbow Book). His books have garnered many awards including School Library Journal's Best Book of the Year for Mouse TV and the International Reading Association's Children's Choice Award for Newt. Matt has also worked for Disney Studios. While at Disney, he worked on such films as "Rescuers Down Under" and "Beauty and the Beast".

Sharon G. Flake

With millions of books in print, Sharon G. Flake has earned an international reputation as one of the top children and young adult authors in the world today. Her breakout noval The Skin I'm In, established her reputation as a must read author among middle and high school students, as well as teachers, parents, and librarians. Flake has penned 12 books and novels, including her first picture book, You Are Not A Cat, due in stores, September 2016. She has earned numerous awards and recognitions including several Coretta Scott King Honor awards; the YWCA Racial Justice Award; Best Books for Young Adult Readers by the American Library Association; Top Ten Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library; among others. Her work is taught in college nationwide, and published by Scholastic Books for Children, and Disney Publishing.

Sheena Hisiro

Sheena Hisiro is a children's book illustrator and textile designer. She's illustrated more than 25 books, including The Boy Who Cried Wolf, I'm Rascal, Josiah and Julia Go to Church, and Herman, My Love. She used to work at HersheyPark in the summers drawing caricatures and currently draws them at special events, such as birthday parties and weddings. Sheena studied illustration at Pratt Institute, where she earned a BFA in Communications Design.

Meet the Teachers

The teachers below will be assisting the authors and illustrators daily at the Summer Camp.

Jessica Singer

Jessica Singer is an elementary art teacher in the Central Dauphin School District. In 2009, she graduated from the Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus, with a degree in Art Education. She is working towards her master’s degree in Educational Development Strategies at Wilkes University. Jessica coaches 3rd thru 6th grade girls basketball at Milton Hershey in the winter. She works and teaches fitness boot camp classes at her family’s gym, Power Train Harrisburg. She enjoys staying busy and involved in different activities. In the summer, she is a nanny to three wonderful children.

Roshaye “Treasy” Johnson

Roshaye “Treasy” Johnson received an Associate’s Degree of Elementary Education from Harrisburg Area Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree of Elementary Education from Penn State Harrisburg. Since 2004, she has been an elementary school teacher in the Harrisburg School District. She has received numerous awards to include: The Esther Award, Arms Across the Community; Penn State, Roy W. Allison Outstanding Education Alumni Award; The Essence of Humanity Award; and The Harambee Recognition Award of Kujichagulia-Self-Determination – December 2007. She lives with her husband in Steelton, PA, where they enjoy spending time with their family, especially their two adult sons.

Jessica Linn

Jessica Linn is a kindergarten teacher at Ben Franklin Elementary. She was raised in the Buffalo, NY area and moved to central Pennsylvania to attend college. Jess attended Messiah College, where she graduated with a BS in Early Childhood Education in 2004. She attained her Master’s of Education from Cabrini College in 2011. She loves her three children, her husband, and ice cream.

Ted Book

Ted Book is the high school Art teacher for the Millersburg Area School District and has taught art for the district since 2006. He is a 1995 graduate of Penn State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in sculpture and a minor in Business. In the summer of 2015 he earned a Masters of Arts in Art Education at Messiah College. Ted has exhibited his artwork in the Ned Smith Art and Nature gallery, the Gallery on the Square both in Millersburg, PA and will be exhibiting in the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA summer of 2016.

Kiva Sutton

Kiva Sutton has been a middle school English teacher at Susquehanna Township Middle School for the past 8 years.  She received her bachelor's degree from Temple University and her teaching certification from Millersville University. She has a master's degree in reading and literacy from Ashford University. She is an avid YA novel reader and loves sharing and discussing books with her students.  She loves hiking and the great outdoors and can be found on the weekends on the Appalachian trail with her family.

Terresina "Terry" Brown

Terresina "Terry" Brown holds a B.A. in Education and a M.A. in Elementary Education. Terry retired from teaching from the Harrisburg School District in 2011 after 36 years of service. She taught grades kindergarten, 2nd and 5th. From 2012-2014, she worked as a reading consultant for the School Improvement Grant (SIG) and as a Pre-K Counts Coordinator in the spring of 2016, both for the Harrisburg School District. She volunteers for several community activities and is active in promoting literacy in the Harrisburg area.

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Feedback from parents and campers about the 2016 Central PA Writers and Illustrators Summer Camp 2016:
  • From my daughters: the food was awesome, our groups were fun, the afternoon activities were fun and open mic was cool!!!
  • We love that the camp was on HACC’s campus.
  • She loved the illustration class.
  • Our granddaughter truly enjoyed her experience with this camp.
  • I had no idea how to write a poem or how to illustrate good but, at the end of the camp I can write a poem. I feel that I draw better and can tell a story with drawings (animation).The presenters taught us the material in a fun way.
  • Interacting with the staff & other kids was positive. Loved seeing the artwork other kids had.
  • Wanted more time to do activities for art & writing so a possible longer day.
  • I (Jack J.) would remember all of the awesome friends I made while at the camp.
  • Daphne had many positive memories, with staff and authors and illustrators. I do believe one of her biggest take aways was at open mic and getting to see so many other students and their work. It was very encouraging and gave ideas and room to grow seeing the older students’ work.
  • Isaiah had a very good interaction with Charles R. Smith, Jr. I was very happy about this connection. We will be buying his books.
  • Loved meeting the authors & illustrators.
  • My son became more comfortable with sharing in a group setting and speaking at a level above a whisper in public.
  • My daughter enjoyed the variety of activities, interacting with students and presenters and generally doing something worthwhile with her summer hours instead of just swimming.
  • Positive: Meeting Authors & Illustrators Negative: Not having enough sample books for tweens & teens. Not getting any feedback from authors or illustrators for campers writing samples or art work. Positive: Breaks between sessions Negative: Planned exercises Positive: Tasty lunches & snacks Negative: Small portions for tweens & teens
  • The students had an opportunity to interact with real authors and illustrators. My child in the 5th grade group liked the individual author/illustrator presentations so she could hear from the ones who weren't teaching her grades. The teachers were very attentive to camper needs as everyday my child came home excited about the day and sharing what was done. I was grateful that camp staff were waiting to greet and direct us on the first day and every day. So by the last two days I was able to drop off my child and watch as they walked in knowing that camp staff was there to lead them in.
  • Being older (13) he commented that the authors were mostly children's book authors. He said "They need to have teen authors represented."
  • My child had a good time and made friends.
  • My daughter was excited to share with us what happened each day, which made us excited for her and the other campers.
  • She loved hearing from authors regarding illustration and writing.
  • Opportunity to enhance my daughter's interest in illustration. Also liked the physical fitness each day.
  • They show my son how to draw better and he feel good. He is so happy and me too.
  • Meeting Ms. Sharon Flake
  • I actually don't know enough superlatives to accurately describe this camp. What an outstanding experience for my daughter! I have seen her creativity and confidence blossom more in these four days than in her high school career thus far. I cannot commend you enough for your care and encouragement. The overall experience was so amazing that I scarce can believe it was the first year. Bravo!!! Kudos to all involved!!!
  • Working with the Disney animator, entering and winning the writing contest, meeting new friends.
  • Jenna and Chelsea loved every part of camp. It was perfectly done. Their parents and grandparents have no complaints. We all wish for more days of camp.
  • Karlye liked writing her story and that she got an award for doing it.
  • Camp flowed well. Sadie wants to come again next year.
  • Her creativity was enhanced as it relates to writing.
  • I like the diversity that my kid experienced. Overall very positive experience. Thank you Floyd and all the staff.
  • It was all a positive experience. The combination of writing and illustration classes was wonderful.
  • Great opportunity to learn from published authors!
  • I really enjoyed the positive atmosphere!