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From left, Charlie Bowser, Emily Rumstadt, Zoe Nygaard, Megan Mayernik and Ana Rumstadt gain inspiration from the Mill Pond in downtown Clarkston. Photos by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)
August 10, 2011 - Writing students going into grades 5-7 toured downtown Clarkston last Friday, seeking inspiration for their Oakland Summer Writer's Camp.

"We bring together kids from all over Oakland County for two weeks to develop writing skills," said instructor Phyllis Ness. "It's an enrichment program for kids who enjoy writing."

Ness and instructor Jim Haugh taught writing techniques and skills through first-hand experience during the two-week camp, Aug. 1-12, at Clarkston's Community Education Building. The camp is part of the National Writing Project,

"Campers learn to lead writer's lives, and look at the world through the eyes of a writer," Ness said.

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The field trip is one of the highlights of the camp, she said.

"We stopped at the Clarkston Union and learned about its history, Rudy's gave the kids pizza and cookies they were very gracious," she said.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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