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Summer Design Camp offered at SVHEC

Looking for a way to get your middle or high school aged child off the couch and into a high-quality summer experience? 

Summer Design Camp 2013 hosted by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center  is your solution. This summer, students can take classes in creative writing, moviemaking, and photography with instructors who are well established in their fields. 

Halifax County native Lavinia “Bebo” Edmunds will teach Creative Writing Mix for High Schoolers June 24-28 and Fantasy Writing for Middle Schoolers July 8-19.  The high school workshop is $75 per student and will focus on creative nonfiction, including formal essay writing. By the end of the week, participants will have at least one well-edited, polished essay that can be used for college applications. During the two-week fantasy-writing workshop, Edmunds will guide students through creative writing exercises, readings from the classics, role-playing, and journal writing as they develop their own work of fiction. Fantasy Writing for Middle Schoolers is $125 per student.

Bebo Edmunds is an award-winning journalist who has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including Family Circle and Johns Hopkins Magazine. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill, and teaches in Baltimore County Public Schools and on the university level. 

Movie Making 101 will be taught by Johan Madsen June 24-28 and costs $85 per student. This workshop will introduce middle school aged students to the basics of digital moviemaking, including using a screenplay, recording video, and editing with iMovie. Madsen is an experienced educator and instructional technologist. He is an instructor at the Langley School in McLean, Virginia, and has several years of experience teaching courses in moviemaking and Digital Art and Animation. He holds an Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Vanderbilt University. 

Photoshop It! will be taught June 24-28 by Halifax County native Heather Chipps. This workshop is $50 and is open to middle and high school aged students. Participants will learn how to stage and light a shot, and how to use their camera and computer to get the most out of their images. Ms. Chipps holds a certificate in Digital Art & Design from Danville Community College, and is completing coursework for an Associate’s degree. She is an intern in the Business of Art & Design program at the SVHEC, and the owner of Heather Chipps Photography.  

Online class registration is available at Financial assistance is available on a first come basis. For more information contact Vicky Matthews at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 434-572-5566.