Week 2 Is Here!

Welcome to YPI 2011 week 2.  Now that it’s Tuesday night, things have gotten underway.  I’ve seen poets, photographers and songwriters roaming the campus chasing inspiration, trying to capture vanishing moments to share with the rest of the camp on Friday.  The actors and screenwriters share our building and always seem to be zooming around at a frantic pace, with …

Acting Prepares for Big Night

As the actresses prepare for their opening night of “Where the Wild Things Are” I had an opportunity to speak with each of them about their experience. “This show gave me more experience with acting. I perform mostly musicals, so it was nice to have more of a focus on acting by itself.” – Stefanie Greer “This was amazing because …

Songwriting Symposium

We have so much exciting variety in our Week 1 Songwriting class this year.  Our songwriters’ unique sounds, from simply serene acoustic to slam-jam rock, echo the likes of Ben Folds and Ingrid Michaelson to Megadeath and Soundgarden. We’re working on the writing process, the essence of performing, and lastly, the production and recording aspects of music.  In all, it’s …

The Writing Process

Written by Parker Wallis   No other activity brings me such excitement and, adversely, pig-headedness, than writing does. To me, writing is a battle against the ocean current. More often than not, a bountiful stream of ideas flows from my mind to my fingers and onto the page. On the other hand, the page is blank for the longest time …

An Observational Exercise: Voices of Photography

Written by Olivia Emert, Immersionist “Quick.  Take the picture,” Stew said, hurtingly. “Up higher,” Sasha responds with frustration. “Pose like you have an orb,” Stew says, changing hands with the object. Sasha takes the picture.  Then Stew makes fists. “One hand now.”  Another snap of the camera. We walk to Fashion Design: “I finished my princess dress,” Emma yelled, excitedly. We …

Small Photos

Written by Laura Bressler I take small photos to remind people who gaze at a meadow that every meadow starts with one blade of grass, and each day there’s one more blade of grass, and that’s what makes it a meadow. A nation’s not just a nation, but a nation of people, of unique individuals.  The tallest redwood oak started …

Immersionist Manifesto

The best writing is immersive — it surrounds you and carries you away, transporting you for a moment outside of what you believe to be real.  It demands to be experienced with integrity.  Whether you immerse yourself slowly or quickly, a leisurely dip into a warm pool or a sudden plunge into an icy sea, you find yourself somewhere else, …

Welcome to Our New Site!

We’re so excited to finally have launched a brand new YPI website. We hope that you’ll find this site useful as you think about where you want to be in the summer of 2011. Camp will be held from July 31st – August 13th, 2011. If you’d like more information, please take a look through the site or request a …