Each Badgerdog Teaching Artist brings a unique approach to the summer camp classroom. Campers love Sean Petrie’s writing stations, which include typewriters for each writer (students got to choose the one they felt suited them best), poetry glasses to see the world in new and beautiful ways, and The Desert of Ideas, a place to scavenge for story artifacts and treasures.
Hands-on activities like these, especially the tactile process of physically typing up their pieces, helped young writers puzzle through their stories from different angles until they felt ready to share. “I loved working with these students,” says Sean, “because they were so creative and enthusiastic to just write, write, write! And I loved seeing how each camper looked at the same thing in their own unique, imaginative way.”
More about our teaching artist Sean!
Sean Petrie is a founding member of the Austin poetry group Typewriter Rodeo, and has written over 10,000 poems at events all across the country. He is co-author of Typewriter Rodeo: Real people, real stories, custom poems (Andrews McMeel 2018), and author of the poetry collection Listen to the Trees (Documentary Media 2020). Sean’s poems are featured on KUT’s “Texas Standard” radio program, and he is the author of multiple middle grade fiction & nonfiction books. Sean has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, a law degree from Stanford, and teaches legal writing at UT Law School.