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Denver Writing Project

Denver Writing Project

Young Writers Camp FAQs

What kinds of people would like this camp?

The Young Writers Camp is geared toward young people, going into grades 5-12, who have an enthusiasm for writing. The Young Writers Camp nourishes that enthusiasm and helps young writers hone their talents.

Is the camp like summer school?

Not at all! The Young Writers Camp provides a fun atmosphere where young writers can join together. Young writers will explore several writing genres, meet professional writers and stretch their writing skills beyond the school curriculum. While writers will be learning new techniques, the camp’s focus is creativity and discovery, rather than grammar and punctuation.

Where will the young writers be throughout the day?

Young writers will be with their particular camps and teachers all day. Each camp will have a main classroom for much of the day, though we’ll be moving to other spots on the campus for guest speakers, lunch and maybe some writing time outside. We’ll notify parents of the room numbers and buildings once they’re assigned in the beginning of June. Additionally, we may take the young writers on a field trip near the campus. Details to come!

Which camp should my young writer register for?

The Young Writers Camp is split into three smaller camps for much of the day. The camps are divided as follows:

Writer’s Workshop I. Grades 5-8.

Writers Workshop I is designed for the pre-teen writer who is passionate about writing and wants to meet other young writers who share their interests. Participants will engage in daily writing challenges and activities designed to help them transfer their ideas into exciting pieces of writing. Each young writer will be able to write in small groups and individually with the guidance of a camp writing instructor. Each day, Writers Workshop I will focus on a different genre of writing (fiction, poetry, journalism, and creative non-fiction). Young writers will also interact with published and professional writers in age appropriate writers workshop sessions.

Writer’s Workshop II. Grades 9-12.

Writers Workshop II is geared toward teen writers who are interested in enriching their writing lives and experiences. Participants are expected to bring one or two pieces of writing that they would like to share in a writer’s group and workshop.  Writers will focus on various genres of writing using activities and exercises to broaden their writing experiences. Teen writers also will have the opportunity to participate in daily writing workshops with guest writers from the Denver community. Writers also love to read! Teen writers will partake in discussions about what they are reading, recommend books, and discuss shorter pieces of writing throughout the week.

How long does camp last?

The camp is Monday, June 10th through Friday, June 14th. Camp begins at 9:00  a.m. each day and ends, Monday through Thursday, at 3:00 p.m. On Friday, the young writers invite family and friends to a celebratory presentation of their works from the camp. The presentation begins at 1:00, and usually lasts a little over an hour.

What do the young writers do for lunch?

The young writers eat lunch in the Tivoli of the Auraria Campus. The Tivoli contains a food court including Taco Bell, Subway and Wok & Roll. The young writers may bring money to purchase food (about $5 a day, depending on the appetite) or bring their own lunches. We typically allot 45 minutes for lunch each day.

How does drop-off and pick-up work?

The camp teachers will meet the young writers at the circle drop-off by the King Center each morning (see campus map) at 9. Alternatively, teachers can meet young writers at the Light Rail on Colfax Avenue if you let us know in advance. Teachers will walk the young writers to their classrooms as a group. The camp teachers will also accompany young writers to the King Center circle drop-off or Light Rail Monday through Thursday afternoons at 3. (On Friday, the young writers will simply leave with their families after the camp celebration is complete.) You want to make sure that your young writer is on time each morning, as teachers will start walking to the classrooms at 9:05. Likewise, you’ll need to be on time for afternoon pick-up because the teachers are unable to stay late. To ensure the safety of all young writers, teachers can’t meet and/or take students to locations other than the King Center drop-off or Colfax Light Rail for drop-off and pick-up. Click here for a map and directions to campus.

How much does the camp cost?

The Young Writers Camp is $190 for the week.