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Young Writers Camp and Events


​We will be hosting four Young Writers Camps in the summer of 2017. Please stay tuned for additional information. 

  1. Auraria Campus Creative Writing Camp (Denver, CO)
  2. CU South Creative Writing Camp at the museum (Parker, CO) 
  3. Cherry Creek Creative Writing Camp (Centennial, CO) - Formerly Dry Creek Young Writers Camp.
  4. College Ready Writers Project  - Academic Writing Camp (Denver, CO) - New


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The Auraria Young Writers Camp is our biggest camp and gives kids a chance to spend one week (days only) on a college campus.

June 5-9th, 2017 at the Auraria Campus in Denver

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Image links to a YouTube video about our young writers camp experience.

**Attention Young Writers!** 

Do you love to write? Are you a budding poet, flourishing story writer, or even future famous author? Would you like to write in a relaxed, social atmosphere? If so, join us for Young Writers Camp at CU-Denver’s scenic Auraria Campus! Spend a fun-filled week of your summer with other young writers exploring and developing your own creative writing abilities. Who knows whom you’ll meet and what you’ll write? 

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  • Where: Our main Young Writers Camp takes place on the scenic Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado.
  • Who: Students going into 4th-12th Grades.
  • What: Spend five days with other kids and teens (Grades 4-12) who love to write and want to improve their craft.
  • When: June 5-9th, 2017 from 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Teachers: Our camps are facilitated by licensed C​olorado classroom teachers including Molly Robbins, Linda Chase, Joe Dillon, Shannon Hanschen, Tiffany LoSasso, Jennifer Henderson, Raylene Kaufman, Sarah Woodard and others (number of instructors depends on number of registrants).

  • Tuition: Early registration: $200 per student. After May 1st: $210 per student. 
    **Partial scholarships available based on evidence of financial need. We offer a 10% discount to two or more registrants paying with the same credit card.
  • Secure Registration: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1933617​
  • Please register early. Our camps tend to reach capacity.



2017 Auraria Camp Guest Writers (Others TBA)

j_lincoln.jpgAuthor of Young Adult Novel, The Protector Project, Jenna Lincoln. Jenna is a middle school teacher and an alumni of the Denver Writing Project's Invitational Summer Institute. She is a dynamic speaker and inspires young writers with her knowledge, mentorship, and enthusiasm for the craft of writing.​


Participants will be divided into writing groups by grade level. 

Writers Workshop I

Grades 4-6: This camp 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 will focus on a different genre of writing. Young writers will also interact with published and professional writers in age appropriate writing workshops. By the end of camp, each young writer will have several well-developed pieces.

Writers Workshop II

Grades 7-8: This camp is designed for the middle-school 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 will focus on a different genre of writing. Young writers will also interact with published and professional writers in age appropriate writing workshops. By the end of camp, each young writer will have several well-developed pieces.

Writers Workshop III

Grades 9-12: Writers Workshop 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. The goal is to have one or two polished pieces by the end of the week. 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.



Camp 2: Satellite Young Writers Camp at CU South Denver in Parker
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The Denver Writing Project is proud to host its second annual museum-based young writers camp at CU South Denver. Where: CU South Denver (10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, CO 80134).
 

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Writers Workshop 1: Entering 3rd through 5th grades (limited to 30 students)

Writers Workshop 2: Entering 6th through 8th grades (limited to 30 students)

What: A half-day, week-long, museum-based young writers camp led by licensed K-12 teachers. Students will work on their own writing using the inspiration of the museum spaces and will participate in peer writing groups. At the end of the week, students will read their work in front of parents and friends at the Friday open mic. 

Where: The CU South Campus in Parker, Colorado (formerly named the Wildlife Experience Museum)

When: June 12th-16th, 2017 from 9am-12pm

Cost before May 30th: $205.00 includes museum entry fees, quality writing instruction from certified K-12 teachers, small class sizes, a Denver Writing Project-shirt, and admission to the IMAX movie.

How to register: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1951285​​

If you register more than one student on a credit card, you will receive a 10% registration discount.

Download .pdf version of the 2016 camp flyer (for reference only). The 2017 flyer will be posted soon.

This camp is expected to sell out quickly. 


Camp 3: Cherry Creek Young Writers Camp at Walnut Hills Elementary

Dates: July 24-28 from 9am-12pm

During this five-day camp, all writing instruction will be provided by Mrs. Zuiker from Dry Creek and Mrs. Walker-Gilman from Campus Middle School.

Guest Author: Slam Poetry National Champion and Aurora Poet Laureate, Jovan Mays.

Who: Open to students going into 2nd grade through 8th grade.

Where: Walnut Hills Elementary School:

Details: On the final day of the class, Friday, families are invited to come hear students share writing from the week. We will host a Friday potluck breakfast at 9am and will finish by 11:00am.
Cost: $150 per child for the week (includes a Denver Writing Project T-shirt)

Registration: Limited to 40 participants. Registration available soon.

Register today to reserve a space:

Cherry Creek Young Writers Camp Registration Form


​New in 2017: The College Ready Writers Program Writers Camp
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An engaging academic writing experience for high school students...

The Denver Writing Project is excited to announce a new Young Writers Camp offering for the summer of 2017!  The College-Ready Writers Program Young Writers Camp is for young writers in grades 9th through 12th who want to hone their argumentative writing skills while writing for civic action and social justice. 


Young writers will participate in a variety of writing workshops with professional writers and Denver Writing Project Teacher Consultants and will also experiment with writing arguments in a variety of genres. Additionally, campers will learn and practice specific “moves” writers make in effective argumentative writing to further prepare them for college-level writing expectations.  

While this camp will emphasize aspects of academic writing, young writers will have the opportunity to write for authentic purposes and audiences about topics and issues that are relevant and important to each individual writer. Students will also have the opportunity to work directly with college writing instructors from the University of Colorado Denver.​​.

  • All 30 spaces will be filled via an application process. Please stay tuned for more information.
  • The camp is grant funded and tuition-free.
  • The camp will be held Monday through Thursday from June 12-22nd, 2017. 
  • Camp hours are 9am-2pm.
  • To apply, follow this link to the Google Form: http://bit.ly/2p1hopV​ ​
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Additional Camp Details:
  • Space is limited. Applications should be submitted promptly.
  • Campers will need to provide their own lunch, unless notified in advance of group lunches (i.e. Pizza Party). They can bring a sack lunch or purchase lunch at the Tivoli (Subway, McDonald's, Taco Bell, etc.)
  • Campers are expected to attend all eight days if accepted into the program.
  • Questions can be directed to scwoodard74@gmail.com
The Application Process:
The application includes a short writing prompt that they may want to draft in a Google Doc or Word Document to copy and paste into the Application Form

Please include a two to three paragraph personal statement identifying the role of civic action and social justice in your life and why it is important and essential for you to develop your skills to improve as a writer in an effort to take action for social justice.  Why do you want to be part of this writing camp?  What civic action and social justice issues are you passionate about? 

The College-Ready Writers Program Young Writers Camp will meet on the vibrant Auraria Campus, the home of Metro State University, CU Denver, and the Community College of Denver. The camp will run Monday through Thursday, June 12th-22nd from 9:00am to 2pm. 

The camp will not meet on Friday, June 16th. 




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