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Young Writers Camp and Events

Upcoming Events for Young Writers

The Denver Writing Project is excited to announce our first-ever fall writing workshop. In an effort to bring together our community of young writers during the 2014-2015 school year, we are hosting a Young Writers Workshop with Jovan Mays and Slam Nuba!​ The workshop is open to any young writer from 4th grade up to 12th grade. Young writers who haven’t been able to participate in our summer camps are also welcome, so feel free to pass this information on to family and friends. 

Please see below for details:

  • Where: Auraria Campus in downtown Denver, Science Building Room 1067
  • When: Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Who: Young writers in 4th grade up to 12th grade
  • What: Poetry Writing Workshop with Jovan Mays and members of Slam Nuba
  • Cost: $40.00 plus money for lunch at the Tivoli or bring a sack lunch.  Bagel breakfast is provided.
  • Registration: Please click here to register! Registration is secure through RegOnline.

This is just the first of two or three continuity events we will offer this year. Please contact Sarah Woodard with questions. When you register for the event you will receive an email confirmation, and closer to the event (approximately one week prior to the event), you will receive detailed information with logistics for the day.  

We look forward to seeing you October 4th!

Past Camp:
DWP Young Writers Camps for the Summer of 2014
We offered youth writing camps at three locations in the Denver area in the summer of 2014: Auraria Campus, Dry Creek Elementary School in Cherry Creek, and Thomson Elementary School in Jefferson County.
Camp 1: Auraria Young Writers Camp - This camp sold out!

  • Where: Our main Young Writers Camp takes place on the scenic Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado.
  • Who: Students going into 5th-12th Grades.
  • What: Spend five days with other kids and teens (Grades 5-12) who love to write and want to improve their craft.
  • When: June 9-13th, 2014 from 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Teachers: Our camps are facilitated by licensed Colorado classroom teachers including: Joe Dillon, Shannon Hanschen, Molly Robbins, Linda Chase, Andrea Modica, Tiffany Schaab, Sarah Woodard. 
  • Tuition: $190 per student  **Partial scholarships available based on evidence of financial need. We offer a 10% discount to 2 or more registrants paying with the same card.
**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? The only way to find out is to apply today.

2014 Guest Writers
Dom Testa (June 10th)
Jovan Mays (June 11th)
Rachel Zurer (June 12th)​


Writers Workshop I

Grades 5-8: 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 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: Dry Creek Young Writers Camp

  • Where: Dry Creek Elementary
  • Who: Open to students going into 2nd - 8th grade
  • When: June 16–20th, 2014. Monday- Friday from 9:15am–12:15pm
  • What: Spend five mornings with other kids who love to write and want to improve their craft.
  • Teachers: Our camps are facilitated by licensed Colorado classroom teachers Elizabeth Maloney, Lauren Zuiker and Erin O’Grady
  • Guest presenters: Slam poet Jovan Mays and children’s book author Kathleen Pelley
  • Cost: $150 per child. 
  • Grade: Students going into 2nd through 8th​ grades

Camp 3: Jeffco Young Writers Camp
The Denver Writing Project is proud and excited to once again offer the Jeffco Young Writers Camp at Thomson Elementary School in Arvada, Colorado. The primary purpose of this writing camp is to provide writing enrichment for students at Thomson, a Title One Elementary School. Some space may be available for students from neighboring schools.  ​
    • Where:  Thomson Elementary School
    • Who: Open to students going into 3rd grade through 6th grade
    • When: The camp runs August 4th - 8th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and Jovan Mays will present a slam poetry workshop on Tuesday, August 5th.  
    • What: Spend five mornings with other kids who love to write and want to improve their craft.
    •  Teachers: Our camps are facilitated by licensed Colorado classroom teachers including Thomson Elementary teacher, Lisa Antweiler
    • Guest presenter: Slam poet Jovan Mays
    • Registration: Thomson Elementary students receive first priority in terms of registration, but we do have some registration spots open for others who would like to participate. Please contact Lisa Antweiler if you would like to register your child for the Jeffco Young Writers Camp at Thomson Elementary.  
    • Fees: Contact Lisa for more details on fees for this camp at