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Denver Writing Project
 

Denver Writing Project

Young Writers Camp and Events


​We will be hosting three Young Writers Campus in the summer of 2016.

Registration is open for both camps. Please scroll down this page for more information.

  1. Auraria Campus Day Camp (Denver, CO)
  2. Museum Day Camp at CU South Denver (Parker, CO) 
  3. Dry Creek Elementary School (Cherry Creek Schools)
Registration is open for both camps. Please reserve your child's space today. We expect to fill both camps early.
Camp 1: Auraria Young Writers Camp is our biggest camp and gives kids a chance to spend one week (days only) on a college campus.
June 6-10th, 2016 at the Auraria Campus in Denver

**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 6-10, 2016 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: $200 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.
  • Secure Registration: https://www.regonline.com/youngwriterscamp2016​
  • Please register early. Our camps tend to reach capacity.
2016 Guest Writers:
  • TBA
2015 Guest Writers


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
The Denver Writing Project is proud to host its first-ever museum-based young writers camp at CU South Denver. Where: CU South Denver (10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, CO 80134).

TheWildlifeExperience.JPGWho: Youth writers entering 3rd through 8th grades. 

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 Wildlife Experience museum in Parker, Colorado

When: June 13th-17th, 2016 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 water bottle, string backpack, and Denver Writing Project-shirt.

How to register: https://www.regonline.com/southcampusyoungwriterscamp2016

If you register more than one student at the same time, you will receive a 10% registration discount.

Download .pdf version of the camp flyer.

This camp is expected to sell out quickly. 


Camp 3: Dry Creek Elementary School Young Writers Camp

August 1st-3rd

During this three-day camp, all writing instruction will be provided by Mrs. Zuiker from Dry Creek; Mrs. Walker-Gilman from Campus Middle School; and guest author, Dianne Maroney from The Imagine Project - http://theimagineproject.com.

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

When: August 1st-3rd from 9am-1:30pm each day

Where: The Bear Creek area (2nd Grade Area) at Dry Creek Elementary. 

Details: On Wednesday, August 3rd at 12:30, families are invited to come hear students share writing from the week.
Cost: $150 per child for the week (includes a T-shirt)

Registration: Only 40 spots available, so register early at http://www.regonline.com/drycreekyoungwriterscamp2016.

We can’t wait to see you this summer! It will be a great way to kick off the school year!

* Dry Creek is having repairs this summer so there is a chance we may move the camp to Willow Creek if the work is not completed.  We will call/email you the week before camp to confirm the location.