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Young Writers Camp and Events

DWP Spring Workshop: Comic Writing with Legendary Author, Editor, and Publisher, Jim Shooter
Presented by The Denver Writing Project and Mile High Comics
What: This 90 minute hands-on writing workshop will give young authors the opportunity to learn storytelling techniques from legendary comic book author, editor, and publisher, Jim Shooter. Participants will have the chance to generate new material and share stories with Jim and other workshop participants. All students will receive free comic books distributed as part of Free Comic Book Day and can join in a question and answer session with Jim Shooter at the end of the workshop. One parent is welcome to attend with each registered youth participant.


Where: Mile High Comics at 4600 Jason Street, Denver, CO 80211

When: May 2nd from 2-3:30pm

Who: Youth writers in 7th-12th grades 

Cost: $25.00.

Registration: Reserve your space now.​​

About Jim Shooter: Jim is an American artist, writer, and publisher from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania whose success in the comic book industry started at the young age of 14. He began writing for D.C. Comics in 1966 as a way to support his working class family. Shooter’s career eventually led him to earn the title of the 9th Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics during the company’s peak years in the mid-1970s and early 1980s. Shooter is well known for writing the 12-part series, Secret Wars.


DWP Young Writers Camps for the Summer of 2015
Camp 1: Auraria Young Writers Camp
**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 register today.

  • 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 8-12th, 2015 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, and 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.
  • Secure Registration: Register Now
  • Please register early. Our camps tend to reach capacity.

Our 2015 guest writers will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

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

Participants will be divided into writing groups by grade level.

Writers Workshop I

Grades 4-8: 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.