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Denver Writing Project

Denver Writing Project Specialty Summer Camps for Youth

​We are offering three specialty Youth Writing Camps in 2017
  1. CU South Creative Writing Camp at the museum (Parker, CO) 
  2. Cherry Creek Creative Writing Camp (Centennial, CO) at Walnut Hills Elementary
  3. College Ready Writers Project  - Academic Writing Camp (Denver, CO) - New​

Specialty Camp 1: 

Museum-Focused Young Writers Camp at CU South Denver in Parker (formerly the Wildlife Experience)


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).

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 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:​​

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

This camp is expected to sell out quickly. 

 Specialty Camp 2: 


Dates: July 24-28th 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: 8195 E Costilla Blvd, Centennial, CO 80112

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. 

Register today to reserve a space: 

Cherry Creek Young Writers Camp Registration Form

​Specialty Camp 3: 

The College Ready Writers Program Writers Camp: Academic Writing Focus


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:​ ​
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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
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. ​

Learn more about our Auraria Campus Flagship Young Writers Camp - Click here.​