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2013 Past Events for the Denver Writing Project

Thanks for making our past events so successful!

Cross-Content Writing Marathon​
Feb. 22, 2014 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Registration: $15 (includes museum admission and certificate for seven hours of professional development.)


This event is limited to 25 people, so register ASAP!

For more information and/or if you need directions on the day of the event, contact:

Alice L. Smith – 303.885.7841,

Kyle Crawford – 303.919.6342

START: 9:00 AM, Panera Bread Company, 640 South Colorado Blvd., Glendale, CO 80246. Participants will have a chance to buy/eat breakfast; we will go over the schedule and instructions for the day and we will divide up into writing groups.

10:30 AM: We will head over to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Writing groups will meet in the lobby and will receive their maps and admissions tickets. DWP leadership will facilitate each group, but during the day writers can proceed through the marathon at their own pace.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Participants will proceed through the writing marathon at their own pace. There will be some suggested writing prompts for some of the exhibits.

1:00 PM: Optional group lunch at the T-Rex Cafe. Mingle with other participants and share writing (informally).

2:00 - 3:00 PM - Participants will proceed through the writing marathon at their own pace. There will be some suggested writing prompts for some of the exhibits.

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Writing groups will meet at the Leprino Family Atrium (first floor of the museum) to share writing and reflect on the day. ​

Writing Workshop with Victoria Hanley, Colorado Book Award Winner for Young Adult Novel

Saturday, November 2nd from 10am-1pm
Auraria Campus, Denver, CO
Cost: $25.00
Continental breakfast will be provided.

Victoria Hanley.jpgVictoria Hanley loves to nurture emerging writers. She is a Young Adult novelist published in 12 languages and also the author of Wild Ink: Success Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market, and Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write. Her books have received awards and honors in the U.S. and abroad, including the Colorado Book Award and Colorado Authors League Top Hand Award. Growing up, Victoria lived in California, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Oregon. She now lives with her family in Loveland, and teaches YA novel-writing at Lighthouse Writers in Denver. 

Come prepared to write, explore, and share. We’ll play with writing exercises that are designed to bring out your personal writing voice. Find out how your own wild wanderings, horrible heartaches, and quixotic quirks can help you to write what others want to read.​

Space is limited. 

Use our secure system to register online.

Fall Cafe Crawl and Writing Marathon​

Thanks to all the participants who came out for our September 14th writing marathon in Lower Downtown.

What is a writing marathon?

The model for the writing marathon comes first from Natalie Goldberg, whose book Writing Down the Bones deserves credit for inspiring the kind of writing marathons we do. She taught us the basic protocol: write, read your writing to others, and say only "thank you" after each reading. And do this again and again for as long as you can. That is the model in a nutshell ( A writing marathon does not imply that we'll be covering 26.2 physical miles of the city of Denver.

​2013 Advanced Institute for Teachers, Writers, and Community Members

We are excited about a new design for our Advanced Institute this summer. We will meet at the Auraria Campus on four Wednesdays, from 9am to 1pm. Each meeting will feature a guest speaker, and time to share writing with colleagues over lunch on your own. (Lunch is not included in the cost of the event.)

June 12 – Presentation by Slam Nuba Poet Jovan Mays

Jovan's Bio


Jovan Mays exemplifies the true spirit of community that is the basis of the poetry slam. A member of the 2011 Denver Slam Nuba Poetry Slam Team that won the National Poetry Slam in Boston, Massachusetts & the 2010 Nuba Squad which finished within the top eight teams at NPS in St. Paul, Minnesota  as well as a participant in the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam. He has achieved notable success as a slam competitor not only locally but also throughout the Midwest (2010 Utah Arts Festival Slam Champ, Finalist at The Great Plains Poetry Pile up) but it is his commitment to community and education in both urban and rural communities that distinguish him as an organizer and artist. More information at

June 19 – Presentation on publishing in literary magazines by Andrea Dupree, Co-Founder of Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Andrea's Bio

Andrea Dupree serves as the Program Director for Lighthouse Writers Workshop, which she co-founded in 1997 with Michael J. Henry. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Freight Stories, Valparaiso Fiction Review, The Normal School, FiveChapters, Confrontation, and elsewhere. She's been nominated twice for a Pushcart. Her nonfiction has appeared in such places as The Writer's Chronicle and The Bloomsbury Review. She received a 2011 MacDowell Fellowship, which she used to work on a novel. In addition to teaching short story writing at Lighthouse, she's currently on the part-time faculty at the University of Denver's University College.

June 26 – Presentation by Shari Caudron: Magazine Writer, Essayist, Published Author, Owner of The Narrative Group, and instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop​

Shari's Bio​

shari headshot_sm.jpgShari Caudron is founder of The Narrative Group, a firm that provides support and direction for emerging authors. A well-published author, speaker, and writing coach, Shari is happiest when she is sitting down, pen in hand, asking people about their lives--and then connecting the dots to help them--and others--understand their own unique stories. She's put this talent (some might call it nosiness), to work as a journalist, writing coach, executive speechwriter, corporate communications consultant, and university professor.

Today, she speaks regularly about the power of personal narrative, teaches customized training courses for a diverse range of organizations, and works on a wide variety of book projects with thought-leaders involved with business, education, the arts, medicine, financial services, management consulting, and the non-profit arena.


2013 TechMatters Institute for Teachers

Enter with ideas about using technology in your classroom.

Leave with usable lessons plans. 

Bring a technology question or tech tools that you want to explore. Over the course of the week, we’ll coach each other, share, and produce a project or set of lessons that uses the technology that interests you. In the afternoons, we’ll deepen our understanding of digital literacy.


When: June 17 - 21, 2013 from 9:00 - 4:00pm
Cost: $100 per participant
Credits: Earn up to three Continuing Education credits (Additional $100 per credit)
Location: Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Personal copy of shared text included - Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education


Thanks to everyone who joined us for the spring First Friday Art Walk and Writing Marathon on May 3rd, 2013. Also, thank you to Kirk Norlin for letting us use his gallery as a home base.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Lower Downtown Writing Marathon on November 3, 2012! We had a great time.​