About Us

Mission

We get kids to write!
Our mission is to provide young writers in the Denver area with a supportive community and creative opportunities to express themselves through writing. We achieve this by offering monthly workshops, intensive and expeditionary summer camps, and free after-school tutoring.

Workshops

The heart of Denver Writes’ programming has always been weekend workshops where students can come together to write around a central theme. These workshops are three hours long and follow a structured, standardized lesson plan that combines creativity with education. Themes vary from writing about food to movie reviews to poetry and even songwriting. Our workshops require a refundable, non-committal $25 enrollment deposit that may applied to future workshops as long as students are in attendance. Attendance varies but the average workshop size is 10 students, ages 8-15.

Summer Camps

For the past six years, Denver Writes has hosted yearly summer camps that explore one main writing theme more deeply than our weekend workshops. These camps contain standard lesson plans that include guest speakers and field trips. We currently charge a $200 non-refundable fee for one 40-hour, weeklong summer camp and host 15 students per camp. We offer three full ride scholarships per camp to students in need.

Tutoring

Last year, Denver Writes expanded our programming to include after school tutoring on Tuesdays. We partnered with local high schools to gain tutoring mentors and have assisted 10 students since launching this program. In the next academic school year, we plan to continue our after school tutoring program to reach even more students by offering tutoring both on site at Back Space every other Tuesday and offsite by partnering with a low-income Denver public school (dates TBD).