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Volunteer Profile: Ratty Boi Bio by Unknown Denver Writes Participant, Aged 13

One of our most treasured volunteers is of course, Ratty boy, or as we call him “Real Muscular Rat”. He came to our program when we found him drinking curdled milk in a ditch a few years ago. While his fur was matted, and his eyes were bloodshot, he fit right in with our kids (probably because of those things). Nowadays, you can find him at workshops gnawing blankly on a piece of metal, or affectionately scratching at ankles. If you come to see him, make sure you bring him a ladle of sewer goo, one of his favorite delicacies (we assume it reminds him of home). Watch him skuttle, squirm, or flop around with us! Come to Denver Writes today and meet this wee little guy yourself. 

Him on a good day.

Denver Writes Merchandise is now avaliable!

Denver Writes Merchandise!

Denver Writes has Partnered with Bonfire to offer high quality shirts and hoodies with more options on the way. All proceeds go directly to Denver Writes.



Scary Stories 2021!



Ella, 9

Avery, 10

Charlie, 12

Sammy, 13

Audrey, 12

Elliot, 10

Lilly, 13

Marion, 12

Marion Bonus Outtake:



Scary Stories 2019!

Thank you to everyone for joining us last weekend for our 11th (!!!) Annual Scary Stories Workshop! Many thanks to our wonderful friends at the Four Mile Park for giving us a home!


Check out the recordings from our spooky writers:


and check out some spooky noises

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9th Annual Valentine’s Workshop and Fundraiser!

Our (second) favorite annual workshop is just around the corner on February 3rd!

Sign up for this workshop here!

Followed by our Valentine’s Fundraiser on February 10th at BookBar from 10 -2. As with previous years, you’ll be able to order a custom valentine made by one of our amazing writers!

Sign up for this workshop here!

The Deadline for Pre orders is 9:59 AM on February 10th PRE ORDER HERE or order your card in person during our fundraser!


OnDenver Spotlight on Denver Writes

I was recently contacted by Libby from OnDenver, and she wanted to include Denver Writes in their weekly non-profit spotlight! I was nervous and uncomfortable at first, but after a while I really got into the interview and gave a good amount (maybe too much) of information. It is a little weird/surreal to watch/listen to myself — the only other interviews I’ve done for Denver Writes have been radio only — but I really like how this turned out, it does a great job spotlighting what we do and shines a great light on our wonderful partner BookBar!

More updates are on the way, stay tuned!

Kevin Peterson, Program Director.


Denver Writes Interviews Local Musicians


Because of all the fun we had in interviewing musicians for this year’s Denver Day of Rock, we were asked by Listen Up Denver! to do another round of interviews, this time for Colorado bands who will be competing for their chance to play alongside ZZ Top, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman and more at September’s Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.

Check out the interviews our very own Denver Writes writers conducted below!

Lauren interviews Chris Daniels & The Kings

Kate interviews Michael Hornbuckle

Lilia interviews Union Driftwood

Jose interviews Augustus

Ella interviews Rachel & The Ruckus

September Volunteer Spotlight: Maryanna Brunkhorst

Each month, Denver Writes highlights phenomenal volunteers without which the work we do would not be possible. This is an opportunity to get to know them just a little bit better!

Click here to find out about why Maryanna Brunkhorst wishes she could speak Portuguese and what she means about tasting life twice!


Artist Spotlight: Phoenix Miller

Artist Spotlight with Phoenix Miller

An interview series designed to highlight the creativity, drive, and skill of the amazing students at Denver Writes, “Artist Spotlight” poses questions about writing and the writing life to authors age 8-15 and includes an excerpt from the author’s poem, story, play, comic, or essay—created in our studio at Back Space.

Phoenix Miller



Phoenix is a ten-year-old writer who has attended many workshops with Denver Writes. During the workshop, “The Art of Flash Fiction,” she authored the flash story “The Cruise.”

DW: What was the inspiration behind your story “The Cruise”?

PM: My inspiration came when I looked at the idea-starters, and saw the words “ship”, and “ghost”. It was then that the idea was born.

DW: How did Denver Writes help you write this story?

PM: The volunteers helped me with molding my story, and helping edit. Also, they provided an idea starter which worked very well for me.

DW: What do you love about writing?

PM: I love that you can escape into a different world, even a different dimension. For me, writing takes my mind off my worries. I end up in a world where none of my troubles exist. I can make the characters do whatever I want, whenever I want–I can even put myself in a different situation. And reading your work after you are done, you just think, “wow, I just created this”, and, personally, I love that feeling.

DW: Which books or authors are you reading right now?

PM: I’m constantly reading books. Meaning, on average, I read about two novels per week, (unless it is something really long, like the last Harry Potter book, or Wildwood)

At the moment, I have just finished The Fault in Our Stars (which is an amazing book and I recommend it to everyone), and I am starting The Westing Game (which is also very entertaining so far). The one impossible question for me is, “what is your favorite book?” I always answer, “every book I read”, I read one book and say, “this is my favorite book!” Then the next book I read I say the same thing, and so on.

DW: What are your future writing goals?

PM: My goal for this year is to finish one of the novels I have started, edit it, and then self-publish. Going even further into future goals, I plan to finish and publish even more books, maybe even someday, in my spare time between dance, become a children’s author. I think that I would be someone like Barbara Park because I absolutely love her Junie B. Jones books, (I read them to my sister every night while cracking up at the clever and hilarious hidden jokes).

The Cruise

By Phoenix Miller  

“Everybody on?” booms a loud voice from the speakers above. My family and I are on vacation, on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. I walk into the room I will be staying in, and look out at the beautiful sunset. The room is pretty boring—white bed, brown dresser, black nightstand. The only thing I really like is the huge window by my bed. I flop down and throw my suitcase by the dresser. I take out my diary and look for a hiding place.

“I guess I’ll just put it under the bed,” I mutter.

I kneel down and look under the bed, but something is already there. I scream and back against the wall.

“I am the ghost of the future, and I have come to warn you!”

“About what?” I whimper.

The ghost smiles and opens her mouth to say something. I shut my eyes tight, frozen with fear. But when I open them, the ghost is gone.

“Everybody to the dining hall for a party,” the speakers boom.

“It’s okay, it was just a dream,” I whisper, but I would always remember what happened that evening.

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