Denver Writes After Dark

Writing Workshops and Events… For Grown Ups?

After months of planning, Denver Writes is proud to announce our first writing content for adults, and starting out we’re offering two different types of events, writing meet-ups and workshops.

Writing Meet Up

Every First Sunday from 10:30 AM to Noon at BookBar. Always Free.


Embodied Writing, A Denver Writes After Dark Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

Thursdays from September 20th to October 11th, 5 – 7 PM at BookBar

The best writing gives voice to our embodied human experience, helping us imagine the potential of our bodies and the worlds they live in, yet we so often veer away from writing that draws blood. We write around what hurts/frightens/delights us instead of into it. In this four-week series, we will explore ways to write into the body, whether it is our own physical bodies or the imagined/invented bodies of our characters. As this workshop is thematically focused, writers of all genres and levels are welcome.

Each week, we will read a collection of contemporary stories, essays, and poems around that week’s theme, and we will write towards that theme through a guided prompt. Writers are encouraged to let their writing take whatever form it needs to—poetry, fiction, CNF, or hybrid. During our weekly meetings, we will discuss the thematic and craft concerns of the readings and share an excerpt of our writing for an informal critique.

Sept 20: Embodied Writing

Sept 27: Teeth, Hair, Blood, Bones

Oct 4: The Haunted Body

Oct 11: Travel & Transformation


  • 4-week series, thematically focused to accommodate all genres and levels
  • Meets Thursday evenings at BookBar, 5-7pm, starting Sept 20 and ending Oct 11
    • The first reading packet will be distributed via email on Monday Sept 17. Afterwards, reading packets will be distributed via email Thursday/Friday of each week.
  • $50 per week, or $180 for the entire 4-week series
  • For an additional $20, the instructor will read and critique up to 20 pages of writing


Instructor Bio

Debbie Vance’s fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Blue Mesa Review, Flyway,and elsewhere. Her fiction was a finalist for the 2017 Best of the Net Prize, a semi-finalist for the 2017 American Short Fiction Prize, and a nominee for O Henry and Pushcart Prizes. She received her MFA from Colorado State University and is at work on a collection of linked stories.