Summer Writing Camp at BookBar!


2018 program offerings at BookBar: 

Camp times are 10 – 2

Write Your Novel

Novel Writing BootCamp (ages 12-15), June 18-22

Writing a novel is a lot like building a house… inside a black hole… with mismatched bricks and mortar made of beeswax and cantaloupe and fire. Which is to say, writing a novel is incredibly hard and different every time and the only way to learn how to write one is to try. In this one-week novel-writing bootcamp, we will take our best story-dreams and build them into novels. We will learn about character and conflict and setting and plot, but mostly we will write. This bootcamp is for any teen who thinks that sounds fun.

For those who choose to share their completed works at the end of the week, we will celebrate all workshop attendees with a public reading for family and friends at the BookBar, Saturday, June 23rd, with special guest author Avi, to coincide with the release of his newest novel, The Button War.

BookCamp for Kids (ages 8-11), July 16-20 with special camp instructor, Melissa Savage

Calling all future authors! Do you love to create stories? Do you want to learn more about developing real life characters, unforgettable settings and awesome plots? Come join us as we learn what makes a great story, share ideas, WRITE WRITE WRITE and most importantly have fun in the process. For those who choose to share their completed works at the end of the week, we will celebrate all workshop attendees with a public reading for family and friends at the BookBar, on  Friday, July 20th.

Melissa Savage is a licensed therapist and a graduate of Hamline University’s MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her debut novel, Lemons, acquired by Penguin Random House, was included on the Indie’s Introduce List for Winter/Spring 2017 and was also acquired by Barry Cunningham of Chicken House Books for simultaneous release in the U.K. and Commonwealth under the title Bigfoot, Tobin & Me. Her next novel, The Truth About Martians comes out Fall of 2018!  Even though she’s never seen a Bigfoot or a Martian in person, Melissa love to learn and write about the mysteries of cryptozoology for children. You can follow Melissa on her and  Twitter @melissadsavage

Around August we will publish a book of your writing! We want you to see new things, think new thoughts, and write new stories to share with the world. Once your book has been published, Denver Writes will have a book release and reading party at Bookbar to celebrate! Copies will be available for purchase. More details to follow.


How much does camp cost? Parents: if this fee is a burden for you, we do offer sponsorships.

Camp costs $250 for each student. We are working on securing sponsorships from neighborhood businesses, and if you’re interested in a sponsorship, please contact us!


How long is camp? Can I live there?

Camp will be from 10-2, Monday – Friday, with an end of camp party and reading, Saturday June 23rd for BookCamp for Teens and Friday July 20th for BookCamp for Kids. It is important that you stick with us all five days. Please don’t show up more than 15 minutes before camp begins, or stay more than 15 minutes after camp ends.


Do I have to bring my own food?

No! BookBar will provide food the entire week! Of course, please let us know about any food allergies. And, please bring a water bottle each day.


Will we stay in the same place all of the time?

For this camp, we will stay at BookBar each day, except for Wednesday, which is field trip day.  We may take a quick walk around the neighborhood, though, so please be sure to dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes you can walk in. Just in case, please don’t forget sunscreen! You should probably bring a backpack and an umbrella or parasol for extra protection from the elements.


Can I bring a friend/sister/brother/parent/pet?

We will take friends/sisters/brothers if they turn their own applications in on time, and convince us they really want to go. Parents, grandparents, guardians, and pets are not really part of this. Prepare yourself to meet new people! Oh– a warning. If cell phones become a problem, we will ask you to turn them off or not bring them. Be independent!


Who are the adults who will be hanging out with us?

The adults will be Denver Writes volunteers. Many of them will be teachers on summer break, high school or college students, or adults who just really like to write and hang out with kids. All of them will be fun and knowledgeable. Parents: our volunteers are background-checked and kids are never left alone with a volunteer in a private place. We are currently looking for students interested in becoming Denver Writes interns for Summer Camps, and beyond, email us if interested.


How many kids can participate, and how will those kids be chosen?

We would like to take all of the kids in the world who love writing, but we cannot yet make that happen. We will take the fifteen (15) kids who turn in their applications, completed, with tuition, and with really good answers to our questions, to Denver Writes as soon as possible. We’ll stop accepting applications once camp is full. If you don’t get in, we can add you to our wait list if you’d like.


Where and how do I turn in my application?

What a great question! You can do one of three things:

  1. You can mail it to us: PO Box 12256, Denver, CO 80212.
  2. You can scan the application and email it to us:
  3. If you are really anxious or don’t trust the Post Office, you can email us and arrange to drop it off at BookBar (just make sure it’s in an envelope marked for Denver Writes).


How will I know if I my application is accepted?

We will call or email you one to two weeks after you submit your application to let you know if you will be one of our 15 writers or if you’re on our wait list.


If I get in, what comes next?

We will send you ANOTHER information packet a few weeks before camp, and we will probably email you, too. You’ll get to know us.


What is your cancellation policy? What if we win a trip to Disney World?

For camp, if you tell us you cannot come at least a week before camp begins, we will refund your tuition because we can give your spot to another kid. If you let us know less than a week before camp begins, then we will keep your payment (unless there’s an emergency, of course).


What if I have more questions?

We love questions! Email us at