Summer Writing Camp at BookBar!


This summer, BookBar & Denver Writes are teaming up for a very unique summer camp experience for youth writers ages 9-13:

BookCamp: Write. Publish. Party. 

2017 program offerings at BookBar: 

June 12 – 16: Write Your Memoir 

In this exciting camp, young writers will learn how to draw on their life experiences to write their very own visual, textual, multi-genre memoir!

For ages:  8 -12. From 10 -2.


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

Camp costs $200 for each student. We are working on securing sponsorships from neighborhood businesses, and if you’re interested in a sponsorship, please see Part 5 for more information.


How long is camp? Can I live there?

Camp will be from 10-2, Monday, June 12th through Friday, June 16th, with a party date to be announced shortly. 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 in Part 4. 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 Friday, when we’ll ride the bus to Denver Bookbinding Company to bind our books. 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, 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.


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 9093, Denver, CO 80209.
  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