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 after school programs.
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. For our workshops we suggest a donation of $25. Attendance varies but the average workshop size is 10 students, ages 8-15. We currently offer these workshops at Second Star to the Right Books on Pearl Street in South Denver and The Bookies Bookstore in Glendale.
For the past fourteen 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. This year we will feature camps at Second Star to the Right Books in the south Denver neighberhood of Pearl Street. We currently charge a $300 non-refundable fee per student for our, weeklong BookBar summer camps and host 15 students per camp. We offer two full ride scholarships per camp and two half price scholarships to students in need.
In 2018 we expanded our programing to include a weekly creative writing club that meets every Monday at Dayton Memorial Library on the Regis Campus from 4:30 – 6:30, every Wednesday at the Denver Public Library Smiley Branch in the North Denver Berkley Area from 4 – 6, and every Thursday at Second Star to the Right Books on Pearl Street in South Denver. The format is more open than our standard workshops, and topics and themes vary depending on what our club members bring in. It might be poetry, it might be monologues, it might be school projects. There is no cost, but we do suggest a donation. We are looking to expand to new locations. Stay tuned!