Welcome to Denver Writes

2018 Summer Camp Dates and Themes

Camp dates and times coming soon!

Do you love to write? Are you interested in spending a full week with other kids who love to write? Stay tuned to find out how you can be involved in a 2016 summer camp!

Where and when does all this fun take place?

Summer Writing Camps with Denver Writes run Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm at Back Space at Metropolis Coffee (1 S. Broadway)…and all over Denver!

What is it like to participate in a Denver Writes Summer Writing Camp?

These camps are for kids, like you, who like to write. You don’t have to be good at writing, you certainly don’t have to get good grades in writing, and we accept all kinds of handwriting, but you have to LIKE TO WRITE. Otherwise, things might be a drag.

Our home base is at Back Space (below Metropolis Coffee) at 1 S. Broadway. We will go on field trips to places around the Baker neighborhood and throughout Denver to get inspired to express ourselves in positive ways with the best words we can find.

Also, we will publish an online book that you help author. We want you to see new things, think new thoughts, and then write new stories to share with the world.

Join us, if you dare. Space is limited!


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

  • Camp costs $200 for each student. You can pay sending a check with your application, or by using PayPal at the link above. We have two scholarships for each camp available, given on a first-come, first served basis. If you’re interested in a scholarship, please see Part 5 in our application for more information.

How long is camp? Can I live there?

  • Camp will be from 9-5, Monday through Friday, and it is important that you stick with us all five days. Please don’t show up more than 15 minutes early (we need to prepare for the day!) or stay more than 15 minutes after camp ends (we adults need more sleep than even y’all do!)

Do I have to bring my own food? 

  • We will have limited quantities of snacks. We suggest that you bring a water bottle, just in case. You will need to bring your own lunch each day, except for Friday –lunch will be on us!

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

  • Never! We believe that writers need to experience as much of the world as possible so that they can feed their imaginations AND write stuff about the world. We will plan to take at least one field trip requiring a bus ride to one of the city’s many arts and cultural facilities like the Botanic Gardens or the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
    On other days we’ll do  nearby scavenger hunts, visit some cool and unique spots in the Baker
    neighborhood for kids to gather inspiration, and have a guest speaker or two!
    You should dress comfortably and wear shoes you can walk at least two miles in
    (probably no flip-flops). And 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 at all. Be independent!

Can I come to more than one camp?

  • We love that you want to come to more than one camp! You can, as long as it’s for your age group, and as long as you turn in your application along with tuition for both camps by the due date. Please note: If applying for two camps, you will need to complete both two prompts.

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 sure that we have enough adults to work with each student. We will take the fifteen 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 the camps are 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: hello@denverwrites.org.
  3. If you are really anxious or don’t trust the Post Office, you can email us and arrange to drop it off with a barista at Metropolis (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 is an emergency, of course).

What if I have more questions? 

  • We love questions! Email us at hello@denverwrites.org.