Welcome to Denver Writes

The heart of Denver Writes’ programming has always been weekend workshops where students come together to write around a central theme with a community of writers. Each workshop combines creativity with education and community building.

Workshops are taught by volunteers in our writing community who have a wealth of unique ideas and creativity to share with the remarkable young writers who attend! Each year, we offer a wide variety of topics and are always looking to the kids to give us their ideas on what interests them!

Workshops are intended for students ages 7-15. Space is limited, be sure to sign up in advance!

*Please note that our workshops have no cost, but we do suggest a donation to Denver Writes*

2024 Workshop Schedule


Second Star to the Right Books, 1455 South Pearl Street, Denver, 80210

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How to Plot a Novel (Using Beat Sheets) with Ellen O’Clover

Second Star to the Right Books, 1455 South Pearl Street, Denver, 80210

In this workshop, Ellen O’Clover, the author of YA novels Seven Percent of Ro Devereux and The Someday Daughter, will lead a group in discovering the key components of crafting a compelling novel plot. Workshop participants will work together to dream up a character and premise, then break out to independently develop the essential plot beats that make a complete novel. Attendees will learn how to use a beat sheet and hone their novel-writing chops, plus have plenty of opportunities to share their work, engage in Q&A with the author, and have books signed.

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Character Building with JC Peterson

Second Star to the Right Books, 1455 South Pearl Street, Denver, 80210

Description coming soon!

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Outdoor Adventure Writing with Jamie Siebrase

Denver Audubon Kingery Nature Center – 11280 Waterton Road, Littleton, 80125

Join Denver-based outdoors writer Jamie Siebrase for a three-hour “field” workshop at the Denver Audubon Kingery Nature Center near Chatfield State Park. In addition to reading and analyzing short nature writing samples, students will learn about creative nonfiction techniques such as point of view and concrete detail. Be ready to head outside to observe, draw, and write about the wild landscape surrounding Kingery Nature Center. During the workshop, participants will gain access to the Rocky Mountain Land Library’s Children’s Collection at the Kassler Center (located at the base of Waterton Canyon), where they’ll find additional inspiration and practice their craft using writing prompts. After a low-ley nature walk (approximately 2 miles roundtrip) students will return to the nature center where they started to share their work, if they’d like. This workshop is hosted in conjunction with The Bookies Bookstore & The Denver Audubon Center

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SUGGESTIONS? QUESTIONS? EMAIL US AT HELLO@DENVERWRITES.OR


WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

To register, find a workshop that interests you and click the ‘Sign Up Here’ link where you will be directed to fill out an online form. Be sure to follow the prompts all the way through to where you are asked to ‘Submit’ to be certain your registration is completed. You will receive an email confirmation from Denver Writes within 72 hours notifying you that your registration is confirmed.

Please note that in order for us to offer the best possible experience for all writers, we will not be able to accommodate participants who show up the day of the workshop without having registered online or spoken to Denver Writes prior to the date of the workshop.

Donations

We no longer require workshop deposits.

Denver Writes operates due to donations from our patrons.

  • We suggest a $25 donation that may be paid through PayPal (follow prompts on registration form), through Venmo @DenverWrites, Colorado Gives, or by check
  • Please keep in mind that our main priority is having a place for students to write, and we do not want any financial barriers preventing students from attending. The donations are suggested.
  • If paying by check, the check may be mailed to Denver Writes

Denver Writes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. All donations are tax-deductible.

Denver Writes
PO Box 12256
Denver, CO 80212

Waitlists

Once a workshop is full, it will no longer be open to registration. You may, however, email Denver Writes at hello@denverwrites.org to be placed on a waitlist as cancellations do happen! We will let you know what number you are on the waitlist when you email and will then only contact you prior to the workshop if a spot opens up.

CANCELLATIONS

We want to be sure our workshops benefit as many participants as possible, so please take the time to read through our cancellation policy below.

If you need to cancel for any reason, please notify Denver Writes at least 72 hours prior to the start of the workshop so that we are able to accommodate anyone on our waitlist.

Of course, emergencies do happen and will certainly take that into consideration!

On rare occasions, Denver Writes will need to cancel a workshop. In these cases you will receive a full refund or the opportunity to sign up for a future workshop.


PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS

2024

Blast to the Past: Writing Historical Fiction!

2023

World Building: Creating Planets, People, Creatures and More from Scratch with author J.E. Thomas

Poetry: Words From the Heart

15th Annual Scary Stories at the Denver Musuem of Miniatures, Dolls, & Toys

Campfire Stories

Illustrations for Stories

Choose Your Own Adventure

Pantser to Plotter with Jessie Weaver

14th Annual Valentine’s Poetry with Nancy Bo Flood & Wendi Silvano

Genre Writing with Ellen O’CLover

2022

Written Gifts

Folklore

Playfulness with Language

14th Annual Scary Stories at The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, & Toys

Screenwriting

Illustrations for Stories

(re)Searching Your Story with Melissa Savage

Slam Poetry and Reading

Zine Making with the Denver Zine Library

2021

Written Gifts

Apply for the Denver School of the Arts

13th Annual Scary Stories

Campfire Stories at Four Mile Park

Nature Writing

Titanic and Denver Historical Fiction

Fantastical Shorts

12th Annual Valentine’s Poetry and Fundraiser

2020

Written Gifts Online

Apply for the Denver School of the Arts

Ghost Stories

12th Annual Scary Stories

Sound, Rhythm, and Rhyme

Screenwriting

Bringing the Imagined to Life: Designing Your Own Character

Story Shuffle

Traveling With Poetry

Mysterious Houses

11th Annual Valentine’s Workshop and Fundraiser

Folklore

2019

Written Gifts

Illustrations for Stories

Apply to the Denver School of the Arts

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

11th Annual Scary Stories at the Four Mile Historic Park From 4 – 8 PM

Journaling

Campfire Stories

SongWriting with Bradley Weaver

World Building

Monsters, Myths and Legends! With Author Lija Fisher!

10th Annual Valentine’s Workshop and Fundraiser

Exploration Travel Writing and Review at Casa Bonita

2018

Written Gifts and Fundraiser

Apply to the Denver School of the Arts

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

10th Annual Scary Stories at Theatre 29!

In-Bodied Writing with Stina French

2018 Summer Camp Book Release Party & Open Mic

COMIC BOOK CREATION, A SPECIAL DENVER WRITES WORKSHOP IN FOUR PARTS

SONGWRITING WITH BRADLEY WEAVER

BIKE POETRY WITH BIKE DENVER AT COLUMBINE ELEMENTARY

TRAVEL WRITING

SCREENWRITING

9th ANNUAL VALENTINE’S POETRY AND FUNDRAISER

SLAM POETRY AND LIVE READING

2017

WRITTEN GIFTS AND WRITTEN GIFTS FUNDRAISER

ADDMISSION TO DENVER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

NANOWRIMO – NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH WITH LAUREN HALLSTROM

9th ANNUAL SCARY STORIES AT THE DENVER MUSUEM OF MINIATURES, DOLLS, AND TOYS

ILLUSTRATE YOUR STORY WITH JAM PUBLISHERS

CREATING NEW WORLDS

SPOKEN WORD POETRY

JOURNALISM

CREATIVE NON-FICTION

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

ILLUSTRATIONS FOR STORIES

8TH ANNUAL VALENTINE’S POETRY WORKSHOP AND FUNDRAISER

2016

WRITING FOR ADMISSION

SCARY STORIES

CREATING COLORFUL CHARACTERS

ILLUSTRATE YOUR STORY!

REVIEW IT! THE ART OF WRITING BOOK REVIEWS @BOOKBAR

EVERYDAY MAGIC

OUR 7TH ANNUAL POETRY FOR VALENTINE’S DAY WORKSHOP AND FUNDRAISER

THE ART OF FLASH FICTION

SONGWRITING

2015

WRITTEN GIFTS

SONGWRITING with Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

DENVER WRITES UNPLUGGED: MUSIC, INTERVIEWS AND REVIEWS

CAMPFIRE STORIES

SLAM POETRY with JOVAN MAYS

10-MINUTE PLAY IN TWO PARTS