Crafting Irresistible Characters! for Ages 12 - 16
JULY 18th - 22nd
From 10 am - 2 pm, Reading last day of camp from 5 - 6 pm

At BookBar 4280 Tennyson Street Denver 80212
Instructor: Heather Sappenfield

Favorite book characters: What makes you adore them? This camp will first scout out the traits and elements that shape irresistible characters. Then it will explore the ways that character creates story and interacts with plot. It will journey along the threads of setting, point of view, voice/tone, symbolism and theme. Each day, participants will experiment with this evolving map of craft, using it to write their own new characters or to enhance established ones.

For this camp Denver Writes and BookBar will be providing lunches, please provide us with dietary restrictions. Cost of this camp is $350. Scholarships and partial scholarships are available.
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Student Name *
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Student Preferred Name *
First and Last
Student Pronouns
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School *
Age *
Grade *
Student Date of Birth *
Student Gender (this is optional information that will help us write grants for program funding)
Student Nationality (this is optional information that will help us write grants for program funding)
Student Race (this is optional information that will help us write grants for program funding)
Does the student receive free & reduced lunch at school? (this is optional information that will help us write grants for program funding)
What language does the student speak at home? (this is optional information that will help us write grants for program funding)
Permission to Apply Sunscreen *
Does your student have any allergies? To What *
Dietary restrictions? Please explain *
Diabetes? *
Take any medication during the day? If so, what and when? Other? Please explain: *
Parent/Guardian Name *
Parent/Guardian Address *
Contact Phone *
Contact Email *
Name and Phone Number of Child’s Physician: *
Emergence Contact #1: Please include name, relationship to child, and phone number/s: *
Emergence Contact #s: Please include name, relationship to child, and phone number/s: *
 Anything else we should know?
Does your child enjoy writing?
Loves it!
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What genres does your child find interesting?
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Any genres we missed that your child finds interesting
How does your child excel as a writer?
What struggles does your child have with writing?
 STUDENT AGREEMENT: I agree to work with the group on all projects and assignments while at Summer Writing Camp. If I finish before others, I agree not to act in a way that might disrupt others or keep them from working. I agree to respect the other students, the volunteers, and the staff of Denver Writes and Bookbar. I agree to follow the reasonable directions of all staff and volunteers of Denver Writes. I agree to listen to others and to respect their opinions, even if they are different from my own. I agree to arrive at camp on time and leave on time. I understand that if I do not follow this agreement, I will be asked to leave, my parents/guardians will be called to pick me up, and I will not be able to participate in camp anymore. *
PARENT/GUARDIAN AGREEMENT:I would like my student to participate in Denver Writes Summer Writing Camp, and I agree with the expectations of each student. I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge, the statements in this application are true and correct. I give Denver Writes permission to assess my child’s academic skills. I give my child permission to participate in Denver Writes Summer Writing Camp and will ensure that he/she attends the program Monday through Friday. I understand that failure to attend by the second day of camp will result in the forfeiture of my child’s place in the program to a student on the waiting list, as well as the forfeiture of my payment.  I understand that I am responsible for updating all contact information and parent guardianship, should they change prior to or during the course of the camp.  I understand that my child will be undertaking certain activities, including walking on city streets, hiking through parks, taking public transportation, or riding in a rental van, and that he/she can undertake those activities successfully.  I understand that written communication expresses personal opinions, and that writing produced at camp is not necessarily the opinion of Denver Writes. I understand that Denver Writes and Bookbar cannot  assume responsibility for injury or death and I agree to hold harmless Denver Writes, their directors, officers, employees, and volunteers, from any liabilities, demands, or claims for damage. *
Medical Emergency Consent Form & Contacts(must be completed by parent or guardian)In the event that my child, has a medical  emergency, I authorize the adult workers at Denver Writes to consent to any examination, x-ray, anesthetic, medical or surgical diagnosis or treatment, and hospital care my child may require, as long as it is rendered under the supervision of a physician  or surgeon who is licensed under the Medical Service Act and serves on the medical staff of a licensed hospital -- whether or not the diagnosis or treatment is rendered at that physician’s office or hospital. In addition, please check each box): *
Transportation Permission Form & Waiver. We believe that having many different experiences in life is just as important to writers as imagination. So we are taking students on as many field trips as possible, but that includes getting them to and from, which requires a student’s guardian’s permission.Here are the details of our anticipated trips: We will be walking and taking transportation from BookBar to several locations this week. There may be one or two times when a student might need to be transported in the car of a volunteer, but this is unlikely. Still, we need your permission. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I give permission for my child to be transported via RTD, ridesharing service, and/or in a motor vehicle driven by a Denver Writes volunteer to any camp sponsored activities between the dates of June 13th - 17th, 2022. I understand that my child is expected to follow all applicable laws regarding riding in these forms of transportation and is expected to follow the directions provided by the driver a nd/or other adult volunteers. I have read, understand, and discussed with my child that: (1) They will be traveling in a motor vehicle driven by an adult and they are to wear their safety-belt (when available) while traveling; (2) They are expected to respect each other, the vehicles they ride in, and the people they travel with during the trip; (3) They are to remain in their seats and not be disruptive to the driver of the vehicle; and (4) Riding in a motor vehicle may result in personal injuries or death from accidents, collisions or acts by riders, other drivers, or objects.I recognize that by participating in this activity, as with any activity involving motor vehicle transportation, my child may risk personal injury or permanent loss. I hereby attest and verify that I have been advised of the potential risks, that I have full knowledge of the risks involved in this activity, and that I assume any expenses that may be incurred in the event of an accident, illness, or other incapacity, regardless of whether I have authorized such expenses. As a condition for the transportation received, I, for myself, my child, my executors and assigns, further agree to release and forever discharge Denver Writes, its Board of Directors, and their agents, officers, employees and volunteers from any claim that I might have myself or that I could bring on my child’s behalf with regard to any damages, demands or actions whatsoever, including those based on negligence, in any manner arising out of this transportation. I have read this entire waiver and permission form, fully understand it, and agree to be legally bound by its terms. *
As part of our regular programing, we sometimes take photos, audio and video recordings of children in action as they participate in the classrooms, workshops, Summer Camps, Open Mics, events, etc. We also love to highlight the talent of our young writers by publishing their written work on our website, social media,  or in other media. We would like you to indicate below uses of images, audio and video of your child(ren) and written products by your child(ren) as permissible. This is completely up to you. We will only use these in ways in which you agree. With any use of these images, audio and/or video, student names and other personal information will NOT be identified, unless first discussed with the parent or guardian. *
By agreeing I acknowledge that since participation in publications and websites produced by Denver Writes is voluntary, neither the minor children nor I will receive financial compensation. I further agree that participation in any publication and website produced by Denver Writes confers no rights of ownership whatsoever. I release Denver Writes, its directors, officers, committee members, employees, volunteers, and agents from liability for any claims by me or any third party in connection with my participation or the participation of the below named minor children. I have read the above description and give my consent for the use of the images, audio, video as well as written product as indicated above. *
STUDENT. Show Us Your Stuff! The most important part of our camp is that you want to be here. We don’t want you to come because your parents want you to come. We want you to come because you like to write! This is your chance to demonstrate that to us! Type or handwrite your response to the following prompt and submit it with your application. Imagine you woke up in a place you’ve never been. Maybe it’s an organic farm in Kansas, maybe it’s a haunted house, maybe it’s a planet on the farthest reaches of the galaxy! Let your imagination go wild! Describe this place. How did you get here? What objects do you have with you? Who do you meet? What do you do next? And next? And next? Tell us about your adventure! Once you’ve finished, submit writing example to and please sign the following statement: *
TUITION: Denver Writes is a nonprofit organization and part of our mission is to provide students with great experiences -- at a low cost. To ensure your child’s spot is reserved, tuition must be received with the application. You can pay by check (mailing or bringing to first day of camp) or through Paypal. Make it payable to: Metro Denver Promotion of Letters. Please write the student’s name in the notes section of the check.* If the tuition is a barrier for your child’s participation, please contact our program director, Kevin, at *
by PayPal or by Mail, Scholarships are available, please inquire.
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