Welcome to the 9th Annual Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp!

If you’re a serious teen writer looking for serious support for the work you do, then Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp is for you. We know how important writing is to you, and we put our focus exclusively on whatever you are writing. You’ll even workshop pages from your books or short stories, getting invaluable peer as well as professional feedback.

Better still, Explorati Teens is highly social. Writers work alone and we often get funny looks when we say we can’t wait to go home and write. This program connects writers to other teens who get what it is to be a writer. Explorati Teens works hard to forge tight-knit tribes of young artists.

This year we’re offering three tracks, each designed to serve a very specific group of writers.

Middle School Fiction is for younger writers just getting started and ready to take part in the fun studying writing can be.

High School Fiction is for those who want to up the intensity of the study of their craft.

We are pleased to announce our second year of partnership with the Arapahoe Library District. Our classes will be held at their Administration Building in south Denver.

Arapahoe Library Admin Building
12855 E Adam Aircraft Circle
Englewood, CO 80112

This year, two scholarships are available for each track.
One is available for participants in our sponsor, Arapahoe Library’s Teen Ink program. The other is available to the public. For more information, check out the Registration Page.

Explorati Teens takes a unique approach to teaching writing: our instruction is rooted in the idea that writing should be as much fun as it is hard work. This is where young writers lay the foundation for understanding and improving their skills as well as how to keep growing on their own. We take your aspirations as seriously as you do.

We are individually-focused and develop whatever stories you want to tell because those are the stories you’ll be most excited to work on after Explorati is a wrap. Explorati Teens celebrates who you are, at whatever level you are.

So how about it? Are you ready for some serious fun?

Instructor & Founder
Trai Cartwright, MFA

Trai Cartwright has been teaching creative writing and screenwriting to teens for over a decade.

As Founder and Executive Director of Explorati Teens, Trai delivers the classes she wishes she’d had access to as a teen writer!

Trai is a professor of Creative Writing, Screenwriting, and Film Studies at the Colorado Film School, UNC, several community colleges, and the Poudre River Library in Fort Collins. She has presented at dozens of writers conferences and conducts workshops for various writing and community organizations as well as at MFA residencies.

As an editor and story consultant, she has worked one-on-one with over one hundred writers to develop their manuscripts, several of which have gone on to publish.

Prior to becomming a college professor and editor, Trai worked for over twenty years in the entertainment industry. She began studying story as a Hollywood Development Executive, working with thousands of screenwriters to improve their skills. While living in Los Angeles, Trai optioned four screenplays of her own, produced three independent films, was assistant director of Leonardo DiCaprio’s online ventures, and worked for major feature film studios 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema, and HBO.

She also discovered one of her great pleasures: mentoring teen screenwriters. She volunteered for the Scriptwriter’s Network for six years; today, a number of her former students work in the entertainment industry as actors and filmmakers.

Upon returing to Colorado, she got her MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting from the University of California, Riverside, and is happily at work on a YA Contemporary Fantasy.

Trai is proud of her role in bringing unique, high level arts and literacy programs to Northern Colorado youths. And she is thrilled to bring Explorati Teens to Denver teens!

Her website is www.traicartwright.com.