The early science of alchemy, the concept of starting with a single element, an ingredient, that when combined with other elements, create a symphony of possibilities, all capable of transmuting one to a new realm, is not unlike writing. We start with a cacophony of bottles, all filled with chemicals of varying colors and textures, swirled together in our brain—a fragile glass beaker—to conjure up worlds filled with unique perceptions, images, and understandings.
Imagination. It’s that mysterious and magical alchemy of bringing together these captivating, yet often elusive elements, to summon a bit of literary enchantment with the ability to cast a spell over readers, and transport them to worlds within the pages of our imaginations. (Check out our Conference Creative Team's short video, Mad Science Writing.)
We hope you will join us for our 12th Annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference, where we will transcend your writing through a variety of sessions, panels, and inspiring keynotes from top notch presenters.
The 2017 Northern Colorado Writers Conference will bring back some local favorites such as Laura Pritchett, Trai Cartwright, and Kerrie Flanagan, as well as welcome several new-to-NCW presenters such as Bob Mayer, Jessica Strawser, and Whitney Davis, not to mention, several new agents. We're also thrilled to announce that Chuck Wendig, #1 NYT Bestselling author author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and the Heartland YA series, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more, is our opening keynote speaker. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds.com, and his books about writing.
Meet the agents and editors!
The NCW Conference Pricing Includes:
Got questions? Check out our FAQs.
|NCW Members (Fri. & Sat.):||$359|
|Non-NCW Members (Fri. & Sat.):||$389|
|NCW Members (Fri. OR Sat. only):||$199|
|Non-NCW Members (Fri. OR Sat. only):||$229|
|2-hour Master Class (Add-on - Fri. only):||$35|
|Agent Panel Luncheon (Add-on - Fri. only):||$35 (NOTE! There is a $10 discount if you do both Add-ons)|
|30-min consult with writer's coach Teresa Funke:||$47|
|Non-NCW Members can join NCW:||$15 (Get all of the benefits of being a part of the best writing community Northern Colorado has to offer!)|
Make it a weekend getaway!
Don't miss out on any of the action! After a long day of workshops, presentations, and networking, wouldn't it be great to not have to drive home? Wake up refreshed and ready to go for another exciting day of workshops. The number of rooms available at the special price are limited, so don't delay.
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What it's all about!
With the help of best-selling children's author Debbie Dadey, NCW founder Kerrie Flanagan hosted the first Northern Colorado Writers Conference (NCWC) held in March 2006 at the Armstrong Hotel in downtown Fort Collins with LeAnne Thieman as the keynote speaker.
The conference filled up with 45 attendees and was a huge sucess. It was clear the conference filled a void in the community. Kerrie knew it would keep growing, so a bigger location had to be found. The Fort Collins Hilton became the home of the 2007 NCWC and has moved to the Fort Collins Marriott in 2016. Over 100 writers attended and enjoyed hearing author Sandra Dallas and motivational speaker Jim Davidson. Guests also enjoyed an editors panel, networking, trade show, great food, cocktails, and 18 workshop sessions.
In 2017, now under the direction of April Moore since January 2016, the conference is celebrating 12 great years. The NCWC is one few writers' conferences that caters to all levels and genres of writing including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Because our conference tends to be smaller than most (around 150 participants), we are able to provide a more personal and intimate experience that many larger conferences lack. Our two-day event offers around 30 sessions, opportunities to get your work in front of literary agents and editors, and a 90-page program featuring session handouts. A banquet dinner and afternoon lunch are also included. Our passion and attention to detail, separates the NCWC from many other conferences and brings back attendees year after year. We strive to offer a fun, high-quality experience for attendees and presenters because we know your time and budget is important (plus, we love a good time)!
Over the past 11 years, the conference has brought in a variety of industry professionals including...
Authors: Grant Blackwood, Laura DiSilverio, Jon Davis, Melanie Crowder, Stephen Cannell, Jim Davidson, Sandi Ault, Carol Berg, Greg Campbell, John Shors, Laura Resau, Todd Mitchell, Linda White, Tina Forkner, Joanne Kennedy, Laura Pritchett, Chris Ransick, LeAnn Thieman, Bonnie Ramthun, Joan King, Teresa Funke, Patricia Stoltey, Mark Lefebvre, Rachel Weaver, Michelle Theall, and Andrew McCarthy.
Literary Agents and Editors: Paula Munier, Stacey Graham, Jody Rein, Jennifer March Soloway, Nicole Resciniti, Andrea Dominguez, Steve Mettee, Chuck Sambuchino, Andrea Broan, Kristin Nelson, Rachelle Gardner, Jessica Regel, Jessica Faust, Jon Sternfeld, Anita Mumm, Rebecca Schwab, Lara Perkins, Robert Brewer, Ben Barnhart, Ken Sherman, Gordon Warnock, Michelle Richter, Kelly Sonnack, Kimiko Nakamura, and Marck Gotleib.
Freelance writers and journalists: Elissa Tivona, Kevin Vaughan, Tim Beyers, Carrie Visintainer, Tom Bol, Trai Cartwright, Geoff Van Dyke, and Carol Rehme.
The NCWC continues to be the premier writers conference in the region bringing in agents, editors, and presenters from all over the country. The 2017 conference, to be held at the Fort Collins Marriott, marks the 12th year of the event that caters to writers of all levels and genres.
Would you like to present at our next conference?
- All types of fiction
- Creative nonfiction (memoir, essays, magazine writing)
- Children's writing
The business of writing:
- Query letters, proposals, synopses
- Social media
- Publishing industry and the various options
Got something else unique you'd like to pitch? We'd love to hear it.
Our goal is to create a well-rounded conference of high-quality content that aims to educate, encourage, and inspire writers of all levels and genres.