Past Highlights

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 The 8th Annual Northern Colorado Conference was a huge success. It featured actor, director and travel writer, Andrew McCarthy who gave a funny and inspiring keynote that earned him a standing ovation. We were also treated to a recitation by high school senior and Colorado's Poetry Outloud winner, Alice K.

The conference centered around the idea that all good writing emerges from those writers who have the heart of an artist. Over the course of the two-day event, writers were educated, inspired, entertained, motivated and encouraged to continue on their writing journey. 

The NCW Creative Team outdid itself this year with its original movie, The Artist and the Writer. 

 

 

 

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Friday

9:30-12:30

MASTER CLASS: Sceneworks 
Instructor: Trai Cartwright
$35 additional fee 
FULL 

Sceneworks is an intensive, personalized workshop that goes into extensive detail about the craft of writing scenes. The first ten attendees to sign up can submit one scene they love and one scene they are struggling with ahead of time for instructor review and evaluation. 
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1:30-2:30 REGISTRATION
ROOMS SALON I SALON II (panels) SALON V RAMS ROOM

2:30-3:30

Session 1

Tap Into Your Creativity

Dr. Joan King


How Not to Piss off a Magazine Editor and Get Your Article Published

Linda Potter


Write a Breathtaking 

Action Sequences

Bonnie Ramthun

Agent/Editor
Roundtables 

AGENT/EDITOR
INFO 

3:30-3:45 BREAK

3:45-4:45

Session 2


Rejection is Not a 4-Letter Word

Mike Befeler


C.R.O.W.E
Using Improv to Build Your Characters 

Rich Keller

 

Successful Self 
Publishing

Teresa Funke

Agent/Editor 
Roundtables

4:45-5:15 SNACK BREAK
   

5:15-6:15

Session 3

The Art of Conflict: Discovering Character Through Plot

Todd Mitchell


Travel Writing 

Carrie Visintainer
Tom Bol 

Making Space for your 
Creativity to Flow

Dr. Joan King

 
6:15-7:00pm COCKTAIL HOUR
 
7:00-8:30pm
 


Dinner and Keynote Speaker

Andrew McCarthy

Plus:

  • Top of the Mountain Book Award Contest winners are announced. 
  • The high school Poetry Outloud state champion will recite a few poems

BUFFET DINNER: Endive Salad with Walnuts, Dried Apricots, Julienne Onion, & Bleu Cheese,Seasonal Soup,Fresh Jicama Slaw with Toasted Almonds, Raisins, & MangoBlack Bean, Cheddar, & Tortilla-stuffed Natural Chicken Breast with Tequila Lime Marmalade, Colorado-Farmed Tilapia with Crema Tropicana, Front Range Rice Medley, Fresh Vegetable Sauté, dessert

8:30-10:00pm
Networking Event

Cash Bar

Saturday

6:15-7:00am
Gentle Yoga for Writers
Salon II 
Get the most out of your conference experience and start the day off right. Dori will lead 45 minutes of gentle yoga poses designed to awaken your body and encourage your mind to release a creative flow. Together we will set our intentions for the day and for our writing practices. Perfect for anyone wanting to greet the morning with a smile, a stretch, and a little bit of sweat.
7:30-8:30am

Sit down meal. Breakfast served at 7:45 

Chilled Orange Juice
Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs
Bacon
Breakfast Potato
Assorted Pastry and Muffin Basket
Coffee/Tea Service

ROOMS SALON I SALON II SALON V Ram's Room

8:30-9:30

Session 4


Writing Personal Essays

Carrie Visintainer


Dialogue and Setting: Letting Your Characters Speak and Live

Todd Mitchell


Blog Your Way to 

Writing Success

Robert Brewer

 

 

 

9:30-9:45 BREAK    

9:45-10:45

Session 5


Balancing Writing and a Full 
Time Job

Mike Befeler


Jumpstart Your Rewrite

Trai Cartwright


Creating an Effective 
Online Presence

Maryjo Faith Morgan

10:45-11:00 
BREAK

11:00-12:00

Session

Beautiful Sentences

Laura Pritchett

New Author Panel

April J. Moore
Carol Strazer
Darla Dumler
David Jessup

 


Finding Freelance Work

Robert Brewer

 
12:00-1:30

LUNCH 
*presenters, agents and editors will be at assigned tables, giving you a chance to visit with the one at your table*

BUFFET LUNCH: Mediterranean Salad with Cucumber, Artichokes, Tomatoes, Greek Feta, & Balsamic Dressing, Mediterranean Style Grilled Chicken with Sundried Tomato Feta Cream Sauce, Pesto Pasta Primavera, Mediterranean Rice Blend, Vegetable Sauté, Flat Bread, Baklava Dessert

1:30-2:30

Session7


The Artist's Way

A Strategy for Sustained Creativity 

Maryjo Faith Morgan

 


Crafting a Can't-
Put-Me-Down First Chapter

Lara Perkins

 


When, If, Why, and How to Use Sex Scenes 
in Your Writing

Laura Pritchett

 


Writing for the Spiritual 
& Self Help Markets

Linda Potter

2:30-2:45 BREAK

2:45-3:45


Session 8

Small Press Best Practices

Rebecca Schwab

 

Top Reasons Agents Stop Reading Your Manuscript (And How to Keep Them Hooked)

Anita Mumm


Effective Marketing for Writers

Teresa Funke

He Said, She Said:  
Writing the 
Opposite Sex:

Bonnie Ramthun

3:45-4:30

CLOSING & DOOR PRIZES
**Giving away a conference registration to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Gold Conference AND aWriting Retreat at Cryastal Lakes**