Our 12th annual conference on May 5 & 6, 2017, took attendees on a magical journey through time and space. 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.
The 2017 Northern Colorado Writers Conference brought back some local favorites such as Laura Pritchett, Trai Cartwright, and Kerrie Flanagan, as well as welcomed several new-to-NCW presenters such as Bob Mayer, Jessica Strawser, and Whitney Davis, not to mention, several new agents. 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, was 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. (Check out our Conference Creative Team's short video, Mad Science Writing.)