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    • October 20, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    Victoria Nelson, in On Writer’s Block: A New Approach to Creativity, says, “What we call writer’s block is a decision of the whole person, made outside the ego’s area of control. Although it can be triggered by any number of internal or external stimuli, the vital function that writer’s block performs during the creative process remains constant: inability to write means that the unconscious self is vetoing the program demanded by the conscious ego.” Learn about motivational patterns and the four writing energies, identify your sabotaging thoughts and behaviors, and discover strategies for taking charge of your whole writer self. A writing practice isn’t about what to DO (we already know what to do); it’s about how to BE.  

    WHEN: 2 Sundays, October 20 & 27 / 4:30–6:30 PM (MDT)

    NOTE: The replay video will be emailed within 24 hours post-session, so you won’t miss anything if you can’t attend “live.”

    COST: $49 (payable through PayPal)

    REGISTER:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U5Jm6pjBR2mkypuaduV4ew
    • October 26, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • The Gilded Goat, 3500 S. College Ave, Fort Collins
    • 2
    Register

    Do you have a story to tell? Not quite sure how to get started? Or are you lost in the weeds of writing it all down? Join us for this class in which we will break down all the essential elements of memoir: how to determine what to include and what to leave out, which structure might fit your story best, how to handle point of view, how to keep the story moving, and a variety of ways to hook your reader into the story from the beginning. This class is open to writers of all levels, at any stage of crafting a memoir.


    Instructor: 

    Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a Top Ten Debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their Top Five Suggested Summer Reads and won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program, and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop where she won the Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence in 2018. Her work has appeared in The Sun, Gettysburg Review, Blue Mesa Review, Alaska Women Speak and Fly Fishing New England.

    • November 06, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Purple Cup Cafe, 1119 W Drake Rd C-30, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA

    Have you always wanted to tell great stories? Do you want to practice in front of a small group and give and get awesome feedback? Do you just want to listen and learn? Join us the first Wednesday of every month and come with a story. This month the theme is Thanks a Lot!. Or come with a dog story in preparation for Day of the Dog storytelling event. Nov. 17th. This is a relaxed and generous group of folks who want to tell better stories--on stage or off. And there are handouts! $10

     

    • November 07, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Lory Student Center, 1101 Center Ave Mall, Fort Collins, CO 80521, USA, Cherokee Ballroom

    https://english.colostate.edu/events/writers-harvest-creative-writing-reading-series/

    Creative Writing Reading Series: The Writers Harvest
    CSU’s creative writing program welcomes two esteemed writers to read their work and answer questions as part of a nationwide series of events to fight hunger.

    Across the country, writers and readers unite to support food banks, soup kitchens, and local nutrition programs. At this Nov. 7 event, we ask attendees to bring nonperishable food items, which will be given to the Larimer County Food Bank. In exchange for each item, guests will get a chance to win prizes offered by the Fort Collins community.

    This Year’s Writers

    Ramona Ausubel is the author of two collections of short stories, Awayland and A Guide to Being Born; as well as two novels, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty and No One is Here Except All of Us.

    A winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, she has also been a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She has been long-listed for the Story Prize, Frank O’Connor International Story Award, and the International Impac Dublin Literary Award.

    Ausubel is the newest member of the CSU Creative Writing faculty.

    Darcie Dennigan has published three books of poetry – Corinna a-Maying the Apocalypse, Madame X, and Palace of Subatomic Bliss – and one book of performance texts, The Parking Lot and other Feral Scenarios.

    She is a recipient of the Discovery/The Nation Prize, as well as awards from the Poetry Society of America, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her first novel, Slater Orchard, was published in September 2019, by FC2.

    Dennigan is the 2019-20 resident playwright at the Wilbury Theatre Group in Providence, Writer in Residence at the University of Connecticut, and co-founder of Frequency Writers.

    About the Series
    The Creative Writing Reading Series, held by the Department of English at Colorado State University, welcomes major writers to read their work, hold question and answer sessions, and participate in student and university community engagement.

    Read more about the Creative Writing Reading Series in our roundup post by clicking here, and join us in the Lory Student Center for reading events throughout the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters.

    Support the Creative Writing Reading Series
    Your gift helps us to bring the best emerging and established writers to join in conversations with members of the CSU and Fort Collins communities. To donate, please visit https://advancing.colostate.edu/CWRS The Creative Writing Reading Series is sponsored by a grant from the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment — a premier supporter of arts and culture at CSU. Please help grow this fund with your gift by visiting https://president.colostate.edu/lilla-b-morgan-endowment/.
    • November 08, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Gilded Goat, 3500 S. College, Fort College
    Register

    Let's get together and celebrate the launch of the NCW anthology Rise! An Anthology of Change. Join us for food, drinks, and merriment on Friday, November 8 from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Gilded Goat in Fort Collins.

    We'll have books for sale during the event at a special event rate and many of the authors will be on hand to sign their pieces. 

    Door prizes, swag, and a good time had by all! 

    This is a free event.

    We'll provide the food (catering by Fiona's). Cash bar (thanks Gilded Goat!). Please RSVP by November 1. Hope to see you there! 

    • November 09, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Office Evolution, Conference Room 1, 2580 E. Harmony, Fort Collins
    • 2
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    Marketing and promotion can be a little intimidating for writers. We're more comfortable in the shadows and the idea of having to self-promote or "sell" ourselves can seem downright terrifying. In this class, you'll learn the basics of marketing and how these concepts apply to writers. Whether you're aspiring or publishing like a pro, we'll work on strategies for building your author platform, setting realistic goals, understanding the differences between different marketing and advertising programs, and much more. You'll leave with a solid list of actionable items, tons of resources AND the confidence to market yourself and your work without fear. 


    Instructor: 

    Amy Rivers is an award-winning author and the director of the Northern Colorado Writers. She ran an Internet marketing business for 10 years where her focus was creating customized marketing plans for clients from a variety of backgrounds and industries, including two authors. She publishes under her own imprint and has been actively marketing her own work for the past five years.

    • November 10, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA

    Are you a writer looking to connect with your tribe? Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House and Northern Colorado Writers have joined forces to help bring writers together to provide them with support and resources for a successful writing life. Open your notebooks and your computer files and use this time to write your next chapter, your new poem, or send out work to magazines or publishers. Guest speakers will also be brought in on occasion to share their expertise and advice. Join us every second Sunday from 1:30-4:00 to guzzle a beer, sip wine or coffee, and even share your work with fellow tribe members.

    • December 04, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Purple Cup Cafe, 1119 W Drake Rd C-30, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA

    Have you ever wanted to get onstage at a storytelling event? Do you want to give better presentations? Need more practice in front of an audience with friendly feedback? Do you know your personal brand story?

    • December 05, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Students in their final year of the English department’s creative writing graduate program give live public readings from their thesis or other major works in progress.

    Join us as we celebrate these promising young writers. Events start at 7 p.m.

    Visit the Department of English events calendar for more on these free, live reading events as details become available.
    • December 08, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA

    Are you a writer looking to connect with your tribe? Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House and Northern Colorado Writers have joined forces to help bring writers together to provide them with support and resources for a successful writing life. Open your notebooks and your computer files and use this time to write your next chapter, your new poem, or send out work to magazines or publishers. Guest speakers will also be brought in on occasion to share their expertise and advice. Join us every second Sunday from 1:30-4:00 to guzzle a beer, sip wine or coffee, and even share your work with fellow tribe members.

Note: We're updating our community calendar. The Google calendar before will eventually disappear, but we'll leave it up til all the events are transferred to the new system (above). Thanks for your patience. 

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