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The Muse Cruise: Let Your Writing Set Sail! Does your writing have you feeling lost at sea? Or maybe you're still stuck at port, unsure of how to embark on your next literary adventure. Let the crew of the 2019 14th Annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference fill your itinerary with the classes, workshops, and activities that will set your course toward publication. No passport or cruise wear required, just the desire to give your writing first-class treatment. Location: Fort Collins Marriott. Travel Dates: May 3-4, 2019

The 2019 Northern Colorado Writers Conference will welcome several new-to-NCW presenters such as Jordan E. Rosenfeld, Yana Makuwa, Steven Dunn, and Jovan Mays. We're also thrilled to announce NYT and USA Today bestseller Cynthia Swanson will be our opening keynote speaker!


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Unable to attend the full conference, but still want to attend a Master Class, the Agent-Editor Panel Luncheon, or the Banquet Dinner? Click here to see how!

Last day for mail-in payment: April 19


Cynthia SwansonCynthia Swanson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Bookseller, which is soon tocollage be a motion picture starring Julia Roberts. An Indie Next selection and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, The Bookseller is being translated into more than a dozen languages. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award and the MPIBA Reading the West Award. Cynthia's second novel, The Glass Forest, released from Touchstone / Simon & Schuster in February 2018. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado.


Jovan MaysJovan Mays is the former Poet Laureate of Aurora, Colorado, a National Poetry Slam Champion,  a TED Speaker and Director of Your Writing Counts; a youth poetry program throughout the Denver Metro that engages just over 200,000 students annually.


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The NCW Conference Includes:

  • Opportunity to get your work seen by literary agents and industry professionals
  • Opportunity to meet with a literary agent or editor for a 10-minute consult (sign up early)!
  • A spiral bound program with class handouts and other great resources
  • Opportunity to add on a 2-hour Master Class taught by Angie Hodapp, LS Hawker, Cynthia Swanson or Kerrie Flanagan
  • Opportunity to add an Agent-Editor Panel Luncheon
  • Banquet Dinner on Friday featuring the keynote speech from best selling author, Cynthia Swanson
  • Networking lunch on Saturday
  • Dessert and closing keynote on Saturday with Jovan Mays
  • Opportunity to sign up for a 30-minute, one-on-one consult with writing consultant, publisher, and author, Kerrie Flanagan FULL
  • Access to the Conference Bookstore
  • Access to cocktail and networking hours
  • Access to the private 2019 NCW Conference Facebook page
  • Chances to win door prizes and giveaways
  • Members have an opportunity to consign up to two titles in the Conference Bookstore
  • Have questions? Check out our FAQ page.


Price breakdown:

Attend both Fri. & Sat.: $399
Attend only Fri. OR Sat.: $239
10-minute agent-editor consult: $10
2-hour Master Class (Add-on - Fri. only): $45
Agent Panel Luncheon (Add-on - Fri. only):
($10 discount if you do both Add-ons!)
30-min writer's consultant with Kerrie Flanagan: $49 FULL


REFERRAL BONUS!! If you refer someone who has never attended one of our conferences and they sign up for both days, you'll receive a $50 rebate!!! (or $25 if they sign up for one day.)  Click here for details!


Make it a weekend getaway!

MarriottDon'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. Contact the Fort Collins Marriott to book your room today. 


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 success. 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. 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.

Chuck and JamieIn 2019, now under the direction of April Moore since January 2016, the conference is celebrating 14 great years. The NCWC is one few writers' conferences that caters to a variety of genres 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 13 years, the conference has brought in a variety of industry professionals including...

Authors: Peter Heller, Chuck Wendig, Jessica Strawser, Jamie Raintree, Denise Vega, Mark Stevens, 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, Windy Lynn Harris, Carter Wilson, and Andrew McCarthy.

Literary Agents and Editors: Patricia Nelson, Paula Munier, Marilynn Allen, Alicia Clancy, John Willig, 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 Mark Gottleib.

Freelance writers and journalists: Elissa Tivona, Kevin Vaughan, Greg Campbell, 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 2019 conference, to be held at the Fort Collins Marriott, marks the 14th year of the event that caters to writers of all levels and genres.


Would you like to present at our 2020 conference?

See our Proposals page for all the information.