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    • January 24, 2020
    • January 26, 2020
    • Sylvan Dale Ranch

    Sandra Devan Harness is teaching at a weekend retreat at Sylvan Dale Ranch. Participants will enjoy a peaceful, quiet, and restorative time in addition to the class. Accommodations and meals are included in the retreat price. More information can be found at

    • January 31, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The United Methodist Church of Evergreen, 3757 S Ponderosa Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439

    Maria Berardi's work has appeared in local and national magazines as well as at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, in Arvada, CO, in collaboration with installation artist Bonnie Ferrill Roman. Her first collection, Cassandra Gifts, was published in 2013 by Turkey Buzzard Press, and she is currently at work on her second (a chapbook, or perhaps not, entitled Pagan.) Educated at Hampshire College, the University of Colorado-Denver, Naropa University, and Lighthouse Writers Workshop, she lives in Bailey at precisely 8,888 feet above sea level. Her process is one of listening for transmissions from the cosmic radio and trying to catch them on paper before they dissipate: the glimpse, the complicated knowledge.

    Amy Wray Irish grew up in the Chicago area, then fled the Midwest for the Rocky Mountains. Here she can freely be in love with the natural world, entangled with art, and obsessed with mythology. Amy is a member of Lighthouse Writers and the Columbine Poets; has been published both online and in print journals; and especially enjoys performing at venues around Denver. Her two books of poetry are Creation Stories (2016) and The Nature of the Mother (now available from Turkey Buzzard Press). Learn more at

    For more information about these two talented writers, check out the attached pdf flyer and check out our website @

    Come and enjoy January’s Final Friday, 31Jan2020, 7 – 9 PM.

    For nearly two years now, Mad Blood’s venue has been at Evergreen’s United Methodist Church, with scheduled presentations for each month’s last Friday, starting at 7PM. We normally have two featured presenters/performers for 30 - 40 minutes each and then have open mic readings of 3 - 5 minutes each, by members of the audience. Most scheduled presenters will feature poetry, but there also will be flash fiction, short plays, memoirs, etc.  And sometimes, there will be gigs by local musicians.

    In any case, there will be time on these Final Fridays for open mic, so writers not on the docket should feel free to bring and read their best work or maybe just work that they want to get out there for presentation and response.

    Here are the directions to the Mad Blood venue: 

    The United Methodist Church of Evergreen

    3757 S. Ponderosa Drive

    Evergreen, CO 80439

    303 674 4810

    Directions coming from I70: Take Evergreen Parkway CO 74 S at I70 Exit 252, Follow CO 74 for about 6 miles to stoplight at Bryant Dr. (Walgreens is on the NE corner.) Turn left and then immediately turn right onto Evergreen Parkway Access Road. Continue southeast on Access Road for 2 blocks to slight left on Ponderosa Drive, then about a block on Ponderosa Drive to the church parking lot on the right.

    • February 01, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland  

    What does it mean to "encounter"  a poet?*

    Join Loveland's Poet Laureate, Veronica Patterson, for an interactive talk on contemporary poet Ross Gay -- an African-American poet, gardener, and author of the award-winning collection, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. 

    *Encounter = to hear that poet's voice in their words, to see how the poems are developed, and to enter the vision that the poems offer. 

    This is a new series of encounters offered by the Poet Laureate Program that will explore what each poet brings into our lives and our world, through talks on poets both past and present.  Watch for announcements of future encounters at the Loveland Public Library.  The program is free and open to the community.

    • February 01, 2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO

    Happy hour time for mingling starts at 4:30, with reading at 5:30.  Book Bar readings are always cozy, fun, and a great place to discover something new.

    Dan Bogen is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Immediate Song (Milkweed Editions, 2019). His other two books are a critical study of Theodore Roethke and a translation of selected poems by the contemporary Spanish poet Julio Martinez Mesanza. He has collaborated with composers from the U.S. and abroad. Prizes for  his work include The Writer/Emily Dickinson Award of the Poetry Society of America and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Camargo Foundation. He has held Fulbright positions in Spain and at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in Belfast. Nathaniel Ropes Professor Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati, he serves as Editor-at-Large of The Cincinnati Review.

    Vicki Mandell-King says, "I write poetry simply because I can't not." Her poems have been individually published in a variety of literary journals. She has three published collections, titled: Tenacity of Lace, Shrinking into Infinite Sky, and Hurry, Open the Gates. She is in the process of putting together a fourth collection. She and her husband have long lived in an old remodeled and repaired Victorian in Old Town Louisville. Their son, whom both say is the greatest gift in their lives, and his family, including three grandies, live nearby.

    • February 03, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Ginger and Baker, 251 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO

    The Bard's Confession celebrates "Sounds of Healing" with live storytelling.  Monday, February 3, from 7 to 9 pm at Ginger and Baker, 351 Linden St. in Old Town Fort Collins. There's even free parking in the Ginger and Baker lot on Linden. 

    Emcee will be storyteller/ coach Mary Roberts. Tickets are $10. Best to get them in advance.

    It’s our third community storytelling night, The Bard’s Confession — Sounds of Healing! Honoring the 250th birthday of Ludwig Van Beethoven, our theme, Sounds of Healing, reflects his struggles and writings. Beethoven composed most of his music while totally deaf. He also had great compassion for others and used his music for healing and transcendence. Join us for this evening of community, personal sharing, and continuation of a long-standing tradition of oral storytelling.


    How has sound—music, nature, a loved one’s voice—brought you healing and a sense of bliss? What were you struggling with and how did this sound help you move beyond the “conflict” and find peace or at least a resolution to a difficult situation? How has a specific sound or a piece of music changed your life—for the better?

    More Winterfest events last all week with concerts, talks, classes, a silent auction and a Meta Music Journey. See the full schedule at Off the Hook Arts online at  

    • February 12, 2020
    • 6:30 PM
    • Fort Collins

    Old Firehouse Books invites writers of all skill levels and ages to participate in our monthly DimeStories event! Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at The Forge Publick House to enjoy 3-minute stories read by the author. Sign up begins at 6:30pm and readings begin at 7:00pm. 

    DimeStories are 3-minute stories (prose, not poetry) read by the author. They’re funny, they’re heart-wrenching. Fictional or factual, they’re always true. Founded by novelist Amy Wallen, DimeStories is now managed by Jennifer Simpson, a writer living in Albuquerque. Jennifer and the entire dime-sized staff  run on 100% volunteer power.

    DimeStories events take place every second Wednesday at The Forge. 

    • February 13, 2020
    • 5:30 PM
    • 503 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO 80537

    The poems have been written in response to 30 powerful pieces of visual art from across the country on display for the Vote: A Centennial Celebration of women’s suffrage. The “red shawl” refers to the shawl that Susan B. Anthony wore; it became a symbol of her leadership as she wore it to legislative sessions and suffrage conventions.

    Free and open to the public.

    • February 21, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Fairview Parlor at Colorado Feed & Grain, 4138 Main Street, Timnath, CO 80546

    Join author Chrysta Bairre for food, drink, and fun! There will be creative activities, prizes, a reading and book signing!

    About this Event

    Dear friends and readers, after two-and-a-half years of creation I'm delighted and honored to invite you to the launch of my book, Beautiful Badass: How To Believe In Yourself Against The Odds!

    About the book:

    Maybe you can't be ANYthing, but you can be something.

    You can do anything you set your mind to! Just be happy! Remember, someone else has it worse than you. UGH! This type of advice isn't always helpful. When you've experienced real hardship in life, positive thinking will only get you so far. Beautiful Badass: How To Believe In Yourself Against the Odds goes beyond adjusting your mindset to give you inspiration and tools to actually improve your life!

    Beautiful Badass: How to Believe in Yourself Against the Odds shares heartfelt stories and lessons of overcoming trauma, poverty, and depression in this guide for women who want to take command of their destinies and no longer fall prey to the hardships and setbacks that previously defined them.

    "I am tired of books that overload me with stuff I 'should be doing'. Beautiful Badass is the opposite, it says 'hey girl, you are doing it right. Just keep going, we are in this together, let me help guide you.'" -Candace Leczel

    Join us!

    Join local author Chrysta Bairre for food, drink, and fun! There will be creative activities, prizes, and Chrysta will read from her book, followed by a book signing.

    Pre-order the book today and get a free advance download, a sticker pack, and more surprises!

    • February 27, 2020
    • March 01, 2020
    • Crestone, CO

    There is an amazing lineup of poets, teachers, workshops, sharing, and contemplative writing -- plus a few wild and exciting presentations by poets of all ages. Hear poetry from CO poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre and other well-known and emerging poets. Cost ranges from $5 - $10 for most sessions if you sign up individually, to $100 for the entire 4 day event, which includes several meals.  

    See the schedule and details at 

    This four-day celebration of the spoken word includes readings, workshops, open mic opportunities, and lots of time for poets and friends of poetry from around the region to get acquainted. The event is intended to help grow and sustain a community of poets, writers, and literature enthusiasts in the mountains and high deserts of Colorado and New Mexico, with a special emphasis on the Sangre de Cristo region. 

    Poem Fest is a unique opportunity for poets to gather and tap into the muses that be and to be with one another. Crestone is a contemplative and welcoming community, especially receptive to poets and other marginal and/or creative types. This is the end of the road. Where you can take a break from the rest of the world and burrow down into that quiet and comfy realm that might call forth a few new lines. Or at least a little inspiration.

    • March 13, 2020
    • March 15, 2020
    • Sylvan Dale Ranch

    Award-winning memoirist Susan Devan Harness will be teaching classes at Sylvan Dale Ranch. In addition to Susan's instruction, participants will also enjoy a peaceful, quiet, and restorative time. Accommodations and meals are included in the retreat price. More information can be found at

    • April 30, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Fort Collins Marriott
    • 106

    Sign-up for a 4-hour intensive workshop on the topic of your choice. 

    Dream Author / taught by Sophie Hannah

    Story Trumps Structure / taught by Steven James

    Building Your Business as a Writer / taught by Jason Brick

    The Ins and Outs of Editing / taught by Bonnie McKnight

    • May 01, 2020
    • May 02, 2020
    • Fort Collins Marriott

    15-minute agent/editor consults

    In the past, attendees had 5 minutes to pitch their completed manuscripts. Having only a few short minutes to pitch a project to an agent or editor often proved incredibly stressful, plus, many attendees want to discuss other aspects of writing and publishing, so we came up with 15-minute consults. Pitch your finished manuscript, or talk about a project you've started, or ask about the publishing industry; you decide how to use your ten minutes! Each agent or editor will have a limited number of slots available. Attendees can sign up ahead of time (limit 2). If there are slots open as we near the conference, we'll open it up to allow attendees to purchase additional consults for $15 each. There will be a time keeper moderating the session, but it is extremely important that both the writers and the agent/editor are mindful of not going over the allotted time.

    • May 01, 2020
    • May 02, 2020
    • Fort Collins Marriott

    1-hour critique roundtables

    Each roundtable will be limited to 10 participants. 

    • May 01, 2020
    • May 02, 2020
    • Fort Collins Marriott

    30-minute consultations with a writing or editing expert

    Writing Consultations with Rey Frey and Teresa Funke

    Editing Consultations with Rachel Weaver

    • May 01, 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • May 02, 2020
    • 5:30 PM
    • Fort Collins Marriott
    • 157

    The 15th Annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference is on the books for April 30-May 2, 2020. We're thrilled to announce that Sophie Hannah and Teresa Funke will be joining us as this year's keynote speakers. As always, we're bringing you a stellar faculty with expertise in craft, process, business, marketing and more. We're also expanding our schedule by half a day to bring you 4-hour master classes in addition to two full days of sessions and workshops that will get your creative juices flowing. 

    Things to look for at this year's conference: 

    • Four optional 4-hour Master Classes for intensive work on the craft and business of writing (April 30)
    • 30+ 1- and 2-hour sessions and workshops full of great information and hands-on exercises (May 1-2)
    • The popular agent/editor panel & luncheon with the opportunity to ask questions directly of our visiting agents and editors
    • A genre cocktail hour to help you get to know the people who are writing what you write
    • A banquet dinner featuring a keynote address on Agatha, Poirot and Me by international bestselling author Sophie Hannah
    • An inspiring address on Embracing Your Bursts of Brilliance by Teresa Funke during our day two lunch
    • Writing consultations with Teresa Funke and/or Rea Frey will be available for an additional fee. Rachel Weever will provide editing consultations for an additional fee
    • Agent consults & roundtables will be available for an additional fee
    • Our conference bookstore featuring books by our faculty and attendees (look for information about consignment later this year)
    • A vendor fair featuring writing related organizations and professionals who can help you on your journey

Past events

January 25, 2020 Book Signing with Linnea Tanner
January 25, 2020 Prose Poetry with Veronica Patterson, Loveland's Poet Laureate
January 19, 2020 A Poetry Workshop with Jodie Hollander
January 17, 2020 WORDS Poetry Open Mic
January 13, 2020 Shut Up and Write
December 18, 2019 Dime Stories
December 15, 2019 "On Winter's Margin" Poetry at the Loveland Museum
December 14, 2019 JAX Local Author's Day in Cheyenne
December 11, 2019 Poetry in the Museum: Jodie Hollander, “Capturing Feeling Through Sound: Why Music Matters in Poetry”
December 08, 2019 Writers Collective @ Wolverine Farm
December 07, 2019 Goal Setting for Writers
December 05, 2019 CSU MFA Readings | Geneava McCarthy, Evan Senie
December 04, 2019 Side Porch Stories
November 16, 2019 When Art Ignites Words: an ekphrastic workshop
November 15, 2019 Margaret Mizushima release party
November 14, 2019 Veronica Patterson Poet Laureate reading
November 13, 2019 Dime Stories
November 13, 2019 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 12, 2019 Eoin Colfer at Harmony Library
November 10, 2019 Writers Collective @ Wolverine Farm
November 09, 2019 Marketing 101 for Writers
November 08, 2019 NCW Anthology Launch Party / Holiday Celebration
November 07, 2019 The Writers Harvest: Ramona Ausubel and Darcie Dennigan CSU Creative Writing Reading Series
November 06, 2019 Side Porch Stories
October 26, 2019 How To Craft A Compelling Memoir
October 20, 2019 FROM SLUMP TO HABIT TO CRAVING: Building and Sustaining Your Writing Practice—a 2-session webinar with Marj Hahne
October 18, 2019 FoCo Bookfest
October 13, 2019 Writers Collective @ Wolverine Farm
October 10, 2019 Brian Turner | CSU Creative Writing Reading Series
October 10, 2019 Poetry Reading | Lisa Zimmerman and George Kalamaras
October 06, 2019 WRITE TO RIGHT: How to Edit Yourself—a 2-session webinar with Marj Hahne
October 03, 2019 Teresa R. Funke Book Launch Event
October 02, 2019 Side Porch Stories
August 24, 2019 Freelancing 101

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