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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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