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    • December 14, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Cheyenne Frontier Mall, 1400 Dell Range Road

    Join Milt Mays for Local Author Day on December 14th at JAX Outdoor Gear, Farm & Ranch in the Cheyenne Frontier Mall, 1400 Dell Range Road, phone 303-775-6600. He’ll be there selling his books and 10% of all book sales will be donated to the Laramie County Public Library. For more info:  

    • December 15, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Loveland Museum, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537

    What does it mean to stand “On Winter’s Margin?” asks Mary Oliver in her poem by that name. 

    Whatever your margins are, be they physical, metaphorical, or even spiritual, the winter Solstice takes us to the margins where darkness turns toward light. Join the Regional Poets for a celebration of the winter solstice and all things winter. Included will be a thirty-minute open microphone for which you’re welcome to bring a two-minute poem or song that references this season. A 90-minute program of readers will follow. 

    Refreshments provided. Appropriate for all ages.

    • December 18, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • The Forge Publick House, 255 Old Firehouse Alley, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at The Forge Publick House to enjoy three-minute stories read by the author. Sign-up begins at 6:30pm and readings begin at 7:00pm. Old Firehouse Books is proud to partner with The Forge to make this event possible.

    DimeStories are three-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 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. We hope to see you at the event!

    • January 25, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Purple Cup Cafe, 1119 W Drake Rd C-30, Fort Collins, CO 80526
    • 11

    Prose poetry is poetry written in prose form instead of verse form, while preserving poetic qualities such as heightened imagery, parataxis, and emotional effects.

    • April 30, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Fort Collins Marriott
    • 112

    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
    • 177

    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

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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