Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America Sept 11 Meeting

September 1, 2014 by

RMMWA hosts Harriet Hamilton
Deputy Coroner, Summit County CO for
"Death in a Ski Town"
September 11, 2014

Where: Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver
When: Thursday Night, September 11th.
Time:6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program


Sour cream asparagus chicken

herb wine marinated grilled chicken breast covered with a sour cream asparagus sauce garnished liberally with chopped bacon bits over parsley buttered noodles

Greek tomato cucumber salad…

chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, assorted olives and feta cheese tossed with balsamic vinaigrette< /b>

& of course Elements Catering special Mystery-themed Desert

(Vegetarian menus provided upon request)

Cost: $20 for members; $25 for non-members. RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Donnell Bell or call 719 540 8632 to make your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, September 8, 2014. (Donnell confirms all reservations. If Donnell does not reply to your e-mail, she does not have your reservation)

(NOTE: No shows and anyone not cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will be expected to pay since RMMWA will be billed for their reservation.)

Program: Harriet will speak to the duties of a coroner in Colorado, as well as share anecdotes of some of her most unusual cases. Guaranteed to be an informative and entertaining program.

Coroner’s cases: All victims of homicide or suspected homicide or violent means; suicide or suspected suicide, persons dead on arrival at a hospital (DOA); victims of accidental death or suspected accidental death; unattended / unwitnessed deaths, cases of overt or suspected child, elder abuse; persons dying in aircraft crashes, vehicular crashes (auto, motorcycle, boat or adjunct vehicle); All deaths occurring while the decedent is in police custody, or during transport; cases of recovery of skeletal remains; postmortem de composition; industrial or employment accidents; death by poison or suspicion of poison; cases where the victim dies suddenly when in apparent good health; All deaths associated with diagnostic or therapeutic procedures; patient who has sustained an injury (fracture, fall, concussion, etc.) prior to or during hospital admission; and exhumations (disinterment) performed for the purpose of establishing the cause of death or clearing up a question relating to the cause of death.

Additional Duties include but are not limited to: A scene investigation and follow-up investigation, includes possible notification of next of kin; conducting follow-up interviews; documenting findings; providing testimony at depositions or in court; releasing of information to public via press releases; assisting at autopsies; assisting DA, local law enforcement, ambulance, and fire departments; and reporting to various agencies.

Miscellaneous duties include: Attending continuing education seminars, and providing training to law enforcement, schools, health agencies or other community service agencies in the field of Death Investigation.

Pikes Peak Writers September Write Brain

August 27, 2014 by

What: Self-Publishing: The Good, The Bad, & The In-Between Who: Steve Burt "The Sinister Minister"
When: Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: Carnegie Room, Penrose Library, 20 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs (parking on street and in parking lot at meters is free after 6:00 PM)
More Information: Self-publishing is becoming more commonplace and has shown itself to be a feasible alternative to traditional publishing. But what are the pros and cons? The details? The real nitty gritty? Steve Burt, an award winning self-published author, will address, among other topics, writing, editing, self promotion, and publishing options (print, e-book, and audio). Find out where to begin and how to carry it through to book sales.
About the Presenter: Steve Burt first appeared on readers’ radar in 2004 when he won the coveted Bram Stoker Award, horror’s top prize, for a collection of weird tales called Oddest Yet. Then when FreeK Camp and FreeK Show came out, two novels about psychic and paranormal teens, his following grew. Critics loved them, too, and the series won 20 international awards. Now the buzz is out that FreeK Week, releasing July 24, is the best one yet. Steve writes full-time and lives in Florida with his wife/editor Jolyn. You can find out more at

Stories on Stage Contest

July 15, 2014 by
Sharing this note from Stories on Stage with BOOC Members!

We are holding a writing contest for our show Ain’t Life Grand? which will be performed on September 13 in Denver. We are seeking story submissions based on upbeat tales of quiet satisfactions and small – or not so small – triumphs.

The winning story will be read as part of the show by one of our professional actors alongside stories by Carol Anshaw, Donald Barthelme, Charles Baxter and
Gary Schanbacher.

So send us your story!
The winner will receive 2 FREE tickets to either performance of
Ain’t Life Grand? AND a $50 Check!

Submission Deadline: 5pm on August 18, 2014
Please send stories to: info

Please note:
Word Limit: Each writer may submit one story of up to 2,250 words.


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Performance Info:

Saturday, September 13 at 1:30pm & 7:30pm, at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center (721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver)

By submitting your story, you allow Stories on Stage the right to read it on September 13, 2014 for two performances of Ain’t Life Grand? Stories on Stage will not retain any rights after the show.

Subscriptions are On Sale!

Check for all the latest information about the 2014-15 Season or call us at 303-494-0523

3 Steps to Selling Your Book By The Case – with Brian Jud

July 1, 2014 by

Tuesday, July 22 | Tuesday, July 29 |Tuesday, August 5

Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) is excited to welcome Brian Jud as our speaker for our September meeting. Brian is the author of How to Make Real Money Selling Books, a complete resource for selling books in bulk to non-traditional markets. He is also the Executive Director of APSS, The Association of Publishers for Special Sales.

As a lead-in to his live CIPA presentation in September, Brian will teach 3 web inars this summer for CIPA members and non members. Get a jump start on learning how to sell your book by the case to non-traditional buyers! In these 3 classes, Brian will take you step-by-step through the process of prospecting for potential buyers, writing the proposal, and negotiating the special sale of your book.


Members $25 for all 3 webinars

Non-Members $37 for all 3 webinars

Can’t make all of the dates? No problem! The webinars will be recorded and the replays will be available. But, you have to register to get the replays!

Register today at

Don’t wait! "Seats" are limited.

Scrivener Class – Colorado Romance Writers

June 16, 2014 by

Wondering about Scrivener? Have you started a project in this new writing tool, and are wondering where to go from there? Rebeca Schiller can help you with that! Rebeca has used Scrivener for multiple projects, and is now sharing her tips and tricks with you in this intensive, hands-on course.

Visit our website at and register today for this fabulous workshop!

Title: Intermediate Scrivener

Instructor: Rebeca Schiller

Fee: $40.00 – $50.00

Dates: June 16 – July 25, 2014 — 6 weeks

Classroom: Red Rocks

Classifications: Intensive/Mentor Series, Professional Series, Tools and Technology, Writing Development, Students at All Levels


Author U Dinner Program

June 12, 2014 by

Author U dinner program offers tips and more to writers and authors on June 19th

Colorado-based Author U will offer dozens of tips and strategies to help book writers advance their projects when it holds its “Best of the Best” dinner and program from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the Do ubletree Southeast hotel (Iliff Avenue and I-225).

This event, which will be held in the Colorado Room, is open both to members and nonmembers. The tips and strategies first were heard at the annual Author U Extravaganza, held in May and presented by over 20 different experts in their fields.

Among the many topics to be discussed: the three top social media things to do, starting now; the three main t hings to do in any crowdfunding program to be successful; the three insider tips for a virtual blog tour; the three ways to monetize an audio program; and the three ways to build your Internet marketing campaign.

Judith Briles, a book publishing expert and coach, will lead the program. She is the founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serio us author. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 1980s.

Briles is the author of 31 books, including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms” and “Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers,” and is a speaker at publishing conferences.

To register, visit

Pikes Peak Writers Write Brain

June 12, 2014 by

June Write Brain
What: Parlay Your Writing: Your Career as a Story With Subplots
Who: Karen Albright Lin
When: Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: ONLINE ONLY, RSVP required in order to receive the link to the online event.
More Information: Obsessed with a goal? Don’t walk past great opportunities. Re-evaluate your objectives, explore your theme, trust your muse, learn to reinvent yourself by writing in new genres, writing-for-hire, freelance editing, even teaching on cruises. Send your RSVP to rsvp.

About the Presenter: Karen is an editor, ghostwriter, pitch coach, speaker and award-winning author of novels, cookbooks, and screenplays. She’s written over a dozen solo and collaborative scripts (with Janet Fogg, Christian Lyons and director Erich Toll); each has garnered international, national and regional recognition: Moondance Film Festival, BlueCat, All She Wrote, Lighthouse Writers, Boulder Asian Film Festival, SouthWest Writers Contest, and PPW Contest. Find out more at

Colorado Book Awards Announced At Hotel Jerome Friday, June 13, 2 p.m.

June 11, 2014 by

Winners of the 2014 Colorado Book Awards will be announced and celebrated at the 23rd Annual Colorado Book Awards event. Winners will read as awards are announced, followed by a book-signing reception.


Friday, June 13, 2:00 p.m.


The Hotel Jerome, 330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-1000


Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under, available online or at the door, and include hors d’oeuvres and wine.

CONTACT: Josephine Jones | Director of Programs & Center for the Book
Colorado Humanities


Pikes Peak Writers Synopsis Workshop

May 21, 2014 by

Every writer must know how to write a strong synopsis–a good one can get your piece in front of the right set of eyes; a bad one can get it rejected without a read-through. Pam McCutcheon, author of Writing the Fiction Synopsis, will teach you how to break your synopsis down into manageable pieces by looking at the vital elements of a synopsis one-by-one. Classroom instruction, plus one-on-one feedback and hands on activities will make this an interactive workshop. You’ll leave with a rough structure for your synopsis that you can refine from there. Space is limited to allow for personal feedback. To register, go to There is a registration form and a PayPal button.

About Pam McCutcheon: An award-winning author, Pam has written paranormal romances, romantic comedies, and nonfiction books for writers under her own name, including the popular Writing the Fiction Synopsis. As Pamela Luzier, she has published several fantasy short stories, and as Parker Blue, she is the author of the popular YA "Demon Underground" series from Bell Bridge Books. She is working on "Catch Me," the sixth in the series.

Saturday, June 7, 1-5 PM

Cost: $25

Location: Space Foundation, 4425 Arrowswest Dr., 80907

DWPC presents Screenwriting Style June 7

May 21, 2014 by

The Denver Woman’s Press Club invites you to attend “Screenwriting Style,” a seminar for all dramatic writers on Saturday, June 7 from 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm at the DWPC clubhouse, 1325 Logan St., Denver, CO.

Screenwriters are always looking for more white space on the page; but rarely talk about making those few words shine. Learn to tell your story with style and catch the eye of those Hollywood gatekeepers and independent producers. Open to all levels of dramatic writers.

Alexandre O. Philippe
Creative Director of Denver-based Cinema Vertige, Alexandre Philippe is an award-winning film director and screenwriter known for The People vs. George Lucas (2010) and The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus (2012). His latest film, Doc of the Dead, the definitive zombie culture documentary, recently premiered at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival. Philippe teaches screenwriting at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and received their Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence.

Nick Arvin
Nick Arvin is the author of three books: In the Electric Eden, Articles of War, and The Reconstructionist. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Rocky Mountain News. He has been honored with numerous awards including the Colorado Book Award and the Rosenthal Foundation Award and fellowships from the Michener-Copernicus Society and the National Endowment for the Arts. Arvin is on the faculty of Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

Cost: $45 per person. $40 for DWPC members. To reserve your spot, send a check to:
Sidney Nelson, DWPC Bookkeeper, 15181 W. 62nd Way, Arvada, CO 80403

You can also pay online using the link below. Please note online payments include a $1.50 processing fee. :

For further information go to:


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