March, 2015 CRW Workshops

February 23, 2015 by

An announcement from Colorado Romance Writers:

In March, we’re springing into several key areas to help you get your story off the ground!

Got a story that you want to pitch and submit, but don’t have a submission packet? Robin Matheson’s Foolproof Synopsis and Query Letters workshop is just what you need!

Foolproof Synopsis and Query Letters

Instructor: Robin Matheson

Dates: March 2 – March 27, 2015 (4 weeks)

Classroom: MileHigh

Classifications: Writing/Professional Development, Querying, Pitching, Synopsis Work, Submissions, Marketing, Promotions, Publicity, Publishing, Industry, Craft

Working on your character and what makes them tick? Want to take your good character to the next level and make them great? Sue and Becky can help you add those little details that make all the difference!

Your Character’s Personality

Instructors: Becky Martinez & Sue Viders

Dates: March 2 – March 27, 2015 (4 weeks)

Classroom: Flatirons

Classifications: Point of View (POV), Characterization, Specialty Research, Specialty Writing, Craft

Got other worldly creatures in your story? Renee Wilde’s got just the thing to help you create amazing — and believable — non-human characters.

Creating Non-Human Characters

Instructor: Renee Wildes

Dates: March 2 – March 13, 2015 (2 w eeks)

Classroom: Grand Mesa

Classifications: Dialogue, Point of View (POV), Characterization, Specialty Studies, Specialty Research, Genre Specific – Paranormal, Craft

Scrivener is one of the hottest writing tools available. Let Rebeca Schiller show you how to take the Windows version of Scrivener and create your next novel!

Scrivener for Windows

Dates: February 2 – February 27, 2015 (4 weeks)

Classroom: Prairie

Classifications: Tools and Technology, Professional Series Workshop, Manuscript Creation Strategies, Formatting, Manuscript Outlining, Writing Development

Self-Publishing on your agenda in 2015? Amy and Diane have got you covered! Join them in March and spend the next 90 days getting your story where it belongs, from your computer’s hard drive into the hands of your readers!

From Zero to Self-Published in 90 Days

Instructor: Amy Denim and Diane Whiddon

Dates: March 16 – June 5, 2015 (12 weeks)

Classroom: Castle Rock

Classifications: Intensive/Mentor Series, Professional Series Workshop, Professional Development, Writing as a Business, Publishing, Indie Publishing, Tools and Technology, Manuscript Completion Strategies, Formatting, Editing, Revisions, Proofreading

And next month…

April showers you with point of view work! This time get down to the nuts and bolts of POV with Susan Palmquist. Explore the benefits of first vs. third person, then take a deep pov dive and compare the difference to regular pov.

Whose Head Are We In? The Nuts and Bolts of POV

Instructor: Susan Palmquist

Dates: April 6 – May 1, 2015 (4 weeks)

Classroom: MileHigh

Classifications: Writing Fundamentals, Point of View (POV), Characterization, Craft

Visit our website at coloromancewritersonlineclasses for more information.

Scrivener Workshop – AuthorU

February 21, 2015 by

Up and Running from Zero to 100 with Scrivener for $30 –includes breakfast

… a writing software that will change your authoring life! Turn your thoughts and ideas into epic results!

There are a lot of tools and classes available to help authors p ublish, and market their books. There’s an even larger amount of writing classes designed to teach would-be authors how to craft their books. But what about the tools of actually typing the book? About organizing a book? About drafting the book?

Sounds silly but what you write in can make a huge difference with how much time, energy and even money you put into a project.

· Would you like to learn how to streamline what you do?

· Would you like to know how to broaden your output?

· Would you like to know how all those who pump out books do it quickly?

· Would you like to write and work smarter, not harder?

If you answered “YES” … then get signed up NOW for the March 7thSaturday Mornings program at AuthorU.

Introducing Scrivener from Literature Latte. Scrivener is an application designed around writers. Unlike most word processors you’ve used, Scrivener is setup to allow you to write your book or books in a single file. In that file you can also have all of your research material including web clips, along with notes and profiles for setting, characters and anything else you might like. Scrivener allows you to import and export many popular file formats making it easy to work with service providers.

eBook Master Nick Taylor will guide you through this mind-opening morning that will morph what you do in front of your computer. He started writing with Scrivener a few years ago and has never looked back. Its tools have streamlined his writing process and made life so much easier.

In this meeting, he will show you how to use Scrivener. Get ready to be pleasantly surprised at how simple and intuitive the software is. So please join us forUp and Running with Scrivener.

PS … If you don’t have Scrivener now, download it for this session. Here is a link to get a 30-day free trial version of Scrivener.

And, bring your laptop … you want to be in synch with the Master.

Where: Garcia’s Restaurant
When: Saturday, March 7th
Time: 8 AM for Breakfast and Networking—Nick starts at 9
Cost: $20 for AuthorU members; $30 for Nonmembers. After March 4th, the price i ncreases $10.

Colorado Humanities Event

February 20, 2015 by

Meet Frederick Douglass at Blair-Caldwell


National Chautauqua scholar Charles Everett Pace will portray Civil War-era abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass in a vivid performance exploring African American history and culture.


February 21, 2015, 2 p.m.


Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
2401 Welton Street, Denver
(720) 865-2401

This event is free of charge.

Interviews with Mr. Pace are available upon request to Betty Jo Brenner, Program Coordinator, brenner

RMMWA hosts Jane Cracraft, Private Eye

February 19, 2015 by

RMMWA hosts Jane Cracraft, Private Eye

Where:The Historic Denver Press Club,
1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver CO
Thursday Night, March 12th.
Time:6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program
If paying via Paypal (click on the Paypal button on the website:
) cost is $20 for members; $23for non-members. Payment at door is $25 for everyone! RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Shannon Baker to insure your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, March 9th. (If paying via the website, it’s not necessary to email Shannon.)

Menu: Shepherd’s Pie, spinach and berry salad, dessert. As always, a vegetarian choice is available by request.

(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: PI Jane Cracraft is more than a triple threat: She has worked as a newspaper reporter, college educator, seminar leader, and legal investigator, and is currently an associate editor for P I Magazine. She has insight into the craft of investigation from her 23 years as a PI based in Colorado. She can tell us how the profession has changed over the years, and how statewide regulations will affect PIs in the future. Drawing on her experience, Jane also will be able to tell us the differences between fact and fiction, and how to get it right. She is a past president of the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado. She was a longtime member of the National Association of Legal Investigators, serving on their national "Certified Legal Investigator" testing team, and also serving as editor of NALI’s quarterly journal for three years. In 2000 she was named one of the Top 25 Investigators of the Century by the National Association for Investigative Specialists. In 2007 she received the annual "Investigator/Philosopher" award from the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council for her contributions to the field. Now retired from active investigations, she writes "how to" articles and develops topics submitted to P I Magazine by working PIs.

Art & Literary Journal Accepting Submissions

February 9, 2015 by

The Progenitor, Arapahoe Community College’s Art & Literary Journal is accepting submissions in Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Art and Photography.
We accept prose, poetry, art and photography from students and community members and have published work from writers and artists around the world. We accept only electronic submissions through Submittable.

About The Progenitor: The Progenitor, ACC’s award-winning art and literary journal, now a print and online journal, has been in continuous production since the start of ACC and will celebrate ACC’s 50th anniversary this spring with a special commemorative issue. Produced every spring, this literary journal has consistently ranked among the top college literary magazines in the country, receiving numerous awards for design and content.

For information on how and what to submit, please check out our Progenitor website at

CIPA Meeting: Building Your Author Platform

February 4, 2015 by

CIPA Meeting: Saturday, February 21, 2015:
Building Your Author Platform
Presented by Robin Colucci
Free breakfast and coffee
8:30 a.m. – Noon

“Are best-selling authors just lucky?” Some are, but for most, bestseller status is the result of a well-developed author platform. Not trends. Not l uck. And not some manipulate-the-numbers-to-make your book a bestseller program. Learn what an author platform is (including the four key components of platform) and how to build yours. Get steps you can take right now to build each one.

Robin Colucci is the author of How to Write A Book That Sells You: Increase Your Credibility, Income, and Impact. Through strategic coaching, concept development, book proposal preparation, and ghostwriting, she and her team help business and thought leaders author books that spur shifts in attitudes, beliefs, processes, and paradigms to make the world a better place for everyone. Her clients have been published by major houses such as Random House, Doubleday, John Wiley & Sons, Hay House, and others have self-published. Many have won awards or become bestsellers. Learn more at

Location: Church of Scientology*
2340 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80205

$20 for CIPA Members by 6pm Friday before Event
$30 for Nonmembers, Guests, Member Door Pricing

Please register at

AuthorU Program Feb 8th

February 3, 2015 by

How to Stay Out of the Frying Pan and the Fire with Your Book, Writing, Blogs … all things PUBLISHING!

All authors and writers need an overview of some of the important items that are “musts” when it comes to publishing. And there isn’t an author that doesn’t have questions about “legal stuff” and publishing. Today, you will get answers. Do you know and understand how to keep and protect your intellectual property rights in copyright, trademarks, publishing contracts, working with a literary agent, co-writing, and ho w to understand the legalese in the publishing and authoring worlds? Do you know how to keep and protect your brand as it grows and becomes your strongest asset? How can you tell if your fiction masterpiece land you in the frying pan because it’s loosely based on a real life situation? What’s the process in starting down the path to a TV or movie deal based on your work?

You will have the answers to these questions and so much more after the February 8th session along with:

o Copyrights

o Joint authorship

o Work for hire

o Trademarks

o Publishing contracts

o Literary agent c ontracts and business points of negotiation

o And lots more!

Your workshop presenter is Steve Replin, an intellectual property attorney who focuses his law practice on representing those in the creative arts such as writing, film, music, art, fashion, publishers, agents, m anagers, music labels and publishers, as well as other affiliated occupations. Steve is perpetually excited about helping new and emerging writers and other creatives build their careers with strategies around protected intellectual property rights, the right contracts, and a clear of where you want to go to in order to build your personal brand with strength and direction.

He’s the author of the award-winning book, Where to Go When the Banks Says NO, used in universities for their finance courses. His book is a roadmap for entrepreneurs seeking funds to either start a business or grow what they have. His next book is For Women Only: Where to Go When the Bank Says NO, available this Spring.

Date: Saturday, February 7th Time: 8:00 AM to Noon … Networking at 8! Location: Garcia’s Restaurant – Banquet Room on the left of main restaurant-separate entrance 5050 S Syracuse, Denver CO 80237 (25 & Belleview – Syracuse is east of 25 when you exit at Belleview) Menu: It’s a full breakfast … Cost: $20 for members; $30 for non-members—this pricing is good until February 6th


Note … ALL walk-ins will pay $10 extra at the door.

Pikes Peak Writers – Free Events

January 29, 2015 by

What: Scrivener From Zero to 60: Get up and Running–and Writing–With Scrivener
Who: Debbie Maxwell Allen
When: Tuesday, February 17, 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: Scrivener software is an increasingly popular tool for writers, yet there’s a steep learning curve. Many writers own the program, but don’t maximize the use of the best features. Others shy away from having to learn ‘another thing.’ This workshop will familiarize you with Scrivener, and get you writing on your manuscript the same day. Learn to navigate the software, import your manuscript and very last scrap of research, plus how to take advantage of Scrivener’s most helpful features. Bring your computer with Scrivener already downloaded. You can download it and try it free for 30 days.
About the Presenter: Debbie Maxwell Allen drank the Scrivener Kool-Aid, and never looked back. When not devoting her time to revolutionizing other writer’s lives with the wonders of Scrivener, she works as a project manager for Good Catch Publishing and writes young adult historical fantasy in the Rocky Mountains. Her fiction has been a finalist in the Pikes Peak Writers Zebulon Contest four times. She blogs about free resources for writers at
Cost: Free

What: Write Your Heart Out
When: Saturday, February 14, 1 to 5 PM
Where: Colorado Springs Marriott, 5580 Tech Center Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80919
More Information: This FREE half-day of mini workshops is a preview of the upcoming Pikes Peak Writers Conference. Six of the faculty from conference will be speaking on the following topics: Mike Befeler presents a sample of Avoid Dejection from Rejection; Fleur (F.T.) Bradley presents a sample of How To Plot Your Novel Using Plot Points; Kevin Ikenberry presents Kindle Worlds: Letting Fan Love Shine; J.A. (Julie) Kazimer presents Destination: Author; Cara Lopez Lee presents a sample of Flash, Not Fiction: Apply Flash Fiction Forms to Nonfiction; Jennie Marts presents a sample of Creating an Author Brand and Marketing Your Book.
Space is limited, so RSVP to rsvp– with first and last name of each person attending, and your phone number.
Cost: Free

What: Open Critique
When: Wednesday, February 4, 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Where: Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 East Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO
More Information: This FREE program provides a critique experience for a small number of writers who seek feedback on manuscript pages and who want to learn how to have positive critique group experiences.
Each month Open Critique will accommodate up to eight participants with a maximum of eight manuscript pages (double spaced, one side) per person. Bring at least 8 copies. To request a slot to participate, email your request to critique. Slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and are only considered for the month in which they are received. Participants will receive confirmation and instructions via email.
PPW reserves the right to give priority to new participants over those who have attended multiple times.
About the Presenter: PPW’s Open Critique program is facilitated by Donnell Bell with the occasional experienced guest critique partner.
Cost: Free

What: Writer’s Night
When: Monday, February 23, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: The Elbo Room at The Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
More Information: PPW Night is two full hours of discussion, laughter, and fun with other local members of Pikes Peak Writers.
The direction of the meeting is decided by the participants and can include discussions about query letters, obtaining and working with an agent, writing conferences, or other specific points of the craft. If nothing else, we talk about books!
These are drop-in meetings, so feel free to attend all or just part of them.
About the Presenter: PPW’s Writer’s Night is facilitated by Deb Courtney.

Cost: Free

Writers Studio at Arapahoe Community College Hosts Iversen Reading

January 29, 2015 by

The Writers Studio at Arapahoe Community College will host a reception, reading, talk back, and book signing with Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of the Rocky Flats, on Wednesday, February 25 starting at 6:30p.m.

Described as a "haunting work of narrative nonfiction" and "a brilliant work of investigative journalism," Full Body Burden has been praised by The New York Times as "Intimate…Powerful…A potent examination of the dangers of secrecy…A serious and alarming book [that] has its share of charming moments."
Full Body Burden is a nonfiction narrative that weaves together Kristen Iversen’s childhood in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated "the most contaminated site in America," with "a detailed and shocking account of the government’s sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats, and of local residents’ vain attempts to seek justice in court."

This book is the result of eleven years of daunting research into the political, historical and technological intrigue that has had lasting effects on national and state policy-making. And on the well-being of many of our Colorado neighbors. Kristen’s talk back will be about "The Art of Research," geared especially toward the professional and student writer.
Many universities have chosen Full Body Burden for their First Year Experience/ Common Read Programs, including Virginia Commonwealth University, St. Bonaventure University, Fort Lewis College, California State University at Sacramento, Madison Community College, and Michigan Tech University. Kristen is an engaging and passionate writer and speaker. We’re lucky to have her.

Come join us on the 25th.

For more information, click here for the Writers Studio Kristen Iversen website.

RWA’s Mystery/Suspense Chapter Classes for February

January 26, 2015 by

RWA’s Mystery/Suspense Chapter #144 aka Kiss of Death is pleased to announce our COFFIN College of Felony and Intrigue MURDERONE and KILLERINSTINCT online workshop for the month of February 2015. 

MURDERONE workshops encompass the technical aspects of murder and mayhem.


Starts: February 2, 2015

Ends: February 27, 2015

Registration Cut-Off Date: January 28, 2015

COURSE TITLE: Underwater Investigations

Instructor: Pamela Beason, P.I.

Bio: An experienced underwater scuba diver, Pamela is also the author of seven full-length works of fiction. Her books include: The Only Witness and The Only Clue in the Neema Mysteries. Shaken, Call of the Jaguar, Endangered, and Bear Bait in romantic suspense, and Undercurrents in the Summer Westin mystery series. She also has written nonfiction e-books SAVE Your Money, Your Sanity and Our Planet, and So You Want to Be a PI? Additionally Pamela has won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Bear Bait, among numerous other awards. To learn more about Pamela’s books and background, please visit her website at:

Class Description: Pamela’s course will cover a number of topics related to underwater investigations. It will include but not be limited to: recreational diving, underwater critters, wreck divers, deep divers, cave divers, and divers who swim with sharks. She’ll also cover underwater diving equipment such as scuba gear as well as tools including photography and videotaping. Commercial divers (careers) will be explored as well. The class will summarize challenges and risks for divers including getting lost, getting trapped, and running out of air. Also featured will be a summary of additional challenges and risks in diving and physical peril: nitrogen narcosis, decompression Illness (The Bends), and dangerous marine life. The class will also discuss underwater evidence collection, underwater search and rescue, and the biggest mistakes divers make and common mistakes authors make when writing about diving.

KILLERINSTINCT workshops encompass writing and craft topics.


Starts: February 2, 2015

Ends: February 27, 2015

COURSE TITLE: Writing the Fiction Synopsis—A Step-by-Step Approach for Today’s Hybrid Market

Instructor: Pam McCutcheon

BIO: Instructor Pam McCutcheon is the renowned author of Writing the Fiction Synopsis, A Step by Step Approach. In the 2015 class, she’ll be teaching not only how to put a synopsis together from students’ works in progress, but she’ll be giving them the tools to write blurbs and back cover copies. Every author, traditionally or independently published, must have these tools and Writing the Fiction Synopsis, A Step by Step Approach is your guide to help you get there. To learn more about Pam and her books and classes, please visit her website at:

Class Description: Most writers hate writing synopses and no wonder. After you’ve agonized over several hundred pages to make your prose perfect, how could you possibly distill that down to a measly ten or twenty pages? Or, worse yet, one or two? By the time you’ve written a book, everything seems important, and it’s difficult to know what to put in and what to leave out. To help with that problem, Pam McCutcheon came up with a method that she details in her book, Writing the Fiction Synopsis, A Step by Step Approach.

Click the Link to Register:

Fee: $15 FOR KOD Members; $30 FOR NON-KOD Members

Registration Cut-Off Date: January 28, 2015


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