RMFW Program – January 9

November 29, 2015 by

Exploring YA: Trends, High Concept and You
Presented by Colleen Oakes
Saturday, January 9, 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Anythink Wright Farms Library
5877 E. 120th Ave., Thornton, CO 80602
No RSVP Required

In this class, we will take a look at the current most popular YA books, the upcoming new releases that are garnering interest, and dissect what about these "high concepts" that makes these books so appealing to teens. We will also take a look at how to make your own novel high-concept.

Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including The Elly in Bloom Series, The Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016) and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling, blogging, or totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on the final Elly novel and another YA fantasy series.

November CIPA Meeting 11/21

November 6, 2015 by

The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool for Authors and Publishers

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Free breakfast and coffee
8:00 a.m. – Noon

8:00 a.m. Doors open for re gistration
8:30 a.m. Meeting Begins

Church of Scientology*
2340 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80205

Register at http://www.cipacatalog.com/

An interactive presentation that explores why and how stories work and how to utilize them in your business practices.

The program covers story structure; how information is absorbed and recalled, how it applies to many facets of your business, practical tools and tips that can be applied immediately to improve your storytelling, and presentational skills.

Learn to persuade through narrative – subconsciously and effortlessly by simply telling a story.

“Stories teach, model, unite, and motivate by transporting audiences emotionally.
They are the most effective form of human communication…
and the most effective way of translating ideas into action.”
-Peter Guber, CEO, Mandalay Entertainment

Unleash the Irresistible Power of Storytelling and discover how you can:

· Effectively communicate events from the past

· Make your audience remember the facts YOU want them to remember

· Help the audience easily recall facts

· &nbsp ; Build relationships, earn trust and empower selected individuals

· Convey your honesty and passion

· Control the delivery of the content and prioritize its importance

· Create a memorable structure and theme

· Sustain the attention of your audience

· Master physical skills, including connecting through your eyes, mirroring, raising or lowering status, illustrating with movement, voice impact through volume, rate, pitch, tone and inflection.

About our Speaker: Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor was transplanted to Colorado from the small sailing village of Itchenor, England. He has been a professional actor, national award winning author, storyteller, and humorist for the last twenty-five years, working throughout the United States and internationally. He is a partner of A.C.E. Entertainment which over the last sixteen years has written and produced over fifty original shows and who are currently touring their smash hit,Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women. Encouraged from the popularity of the A.C.E. show, Tales of an Englishman, Matt hew continued to commit his stories to paper, which have now been compiled into the book, Goat Lips: Tales of a Lapsed Englishman. Released in the spring of 2015, Goat Lips has received the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Awards Gold Medal for Humor and is a National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist.

Matthew has a long history of coaching theatre, storytelling and the art of improvisation. He formed Persuasion through Narrative in 2010 to teach communication skills through the use of narrative and has quickly gained a strong reputation especially within the legal profession and educational institutions.

Register at http://www.cipacatalog.com/

Members $20, Non members $30

It’s ALL About the Book … Audio, “e” and Print on Saturday, November 14th at AuthorU

October 30, 2015 by

Book authors and writers will learn the latest about book styles, the how-tos and which is right for your book at Author U’s “It’s All About the Book … the Question is, Which Type of Book” program on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Publishing service associates Nick Zelinger, Rebecca Finkel, Richard Rieman and Nick Taylor will be the presenters with a combined 60 years in creating and support authors and awarding books. Among their topics:

-Rieman, a 25-time audiobook narrator, will discuss why you should produce an audiobook, the best-selling genres, how to get a professional narrator with no up-front costs and more.

-Zelinger, an author and book designer, and Finkel, a book designer, will talk about why you should produce a print book, the best-selling genres, trends in interior designs and book covers, and more.

-Taylor, an eBook designer, audio voice and author of five books, will cover why you should produce an eBook, best-selling genres, how to position yourself on Amazon and generate sales, and more.

This event begins with registration at 8 a.m., member showcase/reviews at 8:30 a.m. and the program from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Garcia’s Restaurant, 5050 S. Syracuse St., Denver. RSVP is a must. The cost is $22 for AuthorU members, $35 for nonmembers. Register at AuthorU.org under “Events.”

Author U is the premier authoring resource in the country creating community, education, guidance, vision and success for the serious author. It is a non-profit membership organization. It does it through The Author Resource, its quarterly ezine, multiple monthly programs, including Saturday Mornings, Salons, Tech Tool Boxes, WebinarGold, the Author U-Your Guide to Book Publishing radio show, Author Mentoring Mondays free coaching, BookCamps and the annual 3-day Author U Extravaganza held each September. http://www.authoru.org

RMMWA Program Nov 12 – CDC Emergency Responder

October 20, 2015 by

No Map, No Compass, No GPS; First Hand Perspectives from a CDC Emergency Responder during Five Extraordinary Emergency Response Operations

Where: The Historic Denver Press Club,
1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver CO
Thursday Night, November 12th.
Time: 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program

Menu: White Chicken Chile and garden vegetable salad
Cost: If paying via Paypal cost is $20 for members; $23 for non-members. Choose the option you want from the drop-down menu (Member, Non-Member, or Non-Meal), and then click the Add to Cart button. Note: if you want to sign up both a member and guest, you must pay for each with a separate Add to Cart transaction. Payment at door is $25 for everyone! RSVPs are necessary. A vegetarian option is available upon request. Please email our Caterer Director, Shannon Baker to insure your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, November 9th.

(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:The four pillars of emergency response operations (typically for natural disasters) include: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. When the unprecedented incident or disaster occurs, decision making in the face of uncertainty becomes a mandate for the responder. The presenter will discuss his experiences responding to five exceptional emergency response operations: the 2001 World Trade Center disaster, the anthrax attack at the U.S. Capitol, the 2003 SARS pandemic in Taiwan, the 2004 southeast Asian tsunami in Thailand, the 2014 Texas hospital-acquired Ebola infections, and in 2015 a month-long assignment in Liberia for the ongoing Ebola infections in W. Africa.

Eric Esswein is a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service where he holds the rank of Captain. He has 27 years’ experience in the field of investigating and controlling novel occupational and public health threats assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). A scientist, inventor and emergency responder, Eric responded to the New York, World Trade Center disaster, the anthrax attack on the Capitol Hill, the SARS pandemic in Taiwan and the aftermath of the south east Asian tsunami in Thailand. In 2014 he was a member of the CDC team response to the 2014 Dallas, Texas hospital Ebola infections and in 2015 was assigned as an infection prevention and control team lead for a month Liberia, W. Africa.

Eric holds bachelor and master’s degrees in environmental health/toxicology and public health/industrial hygiene. He is board certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene and is the first named inventor for two patents in the area of chemical detection and decontamination, and first named inventor for a patent pending engineering control technology to reduce silica dust emissions on hydraulic fracking sites. He is the author or co-author for more than 30 CDC/NIOSH technical publications, 16 peer-reviewed articles and is a referee for several scientific journals. He was recently appointed as Honorary Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witswatersrand, School of Public Health, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Open Mic Readings: Come Share Your Work!

October 15, 2015 by

Thursday, October 22nd; 6-8 PM
Colorado Springs Marriott, home of the pikes Peak Writers Conference! 5580 Tech Center Drive; We’ll be in the second floor board room, turn left as you get off the elevator.

More Information: No workshops tonight. Instead, let’s get together, relax, and share our work. We’ll do open mic readings, so anyone is welcome to come up and share a portion of their work, whether finished or unfinished, published or unpublished. You’ll have 4 minutes to read a piece you’ve written, be it poetry, non-fiction, short fiction, flash fiction, or something from your novel or work in progress. All genres welcome. It’s time we heard from you! Free and open to all. There is a bar, cafe, and restaurant on the premises. This event is part of Arts Month.

What: October Write Brain: Transcending Standard Media Forms
Who: Joshua Viola
When: Oct 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Carnegie room of Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
More Information: Joshua Viola, chief editor of Hex Publishers, will be talking about publishing in an age where the rules have changed and why transmedia output is essential to making an impact and reaching a broader audience.
Transmedia is the ability to reach a larger demographic by blurring the lines of how the media is offered. So, specifically, Hex Publishers has offered Nightmares Unhinged as paperback and ebook, but is also launching a Playstation 4 Dymamic Theme via Sony based on the book. The book trailer playing in a variety of movie theaters now. Josh’s latest novel, Blackstar, is accompanied by an original soundtrack by Celldweller–so you can listen to instrumental music inspired by the book while reading. His debut novel, The Bane of Yoto, was accompanied by an interactive 3D comic app. All of these items transcend their typical media forms to reach others that likely wouldn’t have discovered the book otherwise (such as movie goers, gamers, music fans, etc).
About the Presenter: Joshua Viola is an author, artist, and video game developer (Capcom, Disney, Konami). In addition to creating a transmedia creative franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen awards, Viola is the author of Blackstar, a novel based on the work of acclaimed electronic-rock musician Celldweller. He is publishing Cyber World, a science fiction anthology edited by Hugo Award winner Jason Heller, in 2016 and editing Blood Business, a crime anthology, in 2017. Alpha Cat, a comic book Viola co-created with UFC Bantamweight Number One Contender, Cat Zingano, will release this spring. His short fiction can be found in the pages of the horror anthology Nightmares Unhinged. Viola lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is publisher and chief editor of Hex Publishers.

Denver Woman’s Press Club Fall Seminar

October 7, 2015 by

Your’re Invited to the Denver Woman’s Press Club Fall Seminar: "Kill Your Darlings or Feed Your Dreams?"

October 10, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – noon @ The Denver Woman’s Press Club

This interactive program focuses on a universal challenge to all writers: How can I tell if my cherished idea is viable?

RSVP to gregorf today!

Melissa Kenyon
Denver Woman’s Press Club

Heidi Julavits & Ben Marcus will visit Denver on October 3rd

October 1, 2015 by

Husband-and-wife phenoms and award winning writers Ben Marcus and Heidi Julavits will visit Lighthouse Writers Workshop on October 3rd to give craft talks and interview each other as part of The Writer’s Studio series. Both Marcus and Julavits write exciting, innovative fiction—this is not to be missed!

Ben and Heidi will be giving a lively and fascinating interview on-stage at the Denver Art Museum’s Lewis Sharp Auditorium from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. For the first time in Inside the Writer’s Studio history, the authors will be interviewing each other to give their audience of interested readers and writers an intimate peek into the lives and minds of contemporary writers.

Tickets to the interview are $20 for Lighthouse members and $30 for non-members.

Heidi will lead a craft seminar called "Time Is an Object" at Lighthouse from 1:00 to 4:30 PM on October 3rd. Read an excerpt from Heidi Julavits’ The Folded Clock on Lit Hub.

Ben will lead a craft seminar called "Pay Attention" at Lighthouse from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM on October 3rd. Read Ben Marcus’ introduction to the New American Stories on Electric Literature.

Student tickets to Inside the Writer’s Studio are available for $5 by calling (303) 297-1185.

CIPA October Meeting: Social Media Marketing for Authors

October 1, 2015 by

Social Media Essentials:
Whether Your Book is Ready or Not

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Free breakfast and coffee
8:00 a.m. – Noon

8:00 a.m. Doors open for registration
8:30 a.m. Meeting Begins

Church of Scientology*
2340 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80205

$20 Members, $30 Non Members. Register at http://www.cipacatalog.com/

Marketing as an Author can be challenging without a specific strategy. Join us on October 17th as we highlight the materials you need to build your audience in Social Media prior to your book launch. We will cover aspects of developing a strategic plan in Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ accompanied by some Must Do’s and Don’ts in YouTube.

Bring your pen, be ready to absorb and let’s have some fun!

About our Speaker: Hollie Clere

Small business owners for 11+ years, finding ways to market their niche to a specific industry made for an interesting adventure. With the launch of social media, Hollie and her husband quickly found ways to connect with, stay in contact with and maintain relationships with potential and existing clients. The focus of the team is education, brand building, so-cial content marketing and business building for their clients with customized programs for any business. Hollie & Jeremy have extensive experience with LinkedIn, Facebook, HootSuite, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter; with specific focus on Individual Profiles, Company Profiles, Fan Pages, Groups, Events and Advanced Social Networking strategies. Their ultimate goal is to help each company achieve success with social media. www.thesocialpro.net

October, 2015 CRW Workshops

October 1, 2015 by

In October, Colorado Romance Writers (CRW) takes the fear out of putting words on paper, or rather words on screen! Work with MM Pollard to action up passive voice, with Becky Martinez to realize your story ideas into novels, and with Susan Palmquist to experiment with crafting short stories.

Do you write sentences with the doer of the action in a prepositional phrase like in this sentence?
– Bonnie was asked to the dance by Frank.

That sentence is written in passive voice. Confused? You’re not the only writer who struggles with passive voice verbs. Spend a month with MM and learn how to action up your writing!

Write in Passive Voice and Be Passed Over by a Publisher
Instructor: MM Pollard
Dates: Monday, October 5 – October 30, 2015 (4 weeks)
Fee: $20.00 CRW Members; $25.00 all other students
Classifications: Writing Fundamentals, Wordsmithing, Voice, Grammar, Craft, Active vs. Passive

RMFW Program – Critique Groups

September 30, 2015 by

Join Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers this month for a free educational program on critique groups in Denver.

Getting the Most Out of Your Critique Group

When & Where
Saturday, October 24th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Hampden Branch Denver Public Libraries
9755 E. Girard Ave., Denver, CO 80231

You’ve joined Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, you’re on fire after the Gold Conference, now what? It’s time to take advantage of one of the best resources of this organization – the critique groups. If you’ve never participated in a critique group before, it can be a bit like a blind date from an internet dating service.

So how do you know if the group is right for you?

Join RMFW’s Critique Chair, Monica Poole, along with Shawn Harper and Lisa Manifold, to discuss what makes a great critique group. Whether you’re just starting your search, or forming your own critique group, you’ll find guidelines to help you get the most out of any group you’re part of.

Attendees will have the opportunity to read for two minutes so should be prepared with a well-rehearsed selection of their work.

More Info: denverprograms


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