Stories on Stage Next Show

March 25, 2015 by

Stories on Stage’s next show, Old Friends is coming up and I want to offer discount tickets to BOOC members.
BOOC members get $5 off per ticket by calling us at 303-494-0523.

Here are details:
Stories on Stage presents Old Friends on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30pm at The Dairy Center for the Arts,

2590 Walnut St., Boulder and on Sunday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at
Su Teatro
Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.

Wise and witty tales of life’s second act – its joys, its challenges, and the wonderful friends we

make along the way.


"Considering the Alternative" by Nora Ephron performed by Kathy Brady.

The writers hilarious and oh-so-truthful meditation on reaching one’s sixties.

"Somebody’s Son" by Tom Barbash performed by John Jurcheck
A young and none-too-ethical real estate agent’s deal with an elderly couple turns out to be much, much
more than a simple business arrangement.

"Jack, A Memoir"
by Maxine Kumin performed by Kathy Brady
A touching memoir of the author’s friendship with a favorite horse that she and her late husband raised together.

"This Old Man" by Roger Angell performed by Bob Buckley

The beloved New Yorker essayist is 90 years old and still going strong.

For tickets and info go to or call 303-494-0523.

Tickets $28 / Students $15

RMMWA April Program – David Morrell

March 22, 2015 by

RMMWA hosts David Morrell,
The Anatomy of a
NYT Bestselling Author

Where: The Historic Denver Press Club,
1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver CO
Thursday Night, April 9th.
Time: 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program

Menu: Beef Sirloin Kabob, Roasted Pear Salad

Cost: If paying via Paypal cost is $20 for members; $23for non-members. Payment at door is $25 for everyone! Link is on the site: RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Shannon Baker to insure your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, April 6th.

(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: Born in the Great White North of Canada, David was inspired by the classic TV series ROUTE 66 to become a writer. He was 17, and he never looked back. His debut novel (a classic of its own) was FIRST BLOOD, which introduced the thriller-icon character, Rambo, and resulted in one of the most successful film series of all time. That novel was published in 1972. In the intervening decades, David published numerous New York Times bestsellers, including the influential espionage novel THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE, the basis for the only television miniseries to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. In his 43-year career as a published author (almost unheard-of in the writing world), David has been an Edgar and Anthony finalist as well as a Nero and Macavity winner. His other recognitions include three Bram Stoker awards from the Horror Writers Association and ITW’s prestigious Thriller Master award. Determined to find new ways of writing action and suspense, David is currently creating eerily realistic mystery/thrillers about Victorian, England—INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD and MURDER AS A FINE ART. Our dinner meeting on April 11 gives our members a rare opportunity to hear an amazingly seasoned novelist talk about why he thinks he lasted this long and how he feels about the massive changes that overtook the publishing world in his more than four decades as an author.

CIPA Panel March 21- Win The Publishing Game!

March 16, 2015 by

Date: March 21, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Free breakfast and coffee

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

Register at

Win The Publishing Game!

Publishing a book—which means both producing it and marketing it effectively—is a tough game. You spend months, sometimes years, producing the best book possible. Can you make a living of the proceeds from sales? Or is it just going to give you enough money to buy ice-cream on Friday nights?

CIPA’s March meeting is going to be a frank discussion on whether or not you can make a living publishing books. Our expert panelists (all successful authors themselves) are going to give you the skinny on how they’ve done it—from how they have successfully sold books to offering related products and services. You’re going to learn their best tips for publishing longevity.

Our Stellar Panel

Kenn Amdahl

Kenn Amdahl has been self publishing books since 1990 via his company Clearwater Publishing Company. He’s published nine of his own titles, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He’s written several other books, but he keeps rejecting himself, proving how brutal this business can be. His books have been reviewed in dozens of national publications and have received blurbs from Clive Cussler, Dave Barry, Ray Bradbury, George Garrett, Francine Mathews, and many other Real Authors. He’s served on the board of directors of several book related organizations, including CIPA, primarily to provide comic relief. Learn more about Clearwater Publishing Company at

Doris Baker

Doris Baker is publisher at Filter Press, a traditional publishing company established in El Paso County in 1957. Filter Press publishes middle grade and YA historical fiction, biographies of the heroes of the West, and books of general regional interest. Filter Press authors have received many awards including CIPA EVVY Awards, the Colorado Book Award, and Western Writers of America SPUR Awards. Doris is a past president of CIPA. Learn more about Filter Press at

Teresa Funke

Teresa Funke embodies the modern artist/entrepreneur. She is the owner of Teresa Funke & Company and Victory House Press and the award-winning author of six novels for adults and childr en based on true stories from WWII. Her articles, essays, and short stories have been featured in hundreds of publications. She is also a professional speaker offering keynotes and presentations, and a nationwide writer’s coach. She has 23 years of experience as an entrepreneur and community catalyst. Her innovative programs and boundary-pushing talks prove that she is a true thought leader, one who challenges us to change our view of how life and business should be led and how the arts and business can intersect. Learn more about Teresa Funke and Victory House Press at

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.


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