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

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.

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

Latino Heritage Live Tour Presents Woody Guthrie’s “Deportees”

September 23, 2015 by

Award-winning author, Tim Hernandez, will present the story behind his research for his latest book, Both Sides of the River: Finding Woody Guthrie’s Deportees, about a popular American song written by Woody Guthrie titled, Deportees (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos). Through Colorado Humanities’ Latino Heritage Live touring program, El Paso, TX-based Hernandez will present four free programs open to the public in Colorado:

Front Range Community College, Boulder County Campus

2121 Miller Drive, Longmont

Community Room #C1480

Monday, September 28, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Aims Community College Cornerstone Building

5401 West 20th Street, Greeley

Tuesday, September 29, 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus Theatre

5675 South Academy Boulevard

Wednesday, September 30, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Arapahoe Community College Waring Theatre

5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

Thursday, October 1, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.


On January 28, 1948, twenty-eight Mexican citizens were being deported from Oakland California to the Mexico border when the government-chartered plane crashed and killed everyone aboard, including the crew and immigration officer. At the time, popular media only mentioned the names of the American crew, and omitted the names of the Mexican passengers. Guthrie’s song was an attempt to restore the dignity of those passengers, who were eventually buried in an unmarked mass grave in Fresno, California.

Hernandez spent years locating and interviewing the family members of the passengers, including the pilots, immigration guard, and Mexican citizens, as well as eyewitnesses. His lively and thought-provoking presentation sheds light on the incident, and puts names and faces to the human lives directly affected by the historical omission. This Colorado Humanities program also includes guest musicians and a Q & A with the author.

About Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book

Colorado Humanities supports high-quality literary, cultural and historical programs throughout Colorado in an effort to bring the humanities to life. The mission of Colorado Humanities is to inspire the people of Colorado to explore ideas and to appreciate their diverse cultural heritage. Colorado Humanities’ programs, including Motheread/Fatheread Colorado, Writers in the Schools, Black History Live and High Plains Chautauqua, encourage people to read, listen and learn in cultural activities and to participate in civic dialogue. Colorado Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information please visit

CIPA September Meeting: Nail Your TV Interview

September 8, 2015 by

Nail Your TV Interview:
Tips and Tricks for Shining on the Small Screen

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Free breakfast and coffee
8:30 a.m. – Noon

<> 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

Want to make you and your book look fantastic in interviews?

What makes you shine on the small screen?

Media is a huge marketing tool! Maximize the opportunity for when the
cameras go live on you. Relax.learn how to prepare, as Stacy McKenzie shares
her experiences as a television show interviewer. She will reveal what
information to submit ahead of time, which questions to ask, and what to
wear for a TV appearance! She will also give tips on getting your TV

Gain the techniques to calm the butterflies. to highlight your best side, to
promote you and your story. Stacy’s presentation will help you maximize your
15 minutes of fame and make it last.

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offpageLibrarian by day, TV show host by night – Stacy McKenzie hosts the
nationally award-winning "Off the Page" author interview, a program aired
on Channel 8’s Broomfield Public Television. Based out of the Mamie Doud
Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado, Stacy has been producing
and hosting the show since 2009 and has interviewed over 200 Colorado

*CIPA is not affiliated with, nor does it endorse, the Church of

Author U Program Sept 12: Speak Like a Pro

August 29, 2015 by

Speak Like a Pro and Sell Books by the Truckload

Are you an author who just wants to write? Do you think the world will come to you? Is that what’s holding back massive book sales that could be yours?

If you just want to write, go back to sleep. Authors may have the gift of the written word, yet they flunk with the verbal variety. Authors must be promoters and marketers. In Judith Briles words, “Get over it.”

One of the best ways to market yourself and your book is via the speaking platform. There are no boring subjects …there are too many boring speakers … and if that’s what you choose to be, your book sales will be mediocre.

What are the crucial and must have elements of a great speech? What are the common mistakes speakers need to avoid? Get Judith’s Briles’ perspective—someone who has been there, done that, creating over 4.8 million dollars in combined speaking fees and direct book sales in a 25 year period—of speaking and selling books at the highest level. Yes Virginia, you can make a living with your words.

Judith has 10 questions for you:

  • Do you want to create a speech that gets attention and bookings?
  • Do you want to be known as the “go to” person and a “must have” speaker?
  • Do you want to use powerful stories and humor within a presentation, even when your topic is controversial or could be considered a downer?
  • Do you want to be paid every time you speak?
  • Do you want to sell books whenever and wherever you speak?
  • Do you want to connect with your audience?
  • Do you want to know how to find people that will hire you?
  • Do you want to know tips on how to go from FREE to FEE?
  • Do you want recovery tips on what to do when you are bombing?
  • Do you want to sell books by the truckload?

You’ve got the topic and the book … now what? Create the speech or workshop. Every speech needs a great beginning, nuggets with how-tos and action, and a powerful closing. You will learn how to structure a keynote speech or workshop. Your talk will sell books—lots of them. Learn how to find your audience, get them to pay you, and skyrocket your book sales. Learn how to “drill down” within your niche.

If you have a book … or will have one soon:

  • Are you preparing a presentation that will bring in enthusiastic believers to your topic?
  • Would you like to have enthusiastic book buyers flock to a table piled with your books?
  • Would you like to be known as an expert, solution person, premier storyteller, or an entertainer?
  • Are you creating a presentation that will sell books, lots of them?
  • Are you getting paid for your talks—either for the presentation or in book sales—better yet, for both?

Your take-aways include how to be a better speaker, how to create and deliver a powerful message around your book and how to speak with impact! You’ve got a master speaker who is ready to get you started, recharged and moving into selling books one truckload at a time. Her next book is How to Avoid Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos available this fall.

Judith Briles is an international speaker, publisher, award-winning and best-selling author and is known as The Book Shepherd. She has consistently been ranked as the top speaker at events including the recent Las Vegas Writers Conference and the AuthorU Extravaganza.

Judith Briles knows the publishing industry. She’s the author of 34 books—18 published with New York, the rest with her own imprint; has sold foreign rights to 16 countries; sold in excess of 1,000,000 in combined sales; is co-founder of Mile High Press; has created and chaired several publishing conferences; created the book shepherding concept in Colorado; and is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer AuthorU®. Her books for authors and writers include: The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers, Author YOU: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms and Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers, all #1 bestsellers on Amazon.

CRW September Online Workshops

August 28, 2015 by

The Coffee Break Guide to Business Plans for Writers

Instructor: Amy Denim

Dates: September 8 – October 2, 2015 (4 weeks)

Fee: $20.00 CRW/HODRW Members; $25.00 all other students

Classifications: Intensive/Mentor Series, Professional Development, Writing as a Business, Organization, Marketing, Promotions, Publicity, Social Media, Publishing, Industry, Indie Publishing

Description: When you first started writing all you thought you needed was a good story, the right words and the time to write. But there is so much more to a writing career than putting words on the page. Having a business plan is a big part of moving your writing from being a hobby to a profession. But who has the time to sit down and write a report-style tome filled with scary numbers and boring mission statements? This hands-on workshop will help you complete a business plan for your creative brain on your coffee breaks and will get you motivated and taking control of your career.

About Amy Denim

Amy Denim writes business books for writers and loves to let authors rent her brain. She’s also known as Aidy Award and has a thing for writing romances with hot heroes (like chefs and cowboys) and curvy intelligent heroines (like chefs and cowgirls).

Find Amy on most any social media network including:

Facebook: Author Amy Denim, Twitter: @AmyDenim, Pinterest: Amy Denim, Goodreads: Amy Denim, On her website:, or at

Visit CRW website to register!

Pacing Your Novel

Instructor: Becky Martinez

Dates: September 14 – September 25, 2015 (2 weeks)

Fee: $10.00 CRW/HODRW members; $15.00 all other students

Classifications: Writing Fundamentals, Pacing, Writing Development, Craft

Description: Quicken your pace without losing sight of your story. Ever wonder why some books seem like such a fast read and others take forever to get through? Do you want your books to really move? Sometimes getting your novel to flow can seem like an impossible task. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Learn easy steps that you can apply to almost any story to go between action scenes and slower, reflective scenes and still keep the plot moving. Find ways to keep increasing tension throughout your story so you can get rid of the sagging middle and make it more relevant.

About Becky Martinez

Becky Martinez is a multi-published author who spent 30+ years as an award winning broadcast journalist before she turned full time to fiction writing. For the past ten years she has been writing romance, romantic suspense and mystery novels and novellas. Her latest book, Dead Man’s Rules was published by The Wild Rose Press in May 2014. Her next book coming soon from TWRP is a mystery, Blues at 11, based on her long career in TV news. She has also taught writing classes for the past 12 years and is co-author of the writing book, Ten Steps to Creating Memorable Characters.

Visit CRW website to register!

Panel Prepares Writers for CAL Writing Contest

August 24, 2015 by

Panel Helps Prepare Authors for CAL Writing Contest

Have you ever wondered just what exactly contest judges are looking for? Or just where your book or freelance article fits into categories in the annual Colorado Authors’ League contest? Or how different judging criteria might apply to different categories?

These are the kinds of questions a panel of judges and experts will address in CAL’s first program of the 2015-16 season on Sat., Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Larry Greenly, president of the Southwest Writers Group, which has judged CAL’s writing contest for several years, will be the featured speaker on a panel that also will include Peg Brantley, last year’s contest chair; Jerry Mitchell, this year’s contest chair; and past CAL president and CAL Award winner Mary Taylor Young, who will speak to how winners and finalists can leverage their success to market and achieve more sales.

The 2016 CAL Awards entry period opens Dec. 1, 2015 and closes Jan. 31, 2016. Anyone who registers for the Sept. 12 program will receive a $10 rebate on the contest fee when they enter. (Go to for contest categories, rules and details.)

The program will be held at Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School, 300 W. Chenango Ave. in Englewood. Doors will open at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 and ending not later than 12:30. There is ample free parking at the school.

Registration is open now on the CAL Web site. CAL members who register by September 9 pay $20, and non-members $30. The member price increases to $30 at the door the day of the program, and the non-member charge to $40.


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