ACC Writers Studio Event

February 3, 2016 by

Writers Studio Presents: Publishing Without the Perish: Successful Book Authors Tell All
February 3rd at 4:00 p.m. in the Arapahoe Community College Main Campus Library, 2nd floor. Free event. Food.
Join poet Marty McGovern (Bad Fame, Able Muse Press), mystery writer Theresa Crater (Star Family, Crystal Star Publishing) and debut novelist Rachel Weaver (Point of Direction, Ig Publishing) for a reading of their work and a panel discussion on finding the right publishing house for your book.
For more information, go to Publishing Without the Perish.<>

Denver Woman’s Press Club Invites Unpublished Writers to Submit Works

January 17, 2016 by

This spring, the Denver Woman’s Press Club will recognize talented writers with the club’s annual Unknown Writers’ Contest, a writing competition that sheds light on unpublished writers in the categories of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

The contest is open to men and women who are Colorado residents, age 18 and over, whose writing has never appeared with a paid byline. The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2016, and all entrants will be invited to a reception at the historic clubhouse in Denver on April 10, 2016.

Cash prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st place $125, 2nd place $75, and 3rd place $50. In addition, all entrants will receive detailed, written comments from professional writers who are members of the club. Entrants may submit one entry in each category with a 2,000-word limit for fiction and nonfiction and a 40-line limit for poetry.

For more information about this event, please contact Elayne Gallagher at elayne.gallagher. More information about the contest and rules can also be found at

About the Denver Woman’s Press Club: The Denver Woman’s Press Club (DWPC), founded in 1898, is one of the oldest women’s press clubs in the nation. But we’re far from old-fashioned! Our more than 200 members are professional writers all—including journalists, novelists, magazine editors, essayists, freelance writers, poets, historians, and corporate and mass communications specialists.

Stories on Stage Discount Tickets

January 6, 2016 by

Stories on Stage’s next show is coming up and I want to offer discount tickets to BOOC members.

BOOC members get $5 off per ticket – just call us at 303-494-0523.

Here are the details:

Stories on Stage’s next show is on January 16th at Su Teatro (721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 80204)
at 1:30 and 7:30pm.

Finding Your Way stars Michael Bouchard, Regina Fernandez Steffen and Mark Rubald

and features funny and inspiring stories of young people finding their way in the world.

Authors include Allegra Goodman, T. Cooper and Rick Moody.

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

Tickets $28 / Students $15/ BOOC Members $23

Create Your Book Launch (or Reboot a tired book)

December 30, 2015 by

AuthorU will deliver a GamePlan for Launching Your Book … whether it’s new or old, what you will get it bold ideas; strategies on how to implement them; what social media works and what doesn’t … and January’s program is just that. Whether you book is just birthing or it’s gone into remission… get ready for an array of ideas and how-tos to kick start the big day/week/month … or get it restarted after being exhausted. The way to start off the year.

· Create the ideal Book Launch for your book.

· Generate strategies to rebirth a book once it’s out.

· Identify which of the social media platforms will work (and won’t).

· Tips and Tricks for bestseller status on Amazon’s Print and eBook positions.

· How to deal with AFS … Author Fatigue Syndrome.

· Onsite, you will create social media blasts to support your campaign—whether it’s next week or several months from now.

· And so much more.

Create a Book Launch that will Skyrocket
your Book’s Debut (or Redo)!

When: Saturday, January 9
Time: 8 a.m. for Networking and Breakfast … over at Noon
Where: Colorado Automotive Association, 290 E Speer Blvd, Denver CO 80203
Cost: $22 for Gold and Best Seller Members; $35 for All Others. Increases $10 on January 3rd.


ACC Writers Studio Literary Contest

December 1, 2015 by

The Writers Studio at Arapahoe Community College announces its 12th Annual Writers Studio Literary Contest for unpublished work in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The contest is open to all Colorado residents, published and unpublished. The deadline to submit work is March 13, 2016. Finalists from the contest will be determined by outside judging from nationally-acclaimed writers.


First Place for each categories: $250 prize, publication in Progenitor, ACCs award-winning literary journal, nomination for the Pushcart Prize, and invitation to the Writers Studio Spring Literary Festival on April 23rd.

Second Place winners will be invited guests at the literary festival.

Final Judges:

Poetry: Lorna Dee Cervantes

Fiction: Laura Pritchett

Nonfiction: Steve Harvey

Our contest judges will serve as workshop leaders for our Literary Festival in April.

How To Submit: We only accept electronic submissions for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction through Submittable.

For contest details, information on our final judges, submission guidelines and the Submittable link for submission, please go to our Writers Studio Literary Contest webpage.

Or contact Kathryn Winograd at writerstudio<mailto:writerstudio<mailto:writerstudio%3cmailto:writerstudio>>

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

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

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 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.

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.


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