ACC Presents Art of Story Structure

April 2, 2015 by

ACC Writers Studio at Castle Rock Campus Presents: THE ART OF STORY STRUCTURE with KONA MORRIS

In this workshop, we will dive into the craft of composing powerful stories. We will examine the most engaging approaches for successful beginnings, discuss important tips for maintaining control of a story’s momentum, and study the most effective ways to create memorable endings. You will compose original work, hone your skills for identifying a story’s purpose, and gain insight that can be applied to all lengths of writing-from flash fiction to novels. You will leave this workshop inspired with a new understanding of how to write captivating pieces that will leave your readers spellbound. This workshop is open to writers of all experience levels.

April 9 from 6:00pm-7:30pm: ACC Castle Rock Campus. Room 1050.
Open to ACC students and the public. Suggested donation: $5 to the ACC Student Scholarship Fund

RSVP: writerstudio

Colorado Book Award Finalists

April 1, 2015 by

Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book Announces
Colorado Book Award Finalist Peter Heller

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO (3/30/2015) Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book announces that Peter Heller’s The Painter has been selected in the Colorado Book Awards as a finalist in the Literary Fiction category. “There were so many amazing fiction entries this year. We are pleased that The Painter was selected as a finalist; it is in good company with Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer and Stars Go Blue by Laura Pritchett,” said Colorado Book Awards program coordinator Stephanie March. The Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction finalists will open the Colorado Book Awards finalist reading serieson Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at the BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212.

In The Painter, main character Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man. His marriage disintegrated. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known painter, abandoned the Santa Fe art scene to start fresh in Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fishing, trying to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. One afternoon, Jim sees a man beating a horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open.

Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver.

Supported by Outskirts Press, the Colorado Book Awards recognize outstanding contributions by Colorado authors, editors, illustrators and photographers in multiple categories. As an opening event for Aspen Words’ Summer Words, one of the country’s best writers’ and readers’ gatherings, Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book will announce the Colorado Book Award winners on Sunday afternoon, June 21, 2015, during the 24th Annual Colorado Book Awards ceremony at the Aspen Meadows Resort.

Colorado Book Awards Finalist Reading Series (at the Book Bar, 4280 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212, unless otherwise noted)

Saturday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Literary Fiction: Peter Heller; Laura Pritchett; Benjamin Whitmer
Creative Nonfiction: Jody Berger; Nancy Sharp; Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh & Stephen E. Nash

Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m.
General Nonfiction: Helen Thorpe; Michael Booth & Jennifer Brown; Katrina Blair
Thriller: Shane Kuhn; Linda Lafferty; Patricia Stoltey

Sunday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Poetry: Jake Adam York (represented by Sarah Skeen); Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum; Sara Michas-Martin
Anthology: Conejos Writers Circle; Kim Nuzzo, Marjorie DeLuca, Cameron Scott, & Rett Harper; Andrew Gulliford

Saturday, May 2, 7 p.m.
History: Jared Orsi; Elizabeth Fenn; Derek R. Everett
Historical Fiction: Sandra Dallas; Jack Marshall Maness; Gretchen Wiegand & Anna McDermott
Pictorial: Paul Anderson; Karla Oceanak; Erik Stensland

Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Mystery: Dale R. Lovin; Mark Stevens; Chuck Greaves
Short Story Collection: Christopher Merkner, Wendy J. Fox, Lucinda Stein

Saturday, May 9, at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO, 80120, time TBD
: Charlotte Ann Havey; Steve Jenkins, S.A. Mahan
: Sandra Dallas; Jeannie Mobley; Lydia Gil
Young Adult
: Leah Bassoff & Laura DeLuca; Amy Kathleen Ryan; Jordan Romero with Linda LeBlanc

Colorado Book Award 2015 Finalists


Outdoors in the Southwest by Andrew Gulliford, editor (University of Oklahoma Press)

A Democracy of Poets in the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond by Kim Nuzzo, Marjorie DeLuca, Cameron Scott, and Rett Harper, editors (AGS Publishing)

The Circle Book: A Conjeos County Anthology 2014 by Conejos Writers Circle, compilers (Alacrity House)

Children’s Literature

Shep the Turnpike Dog by Charlotte Ann Havey (Bear Paw Print)

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)

The Baby Sea Turtle by S.A. Mahan, illustrated by Deborah Mahan (Tate Publishing)

Creative Nonfiction

Misdiagnosed: One Woman’s Tour of—and Escape From—Healthcareland by Jody Berger (Sourcebooks, Inc.)

An Anthropologist’s Arrival by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh and Stephen E. Nash, editors (The University of Arizona Press)

Both Sides Now; A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living by Nancy Sharp (Books & Books Press)

General Nonfiction

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival by Katrina Blair (Chelsea Green Publishing)

Eating Dangerously by Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown (Rowman & Littlefield)

Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe (Scribner, division of Simon & Schuster)

Historical Fiction

A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas (St. Martin’s Press)

Song of the Jayhawk by Jack Marshall Maness (Wooden Stake Press)

The Circle of Na’mow by Anna McDermott and Gretchen Wiegand (McDermott & Wiegand)


Creating the American West by Derek R. Everett (University of Oklahoma Press)

Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn (Hill & Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike by Jared Orsi (Oxford University Press)

Juvenile Literature

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas (Sleeping Bear Press)

Letters From Heaven by Lydia Gil (Arte Público Press)

Searching for Silverheels by Jeannie Mobley (Margaret K. McElderry Books, imprint of Simon & Schuster)

Literary Fiction

The Painter by Peter Heller (Alfred A. Knopf)

Stars Go Blue by Laura Pritchett (Counterpoint)

Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)


The Last Heir by Chuck Greaves (Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press)

Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time by Dale Lovin (Oak Tree Press)

Trapline by Mark Stevens (Midnight Ink, an imprint of Llewelyn Worldwide Ltd.)


High Road to Aspen by Paul Andersen with photographs by David Hiser (ERG Press)

Goodnight Brew by Ann E. Briated (Bailiwick Press)

Wild Light by Erik Stensland (Morning Light Photography)


Ghost Gear by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (The University of Arkansas Press)

Gray Matter by Sara Michas-Martin (Fordham University Press)

Abide by Jake Adam York (Crab Orchard Review & Southern Illinois University Press)

Short Story Collection

The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories by Wendy J. Fox (Press 53)

The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic by Christopher Merkner (Coffee House Press)

Sanctuary: Family, Friends, & Strangers—A Collection of Stories by Lucinda Stein (Create Space)


The Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn (Simon & Schuster)

The House of Bathory by Linda Lafferty (Lake Union Publishing)

Dead Wrong by Patricia Stoltey (Gale Cengage Learning)

Young Adult Literature

Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca (Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press)
No Summit out of Sight by Jordan Romero with Linda LeBlanc (Simon & Schuster)

Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan (St. Martin’s Griffin)

For more information, visit or call 303 894 7951.

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


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