Cashing in On Creativity: Fall Writing Seminar at Denver Woman’s Press Club – October 1st


Cashing in On Creativity: How to make a (real) living writing. Web writing, ghostwriting, grant writing, business writing, ghostblogging and more.

Fall Writing Seminar at Denver Woman’s Press Club – October 1st

Want to make more money as a writer? How about quit-your-day-job kind of money? Join us for an info-packed half-day seminar that takes you beyond the bookshelf and magazine rack. You’ll discover solid ideas for new revenue streams you can use immediately. Where to get the work, how to get it and how much it pays. Professional writers show you how to expand your writing—and income—horizons.

8:30 – 8:50 Registration and Networking with Coffee and Treats

9:00 – 9:50 Not Your Average Ghost: Ghostwriting for EveryWriter with Erin Blakemore
Think ghostwriting is reserved for those with $1 million book deals and celebrity bio connections? Think again. This ghoulish service can encompass everything from blog posts to magazine and tech writing … and writers of all stripes can benefit from the ghostwriter’s point of view. Learn more about ghostwriting with Erin Blakemore, who will teach you tips and tricks from a veteran ghost’s unexpected
perspective. From finding ghostwriting opportunities to taking on your client’s voice, you’ll learn everything you need to know to add ghostwriting to your bag of writerly wiles.
Erin Blakemore is owner and Executive Director of VOCO Creative, a Denver- and Boulder-based marketing, brand strategy, and social media firm she founded after years as a copy- and ghostwriter. Erin’s first book, The Heroine’s Bookshelf, was published by HarperCollins in October 2010. Learn more about Erin at,, or the

10:00 – 10:50 Grant Writing – Make Money for a Good Cause (and for yourself!) with Joy Thompson A well-written grant proposal is everything in the nonprofit world. Learn from veteran fundraiser Joy Thompson how to research and target foundations, craft a winning message and earn a living while changing the world! Joy will also regale you with her escapades in professional writing as a cultural warrior, a citywide wifi technical writer and as a theater and film critic.
Joy Thompson has worked in the nonprofit sector and higher education since 1976. She served as Executive Director of the Wyoming Arts Council for eight years and was a leader in the development of local arts agencies and rural arts development. In 1992 she became the Director of the graduate Community Arts Management Program at the University of Illinois, one of the three original arts management masters programs in the United States. She also directed the Graduate Certificate Program in the Management of Nonprofit Organizations and attracted a who’s who of adjunct faculty to teach in both programs. In 1998 Joy began a ten year private fundraising practice in the Quad Cities. She currently works as Development Manager for the Vascular Disease Foundation, a position she has held for three months. Joy holds two masters degrees and has completed the coursework for a doctorate (before arts management called her back into the field.) She has written for a living since 1984 in one capacity or another. Joy can be reached at

11:00 -11:50 Business Writing – Words Make the Business World Go ‘Round with Carla Johnson Successful businesses know that their success hinges on getting their message out to the right audience. But even the most savvy business people freeze up at the thought of writing! Web content, annual reports, corporate histories, brochures, social media, the list goes on and on. Someone has to develop the overarching messages and write all those words, and it should be you! Learn how to make yourself invaluable as a business writer from Carla Johnson, someone who has created her own business success by helping others understand the story behind their work.
Carla Johnson has been writing since her first paid ‘gig’ in the seventh grade. Her master’s thesis was so well done it was turned into a book. With a career in marketing, PR and employee communications, and a master’s degree in history, Carla helps companies draw on their history to develop their purpose and strengthen their brands internally with employees and externally with clients, prospects and investors. Her client list includes Hewlett Packard, Western Union, Sybase, Kiewit Corporation, EnCana Oil and Gas, First Data Corp., Medical Group Management Association, and The Colorado Trust, just to name a few. Her work has received numerous awards from Business Marketing Association (BMA), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), as well as industry-specific organizations. Carla is the president of Type A Communications and is the past president of BMA Colorado. Learn more at

12:00 – 12:30 Wrap up, Snacks and Networking

When: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm

Where: Denver Woman’s Press Club, 1325 Logan St., Denver, CO 80203 Free parking in the lot on the north side of the house.

Cost: $40 DWPC members $45 non-members (prior to one week before seminar) $50 non-members (in the week before and at the door) Remember, workshop fee includes coffee and treats!

Contact and Registration: Marilyn Harmacek, Information:


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