Anyone interested in writing for magazines or penning nonfiction books should check
out this fall’s lineup of nonfiction classes and events at the Boulder Writers’ Workshop. International human rights journalist Peter Eichstaedt and award-winning freelancer Tracy Ross are teaching six-session classes, while Eichstaedt
will also be doing a reading of his work as host of the BWW’s popular Literary Salon. Award-winning author Jennifer Wilson will round out the month’s journalistic
offerings as a guest for our Online Conversation.

Eichstaedt will lead a hands-on
exploration of pieces that average 5,000 words or longer in his class, “Long-Form
Journalism.” Students will dig into nonfiction pieces that are about the length of an average New York Times magazine
articles or book chapter. Participants
will only gain insight into how Eichstaedt has reported and written his books, but will dissect articles and come up with their own ideas, sources and outlines and so forth. Eichstaedt is the
author of four critically acclaimed books, including CONSUMING THE CONGO: WAR AND CONFLICT MINERALS IN THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST PLACE and FIRST KILL YOUR FAMILY: CHILD SOLDIERS OF UGANDA AND THE LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY. He is the co-author of BUCHAREST EXPRESS, an award-winning film about the horrors of trafficking in women and illegal prescription drugs in Eastern Europe. Formerly senior editor for Uganda Radio Network and Africa editor for the Institute of War and Peace in Reporting in The Hague, Netherlands, Eichstaedt has traveled extensively in Africa to cover war crimes and trials. His newest book, ABOVE THE DIN OF WAR: AFGHANS SPEAK ABOUT THEIR LIVES, THEIR COUNTRY, AND THEIR FUTURE AND WHY AMERICA SHOULD LISTEN is scheduled for release April 2013, from Lawrence Hill Press/Chicago Review Press. Classes meet Mondays, 6 – 8 p.m., beginning September 10, Scrib, 2060
Broadway Street, Boulder, Colorado. General Admission: $240; Professional Members: $205. To register, visit

Eichstaedt will read from his work and
guide the discussion at the Boulder Writers’ Workshop Literary Salon. Styled after the great literary salons of Paris, the gathering gives members a chance to talk about all aspects of writing and publishing. 10:30 a.m. – noon, Saturday, September 8,
Villas at the Atrium, 3350 30th Street, Boulder, Colorado. Free and open to the public; please
preregister at

Ross, who writes regularly for Outside, Backpacker, Bicycling, Skiing, and other titles, will teach “Freelance
Writing for Magazines.” Over the past decade, she has also
worked as a senior editor at both Skiing
Magazine and Backpacker Magazine,
where she edited everything from gear reviews to news items to sprawling feature narratives. In 2009, she won the coveted National Magazine Award for her Backpacker Magazine essay The Source of All Things, a story she later turned into a book-length memoir that was praised by Publishers Weekly, People and O Magazine. She is currently
researching her second book. “Basically, this class for anyone who wants to know the
secrets to getting published in magazines from a successful magazine author,” says Ross. “Only those serious about writing great stories need attend, and those who are interested not just in getting paid to write, but getting paid to write stories that enlighten, educate, or enrage readers into thinking about themselves and the world they live in differently. There’s a difference between writing for money and writing because your life depends on it. By the time this class ends, you’ll not only understand the difference, but understand the magic in chasing down an amazing story even before you have a solid assignment.” Classes meet
Wednesday, 6 – 8 p.m., September 19 and 26, October 17 and 24, November 7 and 14,
Scrib, 2060 Broadway Street, Boulder, Colorado. General Admission: $240; Professional Members: $205. To register, visit

Jennifer Wilson will be our virtual
guest for our Online Conversation, a monthly event that gives our professional members
the chance to chat with established writers and industry professionals in an online environment. Her book, Running Away to Home (St. Martin’s Press) was chosen as the Best Nonfiction Book of 2011 by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. A native Iowan, Jennifer has been writing for 15 years for publications such as Esquire, National Geographic Traveler, Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, Budget Travel, AAA Living, Parents, Midwest Living, Iowa Outdoors, the Chicago Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, Gourmet and many others. 6:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, September 18, virtual location tba, Professional Members only. To join and register, visit

Join the Boulder Writers’ Workshop
as a Professional Member and receive $35 off our fall six-session classes. Membership dues are $75 a year, and in addition to discounts on classes, benefits include exclusive events, access to the Writing Colorado Newsletter, guest posting privileges on the BWW blog, listing in our member directory and opportunities to promote your books and writing. For more
information, visit Membership questions should be sent to
Director Lori DeBoer at lorideboer (at) rocketmail (dot) com. Professional news from any Colorado author should be sent to writingcolorado (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thank you!


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