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Colorado Press Women Meeting and Awards April 25

April 19, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Colorado Press Women spring meeting and annual awards presentation, at the Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway. Guests are welcome.

The future of journalism in these changing times and the evolution of media careers are the two topics. The CPW also will honor this year’s Communicator of Achievement, Dr. Lee Anne Peck; announce the Communications Contest award winners; hold an election of officers; and hold a sale of used books, videos, CDs and DVDs for a sale to benefit the CPW scholarship fund.

The future of journalism is the topic for the first panel. Kevin Flynn, longtime Rocky Mountain News reporter, will discuss his former colleagues’ efforts to create, a news web site. Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post TV critic, will address changes in TV and radio news, including reduced staffs, combined operations and increased citizen involvement; and Ed Otte, executive director of the Colorado Press Association will talk about the status of newspapers statewide.

A second panel on evolving careers features Cynthia Hessin, executive producer of KRMA-Channel 6, who will discuss her radio and TV careers from news to production; Sandy Graham, journalist, freelance writer and part-time grant writer, will talk about how her career has evolved around moves, children and changes; and Hannah Nordhaus, Boulder freelance outdoor writer and oral historian, who will discuss how she settled into those niches in Boulder.

After the program, participants can visit the museum’s current exhibit “Imagine a Great City: Denver at 150” and be among the first to see the Colorado Watercolor Society’s 18th Annual State Exhibit.

RSVP by Wednesday, April 22. by calling Marion Galant, 303-919-5262. The cost is $25 for members and $27 for guests, payable by check to Colorado Press Women at registration. NOTE: Registrants must cancel 24 hours in advance or must pay. Attendees can park at the nearby Cultural Center Parking Garage at Broadway and 12th Ave. next to the Denver Art Museum’s addition or use metered parking on the street around the museum

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See the Denver Woman’s Press Club during Doors Open Denver

April 11, 2009

Peek inside the historic haunt of Denver’s greatest women writers. Members and guests have included Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Mary Coyle Chase, Barbara Kingsolver and Annie Proulx.

George Elbert Burr, an artist famous for his etchings of Colorado scenery, built the charming English cottage as his home and studio in 1906. The Denver Woman’s Press Club purchased it in 1924. The clubhouse stands out in with its dark red brick walls and pitched roof. The interior features rich wood paneled walls, and an expansive studio area with the artist’s skylights on the north roof. It has a small, open staircase leads to a balcony overlooking the two-story studio.

Ah, if these walls could talk! Members will be happy to guide visitors and share a few of the Club’s secrets.

What: Open Doors Denver at the Denver Woman’s Press Club

Where: 1325 Logan Street, Denver (park in the lot on the north side of the building)

When: April 18 and 19, 10 am – 4 pm

Cost: Free! No RSVP necessary.

Contact: DWPC 303-839-1519

Memoirist Kathryn Black at CAL April 22

April 11, 2009

Who: Memoirist Kathryn Black presents, WRITING FROM YOUR LIFE: The Art and Craft of Memoir

What: Colorado Authors’ League luncheon

When: April 22, 2009, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Where: The Cork restaurant in Boulder

Cost: $20 members & affiliates; $25 non-members

RSVP: Maryjo Morgan (970) 663-4184 (Please include your menu selection.)

Are you curious about beginning a memoir, or have you already begun? CAL member Kathryn Black, author of two award-winning memoirs and featured in the February PBS special “American Experience: The Polio Crusade,” will help you along that path. She’ll answer your questions, including: What is a memoir? What do I need to know before beginning a memoir? How do I shape my idea? What makes a memoir marketable? Get details and register at

April 21 Program: Guide to Pikes Peak Writers Conference

April 7, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Cottonwood Artist’s School. Note New Address: Their new address
is 427 E. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs. (East of Wahsach St. Park on
the east side in the large parking lot. The workshops will be downstairs in
Studio A.)

Write Brain sessions are free to Pikes Peak members. Non-members may attend ONE Write
Brain for free; additional Write Brain sessions are $10.00 each.

How to be a Pitch Perfect, Network Savvy, “Send-it-to-me” Star: Your Guide
to the Pikes Peak Writers Conference
with Pam McCutcheon and Ron Heimbecher

Attending the PPW Conference this April? Not sure how to approach editors
and agents? New at networking? Confused about what workshops are right for you?
Don’t miss this chance to hone your must-have conference skills! Our experts
will teach you how to pitch your novel, wow an editor on the elevator with
an amazing log line, and find your way around the many events and activities
with the greatest of ease. Join us at the April Write Brain and make PPWC
2009 your best conference ever!

Pam McCutcheon is the author of two nonfiction books for writers, 10 novels,
and two novellas under her own name, plus four fantasy short stories written
as Pamela Luzier and a young adult urban fantasy as Parker Blue. She has
taught at numerous writing workshops and conferences and has served on the board
of directors of three national and three local writing organizations. In
addition, she has judged and/or administered many writing contests and worked as
a freelance manuscript consultant. She is employed as an engineer at Fort
Carson and is working on more books in her Demon Underground series.

Ron Heimbecher owns ChaliceMedia LLC, specializing in emerging technology
publications across nearly 50 Web sites. Writing as Ron Chalice, he has
published an illustrated poetry collection and a suspense novella. In addition to
corporate and public sector management careers, he has been a
musician/composer, writer/director, and actor. Credits include situation comedy, long-running television ad campaigns, music videos, and leading roles in independent
films. Ron is currently president of Pikes Peak Writers.
that this does not commit you to attending, but does enable us to prepare
enough materials for expected attendees, and importantly, it gives us a way to
contact you if we have an emergency change to the Write Brain session, such as
a postponement due to weather. We will make every attempt to post changes
to the PPW yahoo loop and the website, but to be ensured of notification you
must RSVP to rsvp[AT]
Pikes Peak:


April 2, 2009


WHEN: 18 April, 2009 @ 2:30 PM

WHERE: Belmar Library at 555 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, CO
We all want our writing to grab the agent, grab the editor, grab the reader. This workshop will teach writers how to add psychological power, grabbing power, using kinesics. This two hour workshop will focus on how to write fresh facial expressions and dialogue cues.

COST: $0

Dialogue cues inform the reader how the dialogue is delivered. They’re a part of writing body language. They’re one part writers often overlook.

Each teaching point will be illustrated with examples from award winning authors. Their excerpts will be dissected and analyzed.

Participants will learn how to:

– Avoid clichéd facial expressions and dialogue cues–and write fresh

– Use rhetorical devices to add power to body language

– Use body language as a stimulus and include the response

– Write the three levels of facial expressions and dialogue cues

– Write eye, lip, full face, and flicker-face expressions

– Write avoidance and deception cues

Attend Margie Lawson’s workshop on Saturday, April 18th, and learn how to think like a kinesics specialist on the page. Learn the essential components of writing facial expressions and dialogue cues that carry a psychological punch.

Margie Lawson—psychotherapist, writer, and international presenter – analyzed hundreds of hours of body language and nuances of speech delivery in graduate school. A former university professor, Margie taught psychology, communication, and group dynamics courses at the graduate and doctoral levels. Her resume includes clinical trainer, professor, sex therapist, Director of an Impotence Clinic, and Ericksonian hypnotherapist. Margie uses her kinesics expertise in every clinical session as well as when she’s a Trauma Specialist facilitating group sessions for Critical Incidents.

Margie is in demand as an on-line instructor and presenter. Over two thousand writers have been introduced to Margie’s psychologically-based deep editing material by attending a full day Master Class. In 2008, Margie presented fifteen full day Master Classes across the U.S. and Canada. She was also brought in as a guest speaker to present full day Master Classes in Melbourne for Romance Writers of Australia, and in Auckland, for Romance Writers of New Zealand. She was honored at both the Australia and New Zealand conferences to present the Keynote speech.

For more information regarding Margie Lawson’s Master Class schedule, on-line courses, Lecture Packets, and 3-day Immersion Master Class, visit:

Damon Runyon Awards April 17

April 1, 2009

To Friends of the Denver Press Club,

I’m inviting you to attend the DPC’s biggest event of the year, the 15th
Annual Damon Runyon Award Banquet, where we will honor and hear from Colorado
native Rick Reilly. You know him from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Denver Post
and the Boulder Daily Camera — and he’s a very funny speaker.

The event takes place Friday night, April 17, at the Denver Marriott City
Center, 1701 California Street. Social hour is from 6-7 p.m., dinner is at 7
p.m. and the program begins shortly before 8 p.m. Mike Landess of KMGH-TV
(Channel 7) will serve as master of ceremonies. We’ll also award six journalism
scholarships to students from Colorado colleges and universities.

You can register at _www.blacktie-colorado.com_
( , then click on Denver events and April 17. The cost is $100, with
proceeds benefiting both the scholarship fund and the nation’s oldest
continuously operating press club.

Thanks for considering this.
Bruce Goldberg
President, Board of Directors
Denver Press Club

Book Launch at Denver Woman’s Press Club

March 29, 2009

Linda Berry, author of the Trudy Roundtree mystery series, appears at a book-launch party for her sixth book, “Death and the Crossed Wires,” on Sunday, April 26, 2 to 4 p.m., The event will be held at the Denver Woman’s Press Club, 1325 Logan Street, in Denver. Free parking in the lot north of the clubhouse. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call 303.394.3710

Dinner with a Bomb Squad Tech

March 29, 2009

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America joins with The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Sisters in Crime to invite Richard Nakata to dinner. This former bomb Squad Tech was one of the first responders to Columbine H.S. in April, 1999.

WHEN: April 9th , 2009 Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm, Denver

TIME: 7:00 p.m. dinner, 8:00 p.m. program

Cost: $20 for meal, dessert, taxes, gratuities AND program! (checks and cash only please)

Menu: Mixed Field Green Salad with Marcona Almonds, Spanish Blue Cheese and Poached Pear Vinaigrette; Porcini Dusted Chicken Breasts with Artichokes, Arugala, Tomatoes and White Wine Truffle Sauce; Brie and Herb Flavored Soft Polenta; Steamed Green Beans with Carmelized Pearl Onions; Assorted Breads and Butter; Meyer Lemon Infused Creme Brulee and beverages. Cash bar available.

PROGRAM: On April 20, 1999, at about 11:30 PM, Richard Nakata was nearly killed by two pipe bombs that detonated at Columbine High School. He was a sergeant working for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and was called in to assist as one of sixteen Bomb Squad Technicians in one of the worst school disasters in the United States. Listen as he recalls the circumstances of working the scene. Time permitting; he will also talk about being an Inspector for the Office of Professional Services (aka Internal Affairs), his worst and most satisfying assignment while working for the ACSO.  

Please RSVP to Becky Martinez at No Shows and anyone NOT cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will have to pay, as RMMWA will be billed for their reservation. The directions to the Denver Press Club: 1-25 to 6th Ave. east. Turn north from 6th Avenue onto Santa Fe Drive, then turn right from Santa Fe onto Colfax Ave (15th). You will be heading east. Go about 4 blocks to Glenarm and turn left (north). The Denver Press Club will be about a block and one-half on the right side, across from the Denver Athletic Club. It’s a small stone building with an awning. Parking is available to the south, in the lot next to the Press Club. Bring singles or a credit card, as the machine won’t make change. You must pay the machine and then leave the ticket on your dashboard or be ticketed. In addition, there is some meter parking on the street, for which you will need quarters. The Denver Press Club tele phone number in the event you get lost is 303-571-526

Andrew Sean Greer at Aspen Writers’ Winter Words

March 24, 2009

Andrew Sean Greer will appear in his first paperback event for The Story of a Marriage in Aspen as part of the 12th annual Winter Words series of author readings and talks. This event, presented by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, is scheduled for Thursday, March 26th at the Given Institute at 5:30 pm. Tickets are just $10-$15, and may be purchased through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House (970.920.5770).

Andrew Sean Greer is the author of the national bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was flyernamed a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune, and was a Today Show Book Club Selection. His other works include How It Was For Me and The Path of Minor Planets, and his stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Paris Review. Greer is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship, a California Book Award, and a New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. His most recent novel, The Story of a Marriage, was chosen as a summer reading pick by both The Today Show and NPR, and is one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2008.

This year’s Winter Words line-up continues on April 2nd with master of the craft Augusten Burroughs. All events are held at 5:30 pm (doors open at 5 pm) and include a public reading and talk, followed by a short Q&A and a book signing. After each Winter Words event is the Author Salon, a series of receptions at a private home honoring the author of the evening. The Author Salon is available exclusively for members of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation; annual memberships, starting at $100, are accepted at any time of the year.

TICKETS Ticket levels include: · Winter Words single tickets: $15 individual; $10 student/educator with current school I.D. · Author Salon (package includes Winter Words reading and talk plus a reception in a private home honoring the author): $40 single ticket – for AWF members only. Event and Author Salon tickets are available through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House (970.920.5770, toll-free 866.449.0464). Information and group ticket sales are available through the Aspen Writers’ Foundation at 970.925.3122.

April 3-4 Northern Colorado Writers Conference

March 18, 2009

The 4th Annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference, happens April 3-4 at the Fort Collins Hilton.

This two day event, featured in the March issue of Writers Digest, will inspire and inform writers of all genres and levels. There will be over 20 workshops to choose from, plus agent pitch sessions, magazine editors, 2 great keynote speakers, a bookstore and networking opportunities.

Participants will walk away inspired and equipped with the tools needed to ensure writing success.

Conference fee includes meals, networking event on Friday evening, workshops,pitch sessions and access to the NCWC bookstore. Visit for more information or email