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DU to offer An Inside Look at How Books Get Published

May 19, 2009


AN INSIDE LOOK AT HOW BOOKS GET PUBLISHED: Top Professionals Take You Step-by-Step Through the Process will be offered this summer at University of Denver. 

This program is designed to provide aspiring writers with practical insight into the functions of the book publishing process: the bottom-line considerations that guide publishers in their decision-making, what agents, editors, and sales people do within the process, and what they look for in submitted manuscripts. “Hands-on” workshop sessions provide opportunities to learn how to write a query letter and how to create a marketing plan. Featured are “real world” reports from seasoned published authors on how they have experienced the whole process with special insight into the role of the author as salesman for the book. Throughout the course the emphasis is on publishing as a business.

For complete information about the class, contact Elizabeth Geiser at egeiser[at] Cost of the class is $1676. 

Course schedule: 

Week #1

Thursday, July 16, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, July 17, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 18, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

 Week #2

Thursday, July 23, 6:00-9:00p.m.

Friday, July 24, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Special “Grande Finale” session on Monday, July 27, 6-8, presenting  the”bottom line”/financial aspects of publishing


Aspen Summer Words

May 13, 2009

(May 13, 2009) Aspen, CO … Join us this summer as the Aspen Writers’
Foundation (AWF) travels across landscapes, countries and continents,
redefining borders and weaving a colorful tapestry of stories from
around the world. From June 21-26, the AWF, in partnership with
Explore Booksellers and thanks to a generous gift from Cheryl and Sam
Wyly, presents the 33rd annual Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat and
Literary Festival at the Doerr-Hosier Center on the grounds of the
Aspen Institute.

In recognition of the 5th anniversary of the literary heritage
festival, this year’s theme will fly under the banner, “World of
Words” and will celebrate presenters from a variety of countries such
as Ireland, Kenya, Egypt, India, Mexico, Sierra Leon, Nigeria, and the
United States. The Festival will feature literary all-stars including
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ishmael Beah, David Davidar, Hallie Ephron,
Gary Ferguson, Dana Gioia, Walter Isaacson, Scott Lasser, William
Loizeaux, Colum McCann, Christopher Merrill, Catherine O’Connell,
Pamela Painter, Nic Pizzolatto, Mohamed Salmawy, Shashi Tharoor, Luis
Alberto Urrea, Binyavanga Wainaina, and the 2009 Aspen Prize for
Literature recipient, Ron Carlson. The weeklong series of events
offers unprecedented readings and panel discussions with some of the
best literary talent from around the world.

As part of Aspen Summer Words, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation will
honor author, teacher, and friend, Ron Carlson with the 2009 Aspen
Prize for Literature, sponsored the Bedell World Citizenship Fund
(BWCF). Carlson is the author of eight books of fiction, including A
Kind of Flying, the novels The Speed of Light and Five Skies (which
was the One Book Rhode Island choice for 2009), and his new novel The
Signal. His short stories have appeared in several journals including
Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Epoch, and
The North American Review, as well as The Best American Short Stories,
The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton
Anthology of Short Fiction and dozens of other anthologies. Among his
awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction,
the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, and a National Society of Arts and
Letters Literature Award. He currently directs the graduate fiction
program at the University of California, Irvine. Past recipients of
the Aspen Prize for Literature include Wole Soyinka, Ngugi wa
Thiong’o, N. Scott Momaday, Paul Muldoon, Edna Obrien, and Salman

·    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Nigerian author of Half of a Yellow
Sun, Purple Hibiscus and the forthcoming The Thing Around Your Neck;
recipient of the Orange Prize, an O. Henry Prize, and a MacArthur
·    Ishmael Beah: Sierra Leonean author of A Long Way Gone, Memoirs
of a Boy Soldier, a New York Times bestseller that has been published
in over 34 languages and named one of the Top Ten Nonfiction books of
2007 by Time magazine
·    David Davidar: Prize-winning author of The House of Blue Mangoes,
a New York Times Notable Book that was translated into 16 languages,
and The Solitude of Emperors, which was shortlisted for the
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize
·    Hallie Ephron: Author of Never Tell a Lie, Writing and Selling
Your Novel, and 1001 Books for Every Mood, and co-author of five
additional psychological mysteries
·    Gary Ferguson: Award-winning author of 16 books including, Hawks
Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone, the first
nonfiction work in history to win both the Pacific Northwest
Booksellers Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for
·    Dana Gioia: Former Chairman of the NEA, poet, critic, and author
of Can Poetry Matter?, which was a National Book Critics Circle
finalist, and Interrogations at Noon, which won the American Book
·    Walter Isaacson: President and CEO of the Aspen Institute and
author of four books of nonfiction including, Einstein: His Life and
Universe, and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
·    Scott Lasser: Local author of All I Could Get, Battle Creek,
andthe forthcoming, The Year That Follows
·    William Loizeaux: Award-winning professor at John Hopkins
University and author of two memoirs: The Shooting of Rabbit Wells and
Anna: A Daughter’s Life, which was a New York Times Notable Book
·    Colum McCann: Bestselling and award-winning Irish author of six
novels that have been published in 26 languages including, Zoli,
Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Let the Great World Spin, which
makes its world debut in Aspen this summer
·    Christopher Merrill: Author of four collections of poetry
including, Brilliant Water and Watch Fire; journalist, critic, and
director of the International Writing Program at The University of
·    Catherine O’Connell: Chicago native author of three books
including, Skins, Well Bred and Dead, and the latest, Well Read and
·    Pamela Painter: Author of two short story collections: winner of
the GLCA Award for First Fiction, Getting to Know the Weather and The
Long and Short of It; faculty member at Emerson College
·    Nic Pizzolatto: Finalist for the National Magazine Award in
Fiction, and the author of the short story collection, Between Here
and the Yellow Sea; his first novel, Galveston, is forthcoming
·    Mohamed Salmawy: One of Egypt’s most prolific writers,
playwright, novelist, columnist, critic and political commentator;
president of the Egyptian Writers’ Union, editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram
Hebdo, and a columnist for Al-Ahram
·    Shashi Tharoor: Prize-winning author of eleven books of fiction
and non-fiction, including The Great Indian Novel; widely published
critic and columnist; and former Under-Secretary of the United Nations
·    Luis Alberto Urrea: Latino Literature Hall of Fame member and
American Book Award winner – author of 13 books, including The
Hummingbird’s Daughter, The Devil’s Highway and the forthcoming Into
The Beautiful North
·    Binyavanga Wainaina: Kenyan author, journalist and winner of the
Caine Prize for African Writing; Founding Editor of Kwani – a leading
Kenyan magazine; and author of the travel/memoir book, Discovering

Aspen Summer Words offers booklovers rare opportunities for intimate
dialogue with authors, behind-the-scenes glimpses into the publishing
industry and lively interaction between readers and writers. Over the
course of five full days, passholders may indulge in a dozen literary
events (author readings, artist conversations, craft talks, and panel
discussions), attend parties, participate in open mic events, take
yoga classes, and with their mornings off, still have time to enjoy
Aspen’s enviable recreational, sightseeing, dining and shopping
prospects. Some highlights from the program of over two-dozen
different events include:
·    This year, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation is partnering with the
Colorado Center for the Book, a program of Colorado Humanities to
present the annual Colorado Book Awards as part of Aspen Summer Words.
This special event celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado’s
literary community and recognizes outstanding authors while promoting
those authors to Colorado readers. The Colorado Book Awards will be
presented on Monday, June 22nd and will be followed by a book signing
reception including all Summer Words presenters and Colorado Book
Award Winners & Finalists at the Doerr-Hosier Center on the Aspen
Meadows Campus.
·    The World Premier of bestselling and award-winning Irish author
Colum McCann’s new novel, Let the Great World Spin. McCann will
present a public keynote address on Tuesday, June 23rd, at 5 pm at the
Doerr-Hosier Center on the Aspen Meadows Campus, followed by a
ticketed dinner, Carte du Monde, benefitting the education programs of
the AWF.
·    Four more books will make their Aspen debut during Summer Words,
including Chimamanda Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck, Ron
Carlson’s The Signal, Luis Alberto Urrea’s, Into the Beautiful North,
and Scott Lasser’s The Year That Follows.

In addition to having the afternoons and evenings centered around the
festival, the morning writing retreat offers beginning to advanced
five-day workshops and two-day classes to pre-registered Summer Words
students. Among the writing retreat faculty are celebrated
author-educators: Ron Carlson (Advanced Fiction), Hallie Ephron
(Fiction), Gary Ferguson (Magazine & Nature Writing), William Loizeaux
(Narrative Nonfiction), Christopher Merrill (Poetry), Pamela Painter
(Advanced Fiction), and Nic Pizzolatto (Beginning Fiction). Back by
popular demand is the Readers’ Retreat with David Davidar, a two-day
literature appreciation course, this year covering the writing and
works of the “World of Words” Festival presenters. In addition, Dana
Gioia will moderate a one-day symposium, “Reading, Literature, and
Democracy” on Friday, June 26th.

The Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat and Literary Festival will take
place at the Doerr-Hosier Center, Aspen’s state-of-the-art conference
center, located on the Aspen Meadows Campus at the Aspen Institute.
Festival passes, good for all Festival events throughout the week, are
$150 for Retreat students and AWF and Aspen Institute members / $200
for individuals. More Information and festival passes are available
through the Aspen Writers’ Foundation online or 970.925.3122. Single
tickets go on sale beginning June 1st through Aspen Show Tickets at
the Wheeler Opera House: / 920.5770. Discount
lodging for all Summer Words participants is available at the Aspen
Meadows, 1.800.452.4240.

The Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Colorado’s oldest nonprofit literary
arts organization and a program of the Aspen Institute, has been
bringing readers and writers together since 1976. The organization’s
mission is to provide programs that encourage writers in their craft
and readers in their appreciation of literature. Through its
repertoire of eight year-round programs, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation
annually serves 20,000 literary enthusiasts of all ages. More
information is available at 970.925.3122 and

Nicole Hernandez
Marketing + Communications Coordinator
Aspen Writers’ Foundation
970.925.3122 ext. 2#

STORY MASTERY with Michael Hauge

May 6, 2009

During this special, all-day seminar, Hollywood script and story consultant Michael Hauge, best-selling author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, will present his unique approach to creating compelling fiction, and to eliciting emotion in your readers.

Using clips from recent blockbuster love stories and romantic comedies, along with hands on exercises, Michael will help you strengthen your story concepts, plot structure, love stories, character development and themes.

Topics covered will include:

* The primary goal of all story

* The power of desire, need, longing and destiny

* The essential conflict all characters must face

* Turning plot structure from a complicated concept into a simple, powerful tool you can easily apply to every story

* The single key to creating character arc and theme * Creating unique, believable and fulfilling love stories

* The unique rules of romantic comedy: fantasy, duality, deceit

* Adapting your novel to film

If you want to elevate your fiction writing to the highest possible level, this event is a must. WHEN: Saturday, July 11, 2009 (9 am – 5 pm)

WHERE: Brighton, Colorado (Highway 7 & I-25)

COST: only $25 for Colorado Romance Writer (CRW) members only $35 for non-members (includes lunch)

BROUGHT TO YOU BY: The Colorado Romance Writers ( ) SPACE IS LIMITED! Register at Questions? Contact Tiffany VanderSchaaff, CRW Workshop Coordinator at

RMFW Lawson Workshop Rescheduled for May 23

April 28, 2009

The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ workshop by Margie Lawson that had been scheduled for Saturday, April 18 was postponed due to heavy rain and snow. That free event, sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, is now rescheduled for Saturday, May 23 at Lakewood Library (10200 W. 20th Ave., a few blocks west of Kipling) for 2:30 p.m.


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.

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.

Attend Margie Lawson’s workshop 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.

RMFW Education Workshop May 16

April 8, 2009

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is pleased to announce that Chris Roerden, Editor with Bella Rosa Publishing, will be the presenter for the 2009 Education Workshop Saturday May 16th 2009 at the Colorado History Museum located at 1300 Broadway in Denver, Colorado. Discover how you can boost your manuscript into the top 2-5 percent of submissions actually read by decision-makers. Enjoy interactive exercises that develop your voice and expand your craft, and learn dialogue skills and other fiction-writing techniques that make agents and editors take notice. Ms. Roerden’s books will be available for purchase–and signing–at the workshop.
Workshop starts at 8:30 AM and wraps up around 3:30 PM.

For more information on RMFW, visit

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:

Aspen Summer Words

March 22, 2009

Aspen Writers’ Foundation, which is now officially part of the Aspen Institute, has announced the details of its annual Aspen Summer Words writing retreat and literary festival.  This year’s event will be held at the  Doerr-Hosier Center, a $14 million dollar, state-of-the-art conference center that offers the perfect environment to foster the hard work, connections and fun that make up the ultimate Summer Words experience.  For more information about Aspen Summer Words, see the Aspen Writers web site.

Writing: The Work of a Life, A Life of Work

March 12, 2009

Writing: The Work of a Life, A Life of Work

Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. to noon

Denver Woman’s Press Club, 1325 Logan St

Free and open to the public For information, 303.839.1519

Writing has become a significant medium through which we better understand both the human life cycle and our own lives. We publish books, text on cell phones, compose on the Internet, e-mail on computers, and blog in world-wide conversations. Are we are all writers now? And why are so many of us penning memoirs? How do we change as writers over our lifetimes, and what role does technology play?


a.. Elinor (Ellie) Miller Greenberg, Ed.D, writer, blogger, consultant, and former university administrator; co-author, A Time of Our Own: In Celebration of Women Over Sixty

b.. Florence Klein, web site founder, broker, founder,, serving ages 55+

c.. Carol Sullivan, Ph.D. writer, author, teacher, and former Colorado legislator, creator of course series Turning Your Life into Story

d.. Jacquelyn Wonder, Ph.D. writer, lecturer, and consultant, co-author, The Forever Mind: Eight Ways to Unleash the Powers of Your Mature Mind Writing has played important, but different, roles in both the personal and professional lives of these panelists.

In this program, they will describe those roles, their published and unpublished writing, their venues, and their writing practices. They will also discuss how the forms and purposes for which they write have changed over their lifetimes, while shaping and re-shaping their writing and the communities in which they have lived and worked.

This panel is being included as a Silver Planet Network Group in the Silver Planet/ Rose Community Foundation project, Boomers Leading Change, now taking place in the seven county Denver Metropolitan area. The Silver Planet Network Group project aims to meet the needs of boomers and seniors through networking real-time, on-the-ground group activities, as well as through, a web site that serves the age 55 + population.

RMFW Contest Workshop March 21

March 7, 2009

Good news: There’s a ticket out there waiting for you to get your writing in the hands of an acquiring agent or editor.

Better news: Your chances of owning this ticket is right around the corner.

Even better news: Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) is hosting a workshop that will dramatically improve your chances for of being one of the last writers standing a finalist in RMFW’s Colorado Gold Writing Contest.

Join Terry Wright and Paula Kinnes on Saturday, March 21 for a two-hour workshop that is guaranteed to will give you the inside track on what the judges are looking for (and what they require) for you to succeed in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest. This just might turn out to be the big break you’ve been working for. Publication.However, if your verbs are passive, your scenes are vague, or your characters are flat, and/or your synopsis is more plot than character, you might miss the final round.

So take the time to benefit from Terry and Paula’s years of experience as a contest judges. (Now wait just a minute…this workshop might help you immensely whether you are contemplating a contest entry or not! Who wants flat characters, vague scenes or passive verbs anyway? Just come out and join the fun.)

Date: March 21, 2009

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Lakewood Public Library, 10200 W. 20th Ave., a few blocks west of Kipling.

The contest opens April, 1 2009. The deadline is June 1, 2009. Your goal is to make the finals and get your work in front of an acquiring agent or editor. This workshop will help you reach that goal. See you there!

For information, rules, and entry forms, visit the RMFW Writing Contest page at