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An Evening with Jeffrey Eugenides – Aspen Writers Foundation

March 13, 2009

An Evening with the Author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides The Aspen Writers’ Foundation presents Pulitzer-Prize Winning author at Paepcke Auditorium as part of Winter Words

The author of two cult – and classic – novels, Jeffrey Eugenides hooks his readers with a recipe of dark, tantalizing plots, unforgettable characters, inventive narrative voices, and a peppering of comic relief. Combined, Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides have sold close to 4 million copies and have been translated into more than 34 languages. And while Eugenides received the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides reportedly has “the distinction of being the most shoplifted book of modern times.” Jeffrey Eugenides will appear in Aspen as part of the 12th annual Winter Words series of author readings and talks presented by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation on Wednesday, March 18th at Paepcke Auditorium 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).

Eugenides grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and by an early age he knew that he wanted to be a writer. In 1993, Eugenides published the The Virgin Suicides, which was later adopted into a film by Sofia Coppola starring Kirsten Dunst. This instant bestseller is the story of five mysterious sisters from Grosse Point, Michigan that commit suicide and is told from the collective perspective of a group of neighborhood boys. Nearly a decade later, Eugenides finished his second book Middlesex, the epic account of a hermaphrodite of Greek decent named Calliope, also from Grosse Point, Michigan. Eugenides is the recipient of many awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, The Gettysburg Review, and Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists.” Jeffrey Eugenides’ appearance is presented in part by Explore Booksellers, Les Dames d’Aspen, Aspen Sojourner, Aprés Productions, DishAspen, M-M Dining Services, Wendy Aresty, Donna DiIanni and Peter Rispoli.

THE DETAILS This year’s Winter Words line-up continues on March 26th and April 2nd with masters of the craft Andrew Sean Greer and 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.

THE ASPEN WRITERS’ FOUNDATION The Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Colorado’s oldest nonprofit literary organization, 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 ten year-round programs and projects, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation serves 20,000+ literary enthusiasts of all ages annually. More information is available at 970.925.3122.

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RMPPG Social Networking Program March 28

March 10, 2009

The Rocky Mountain Publishing Professionals Guild (RMPPG) has assembled three experts in the fast-growing social media networking industry to show you how to use social media to extend your reach to a broader market segment-without the need for extensive technology know-how.

The event is free and open to non-RMPPG members. It will be followed by light refreshments and the opportunity to meet and mingle. Feel free to bring your laptop; the panelists can help you get started.

WHAT: Using Online Social Media to Advance Your Freelance Business

WHEN: Saturday, March 28, 2009

WHERE: East Boulder Senior Center; 5660 Sioux Dr., Boulder (Enter the door to the RIGHT of the Rec Center.)

TIME: 10:00 a.m. until noon

Panelists:

Beth Hayden of Blogging with Beth will provide an overview on social media. She’ll talk about how to make blogging fun and turn Facebook into face time with clients. She’ll also talk briefly about LinkedIn.
Andrea Meyer of Working Knowledge® will focus on how to use Twitter to grow your business. She’ll explain how she uses it in her writing and research business and will give tips on how to find and interact with clients using Twitter.

Ron Cates of Constant Contact® will discuss how easy and affordable it is to build your business using e-mail marketing, newsletters, surveys, and other email communication tools.

Moderator: Mitch Martin of Rocky Mountain Improve is a business process consultant, trainer, and writer. He is the president of RMPPG.

Daniel Walker Howe March 12

March 9, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m., free and open to the public, the Colorado Center for Literature and Arts/Colorado Yale Association event, in conjunction with the Colorado Historical Society, presents Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and graduate of East High School. He’ll give a presentation on his Pulitzer-prize-winning history, “What Hath God Wrought–the Transformation of America, 1815- 1848” (Oxford University Press).

This is at the Boettcher Auditorium at the Colorado Historical Society, 1300 Broadway.

Howe’s panoramic narrative portrays the revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated the extension of the American empire. He explores the role of religion in this formative period. Howe argues that those advocates of public education and economic integration, defenders of the rights of Indians women, and African-Americans were the true prophets of America’s future. The words of the book’s title are what Professor Samuel F.B. Morse tapped out on his new telegraph device sent in 1844, ushering in instant long-distance communication. The words came from the Bible. Publishers Weekly called this “one of the most outstanding syntheses of U.S. history published this decade.” Howe, who lives in Los Angeles, is an emeritus professor of both UCLA and Oxford University. His numerous publications have won many awards. He taught at Yale earlier in his career. Howe grew up in Denver and graduated from East High School. For many years, he was a member of the Boys Choir at St.John’s Cathedral in Denver.

RSVPs requested but not required. Admission without reservation will be first come, first served. For more info, contact Christiane Citron, 303-777-2242.

Genre Conventions

March 8, 2009

Opus Fest is back March 13-15, 2009, after a one-year hiatus. Check www.opusfest.com for details and a forthcoming schedule, but here are some highlights:

  • Held at the Red Lion Hotel, 4040 Quebec at I-70 and Quebec, on the north side of the Stapleton area.
  • Who Else! Books will be selling books in the vendors room.
  • Hotel room rates are a fabulous $69 per night plus tax and fees. Use “Opus09” code online at www.redlion.com/denvercentral or phone 800-733-5466.
  • Use coupon code “ADB119” when registering for Opus Fest at www.opusfest.com and get $5 off adult passes. Good only until 11:55pm MST on 3/12/09, for unlimited use.
  • Schedule will be posted soon, but right now we know there will be a vendor hall, an art show, an art auction, autograph and reading sessions, costume ball, and Six Stones – Society in Shadow (LARP).
  • Authors scheduled: Ilona Andrews (Guest of Honor with husband co-writer Gordon), David Boop, Shannah Biondine, Lynda Hilburn, Dan Hoyt, Robert Hoyt, Sarah Hoyt (Toastmaster), Alan Lickiss, Rebecca Lickiss, Christopher Salas, Carrie Vaughn, Tammy Yourzek, and, in a virtual appearance via Second Life, Michael Stackpole. You can bet we’ll be supporting them by carrying their books. In fact, we secured special permission from the publisher to offer Ilona’s new book, which will not hit book store shelves, not even the Denver Book Mall’s, until March 31.

Be sure to also check out StarFest, which this year will include 3 other conventions within that convention: HorrorFest, GameFest, and ComicFest. Takes place April 17-19.

  • WhoElse! Books will be selling books at HorrorFest.
  • StarFest is a long-running media-oriented convention which attracts hundreds, if not thousands, of people each spring. HorrorFest has been a part of it for about 11 years.
  • Your paid admission to StarFest automatically includes everything at HorrorFest, right in the same hotel, the Marriott Denver Tech Center.
  • Author guests this year for HorrorFest are favorites Mario Acevedo and Carrie Vaughn, with another guest to be announced. Some of the confirmed guests so far for the overarching StarFest are Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck – Battlestar:Galactica) Robert Picardo (Stargate Atlantis and Voyager), Ethan Phillips (Voyager), Brent Spiner (Data, Star Trek Next Generation) and William Katt (Greatest American Hero).
  • For all the details, check www.starland.com.

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 rmfw.org.

Sara Gruen Event Cancellation Notice

March 3, 2009

The Aspen Writers’ Foundation, presenter of Winter Words, announces a change in its lineup for the 12th annual series of readings and talks with notable writers. Due to illness, Sara Gruen will not be able to attend her March 5th event. The author of “Water for Elephants” is on doctor’s orders not to fly; she was expected in Aspen tomorrow. Winter Words continues with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides on March 18th, bestselling author Andrew Sean Greer on March 26th, and notorious memoirist Augusten Burroughs on April 2nd. Event and ticket information is available through the AWF website.

Ticket holders and pass holders have two options for resolution:

1. Should a ticket holder or pass holder wish to donate the value of their ticket or pro-rated portion of a pass back to the Aspen Writers’ Foundation(a nonprofit organization), please contact the AWF at 970.925.3122 ext. 3# or info@aspenwriters.org for a charitable contribution receipt. Please include your mailing address.

2. To receive a refund or exchange a ticket to be used at another Winter Words event, please contact Aspen Show Tickets at 970.920.5770 or stop by the box office at the Wheeler Opera House located at 320 E. Hyman Avenue in Aspen by 5 pm on Friday, March 6th.

We thank you for your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

THE ASPEN WRITERS’ FOUNDATION
The Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Colorado’s oldest nonprofit literary organization, 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 ten year-round programs and projects, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation serves 20,000+ literary enthusiasts of all ages annually. More information is available at 970.925.3122.

Opus Fantasy Festival

February 28, 2009

Mark your calendars! Opus Fantasy Festival is happening in Denver (Red Lion Hotel, 4040 Quebec St.) on March 13-15.

The entrance fee is very, very reasonable.

Stop by and support a Colorado fantasy event.

Opus features many authors, movie events and activities of interest, including signings by local authors.

http://www.opusfest.com/

MWA Hosts KANDACE GERDES, ECONOMIC FRAUD ATTORNEY

February 27, 2009

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America Invites To Dinner: KANDACE GERDES, ECONOMIC FRAUD ATTORNEY

WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 2009

WHERE: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm, Denver

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

COST: $18 for dinner (price includes: meal, dessert, taxes, gratuities AND program!). Cash, checks only please.

MENU: Corned Beef with Spicy Mustard Sauce; Braised Red and White Cabbage; Buttered Red Potatoes; Honey Glazed Baby Carrots; Assorted Rolls and Butter; Bailey’s Isrish Cheesecake and beverages. Cash bar available.

PROGRAM: In 2002, Kandace Gerdes joined the Denver District Attorney’s Office Economic Crime Unit as an investigative analyst, where she provided forensic financial analysis on complex financial crimes. In January 2005, Ms. Gerdes was sworn in as a Deputy District Attorney where, as a prosecutor in the Economic Crime Unit, she has been trial counsel on cases involving Violation of the Colorado Organized Crime and Control Act, Securities Fraud, Theft and Forgery. Ms. Gerdes also is involved in the prosecution of internal embezzlements, auto theft rings, defrauding a secured creditor, insurance fraud, and identity theft rings. Ms. Gerdes will provide a compelling insider’s look into the world of economic fraud, followed by a Q&A session.

RSVPs ARE MANDATORY. The reservation deadline is Monday, March 9, 12:00 Noon. RSVP to Becky Martinez: _rebgrace50@aol.com_ (mailto:rebgrace50@aol.com) 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. 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 telephone number in the event you get lost is 303-571-526

Sara Gruen at Winter Words

February 26, 2009
SARA GRUEN DELIVERS ENOUGH ACTION, ROMANCE, AND HISTORY TO FILL THE BIG TOP!
(February 25, 2009) Aspen, CO — A “ringmaster” of the historic novel, Sara Gruen is the author of the wildly dramatic and entertaining New York Times #1 bestseller, Water for Elephants. With a rich plot based on outrageous facts and anecdotes of the American circus during the Great Depression, it is no wonder that Water for Elephants has sold over 2.5 million copies, been translated into 38 different languages, and was nominated for Entertainment Weekly’s Best Novel of the Year in 2006! Sara Gruen will appear in Aspen as part of the 12th annual Winter Words series of author readings and talks presented by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation on Thursday, March 5th at the Wheeler Opera House 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).

All it took was a vintage circus photograph in a Chicago newspaper to hook Gruen’s curiosity and interest in writing a novel about Depression-era circus life. After four and a half months of research, Gruen was on her way to writing one of the most popular and best-selling sensations of our time. Along the way, Gruen became enveloped by the history of the circus and learned of stories “about a hippo pickled in formaldehyde, a deceased four-hundred-pound ‘strong lady’ who was paraded around town in an elephant cage, an elephant who repeatedly pulled up her stake and drank the lemonade intended for sale on the midway, another elephant who ran off and was retrieved from a backyard vegetable patch, and an ancient lion who got wedged beneath a sink along with a restaurant employee, rendering both of them too terrified to move.” Weaving chronicles of circus life into a classic love story, Gruen captures her audience with this under-explored part of American history and delivers a runaway bestseller. Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Robert Olen Butler attests for Water for Elephants and raves, “Sara Gruen has written an utterly transporting novel full of the stuff of life.”

Equally a writer and a lover of animals, Gruen is committed to animal rights awareness and her forthcoming novel due out this summer, Ape House, features language-proficient bonobo apes that star in a reality television show.


PRESS KIT
For a full Winter Words press kit, follow this link and click on ‘Media’ in the left-hand menu.

THE DETAILS

In addition to Sara Gruen, this year’s Winter Words line-up features masters of the craft Augusten Burroughs, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Andrew Sean Greer in unforgettable stand-alone events taking place in March and April, 2009. 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 (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.

THE ASPEN WRITERS’ FOUNDATION
The Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Colorado’s oldest nonprofit literary organization, 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 ten year-round programs and projects, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation serves 20,000+ literary enthusiasts of all ages annually. More information is available at 970.925.3122.

Denver Woman’s Press Club for a Spring Writing Seminar

February 26, 2009

Put a Little Spring into Your Writing Birds are chirping, buds are fattening and the sun is shining longer and longer each day. Is your writing bursting to life with the new season? Are your words springing forth? Or could they use a little help?

Join the Denver Woman’s Press Club for a Spring Writing Seminar that will breathe new life into your craft.

What: Getting the Words Out, Part II When: Saturday, March 14, 2009, 8:30 am – 1 pm

Where: DWPC’s historic clubhouse at 1325 Logan Street, Denver (park free on north side of the house)

Cost: $35 DWPC members, $40 non-members (before March 7), $45 (March 8 – March 14)

To register, call Nancy Yackel at 303-794-2722. Make checks payable to Denver Woman’s Press Club and send to DWPC Treasurer Nancy Yackel, 2950 Weaver Place, Centennial, CO 80121

Seminar Schedule

8:30 Coffee and registration

9:00 – 9:45 Masterpiece, Not Murder: How to Collaborate Effectively without Killing Each Other Kimberly Field and Lisa Ray Turner

Are you tired of the romantic image of the solitary writer in the garret? Do you have an idea for a collaborative writing project, but don’t know how to make it work? Or, have you and a writer-friend been bouncing ideas around and you’re ready to turn them into a book, story, or article? If so, this workshop is for you. Co-authoring can be fantastic. You divide the labor. You benefit from the energy of two writers. You access two sets of skills and strengths. However, collaboration can also be a migraine inducing, friendship-shattering experience. This workshop gives potential co-authors tips and techniques on how to create together. Kim and Lisa will discuss the pitfalls and pleasures and guide writers through exercises that help them determine how they can effectively collaborate. They will give ideas and techniques for maximizing the collaborative writing process. They have garnered these ideas from interviews with other successful collaborators and, most of all, used them while writing two books together including their bestselling The Denver Mint: 100 Years of Gangsters, Gold and Ghosts.

10:00 – 10:45 Is Your Web Site Working Hard Enough For You? 5 Writing Secrets That Will Rev Up Your Web Site’s Promotional Power

Rose Muenker Whether you use your Web site to promote products, ideas or professional services, you need to grab the attention of your ideal Web site visitors, show them that YOU have what they are seeking, and convince them to take action. Does your Web site do that? In this seminar, you will learn five key writing tips that will turn your Web site into a powerful promotional tool. If you have or write for a Web site that promotes a product, service or idea, this seminar is for you.

11:00 – 11:45 Screenwriting Style Alexandre O. Philippe

Through a detailed analysis of Peter Benchley’s opening sequence from JAWS, this workshop will focus on original stylistic techniques and innovative formatting to provide a better understanding of the subtle tricks used by professional screenwriters to express their ideas; convey images, locations and characters concisely and cinematically; and craft unforgettable experiences for their readers.

12:00 – 12:45 Lurking Within: When to Let Your Internal Editor Out of Its Cage Mary Anne Maier

If you are a writer, you harbor another personality within. Most commonly referred to as your internal editor, this sub-self arrives ready to work at all hours of the day or night at no charge, wanting only to keep you from embarrassing yourself with bad writing. What a wonderful friend-a gift to your creative self! Or is it? This ever-vigilant editor can also grow large and loom ominously over your shoulder each time you get near a keyboard or even think of a writing idea. It keeps some writers on the edge of their seats, constantly fearful of making errors, and others from developing ideas or writing at all. Editor and writer Mary Anne Maier will talk about how to best use your internal editor by deciding when to take advantage of it and when to keep it caged (and muzzled, if necessary). She’ll look at some of the basic stages of the writing process and consider the kinds of help-and harm-this other part of you can offer during each.

Speaker Biographies

Kimberly Field holds a master’s degree in journalism and writes nationally on topics ranging from politics to the influence of volcanoes in impressionist art. Kim is the co-author (with fellow presenter Lisa Ray Turner) of The Denver Mint: 100 Years of Gangsters, Gold and Ghosts, a finalist for the 2008 Colorado Book Award.

Lisa Ray Turner is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction. She teaches writing at Lighthouse Writers in Denver, and humanities at the University of Phoenix. Phi Beta Kappa

Mary Anne Maier taught college English for nearly a decade and worked as a university publications editor. Her essays and articles have appeared in such varied settings as National Public Radio, Dutiful Daughters (Seal Press), Journal of the American Medical Association, Christian Science Monitor, Southern Living, and the online journal Terrain.

A Denver-based writer for 20 years, Rose Muenker knows and respects the power of the written word. Through coaching, copywriting and interactive workshops, she helps professionals and small businesses promote their services with effective writing. To learn more about Rose, visit http://www.GetGreatResults.com.

Alexandre O. Philippe holds a Masters Degree in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is Creative Director of Cinema Vertige, a Denver-based film and video production company, and Director of the Screenwriting Program at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. His films have been selected and awarded by some of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

Free your words! Free your story! Free snacks and beverages! Register today!