Archive for the ‘May 2009’ Category

Pikes Peak Writers Program May 9

May 6, 2009

Note: this program replaces the May Write Brain
Secrets to Success: Breaking into Print in Poetry and Fiction
Please join Pikes Peak Writers for our free annual meeting on Saturday, May
9th from 2-4:30 p.m. It´s free and open to the public!*

Cottonwood Center for the Arts  427 East Colorado Avenue  Colorado Springs, Colorado

Here´s your chance to listen to insiders from both sides of the publishing divide talk about how to get your poems, novels, and short stories in print.

Join Aaron Anstett (Pikes Peak Poet Laureate), Doris Baker (owner/publisher of Filter Press, LLC), Beth Groundwater (author of the Claire Hanover gift basket designer mystery series and a Best First Novel Agatha Award nominee), Stephanie G´Schwind (editor of the Colorado Review), and Sue Hamilton (president of Dialogue Publishing, Inc.) as they answer your questions and
talk frankly about how to get published.

Don´t miss this opportunity to see the new Cottonwood Center for the Arts; meet local poets, authors, and artists; mingle with like-minded creative types over delicious refreshments; and hear Poet Laureate Aaron Anstett read his work. If you´re new to Pikes Peak Writers-or interested in learning more-just introduce yourself to any of the PPW staff who will be at the workshop to answer your questions or chat. Be sure to say hello to Ruh, our enormous, yellow, tail-wagging, writer-lovin´ mascot.

Book warehouse sale — Saturday, May 16th.

May 5, 2009

Giant book warehouse sale open to the public — Saturday, May 16th.

Tens of thousands of used and new books will be on sale at bargain prices with nothing more than $3.

Educator receive a 10% discount!

Cash and credit cards only (no checks) will be accepted and shoppers may choose from many different categories including cookbooks, arts and crafts, history and biography, large print, travel, health and wellness, religion, fiction, and children’s books.

The books have been weeded from public libraries or are publisher overstocks and have been offered for sale through online channels. Books that do not sell are recycled – nothing ever ends up in the landfill. The book sale proceeds will benefit Denver-area public libraries and the Food Bank of the Rockies (admission to the sale is one can of food or a $2 donation).

The sale hours are 8 am – 5 pm, and the location is 11111 E. 53rd Avenue, Denver, 80239. Follow the signs from I-70 and Havana.

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers Program May 14

May 1, 2009

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America Invites John Zeck, HarperCollins Rep and Sandra Bond, Literary Agent to Dinner

When:? May 14, 2009

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm, Denver

Cost: $20 for meal, dessert, taxes, gratuities AND program!

Time: 7:00 p.m. Mixed Greens with Roasted Corn, Queso Fresco, and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette; Achiote Marinated and Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Veracruz Sauce; Yucatan Style Black Bean Stew; Roasted Squash and Tricolor Peppers; Warm Tortillas; Cinnamon Dusted Tortilla Chips and beverages. Cash bar available.

Please RSVP to Becky Martinez. No Shows and anyone NOT cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will have to pay, as RMMWA will be billed for their reservation.

PROGRAM: Meet the Speakers: John Zeck has been with Harper Selling since 1978. Before that he taught eigth grade English in Yonkers, NY; before that he sold beer for a Distributorship, and before that he went to college. He graduated from SUNY in Albany with degree in English Education. He is a former Mountain & Plains Independent Book Association (MPIBA) Board Member; winner of Volunteer of the Year at MPIBA, in 1990; MPIBA Rep of the Year in 2003; and winner of the Turner Award at HarperCollins in 2008 as the Sales Rep of the Year in the US.

Sandra Bond heads her own agency in Denver, which she started in late 1998. After working as an assistant to prominent agent Jody Rein, she started her agency in order to concentrate on adult and young adult fiction. She has been working to attract and develop a small but select list of clients, and her list now includes writers of various genres of fiction and nonfiction. Sandra is also the program administrator at the University of Denver?s Publishing Institute, a 4-week, intensive, graduate-level certificate program in publishing. Before deciding to pursue a career in publishing, she was a film and television script analyst in Los Angeles, and the editor and production manager for a socioeconomic research foundation in Boulder. Sandra has a BA in Microbiology from the University of Colorado.

RSVPs ARE MANDATORY. The reservation deadline is Monday, May 11,?12:00 Noon. RSVP to Becky Martinez: rebgrace50[at] 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 Denver Press Club telephone number in the event you get lost is 303-571-526

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.

2009 Book Awards Poetry and Fiction Finalist Reading May 14

April 24, 2009

The 2009 Colorado Book Awards Poetry and Fiction finalists will read at Baur’s Italian Restaurant on May 14 at 5:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Baur’s is located at 1512 Curtis Street, Denver, CO.

The 2009 Poetry finalists are:
A Murmuration of Starlings by Jake Adam York
Wayfare by Pattiann Rogers,
Holding Three Things At Once by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

The Fiction finalists are:
Orange Mint and Honey by Carleen Brice
Home Pool: Stories of Fly Fishing and Lesser Passions by Bruce Ducker
The Song of Jonah by Gene Geurin
People of the Whale by Linda Hogan
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.

Augusten Burroughs at Benefit Luncheon May 8

April 24, 2009

Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors, to speak at Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network Benefit Luncheon, May 8. 

Hear Augusten Burroughs speak with honesty and humor about his tumultuous childhood, struggle with alcoholism, and life with his brother John Elder Robison. His brother grew up with Asperger’s (part of the autism spectrum) at a time when the diagnosis didn’t exist. Ranked as one of the “25 Funniest People in America,” Augusten is the author of the best-selling memoir Running with Scissors (on the New York Times bestseller list for more than four years), and Dry (the gritty, and not at all glamorous, details of his alcoholism rehabilitation).

Most recently in Aspen to promote his newest book, A Wolf at the Table, Augusten will be appearing in Denver to promote mental health services and to help decrease the stigma of mental illness. Proceeds from the event benefit uninsured and underinsured individuals in critical need of mental health and substance abuse treatment services.

Reservations a must! Tickets available only at Friday, May 8, 2009 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Inverness Hotel & Conference Center

2009 Student Literary Awards May 7

April 13, 2009

Please join Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book as we host the 2009 Student Literary Awards, our annual celebration recognizing young Colorado writers, poets and artists. We will honor Colorado winners of the national Letters About Literature
and River of Words contests. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 7, 2009
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Denver Public Library
Conference Center, Lower Level
10 W 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver, CO 

For information or to RSVP: 303-894-7951 x19 or
For parking information:

Sponsored by Whole Foods, Target, Tattered Cover Book Store and The Center for the Book at The Library of Congress.

Colorado Romance Writers Conference May 1-2

April 11, 2009

Please join Colorado Romance Writers for our


WHEN: Friday May 1st & Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

WHERE: Radisson Graystone Castle, 83 E. 120th Ave., Denver, CO 80233
FEE: $189 CRW members/$199 non-members (includes Keynote Dinner,
Continental Breakfast, Luncheon) [UPDATE: We’re keeping our Early
Bird rate for the entire month of April!]







FIRST-COME/FIRST-SERVE BASIS. Sue Grimshaw will also be taking private


KATHRYN LYE, Harlequin; CHRIS KEESLAR, Dorchester Publishing.

Chester Literary

Agency; KATE McKEAN, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.


• Special Purchase a ticket for just the dinner/special keynote
event with Sherrilyn Kenyon (Maximum of 30) – $75. Only 4 lucky
participants will be drawn to sit at Sherrilyn’s dinner table!

• Friday after dinner—networking and fun psychic hour
• Friday, May 1st, 4:30 p.m.— 6:00 p.m. Book signing and
autograph session

For additional details:

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

Songs and Poems for a Peaceful Planet

March 29, 2009

From: Stillpoint: A Center for the Humanities & Community
Contact: Carol Wilson

Internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon and poet and essayist Gary Holthaus team up to offer a unique new program called Emerald Dove – Songs and Poems for a Peaceful Planet.

Pelon plays a variety of instruments ranging from lute, guitar, and free reeds, to recorders, gemshorn, and electronic instruments. Holthaus reads from his work and that of others. Both the music and the readings offer
unique perceptions of the natural world, celebrate its mystery and wonders, and reinforce our hope for a sustainable society and healthy environment.

Emerald Dove – Songs and Poems for a Peaceful Planet will take place at 3:00, Sunday May 3, in the Creekside Room of Senior Complex West, 909 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder. The program is sponsored by Stillpoint: A
Center for the Humanities & Community.