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Date change – Three Approaches to Story Structure

October 28, 2008

Tuesday, October 28th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. NOTE DATE CHANGE!!!
FREE for Pikes Peak Writers Members! Non-members may attend ONE Write Brain for free;
additional Write Brain sessions are $10.00 each.
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Plot is one of those things that everyone understands until they have to pin
it down, and yet knowing the plot of your story before you start writing it
makes for stronger fiction and more productive work. This workshop examines
three different approaches to plot structure (the punch line structure, the
traditional structure, and the dramatic beat structure) with examples and
analysis of each one.
Daniel Abraham is the author of seven novels, two dozen short stories, and
several comic books. He has been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, and World
Fantasy awards, and received the International Horror Guild award. If you would
like to participate in this Write Brain session, PLEASE RSVP AND INCLUDE YOUR
CONTACT INFORMATION. Note 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 this Web site, but to be
ensured of notification you must RSVP. If the workshop must be rescheduled due to
inclement weather or another problem,_click here_
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information on rescheduling.

Northern Colorado Writers Workshops

October 16, 2008

That Book Inside You: How to Write It, Publish It, Sell It

October 25 & November 1, 2008

Location: Windsor Recreation Center

Presenter: Teresa Funke

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: Members-$65 for one class or $115 for both

Non Members- $75 for one class or $135 for both

Visit www.ncwc.biz <http://www.ncwc.biz/> for more information.

It all starts with an idea—a middle-of-the-night brainstorm or a concept
that’s been building—and you know you’ve got a book inside you. But how
do you begin? And where do you go from there? In this six-hour, two-part
workshop, successful author and writer’s coach Teresa R. Funke will
teach you:

Part one: How to Write It

Part two: How to Publish and Sell It

Bonus Feature: Each workshop participant receives a copy of the workbook
That Book Inside You, a $39.00 value, which provides additional
information, links to resources and writing exercises. Many attendees
have said the workbook alone is worth the price of this popular workshop.

About Teresa:

Teresa R. Funke has been coaching and critiquing writers for more than
twelve years. She is the author of four books for children and adults,
including Dancing in Combat Boots and the Home-Front Heroes series for
middle-grade readers. Her articles, essays and short stories have
appeared in national and regional publications. A sought-after speaker,
she has presented at numerous writers’ conferences and events. She is
also the on-screen host of the video series The Write Series. To learn
more about Teresa, visit www.teresafunke.com.

Aspen Writers Poetry Events

October 7, 2008
During the month of October,
the Aspen Writers’ Foundation is pleased
to co-present the following poetry events
taking place in the Roaring Fork Valley
!

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ASPEN SIDEWALK POETRY COMPETITION

Saturday, October 11 | 1-3 pm
Red Brick Center for the Arts
in Aspen

All are welcome to this family friendly poetry competition encouraging original thought and design. Join us for an afternoon of poetry in real time with sidewalk chalk. Bring a poem or create one on the spot – chalk and sidewalk provided!
Co-presented by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation and the Red Brick Center for the Arts.

For More Information: Ryan Johnson 970.987.4536

POETRY NIGHT
Wednesday, October 22 | 7 pm
Town Center Booksellers in Basalt

Enjoy an intimate evening of poetry with two Colorado poets!

Sandra Dorr
has published poems, stories, and essays in Rosebud, The Writer, and The Denver Post just to name a few. Poems from her collection, Desert Water, won the New Discovery prize, a national Salt Hill poetry prize, and first prize in the Colorado Poetry Society’s open contest. She is also the author of two books on women’s health and travel
and currently lives in Grand Junction where she teaches an ongoing workshop and works as a writing coach.

When Danny Rosen
is not teaching astronomy on safari guides in southern Africa, he is a frequent reader at the Sparrows Poetry Festival in Salida and the Poetry at the Lenado series in Aspen. That Curve, his first collection of poems, was reviewed in the Mountain Gazette by James Tipton. He is the founder of the Lithic Press and resides in Fuita, Colorado.

For More Information: www.aspenwriters.org or 970.925.3122
www.towncenterbooksellers.com or 970.927.2665

Colorado Authors League Oct 22 Luncheon

October 7, 2008

The Colorado Authors’ League Presents Publicity Expert Elizabeth Yarnell…
“Be Found: The Secrets to 21st Century Publicity”

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 (11:30 am – 1:30 pm)
Four Points Sheraton (I-25 and Hampden, Denver)
$20 members, $25 non-members (RSVP deadline: Sunday 10/19 midnight)

“Let’s face it: it’s not enough to write a book and then sit back and wait for the publisher to promote and sell it. You have to take charge and help generate your own publicity so that your book will sell.”

BUT … What if you hate public speaking? ~ What if you don’t like to travel?

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Join Elizabeth Yarnell<http://www.elizabethyarnell.com/index.php

as we look at Web 2.0 tools to help generate interest in book without ever leaving home.

Social networking, blogging, and content sharing are just a few of the topics we’ll cover. Mystified? Don’t be. Come get a crash course in internet publicity that will give you websites, ideas, and motivation.

Elizabeth Yarnell is a local author and CAL member whose personal publicity efforts have resulted in multiple radio and television appearances, numerous features in national magazines and newspapers around the country, and two months on the Denver Post local best sellers list. She believes that the new interactivity of the internet offers unprecedented opportunities to be found by a global audience. Check out her blog HERE<http://www.effortlesseating.com/>.

OCTOBER WRITERS WORKSHOP: THE PARANORMAL FACT AND FICTION

October 5, 2008

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) invites area writers to the October
workshop with Lynda Hilburn, an author of paranormal fiction. Her first
novel “Vampire Shrink” was released by Medallion Press in October 2007.
The workshop will be held October 18, 2008, from 1-3 p.m. at the Lakewood
Library, 10200 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood, CO. The workshop is free and open
to the public.

Lynda’s presentation will cover:

* what she does, which includes: psychic tarot, hypnotherapy, empathic
awareness, aura/etheric energy, expanded consciousness, etc.

* what she is familiar with in the real world (witches/Wicca, ghosts,
magic, Tarot) and

* what she writes about – vampires, witches, wizards

Come with your burning questions and share your paranormal experiences.

Lynda Hilburn writes paranormal fiction. More specifically, she writes
vampires books. She makes her living as a licensed psychotherapist,
hypnotherapist, professional psychic/tarot reader, university instructor
and workshop presented. Her second novel in her series, “Dark Harvest”
has an October 2008 release date. For more information about Lynda and
her books, visit her website: http://www.lyndahilburnauthor.com.

For more information about RMFW, please visit http://www.RMFW.org.

Pikes Peak Writers Write Brain Oct 21

October 3, 2008

Three Approaches to Story Structure featuring Daniel Abraham
Tuesday, October 21st, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Plot is one of those things that everyone understands until they have to
pin it down, and yet knowing the plot of your story before you start
writing it makes for stronger fiction and more productive work. This
workshop examines three different approaches to plot structure (the
punch line structure, the traditional structure, and the dramatic beat
structure) with examples and analysis of each one.
Daniel Abraham is the author of seven novels, two dozen short stories,
and several comic books. He has been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, and
World Fantasy awards, and received the International Horror Guild award.
If you would like to participate in this Write Brain session, PLEASE RSVP
AND INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION. Note 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 this Web
site, but to be ensured of notification you must RSVP.
FREE for PPW Members! Non-members may attend ONE Write Brain for free;
additional Write Brain sessions are $10.00 each.
Cottonwood Artists’ School Get the _map_
(http://www.cottonwoodartistsschool.com/directions/directions.html) .
_RSVP Today_
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Pikes Peak Romance Writers Workshop Oct 18

October 3, 2008

Goal, Motivation and Conflict
and The Writer’s Journey
with Debra Dixon

Join Pikes Peak Writers and Pikes Peak Romance Writers for a full-day
workshop on Goal, Motivation and Conflict (GMC) and The Writer’s Journey
taught by award-winning author Debra Dixon.

Saturday, October 18, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Candlewood Suites Hotel at 6450 North Academy Blvd.

This intensive workshop will cover the three most important elements of
popular fiction–goal, motivation and conflict (GMC), and how these elements work
with the mythic structure of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to help
writers conceive and create strong plots and compelling characters.

A best-selling author, Dixon teaches novel writing courses for the
University of Memphis. Her first writing “how-to” book, based on her popular GMC:
Goal, Motivation, and Conflict workshop, is now in its sixth printing and will
be available for purchase at the workshop.

The cost of the workshop is $75 for PPW/PPRW members and $95 for nonmembers.
This includes continental breakfast, a box lunch and a snack as well as
handouts.

To register, please go to _http://workshop.novelnetwork.com_
(http://workshop.novelnetwork.com/) and complete the on-line form. Registrants can pay via
personal check or Paypal.

“Bring-a-Friend” Promotion
PPW/PPRW members who bring a friend (not currently a member) to attend the
workshop will be entered into a drawing for a 3-prize package:
1) A seat next to Dixon at the PPW/PPRW boards dinner Saturday evening.
2) A PPW bookstore credit to buy the GMC book or a purchase of equal value.
3) A GMC analysis/critique of their project’s synopsis by Debra Dixon.
Please include the name of your friend on the registration form.

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Jodi Anderson
Pikes Peak Writers Program Coordinator

RM Mystery Writers: Bob Spiller On the Art of the Funny Bone

September 29, 2008

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America Invites to Dinner:
BOB SPILLER: “ON THE ART OF THE FUNNY BONE”

WHEN: Thursday, October 9, 2008
WHERE: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm, Denver
TIME: 7:00 p.m. dinner, 8:00 p.m. program
COST: $18 for dinner (new price includes: meal, dessert, taxes, gratuities AND
program!). Cash, checks only please.

PROGRAM: Robert Spiller is the author of the Bonnie Pinkwater
mysteries. A math teacher by trade, he includes math and his knowledge
of historic female mathematicians in his novels (The Witch of Agnesi,
2006; A Calculated Demise, 2007; and Irrational Numbers, Sept 2008).
He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Barbara. His three
daughters and three grandchildren all live within shouting distance.
His presentation will be “On the Art of the Funny Bone” and how and
why humor sells.

“Bonnie Pinkwater is a teacher who rules! The Witch of Agnesi will
appeal to everyone who has – or ever had – a cool teacher, a high
school rival, or an interest in math. It’s the Magic School meets
Numbers from the moment Peyton Newlin goes missing to the ultimate
climax, and keeps you reading under the covers with a flashlight all
the way to the grand finale. It’s a great read.”
-Christine Goff, Author of DEATH SHOOTS A BIRDIE

RSVPs ARE MANDATORY. The reservation deadline is Monday, October 6,
12:00 Noon. RSVP to Colleen Collins: cocowrites2ATgmail.com. No shows
will be expected to pay.

Workshop: Is There a Book Inside You?

September 25, 2008

Is there a book inside you? Come and find out! Through lecture, writing
exercises and group discussion, Teresa will help you reach deep down to
discover your inner writer. She’ll give general tips about how to choose
a genre in which to write, how to know when an idea is good enough to
sustain a story, and how to find the best help and information to get
you started. She’ll finish by working with each writer to develop a
writing plan you can stick to.

About Teresa:

Teresa R. Funke has been coaching and critiquing writers for more than
twelve years. She is the author of four books for children and adults,
including Dancing in Combat Boots and the Home-Front Heroes series for
middle-grade readers. Her articles, essays and short stories have
appeared in national and regional publications. A sought-after speaker,
she has presented at numerous writers’ conferences and events. She is
also the on-screen host of the video series The Write Series. To learn
more about Teresa, visit www.teresafunke.com <http://www.teresafunke.com/>.

Details:

October 9, 2008
7:00-9:00pm
Teacher: Teresa Funke
Location: La Dolce Vita
2555 S. Shields St. #B Fort Collins
Cost: $25- NCW members $35-non-members

This workshop is presented by Northern Colorado Writers, a local
organization supporting writers of all genres and levels. For more
information and to register for this workshop, visit www.ncwc.biz

Warren Hammond at Denver Book Mall Oct 5

September 25, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 3:00, DENVER BOOK MALL, 32 Broadway (between 1st and Ellsworth Aves), 303-733-3808 Warren Hammond discusses and signs his newest book, Ex-KOP, a futuristic thriller in the noir tradition We also have copies of the first book, KOP, in both hardcover and mass market paperback. All at 10% off cover price.