CRW to host workshop with Donald Maass

March 10, 2016 by

Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction

Colorado Romance Writers invites you to discover the FIRE IN FICTION and apply the passion, the purpose, and the techniques you’ll learn to every novel you create!

Join us on Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Denver, Colorado for an all-day workshop (8:00am – 5:00pm) with literary agent and Fire in Fiction author, Donald Maass!

During this hands-on workshop, Donald will share how we can make EVERY book we write a potential bestseller. Harnessing compelling characterization, pivotal plot-turns, and perfect pacing, you’ll create stories agents and editors will notice and people will talk about.

Will you be among the writers who attend and discover how to create their own Fire In Fiction? If you answered yes, the first step toward a hotter writing career is to register!

Visit our website at crwevents to claim your seat and explore the writer you can be!

CRW membership is NOT REQUIRED to attend! All writers are welcome!!!

Seating is limited.


CIPA March Meeting – Maximize Your Shelf Appeal

March 9, 2016 by

Meeting Details

If you’re wondering why booksellers aren’t ordering or why your book isn’t flying off the shelf like you want, Robin Cutler, Senior Manager at IngramSpark will tell you what you need to know. What is metadata and does your book need it? What make s covers attract sales? What formats should your book be in?

Join us as Robin discusses the various distribution and vendor options right for you and your book.

Rounding out the presentation will be round table discussions with our experts.

About Robin

Robin Cutleris a Senior Manager at Ing ramSpark, Ingram Content Group Inc.

Robin began her career in publishing over 30 years ago in university publishing when she designed the first of over 1000 titles. After serving as Assistant Director at USC Press and Executive Director of University Relations at the University of Wisconsin, she started a trade imprint, SummerHouse Press, and served as its CEO. Robin most recently worked as Vendor Manager for Amazon/CreateSpace.

Robin has broad knowledge of indie, academic and trade publishing and is an expert in content creation and distribution, on-demand models, marketing and author stra tegies. Robin is a leader in the independent publishing space, and when not developing new programs and services for IngramSpark, she can often be found sharing her expertise at industry events around the world.

She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.

Date/Time: Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 8 am – noon

Location: Church of Scientology*, 2340 Blake St., Den ver, CO 80205

*CIPA is not affiliated with the Church

Cost: $20 for CIPA Members by 6pm Friday before Event; $35 for Nonmembers, Guests, Member Door Pricing


March 1, 2016 by

Writers meet and mingle at a networking event featuring four major Front Range writing groups and other local author organizations on Saturday, April 9, 2 to 5 p.m. “Get Connected! A networking coffee break for writers” also includes services for writers, short presentations, entertainment, and resources. The event is designed to encourage creativity, collaboration, and mutual support.

Presented by the Denver Woman’s Press Club with the cooperation of Author U, Colorado Authors’ League, and Lighthouse Writers, the event is scheduled for Rocky Mountain PBS, 1089 Bannock St., Denver. Goodies and coffee are included with registration, which is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Free parking is provided. To register or for more information, contact, or call DWPC, 303-839-1519.


Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America Program March 10

February 22, 2016 by

March 10th – Dissecting Noir with ZJ Czupor

WHERE: The Historic Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver, second

WHEN: Thursday Night, March 10th. 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00
p.m. Dinner; and 8:00 p.m. Program

COST: If paying via Paypal, cost for meeting with meal is $20 for members;
$23 for non-members. Payment at door for meeting with meal is $25 for
everyone! Attending the meeting without meal is $5 through PayPal and at the
door. RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director,
<mailto:spat87506> Susan Paturzo by Monday, March 7th, to ensure
your reservation or simply RSVP and pay via PayPal on the
<> website!

Walk-ins are welcome if space and food allows.

Program details:

What distinguishes Noir fiction from other crime and mystery literature?
We’ll examine and discuss the elements, history of noir, and modern noir
fiction, how to write noir characters and plots that grab the reader by the
throat and never let go. The noir story has more to do with losers than
private eyes. It can be written as high literary art with moral themes like
good versus evil; or it might be written sleazy like a greasy diner where
the waitresses are stronger than the coffee.

What "sells" noir, like any literary genre, is a well-developed
character-usually a loner-who has a cynical view about life, government,
power and the law. He or she walks the mean streets but isn’t necessarily
mean, or morally bankrupt.

This sub-genre of mystery has a loyal following and has grabbed the
attention of international readers. There are major publishing houses, small
presses, magazines, awards, and conferences devoted to noir.

Z.J. Czupor is an award-winning author and currently serves as secretary on
the board of Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America. In 2012, his novel,
"The Hot Tub Club" won Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) Colorado Gold;
and his novel "The Rose and the Spider" was a finalist in Colorado Gold in
2013. His noir short story, "The Man in the Corner" was featured in RMFW’s
anthology, Crossing Colfax in 2014-2015. He’s currently polishing a
completed thriller and is researching plot elements for a new thriller about
JFK’s assassination. He and his wife own a successful public relations firm
in Denver.

(Parking at the Denver Press Club usually runs $5 after 6 p.m., but
sometimes if there are special events in town, the rate will bump higher. If
you need directions, <> click here.)

ACC Writers Studio Event

February 3, 2016 by

Writers Studio Presents: Publishing Without the Perish: Successful Book Authors Tell All
February 3rd at 4:00 p.m. in the Arapahoe Community College Main Campus Library, 2nd floor. Free event. Food.
Join poet Marty McGovern (Bad Fame, Able Muse Press), mystery writer Theresa Crater (Star Family, Crystal Star Publishing) and debut novelist Rachel Weaver (Point of Direction, Ig Publishing) for a reading of their work and a panel discussion on finding the right publishing house for your book.
For more information, go to Publishing Without the Perish.<>

Denver Woman’s Press Club Invites Unpublished Writers to Submit Works

January 17, 2016 by

This spring, the Denver Woman’s Press Club will recognize talented writers with the club’s annual Unknown Writers’ Contest, a writing competition that sheds light on unpublished writers in the categories of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

The contest is open to men and women who are Colorado residents, age 18 and over, whose writing has never appeared with a paid byline. The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2016, and all entrants will be invited to a reception at the historic clubhouse in Denver on April 10, 2016.

Cash prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st place $125, 2nd place $75, and 3rd place $50. In addition, all entrants will receive detailed, written comments from professional writers who are members of the club. Entrants may submit one entry in each category with a 2,000-word limit for fiction and nonfiction and a 40-line limit for poetry.

For more information about this event, please contact Elayne Gallagher at elayne.gallagher. More information about the contest and rules can also be found at

About the Denver Woman’s Press Club: The Denver Woman’s Press Club (DWPC), founded in 1898, is one of the oldest women’s press clubs in the nation. But we’re far from old-fashioned! Our more than 200 members are professional writers all—including journalists, novelists, magazine editors, essayists, freelance writers, poets, historians, and corporate and mass communications specialists.

Stories on Stage Discount Tickets

January 6, 2016 by

Stories on Stage’s next show is coming up and I want to offer discount tickets to BOOC members.

BOOC members get $5 off per ticket – just call us at 303-494-0523.

Here are the details:

Stories on Stage’s next show is on January 16th at Su Teatro (721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 80204)
at 1:30 and 7:30pm.

Finding Your Way stars Michael Bouchard, Regina Fernandez Steffen and Mark Rubald

and features funny and inspiring stories of young people finding their way in the world.

Authors include Allegra Goodman, T. Cooper and Rick Moody.

For tickets and info go to or call 303-494-0523.

Tickets $28 / Students $15/ BOOC Members $23

Create Your Book Launch (or Reboot a tired book)

December 30, 2015 by

AuthorU will deliver a GamePlan for Launching Your Book … whether it’s new or old, what you will get it bold ideas; strategies on how to implement them; what social media works and what doesn’t … and January’s program is just that. Whether you book is just birthing or it’s gone into remission… get ready for an array of ideas and how-tos to kick start the big day/week/month … or get it restarted after being exhausted. The way to start off the year.

· Create the ideal Book Launch for your book.

· Generate strategies to rebirth a book once it’s out.

· Identify which of the social media platforms will work (and won’t).

· Tips and Tricks for bestseller status on Amazon’s Print and eBook positions.

· How to deal with AFS … Author Fatigue Syndrome.

· Onsite, you will create social media blasts to support your campaign—whether it’s next week or several months from now.

· And so much more.

Create a Book Launch that will Skyrocket
your Book’s Debut (or Redo)!

When: Saturday, January 9
Time: 8 a.m. for Networking and Breakfast … over at Noon
Where: Colorado Automotive Association, 290 E Speer Blvd, Denver CO 80203
Cost: $22 for Gold and Best Seller Members; $35 for All Others. Increases $10 on January 3rd.


ACC Writers Studio Literary Contest

December 1, 2015 by

The Writers Studio at Arapahoe Community College announces its 12th Annual Writers Studio Literary Contest for unpublished work in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The contest is open to all Colorado residents, published and unpublished. The deadline to submit work is March 13, 2016. Finalists from the contest will be determined by outside judging from nationally-acclaimed writers.


First Place for each categories: $250 prize, publication in Progenitor, ACCs award-winning literary journal, nomination for the Pushcart Prize, and invitation to the Writers Studio Spring Literary Festival on April 23rd.

Second Place winners will be invited guests at the literary festival.

Final Judges:

Poetry: Lorna Dee Cervantes

Fiction: Laura Pritchett

Nonfiction: Steve Harvey

Our contest judges will serve as workshop leaders for our Literary Festival in April.

How To Submit: We only accept electronic submissions for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction through Submittable.

For contest details, information on our final judges, submission guidelines and the Submittable link for submission, please go to our Writers Studio Literary Contest webpage.

Or contact Kathryn Winograd at writerstudio<mailto:writerstudio<mailto:writerstudio%3cmailto:writerstudio>>

RMFW Program – January 9

November 29, 2015 by

Exploring YA: Trends, High Concept and You
Presented by Colleen Oakes
Saturday, January 9, 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Anythink Wright Farms Library
5877 E. 120th Ave., Thornton, CO 80602
No RSVP Required

In this class, we will take a look at the current most popular YA books, the upcoming new releases that are garnering interest, and dissect what about these "high concepts" that makes these books so appealing to teens. We will also take a look at how to make your own novel high-concept.

Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including The Elly in Bloom Series, The Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016) and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling, blogging, or totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on the final Elly novel and another YA fantasy series.