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The Writer’s Retreat in the Rockies, October 16-18, at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, brings together some of Colorado’s most talented writers and publishing experts to share their wisdom and experiences with other writers in one of the most beautiful places in our state in autumn. Combination retreat and conference, this event will inspire, educate and encourage all who attend.
ALL participants will receive a free 10-page critique from author and editor Rachel Weaver. In addition, they can submit the first 25 pages of a novel. Three writers will be selected to have their work reviewed by literary agent Shannon Hassan.
Friday opens with a creativity session with Kerrie Flanagan, followed by keynote speaker, award-winning Colorado author Shane Kuhn. Shane Kuhn is a writer and filmmaker with twenty years of experience working in the entertainment business and the ad world. In feature film, he has writing credits with Universal, Paramount, Sony, and Fox, and a writing and directing credit with Lionsgate. His book, Interns Handbook, won the 2014 Colorado Book Award for thriller.
Todd Mitchell, another award winning Colorado author, will inspire participants on Saturday with his keynote, The Perks of Being a Struggling Writer. Todd Mitchell is the author of four books. In addition to his books, he’s published several short stories, essays, and poems in national and international journals. Currently, he serves as Director of the Beginning Creative Writing Teaching Program at Colorado State University.
The sessions on Saturday and Sunday are for fiction, non-fiction, and memoir writers, and are designed to give writers practical advice as well as inspiration from experts in the field. Faculty members include Colorado authors and writing experts, Buzzy Jackson, Rachel Weaver, Michelle Theall, Kerrie Flanagan, Rachel Walker and literary agent, Shannon Hassan.