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Since 2007, Northern Colorado Writers has provided support and encouragement to writers of all levels and genres in Northern Colorado and beyond. Through monthly meetings, classes, networking & social events, the annual conference, the monthly newsletter and annual retreat, NCW helps writers navigate their way to success. 

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Top of the Mountain Book Award

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The annual Top of the Mountain Book Award is the chance for authors of both fiction and creative nonfiction to submit samples of their works for a chance at a $1,000 cash prize. All we require by February 15th is the first 20 pages of your unpublished fiction or nonfiction work, a double-spaced, one-page synopsis, and a $25 entry fee. Finalists are posted on the NCW website at the end of March, and the winners are announced April 22nd at the 11th annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference.

Guidelines for the competition can be found here.  Make 2016 the year of recognition for your works!

2016 Northern Colorado Writers Conference April 22-23!

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Since the days of stagecoaches and cattle drives, the wide-open spaces of the west have inspired writers of all genres. Hitch up your wagon and hit the trail for the 11th Annual Northern Colorado Writers conference April 22-23, 2016, at the Fort Collins Marriott. Lasso some learnin’ and corral your creativity at sessions taught by industry professionals. Deal a winning hand with agents and editors. Relax around the chuckwagon with delicious grub. Whether you’re a greenhorn or have plenty of hours in the saddle, you will rustle up a herd of ideas and droves of inspiration. Don't get caught with your britches down; mark your calendars! Registration opens February 25th for members and March 1st to the public.

Grant BlackwoodThe 2016 Northern Colorado Writers Conference will bring back some local favorites such as Todd Mitchell, Laura Resau, and Kerrie Flanagan, as well as welcome several new-to-NCW presenters such as Melanie Crowder, Judith Briles, and Shane Kuhn, not to mention, four new agents. We're also thrilled to announce that Grant Blackwood, #1 NYT Bestselling author of the Briggs Tanner series, and co-writer with Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy, will not only be our keynote speaker, he will be offering a workshop as well.

We will be releasing more information in the coming weeks and Rich Keller will be interviewing several of our presenters in February and March on the NCW Podcast, so stay tuned here and check your inboxes for updates! See the Conference page for pricing.

NCW Member Poetry Anthology


NCW members, Dean Miller is compiling an anthology filled with your poetry. The goal is to showcase the great works of NCW poets in a book to be published this October. You can find submission information at Dean's website.

The Writing Bug

The Writing Bug

Check out these columns for the week for Feburary 8 to February 12:

David Sharp -- "I am not an Amateur-crastinator"

The Writing Bug brings unique views and insights into the world of writing and publishing straight to you. Written by NCW members, the blog began in 2008 as a way to connect with both authors and readers to share literary news and musings. With a new post Monday through Friday, The Writing Bug continues to be a go-to source for quality (and often entertaining) content. 

Hot off the Press

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In Amy Rivers' first book, Wallflower Blooming, the routine life of calm and quiet businesswoman Val Shakely is shaken up when she takes on the local political bully and falls in love at the same time. The book is now available via Amazon and Kindle. See more member books in our library!

NCW Podcast #48: Soul vs. Ego with Author Tracee Sioux

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This week we interview author and life coach Tracee Sioux, writer of the new book Soul vs. Ego Smackdown: How to say YES! to your Soul and tell your Ego to Suck It! We get a big metaphysical as we discuss the difference between soul and ego, who should listen to, and the micraculous time it took Tracee to write this book. You can subcribe and listen to the broadcast on the show page, PodOmatic or iTunes. Learn more about advertising on the NCW Podcast at the sponsorship page.


22 Feb 2016
09:00AM - 10:30AM
Monday NCW Member Coffee
23 Feb 2016
09:00AM - 10:30AM
Tuesday NCW Member Coffee
03 Mar 2016
06:00PM - 07:30PM
NCW Members Thursday Evening Meeting

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