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 new and established writers navigate their way to success.

History of NCW

Kerrie_Flanagan_and_Debbie_Dadey_at_the_2006_NCWC_SmallNorthern Colorado Writers is the brainchild of Fort Collins freelance writer and book author Kerrie Flanagan. It began in 2006. Kerrie discovered a strong writing community in Northern Colorado, but there wasn't anything bringing these writers together. With the help of best-selling children's author Debbie Dadey , the first Northern Colorado Writers Conference (NCWC) was held in March of 2006 at the Armstrong Hotel in downtown Fort Collins with LeAnn Thieman as the keynote speaker.

The conference filled up with 45 attendees and was a huge success. It was clear the conference filled a void in the community. Kerrie knew it would keep growing, so a bigger location had to be found. The Fort Collins Hilton became the home of the 2007 NCWC. Over 100 writers attended and enjoyed hearing author Sandra Dallas and motivational speaker Jim Davidson. Guests also enjoyed an editors panel, networking, trade show, great food, cocktails, and 18 workshop sessions.

During the conference Kerrie was asked many questions about local writers groups, writing resources, publishers, and querying, among other topics. It occurred to her that one big gathering a year wasn't enough. It was time to branch out once again. So, in August of 2007, Northern Colorado Writers (NCW) was formed.

The purpose of NCW is to provide support and encouragement to writers through monthly meetings, classes, workshops, networking and a newsletter. NCW gives writers of all levels and genres a way to join an organization and stay connected with others in their field. 


NCW is still going strong almost a decade later. Today there are over 200 members and we're about to celebrate the 11th Annual Northern Colorado Conference. Over the years, the conference has brought in a variety of industry professionals including 

Authors:Stephen Cannell, Jim Davidson, Sandi Ault, Carol Berg, Greg Campbell, John Shors, Laura Resau, Todd MItchell, Linda White, Tina Forkner, Joanne Kennedy, Laura Pritchett, Chris Ransick, LeAnn Thieman, Todd Mitchell, Bonnie Ramthun, Joan King, Teresa Funke, Patricia Stoltey, Mark Lefebvre, Rachel Weaver, Michelle Theall and Andrew McCarthy.

Literary Agents and Editors: Northern_Colorado_Writers_Conference_2012_Jim_Davidson_web
Nicole Resciniti, Andrea Dominguez, Steve Mettee, Chuck Sambuchino, Andrea Brown, Kristin Nelson, Rachelle Gardner, Jessical Regel, Jessica Faust, Jon Sternfeld, Anita Mumm, Rebecca Schwab, Lara Perkins, Robert Brewer, Ben Barnhart, Ken Sherman, Gordon Warnock, Michelle Richter, Kelly Sonnack, Kimiko Nakamura, Mark Gotleib

Freelance writers and journalists:
Kevin Vaughan, Tim Beyers, Carrie Visintainer, Tom Bol, Trai Cartwright, Geoff Van Dyke and Carol Rehme.

The date for the next Northern Colorado Writers Conference is March 27-28, 2015. 

Northern Colorado Writers is under the direction of Kerrie Flanagan and continues to be in tune with writers in the Northern Colorado area ... and beyond.

Feel free to contact Kerrie or Assistant Director Richard Keller with any questions or comments. 
To become a member, click here.

~Happy Writing!
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