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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 new and established writers navigate their way to success.

Northern Colorado Writers Conference

  • 2014 Conference
  • 2014 Schedule
  • 2014 Faculty
  • Agent Roundables
  • Location and Lodging
  • 2014 Session Descriptions
  • 2014 Conference Registration

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Conference Registration now closed. Save the date for the 2015 conference, March 27-28.
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ToddMitchell NorthernColoradoWritersConference2013The 2014 Northern Colorado Writers Conference two full days of sessions, rountables, meals and networking. The events kicks off Friday morning at 10:30 with three 2-hour sessions to pick from. Sessions end at 5:30 where we then move into our cocktail hour, dinner, Keynote Speech by Chuck Sambuchino. Then Saturday is jam-packed with sessions, roundtables and lots of great learning and connecting with other writers. 

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ChuckSambuchinoNCW is thrilled to have Chuck Sambuchino back as the 2014 Keynote Speaker. Chuck is an editor for Writer’s Digest Books, a bestselling humor book writer, and a freelance editor. He works for Writer’s Digest Books and edits the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS as well as the CHILDREN’S WRITER’S & ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog is one of the biggest blogs in publishing, and he also blogs for WriterUnboxed.com.

 

 

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This if for those writers who have a COMPLETED FICTION manuscript or a COMPLETE PROPOSAL for Nonfiction 

Back by popular demand. Each Literary Agent will participate in two, one-hour roundtable sessions on Friday afternoon. During each of these sessions there will be 7 writers at each table. Each writer will read aloud the first page of his/her manuscript. Everyone at the table will have a copy in front of them as well. After the writer is

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FORT COLLINS HILTON

The Conference takes place at the wonderful Fort Collins Hilton. Dedicate the whole conference weekend to yourself and your writing and book a room at the Hilton. This will allow you stay totally immersed in the world of writing and keep your thoughts focused on your craft. 

CLICK HERE for special lodging rates for conference attendees.

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Northern Colorado Writers Conference TeresaFunkeSessionFRIDAY

10:30-12:30
2 Hour Sessions *NEW*

Dialogue Dos and Don'ts: How Your Characters Should Talk
Instructor: Teresa Funke
In this popular workshop, Teresa will teach you how to develop an ear for dialogue, with special emphasis on using dialogue to reveal character and propel your story forward. Through listening and writing exercises, you'll learn how to "hear" when your dialogue is working and when it isn't. We'll also discuss pacing, tag lines, dialect and accents, humor, and most importantly, how to tighten your exchanges so every word counts.

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PRICES
All discounts (early bird, NCW Membership...) 
applied during registration process. 

Price includes:
Lunch & Dinner on Friday
Lunch and afternoon coffee & Dessert on Saturday
Free copy of Chuck Sambuchino's book: How to Survive a Gnome Attack
Free PreConference Workshop on March 15
Chance to win registration fee to Rocky Mtn. Fiction Writers Gold Conference
20 minute free consultation with NCW Director Kerrie Flanagan

Early Bird Rates through Feb. 28 Regular Rates starting March 1
NCW Members: $345
Nonmembers: $395
Join/Renew NCW & Conference: $430
Friday or Saturday only: $295
NCW Members: $395
Nonmembers: $445
Join/Renew NCW & Conference: $480
Friday or Saturday only: $295

REGISTER

 

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2014 Schedule

ToddMitchell NorthernColoradoWritersConference2013The 2014 Northern Colorado Writers Conference two full days of sessions, rountables, meals and networking. The events kicks off Friday morning at 10:30 with three 2-hour sessions to pick from. Sessions end at 5:30 where we then move into our cocktail hour, dinner, Keynote Speech by Chuck Sambuchino. Then Saturday is jam-packed with sessions, roundtables and lots of great learning and connecting with other writers. 

 Sessions are subject to change, as are the room assignments and times being offered. 
 
Detailed sessions descriptions coming soon.

FRIDAY

10:00am REGISTRATION
ROOMS SALON I SALON II (panels) SALON V RAMS ROOM Aggie

 *New
2-hour sessions

10:30-12:30

Session 1

 

Ready, Set Characters

Victoria Hanley

 

 

Beat Sheets for Story Design

Sandi Ault


Dialogue Dos and Don'ts: How Your Characters Should Talk

Teresa Funke

 

              

 

12:30-2:00  LUNCH

2:00-3:00

Session 2

 

Killing Your Darlings

Joanne Kennedy

 

 

9 Habits of Profitable Writing

Jason Brick 

 

 

 Agent
Roundtables

 Critique
Roudtables:

Chuck Sambuchino

Ellen Javernick

3:00-3:15 BREAK
  

3:15-4:15

Session 3

 Craft a Page-Turning Story, No Matter What Your Genre

Michelle Theall

 

 New Author Panel

Jane Nicolet
Dean Miller
Vivian Caethe

Front of the Magazine Boot Camp 

Kasey Cordell

 Agent
Roundtables
 

4:15-4:30

BREAK

4:30-5:30pm

Session 4

How to Bring Your Book Signings and Speeches to Life!

Ilan Shamir

 

Copyright/Copyfright-Things you Didn't Know you Needed to Know

 JoAnne Hagen
Attorney

 

 Journalism Techniques for all Writers

Chris Dieterich

 

Writing and Selling Flash Fiction

Vivian Caethe

 
5:30-6:30pm

COCKTAILS in the Atrium

Headshots by Steve Glass (Preregistration required)

6:30-8:30pm
 


Dinner and Keynote Speaker

Chuck Sambuchino

BUFFET DINNER:

 

8:30-10:00pm
Nightcaps and Networking 

Cash Bar

Saturday

7:00-7:45am
Gentle Yoga for Writers
Salon II 
Get the most out of your conference experience and start the day off right. This 45 minutes of gentle yoga poses is designed to awaken your body and encourage your mind to release a creative flow. Together we will set our intentions for the day and for our writing practices. Perfect for anyone wanting to greet the morning with a smile, a stretch, and a little bit of sweat.
 
ROOMS SALON I SALON II SALON V Ram's Room  

9:00-10:00

Session 5

 

Publishing Options Today

Chuck Sambuchino

 

 

 Social Media for Writers

Jason Brick

 My Mother Isn't Speaking to Me

Michelle Theall

 

Critque
Roundtables:

Kasey Cordell

Sandi Ault 

 

 

One-on-One Meetings with Agents 

10:00-10:15 BREAK      

10:15-11:15

Session 6

 

 Open Source, Copyleft, Public Domain---Arrrgh!

JoAnne Hagen
Attorney

 

 Nonfiction Panel

Kasey Cordell
Chris Dieterich
Jason Brick

Writing for Love, Prestige or Profit-The Threefold Path that Leads to One Destination

Sandi Ault

   One-on-One Meetings with Agents 
11:15-11:30 
BREAK

11:30-12:30

Session 7

 


Keep it Short: Short Stories and Personal Essays

Teresa Funke

 

 Literary Agent Panel

 Sell Your Work To Magazines

Michelle Theall

 

 

 
12:30-2:00

LUNCH 

BUFFET LUNCH:

 

2:00-3:00

Session 8

 

Everything But the Book!

Ilan Shamir

Writing and Selling Successful Children's Books

Taylor Martindale

 

Platform: What it is, how to get it, and how to show an agent you have it.

Gordon Warnock

 

   
3:00-3:15 BREAK

3:15-4:15


Session 9

 

 Etiquette for Authors; Increasing your Chances of Getting an Agent

Terrie Wolf

 

 

Crafting a Resonant Ending

Joanne Kennedy

 

  Query Letters, Beyond AGH!

Victoria Hanley

 

 

How to Move your Book to film or TV

Ken Sherman

 

4:15-5:00

Closing

 

CLOSING & DOOR PRIZES

 

Sponsors

A big thanks to Johnson's Corner for sponsoring students from Roosevelt High School and Polaris Expeditionary Learning School to attend the conference.

Johnsons Corner

 

Thanks to our other sponsors:

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2013 Conference Comments

"This was my first writer's conference & I loved it."

"I am so happy that I attended the conference. What a wonderful experience it was. I can't wait to attend next years conference."

"SO completely worth the investment!!"

"This was a well-planned and well-coordinated conference, overflowing with encouragement and inspiration."

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