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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.

2015 Schedule

The 2015 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 and end with an inspitrational Keynote speech by LeAnn Thieman. Then Saturday is jam-packed with sessions, a Creative Cafe,  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. 
 

Session Descriptions

FRIDAY

10:00am REGISTRATION
ROOMS SALON V SALON II (panels) SALON I Green &Gold Room


2-hour sessions

10:30-12:30

Session 1

 

 
Creating Compelling Characters:
Why main characters must be round and how to make them that way 

TODD MITCHELL

 

Travel Writing

CARRIE VISINTAINER

 


I, You, Them: How Perspective Empowers Your Story

TRAI CARTWRIGHT

 

12:30-2:00 

LUNCH: Greek Buffet  

Performance by Singer/Songwriter and Poet, Jeff Finlin

 

2:00-3:00

Session 2

 

AGENT ROUNDTABLE


Revising Efficiently. 
Some techniques to save time

RACHEL WEAVER


Self-Publishing with Print on Demand 

MARK LEFEBVRE

 
Golden Age of Publishing Children's Books

LAURA BACKES

3:00-3:20 BREAK

3:20-4:20

Session 3

 

AGENT ROUNDTABLE

5 Things you Need to Know to Write for Magazines

KERRIE FLANAGAN

Crafting a Short Story

CHANTELLE AIMEE

Getting Your Mind Around Marketing

JON BARD

4:20-4:40

BREAK

4:40-5:40pm

Session 4

 
How to Publish Your Poems, and if you Should

MERY DEPASQUALE

 Maximizing Your Global Sales with Kobo

MARK LEFEBVRE

 

How to Write That Script

CHANTELLE AIMEE

 

 

Say What? A Class on Dialogue

 RACHEL WEAVER

5:40-6:30pm

Cocktails in the Atrium (Cash Bar)

Professional Headshots by photographer Norm Rehme
More Info

6:30-8:30pm
Dinner: Picnic Rock Buffet
 
Announcement of the Top of the Mountain Book Award Winners

Inspirational Keynote with LeAnn Thieman*
From Ordinary to Extraordinary; Making a Difference in the World with your Writing
 
*Everyone attending gets a copy of LeAnn's book, Balancing Life in Your Warzones
 
Booksigning immediately following dinner
 
8:30-10:00pm
Nightcaps and Networking 

Cash Bar

Saturday

7:00-7:45am
GENTLE YOGA 
Jeff Finlin
Bring a yoga mat if you have one. 
Get your mind and intentions set for the day with this gentle yoga session led by certified yoga instructor (and writer) Jeff Finlin.
 
ROOMS SALON V SALON II

SALON 1

 Green and Gold Room
8:15-8:45

Author Panel: Salon II

Kelly Baugh
Mark Lefebvre
Carrie Visintainer

9:00-10:00

Session 5

 

AGENT PITCH  SESSIONS 

CREATIVE CAFE 

 NCW Creative Cafe will be serving up a variety of writing activities to feed your imagination and satisfy your cravings for creativity .

 

 Critique Roundtables

with MARK LEFEBVRE (Horror/suspense)

LEANN THIEMAN (Personal Essay)

MERYL DEPASQUALE
(Poetry)

ELLEN JAVERNICK (Children's)

10:00-10:20 BREAK   

10:20-11:20

Session 6

 

AGENT PITCH SESSIONS

How to Write a
Great Chicken
Soup Story 
(personal essays)

LEANN THIEMAN

Common Mistakes in Writing for Children

LAURA BACKES

  

 
Creating Conflict: Exploring characters
through plot

TODD MITCHELL

11:20-11:40 
BREAK 

11:40-12:40

Session 7

 

 One-on-one critique sessions

 

AGENT  PANEL

Kimiko Nakamura

Mark Gottlieb

Michelle Richter

 

 
Intro to Writing for Television

TRAI CARTWRIGHT

 
 How to Write a Non-Fiction

Book Proposal

CARRIE VISINTAINER

12:40-2:00

LUNCH: Southwest Buffet

The Sara & Susan Show
A mix of sketch and improv, this show is a light-hearted romp through the world of writing and publishing. Sara Alan and Susan Knudten, both writers and performers with thousands of shows under their combined belts, will have the audience engaged and laughing with this original take on our collective obsession.

 

2:00-3:00

Session 8

 

 One-on-one criques sessions

Making your Agent/Editor Love You

MICHELLE RICHTER 

Building Your Author Platform Through Magazine Writing

KERRIE FLANAGAN

 

Unleash Your Creativity

JEFF FINLIN

3:00-3:20 BREAK 

3:20-4:20

Session 9

 

 

Author Marketing - A New Perspective

JON BARD


 Perfecting the
Elevator Pitch

MARK GOTTLIEB


 All Query and No Bite 

KIMIKO NAKAMURA

4:20-5:00

Closing

Closing and Door Prizes

Rocky Mtn. Fiction Writers Gold Conference Registration

Chicken Soup for the Soul Library

2 Kobo Readers

Framed Artwork

$250 Gift Certificate to the Stanley Hotel

 

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Sponsors

 

A big thanks to these sponsors:

Kobo Writing Life

 

WarrenFederalCreditUnion NCWC Sponsor 

 

2014 Conference Comments

"I will remember best the feeling of the conference, one of inclusiveness and warmth. Yes, the seminars were excellent, but I felt good there and left with an overall positive impression."

"The kindness and approachability of the faculty/agents/editors; meeting new friends; catching up with old friends; top-notch speakers/sessions."

Special Lodging Rates

FortCollinsHilton

The Hilton is offering a special lodging rate for NCWC attendees. Make it a writer's weekend for yourself and stay at the Hilton on Friday evening (and maybe even Saturday). Then you can fully enjoy the event, participate in the gentle yoga session Saturday morning at 7:00 and maybe squeeze in time for some writing.