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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. 
 
Detailed sessions descriptions coming soon.

FRIDAY

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

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

Crafting a Short Story

CHANTELLE AIMEE

3:00-3:15 BREAK

3:15-4:15

Session 3

AGENT ROUNDTABLE

10 Things you Need to Know to Write for Magazines

KERRIE FLANAGAN

Getting Your Mind Around Marketing

 

JON BARD

 

Say What? A Class on Dialogue

 RACHELLE WEAVER

4:15-4:30

BREAK

4:30-5:30pm

Session 4

 

 Maximizing Your Global Sales with Kobo

MARK LEFEBVRE

 

 Golden Age of Publishing Children's Books

Laura Backes

 How to Write That Script

CHANTELLE AIMEE

5:30-6:30pm

Cocktails in the Atrium (Cash Bar)

6:30-8:30pm
Dinner 
Inspirational Keynote with LeAnn Thieman 
 
8:30-10:00pm
Nightcaps and Networking 

Cash Bar

Saturday

7:00-7:45am
GENTLE YOGA 
Jeff Finlin
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 I SALON II SALON V  

9:00-10:00

Session 5

 AGENT PITCH SESSIONS

Get the Creative Juices
flowing. You won't want 
to miss this. 

CREATIVE CAFE 

 

 Critique Sessions
with MARK LEFEBVRE (Horror/suspense)

LEANN THIEMAN (Personal Essay)

MERYL DEPASQUALE
(Poetry)

10:00-10:15 BREAK     

10:15-11:15

Session 6

 AGENT PITCH SESSIONS

How to Write a
Great Chicken
Soup Story 

LEANN THIEMAN

 Common Mistakes in Writing for Children

LAURA BACKES

 Creating Conflict: Exploring characters through plot

TODD MITCHELL

11:15-11:30 
BREAK    

11:30-12:30

Session 7

 One-on-one critique sessions

 How to Write a Non-Fiction
Book Proposal

CARRIE VISINTAINER

 Intro to Writing for Television

TRAI CARTWRIGHT

 Building Your Author Platform Through Magazine Writing

KERRIE FLANAGAN

12:30-2:00

BREAK 

2:00-3:00

Session 8

 One-on-one criques sessions

Poetry

MERYL DEPASQUALE

 Guerilla Marketing

JON BARD

 Creativity

JEFF FINLIN

3:00-3:15 BREAK    

3:15-4:15

Session 9

 

 Perfecting the
Elevator Pitch

MARK GOTTLIEB

 

 AUTHOR PANEL

 All Query and No Bite 

KIMIKO NAKAMURA

4:15-5:00

Closing

Closing and Door Prizes

 

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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."