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2020 NCW Conference

The 15th Annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference is on the books for April 30-May 2, 2020. We're thrilled to announce that Sophie Hannah and Teresa Funke will be joining us as this year's keynote speakers. As always, we're bringing you a stellar faculty with expertise in craft, process, business, marketing and more. We're also expanding our schedule by half a day to bring you 4-hour master classes in addition to two full days of sessions and workshops that will get your creative juices flowing. 

Things to look for at this year's conference: 

    • 4-hour pre-conference Master Classes for intensive work on the craft and business of writing (April 30)
    • 30+ 1- and 2-hour sessions and workshops full of great information and hands-on exercises (May 1-2)
    • The popular agent/editor panel & luncheon with the opportunity to ask questions directly of our visiting agents and editors
    • A genre cocktail hour to help you get to know the people who are writing what you write
    • A banquet dinner featuring a keynote address on Agatha, Poirot and Me by international bestselling author Sophie Hannah
    • An inspiring address on Embracing Your Bursts of Brilliance by local author Teresa Funke during our day two lunch
    • Writing consultations with Teresa Funke and Rea Frey will be available for an additional fee. Rachel Weaver will provide editing consultations for an additional fee. 
    • Agent consults & roundtables will be available for an additional fee
    • Our conference bookstore featuring books by our faculty and attendees (all attending published authors are invited to sell their books on consignment) 
    • A vendor fair featuring writing related organizations and professionals who can help you on your journey 

2020 Conference Schedule (downloadable)

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Base registration fee: $345.  NCW Members will receive a discount on conference registration. You must be logged in to register.

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Here are some of the instructors, agents, and editors who'll be on the 2020 faculty (check back often as the list will be updated frequently). 

Master Classes: Sophie Hannah (Dream Author), Steven James (Story Trumps Structure), Jason Brick (Building Your Writing Business), Bonnie McKnight (The Ins and Outs of Editing)

Presenters: Rea Frey, Sandra Murphy, Margaret Mizushima, Rachel Craft, Todd Mitchell, LS Hawker, Kristin Owens, Cynthia Swanson, Evan Balkan, Rachel Noall, Marcia Cebulska, Cindy Skaggs, Trai Cartwright, Thea Rademacher, Veronica Patterson, M.M. Wittle, Jon Davis, Leslie Vedder, Natasha Wing, Andrew Buckley

Agents/Editors: Becky Lejeune (Bond Literary), Madelyn Burt (Stonesong), Michelle Dotter (Dzanc Books), Sara Megibow (kt literary), Ken Sherman (Ken Sherman & Associates), Erik Hane (Headwater Literary), Rachel Letofsky (Cooke McDermid), Lisa Abellera (Kimberley Cameron & Associates), Rachel Weaver (Sandstone Editing), Whitney Davis (Whitney Davis Literary)

Sophie Hannah: Keynote

Sophie Hannah is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer of crime fiction, published in forty-nine languages and fifty-one territories. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than fifteen countries. She has since published two more Poirot novels, Closed Casket and The Mystery of Three Quarters, both of which were instant Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. In 2013, Sophie’s novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the UK National Book Awards.  

Sophie has recently helped to create a Master’s Degree in Crime and Thriller Writing at the University of Cambridge, for which she is the main teacher and Course Director. She is also the founder of the Dream Author coaching programme for writers. She lives with her family in Cambridge, where she is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.

Teresa Funke: Keynote

Teresa Funke believes there’s an artist in everyone. Her newest book, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life, helps readers ignite their creative spirit and rediscover their passion, their purpose, and their power. Today’s chaotic world requires an army of innovative thinkers—and you are one of them! 

Teresa is the embodiment of the modern artist/entrepreneur. She’s the owner of Teresa Funke & Company and Bursts of Brilliance™  and has authored seven award-winning novels for adults and children set in World War II, including Dancing in Combat Boots and War on a Sunday Morning. She is a sought-after instructional and motivational speaker, a writing consultant, and a community catalyst. She also created the Self-Publishing Blueprint, the only tool you’ll need to self-publish successfully.

Visit to access writing resources or learn more about Teresa’s books or visit to find evolving ways to boost your artistic energy and increase your fun factor!


2020 Conference Faculty


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