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    • March 31, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Wolverine Farm, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Join us monthly for our in-house Wolverine Book Club from 7-9pm.

    • March 31, 2020
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    Join us for an hour of writing! Space is limited, so please reserve your seat by RSVPing on Meetup.

    Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, poem, or just plain work stuff, you’re invited to write it with us. No one will see what you’ve written or give you unsolicited advice. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. 

    • April 01, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • The Art Lab, 239 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Side Porch Stories is starting up again in April at The Art Lab on Linden St. in Fort Collins. April 1! At 6-7:30 PM. And the theme is….”Fool Me Once.” (or whatever you choose but you must have a theme). Or just come and listen and give feedback. $10. No commitments. No RSVP’s. Just show up.

    • April 03, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland, CO, Gertrude Scott Room

    Poetry of Witness and Response

    Nelson Mandela said, “Poetry cannot block a bullet or still a sjambok [whip], but it can bear witness to brutality—thereby cultivating a flower in a graveyard . . .” Throughout history, poets have felt a moral or ethical—or simply a personal—imperative to bear witness in their poetry to social and political acts of injustice. Such poetic witnessing has always been difficult and continues to be so today. What strategies can help us write passionate, powerful poems of response? 

    Evan Oakley is the Program Chair of the Department of English and Speech at Aims College. He has taught full-time at Aims since 1994. He teaches Composition, Communications and Humanities courses. He has served as Chair of the department since 2005. He is a recipient of the 2004 Faculty of the Year Award, the 2010-2011 Dean's Award, a Colorado Council of the Arts Award for Poetry. He has published in various journals and magazines, and is a 2016 HearStrong Champion recipient. 

    • April 04, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland, CO

    Poetry of Witness and Response

    This event is free, but registration (see below) is required.

    Nelson Mandela said, “Poetry cannot block a bullet or still a sjambok [whip], but it can bear witness to brutality—thereby cultivating a flower in a graveyard . . .” Throughout history, poets have felt a moral or ethical—or simply a personal—imperative to bear witness in their poetry to social and political acts of injustice. Such poetic witnessing has always been difficult and continues to be so today. What strategies can help us write passionate, powerful poems of response? Through select poems, guided discussion, and writing prompts the workshop will explore this question. 

     To register: click the link below to the Loveland Public Library event calendar: 

    https://lovelandpubliclibrary.org/event/poetry-of-witness-and-response-a-workshop/  

    or Call Rebecca Strein at (970) 962-2765 and be sure to leave a message with your name, email, phone, and if you need any special accommodations.

    These workshops are limited to 42 attending due to the size of the room. They fill up and often have waiting lists, so register early to assure your seat.

    Evan Oakley is the Program Chair of the Department of English and Speech at Aims College. He has taught full-time at Aims since 1994. He teaches Composition, Communications and Humanities courses. He has served as Chair of the department since 2005. He is a recipient of the 2004 Faculty of the Year Award, the 2010-2011 Dean's Award, a Colorado Council of the Arts Award for Poetry. He has published in various journals and magazines, and is a 2016 HearStrong Champion recipient. 


    • April 04, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • ONLINE
    • 8
    Register
    This class is being moved online! Learn from a professional in the comfort of your pajama's surrounded by all the cozy things you love.

    We live in a time where writers have many publishing options. Gone are the days when the only feasible way to get your book into the hands of readers was to get it published through a traditional publisher. Now, with the rise of digital platforms, ebooks, and print on demand, those who are interested in self-publishing have many options. This class, taught by Kerrie Flanagan, is geared toward those who are leaning toward self publishing or those who have have already decided on this path but aren't sure the next steps to take. This class provides 17 steps to successful self-publishing and will explore the process of self-publishing, the different print on demand and ebook options, marketing tips, financial aspects, resources available, and pitfalls to avoid.  You will leave with the knowledge needed to move forward with self-publishing. 


    Kerrie Flanagan is an author, writing consultant, presenter, and freelance writer with over 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry. She’s the author of The Writer's Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing and creator of the Magazine Writing Blueprint. In addition, she has published twelve other books, including three series with a co-author, under the pen names C.K. Wiles and C.G. Harris, under their label Hot Chocolate Press, LLC . Her articles and essays have appeared in publications and anthologies including Writer's Digest, Alaska Magazine, The Writer, FamilyFun, and six Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She was the founder of Northern Colorado Writers and led the group for ten years, along with organizing the annual writing conference and retreat. Over the years, she has worked with hundreds of authors through classes and individual consultations. Her background in teaching and enjoyment of helping writers has led her to present at writing conferences across the country and teach continuing studies classes through Stanford University. www.KerrieFlanagan.com.



    • April 15, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wolverine Farm, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Join us at the Gulo Gulo Poetry Open-Mic
    to recite your poetry and prose
    in a non-competitive format
    to a receptive audience.

    On the 3rd Wednesday of every month,
    from 7pm to close,
    Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
    invites the great writers community of Fort Collins
    — and beyond —
    to share, connect, and grow in their literary fashion.

    Each month there will be a rotating co-host
    so leaders in the community
    will encourage more of our community to lead!

    You wrote it.
    Now let’s hear it!
    …and be constructive…

     

    Accessibility:

    This event will be held in our Upstairs Event Hall, which regretfully is not handicapped accessible.


    • April 22, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    All workshops are free but require advance sign up.

    Space is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

    No experience necessary.

    Poetry workshop on Poetry of Place

    Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

    April 22 // 9am – 12pm

    Open mic 5pm – 6pm

    RSVP: cagr_ranger_activities@nps.gov


    • April 24, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    All workshops are free but require advance sign up.

    Space is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

    No experience necessary.

    Poetry workshop on The Idea of Home

    Montezuma Well National Monument

    April 24 // 9am – 12pm

    RSVP: Krystina_Isaac@nps.gov

    • April 25, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    All workshops are free but require advance sign up.

    Space is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

    No experience necessary.

    Montezuma Castle National Monument

    Poetry workshop on Sacred Spaces

    Walnut Canyon National Monument

    April 25 // 1pm – 4pm

    RSVP: ryan_p_carpenter@nps.gov

    • April 26, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    All workshops are free but require advance sign up.

    Space is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

    No experience necessary.

    Poetry workshop on Landscape and Life:

    The Interplay of Humans and their Environment

    Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

    April 26 // 1pm – 4pm

    RSVP: case_griffing@nps.gov

    • April 30, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Fort Collins Marriott
    • 120

    Sign-up for a 4-hour intensive workshop on the topic of your choice. 

    Dream Author / taught by Sophie Hannah

    Story Trumps Structure / taught by Steven James

    Building Your Business as a Writer / taught by Jason Brick

    The Ins and Outs of Editing / taught by Bonnie McKnight

    • May 01, 2020
    • May 02, 2020
    • Fort Collins Marriott

    15-minute agent/editor consults

    In the past, attendees had 5 minutes to pitch their completed manuscripts. Having only a few short minutes to pitch a project to an agent or editor often proved incredibly stressful, plus, many attendees want to discuss other aspects of writing and publishing, so we came up with 15-minute consults. Pitch your finished manuscript, or talk about a project you've started, or ask about the publishing industry; you decide how to use your ten minutes! Each agent or editor will have a limited number of slots available. Attendees can sign up ahead of time (limit 2). If there are slots open as we near the conference, we'll open it up to allow attendees to purchase additional consults for $15 each. There will be a time keeper moderating the session, but it is extremely important that both the writers and the agent/editor are mindful of not going over the allotted time.

    • May 01, 2020
    • May 02, 2020
    • Fort Collins Marriott

    1-hour critique roundtables

    Each roundtable will be limited to 10 participants. 

    • May 01, 2020
    • May 02, 2020
    • Fort Collins Marriott

    30-minute consultations with a writing or editing expert

    Writing Consultations with Rey Frey and Teresa Funke

    Editing Consultations with Rachel Weaver

    • May 01, 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • May 02, 2020
    • 5:30 PM
    • Fort Collins Marriott
    • 200

    Coronavirus Update:  The NCW Conference has been cancelled. All registrants will receive an email with more information. 

    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: 

    • Four optional 4-hour 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 Teresa Funke during our day two lunch
    • Writing consultations with Teresa Funke and/or Rea Frey will be available for an additional fee. Rachel Weever 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 (look for information about consignment later this year)
    • A vendor fair featuring writing related organizations and professionals who can help you on your journey
    • May 20, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wolverine Farm, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Join us at the Gulo Gulo Poetry Open-Mic
    to recite your poetry and prose
    in a non-competitive format
    to a receptive audience.

    On the 3rd Wednesday of every month,
    from 7pm to close,
    Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
    invites the great writers community of Fort Collins
    — and beyond —
    to share, connect, and grow in their literary fashion.

    Each month there will be a rotating co-host
    so leaders in the community
    will encourage more of our community to lead!

    You wrote it.
    Now let’s hear it!
    …and be constructive…

     

    Accessibility:

    This event will be held in our Upstairs Event Hall, which regretfully is not handicapped accessible.


    • June 17, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wolverine Farm, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Join us at the Gulo Gulo Poetry Open-Mic
    to recite your poetry and prose
    in a non-competitive format
    to a receptive audience.

    On the 3rd Wednesday of every month,
    from 7pm to close,
    Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
    invites the great writers community of Fort Collins
    — and beyond —
    to share, connect, and grow in their literary fashion.

    Each month there will be a rotating co-host
    so leaders in the community
    will encourage more of our community to lead!

    You wrote it.
    Now let’s hear it!
    …and be constructive…

     

    Accessibility:

    This event will be held in our Upstairs Event Hall, which regretfully is not handicapped accessible.


    • July 15, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wolverine Farm, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Join us at the Gulo Gulo Poetry Open-Mic
    to recite your poetry and prose
    in a non-competitive format
    to a receptive audience.

    On the 3rd Wednesday of every month,
    from 7pm to close,
    Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
    invites the great writers community of Fort Collins
    — and beyond —
    to share, connect, and grow in their literary fashion.

    Each month there will be a rotating co-host
    so leaders in the community
    will encourage more of our community to lead!

    You wrote it.
    Now let’s hear it!
    …and be constructive…

     

    Accessibility:

    This event will be held in our Upstairs Event Hall, which regretfully is not handicapped accessible.


    • August 19, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wolverine Farm, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Join us at the Gulo Gulo Poetry Open-Mic
    to recite your poetry and prose
    in a non-competitive format
    to a receptive audience.

    On the 3rd Wednesday of every month,
    from 7pm to close,
    Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
    invites the great writers community of Fort Collins
    — and beyond —
    to share, connect, and grow in their literary fashion.

    Each month there will be a rotating co-host
    so leaders in the community
    will encourage more of our community to lead!

    You wrote it.
    Now let’s hear it!
    …and be constructive…

     

    Accessibility:

    This event will be held in our Upstairs Event Hall, which regretfully is not handicapped accessible.


    • September 16, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wolverine Farm, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Join us at the Gulo Gulo Poetry Open-Mic
    to recite your poetry and prose
    in a non-competitive format
    to a receptive audience.

    On the 3rd Wednesday of every month,
    from 7pm to close,
    Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
    invites the great writers community of Fort Collins
    — and beyond —
    to share, connect, and grow in their literary fashion.

    Each month there will be a rotating co-host
    so leaders in the community
    will encourage more of our community to lead!

    You wrote it.
    Now let’s hear it!
    …and be constructive…

     

    Accessibility:

    This event will be held in our Upstairs Event Hall, which regretfully is not handicapped accessible.


    • October 21, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wolverine Farm, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Join us at the Gulo Gulo Poetry Open-Mic
    to recite your poetry and prose
    in a non-competitive format
    to a receptive audience.

    On the 3rd Wednesday of every month,
    from 7pm to close,
    Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
    invites the great writers community of Fort Collins
    — and beyond —
    to share, connect, and grow in their literary fashion.

    Each month there will be a rotating co-host
    so leaders in the community
    will encourage more of our community to lead!

    You wrote it.
    Now let’s hear it!
    …and be constructive…

     

    Accessibility:

    This event will be held in our Upstairs Event Hall, which regretfully is not handicapped accessible.


    • November 18, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wolverine Farm, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Join us at the Gulo Gulo Poetry Open-Mic
    to recite your poetry and prose
    in a non-competitive format
    to a receptive audience.

    On the 3rd Wednesday of every month,
    from 7pm to close,
    Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
    invites the great writers community of Fort Collins
    — and beyond —
    to share, connect, and grow in their literary fashion.

    Each month there will be a rotating co-host
    so leaders in the community
    will encourage more of our community to lead!

    You wrote it.
    Now let’s hear it!
    …and be constructive…

     

    Accessibility:

    This event will be held in our Upstairs Event Hall, which regretfully is not handicapped accessible.


    • December 16, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wolverine Farm, 316 Willow St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Join us at the Gulo Gulo Poetry Open-Mic
    to recite your poetry and prose
    in a non-competitive format
    to a receptive audience.

    On the 3rd Wednesday of every month,
    from 7pm to close,
    Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
    invites the great writers community of Fort Collins
    — and beyond —
    to share, connect, and grow in their literary fashion.

    Each month there will be a rotating co-host
    so leaders in the community
    will encourage more of our community to lead!

    You wrote it.
    Now let’s hear it!
    …and be constructive…

     

    Accessibility:

    This event will be held in our Upstairs Event Hall, which regretfully is not handicapped accessible.


Past events

March 30, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 29, 2020 A Story with Cori--Writer in Residence Reading
March 28, 2020 Applying Film Techniques to Writing
March 26, 2020 MFA Readings at CSU
March 25, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 24, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 23, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 18, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 17, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 16, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 15, 2020 Writer in Residency Workshop: Language as a Found Object w/Cori Storb
March 13, 2020 "Writing Your Life Story" Writing Retreat
March 12, 2020 Networking Night Out (CANCELLED)
March 12, 2020 Susan B. Anthony’s Dream: If Thee Must, Thee Must
March 11, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 11, 2020 DimeStories at the Forge
March 10, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 09, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 04, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 04, 2020 UNC Writers’ Conference Reading: Veronica Patterson
March 03, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 03, 2020 UNC Writers' Conference Reading: Camille T. Dungy
March 02, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 02, 2020 Rosenberry Writers Conference
February 28, 2020 Bees, the Universe, & Aspects of Love: poetry reading
February 27, 2020 Poemfest: A Gathering of Poets from Colorado and New Mexico
February 26, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 25, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 24, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 21, 2020 Chrysta Bairre's Beautiful Badass book launch
February 19, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 18, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 17, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 16, 2020 Dorothy Walters & Friends Poetry Reading
February 15, 2020 Writing Romance with the Door Closed
February 15, 2020 Poetry of Memory & Child by Jodie Hollander
February 13, 2020 Prageeta Sharma: a poetry reading
February 13, 2020 Love and the Erotic
February 13, 2020 The Red Shawl Poetry Reading
February 12, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 12, 2020 DimeStories at the Forge
February 11, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 10, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 08, 2020 Poetry of Place by Jodie Hollander / Lighthouse Writers Workshop
February 05, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 04, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 03, 2020 The Bard's Confession: Sounds of Healing
February 03, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 01, 2020 First Saturday Poetry Series with Dan Bogen and Vicki Mandell-King
February 01, 2020 Encounter the Poetry of Ross Gary
January 31, 2020 Mad Blood presents Amy Wray Irish and Maria Berardi
January 25, 2020 Book Signing with Linnea Tanner
January 25, 2020 Prose Poetry with Veronica Patterson, Loveland's Poet Laureate
January 24, 2020 "Starting to Write" Writing Retreat
January 19, 2020 A Poetry Workshop with Jodie Hollander
January 17, 2020 WORDS Poetry Open Mic
January 13, 2020 Shut Up and Write
December 18, 2019 Dime Stories
December 15, 2019 "On Winter's Margin" Poetry at the Loveland Museum
December 14, 2019 JAX Local Author's Day in Cheyenne
December 11, 2019 Poetry in the Museum: Jodie Hollander, “Capturing Feeling Through Sound: Why Music Matters in Poetry”
December 08, 2019 Writers Collective @ Wolverine Farm
December 07, 2019 Goal Setting for Writers
December 05, 2019 CSU MFA Readings | Geneava McCarthy, Evan Senie
December 04, 2019 Side Porch Stories
November 16, 2019 When Art Ignites Words: an ekphrastic workshop
November 15, 2019 Margaret Mizushima release party
November 14, 2019 Veronica Patterson Poet Laureate reading
November 13, 2019 Dime Stories
November 13, 2019 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 12, 2019 Eoin Colfer at Harmony Library
November 10, 2019 Writers Collective @ Wolverine Farm
November 09, 2019 Marketing 101 for Writers
November 08, 2019 NCW Anthology Launch Party / Holiday Celebration
November 07, 2019 The Writers Harvest: Ramona Ausubel and Darcie Dennigan CSU Creative Writing Reading Series
November 06, 2019 Side Porch Stories
October 26, 2019 How To Craft A Compelling Memoir
October 20, 2019 FROM SLUMP TO HABIT TO CRAVING: Building and Sustaining Your Writing Practice—a 2-session webinar with Marj Hahne
October 18, 2019 FoCo Bookfest
October 13, 2019 Writers Collective @ Wolverine Farm
October 10, 2019 Brian Turner | CSU Creative Writing Reading Series
October 10, 2019 Poetry Reading | Lisa Zimmerman and George Kalamaras
October 06, 2019 WRITE TO RIGHT: How to Edit Yourself—a 2-session webinar with Marj Hahne
October 03, 2019 Teresa R. Funke Book Launch Event
October 02, 2019 Side Porch Stories
August 24, 2019 Freelancing 101

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