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.
Join author Chrysta Bairre for food, drink, and fun! There will be creative activities, prizes, a reading and book signing!
Dear friends and readers, after two-and-a-half years of creation I'm delighted and honored to invite you to the launch of my book, Beautiful Badass: How To Believe In Yourself Against The Odds!
About the book:
Maybe you can't be ANYthing, but you can be something.
You can do anything you set your mind to! Just be happy! Remember, someone else has it worse than you. UGH! This type of advice isn't always helpful. When you've experienced real hardship in life, positive thinking will only get you so far. Beautiful Badass: How To Believe In Yourself Against the Odds goes beyond adjusting your mindset to give you inspiration and tools to actually improve your life!
Beautiful Badass: How to Believe in Yourself Against the Odds shares heartfelt stories and lessons of overcoming trauma, poverty, and depression in this guide for women who want to take command of their destinies and no longer fall prey to the hardships and setbacks that previously defined them.
"I am tired of books that overload me with stuff I 'should be doing'. Beautiful Badass is the opposite, it says 'hey girl, you are doing it right. Just keep going, we are in this together, let me help guide you.'" -Candace Leczel
Join local author Chrysta Bairre for food, drink, and fun! There will be creative activities, prizes, and Chrysta will read from her book, followed by a book signing.
Pre-order the book today and get a free advance download, a sticker pack, and more surprises!
There is an amazing lineup of poets, teachers, workshops, sharing, and contemplative writing -- plus a few wild and exciting presentations by poets of all ages. Hear poetry from CO poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre and other well-known and emerging poets. Cost ranges from $5 - $10 for most sessions if you sign up individually, to $100 for the entire 4 day event, which includes several meals.
See the schedule and details at poemfest.com
This four-day celebration of the spoken word includes readings, workshops, open mic opportunities, and lots of time for poets and friends of poetry from around the region to get acquainted. The event is intended to help grow and sustain a community of poets, writers, and literature enthusiasts in the mountains and high deserts of Colorado and New Mexico, with a special emphasis on the Sangre de Cristo region.
Poem Fest is a unique opportunity for poets to gather and tap into the muses that be and to be with one another. Crestone is a contemplative and welcoming community, especially receptive to poets and other marginal and/or creative types. This is the end of the road. Where you can take a break from the rest of the world and burrow down into that quiet and comfy realm that might call forth a few new lines. Or at least a little inspiration.
Bees, evidence of possible alternate universes, the soon-to-be extinct northern white rhino, the fate of the planet and the complexities of love and desire occupy Kathleen Willard’s mind and all found their way into her poetry.
Kathleen Willard has been invited to share her poetry that speaks to the concerns of Constellations, an OpenStage’s immersive theatre production directed by Natalie Scarlett on Friday February 28th at 7:30 PM at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery Otterbox Digital Dome Theatre.
Nick Payne’s Constellations is a play about free will and friendship; it’s also about Quantum Multiverse Theory, love, and honey. Starring Keegan Bockhorst as Roland and Ariel Greenspoon as Marianne, this play is sure to keep you thinking even after the final bows.
A physicist and a beekeeper meet at a party. They hit it off and go for a drink. Or perhaps they don’t. Perhaps she is engaged to someone else, perhaps he is. Maybe she breaks his heart, maybe he breaks hers. Even in quantum parallel universes, in which every possibility exists, love stings like a bee. Time, it turns out, is a more effective breaker of hearts than human beings. Written in the stars, Constellations is an immersive multimedia banquet presented in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater in collaboration with the Museum of Discovery.
Constellations is presented as a part of OpenStage’s etcetera Season. Raw, real, honest and intimate cutting-edge theatre in non-traditional spaces. With the actors only a few feet away, audience members are drawn deeply into the action of the play, creating a powerful and unforgettable experience. Be prepared for a moving, intimate experience that will leave you thinking and feeling long after the lights come up.
OpenStage Theatre’s Red-Carpet Sponsor is The Paul & Amy Hatch Foundation. OpenStage’s Season is sponsored by John & Anne Blair, KRFC, Shaw and Associates CPA, Avogadro’s Number, The Colorado Sound, KUNC, and Sara Wade Animator. Grants provided by Downtown Development Association, City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, Colorado Creative Industries, and National Endowment for the Arts.
Award-winning memoirist Susan Devan Harness will be teaching classes at Sylvan Dale Ranch. In addition to Susan's instruction, participants will also enjoy a peaceful, quiet, and restorative time. Accommodations and meals are included in the retreat price. More information can be found at www.heartjcenter.org/2020-programs
Sentence shares the same etymological roots as sentiment, as sentient, as sensual. From the Latin sentire—to “perceive, feel, know.” Physically and emotionally. A teacher told me that as a writer you have a choice to write a sentence that describes a drowning, or to write a sentence that feels like drowning. How do you get your writing to cling to readers’ nervous systems? Can you make a reader feel like they want to vomit by using these phonemes repeatedly: /g/ /k/ /t/? We’ll cover the basics of a few strategies that will help our sentences feel like what they’re describing by looking at movement, texture, and sound.
Our in-depth discussion of sentences will lead into our discussion of film techniques.
Film uses space and lighting to evoke certain emotions. We will look at ways to make sentences and paragraphs function like how cameras zoom, pan, tilt, etc. We’ll consider what is in the visual frame — the composition of a scene. We’ll discuss high-key and low-key lighting and what effects those produce. We’ll also view a short video that summarizes camera angles, as well as read and examine passages with a filmic quality. Think of some of your favorite films and we’ll also discuss some of the techniques and try to transfer them to writing.
Bring some sentences and paragraphs of your own, and we’ll do live editing on the sentence level, and also apply what we learn from film techniques.
As an added bonus, this class includes the Colorado premier of The Usual Route, a film adaptation of Steven Dunn's award winning book, Potted Meat.
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.
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
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.
1-hour critique roundtables
Each roundtable will be limited to 10 participants.
30-minute consultations with a writing or editing expert
Writing Consultations with Rey Frey and Teresa Funke
Editing Consultations with Rachel Weaver
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:
= NCW Sponsored Events
= Community Events
= Annual NCW Conference
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