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2021 Northern Colorado Writers Conference, April 24-May 1, 2021

We're so excited to announce Jayne Allen and Teresa Funke for our keynotes at the 2021 NCW Conference! 

The NCW Conference caters to a variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. This year, we’ve adopted a hybrid model in response to the current pandemic conditions. The conference will be split into two parts.

Our online conference will feature a wide array of sessions, presented via Zoom and with state-of-the-art interactivity and networking tools by Whova. The in-person component will include hands-on workshopping with top-notch author presenters and industry professionals. 

Conference Faculty

In-Person Workshops

Due to ongoing pandemic conditions, we will offer a very limited in-person component to our conference. This one-day event will feature a choice fo workshops from some fantastic presenters. The event will take place at The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins. Because this is an indoor event, all attendees will be required to wear masks over nose and mask at all times, and social distancing will be enforced. 

In-Person Workshops: April 24 (space is very limited)
Registration open now. Click here to register. 
Price: $100 (workshops only - register for virtual conference using the button under the Virtual Conference heading)

Click here for workshop schedule & descriptions

Virtual Conference

The virtual part of our conference will run Tuesday, April 27-Sunday, May 2 and includes a stellar lineup of LIVE virtual sessions presented by professional authors, editors, and agents. Attendees will also have access to networking events, readings, expert panels, keynote addresses, agent pitch session, an exhibitor fair, and more! All the benefits of an in-person conference but you can attend in your pajamas (don't forget your pants). 

Virtual Conference: April 27 - May 2 

Registration open now.
Early Bird Registration: $200 

Late Registration: $225 (after March 1, 2021)

*All virtual sessions will be recorded and available to registrants after the conference. 


Check back frequently for updates to the agenda. 


Attendee Information

All attendees, virtual or in-person, will have the opportunity to pitch to agents, participate in critique sessions, and network with their peers. Participating agents/editors include: Angie Hodapp, Madelyn Burt, Ken Sherman, Becky LeJeune, Jolene Haley, Lori Galvin and Rachel Letofsky.

Virtual conference sessions will be recorded and available to virtual conference attendees for 6 months after the conference closes. In-person workshops will not be recorded. 

Online Conference Bookstore presented by Old Firehouse Books. Visit the Bookstore

Networking and exhibitor fair powered by Whova. Attendees will have access to conference information and interactive programming from April 24-May 2. Access all presenter and session info, plan your agenda, and enter Zoom courses all in one convenient location. Download the app today! 

Download the Attendee Guide for the Whova App. 



The History of NCWC

With the help of best-selling children's author Debbie Dadey, NCW founder Kerrie Flanagan hosted the first Northern Colorado Writers Conference (NCWC) held in March 2006 at the Armstrong Hotel in downtown Fort Collins with LeAnne Thieman as the keynote speaker.

The conference filled up with 45 attendees and was a huge success. It was clear the conference filled a void in the community. Kerrie knew it would keep growing, so a bigger location had to be found. The Fort Collins Hilton became the home of the 2007 NCWC. Over 100 writers attended and enjoyed hearing author Sandra Dallas and motivational speaker Jim Davidson. Guests also enjoyed an editors panel, networking, trade show, great food, cocktails, and 18 workshop sessions.

Over the years, the conference has brought in a variety of industry professionals including...

Authors: Peter Heller, Chuck Wendig, Jessica Strawser, Jamie Raintree, Denise Vega, Mark Stevens, Grant Blackwood, Laura DiSilverio, Jon Davis, Melanie Crowder, Stephen Cannell, Jim Davidson, Sandi Ault, Carol Berg, Greg Campbell, John Shors, Laura Resau, Todd Mitchell, Linda White, Tina Forkner, Joanne Kennedy, Laura Pritchett, Chris Ransick, LeAnn Thieman, Bonnie Ramthun, Joan King, Teresa Funke, Patricia Stoltey, Mark Lefebvre, Rachel Weaver, Michelle Theall, Windy Lynn Harris, Carter Wilson, Cynthia Swanson, L.S. Hawker, Jovan Mays, Steven Dunn, and Andrew McCarthy.

Literary Agents and Editors: Patricia Nelson, Paula Munier, Marilynn Allen, Alicia Clancy, John Willig, Stacey Graham, Jody Rein, Jennifer March Soloway, Nicole Resciniti, Andrea Dominguez, Steve Mettee, Chuck Sambuchino, Andrea Broan, Kristin Nelson, Rachelle Gardner, Jessica Regel, Jessica Faust, Jon Sternfeld, Anita Mumm, Rebecca Schwab, Lara Perkins, Robert Brewer, Ben Barnhart, Ken Sherman, Gordon Warnock, Michelle Richter, Kelly Sonnack, Kimiko Nakamura, and Mark Gottleib.

Freelance Writers and Journalists: Elissa Tivona, Kevin Vaughan, Greg Campbell, Tim Beyers, Carrie Visintainer, Tom Bol, Trai Cartwright, Geoff Van Dyke, and Carol Rehme.

The NCWC continues to be the premier writers conference in the region bringing in agents, editors, and presenters from all over the country. 

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