Much Ado About Writing! Though this writing be madness, there is method in it. ‘Tis high time you join us for the 13th Annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference, May 4 & 5, 2018 at the Fort Collins Marriott. Bid good riddance to incertitude as you learn from industry professionals, hob nob with agents and editors, and break the ice with other writers in one fell swoop. A full slate of classes and workshops will help ensure your writing is not tedious as a twice-told tale. As good luck would have it, bestselling authors Peter Heller and Jim Davidson will be on hand to inspire scribes of all levels and genres. To thine own self be true! 

The 2018 Northern Colorado Writers Conference will bring back some local favorites such as Todd Mitchell, Trai Cartwright, and Kerrie Flanagan, as well as welcome several new-to-NCW presenters such as Windy Lynn Harris, Stacy Testa, and Christa Heschke. We're also thrilled to announce NYT bestseller (and Colorado favorite), Peter Heller will be our opening keynote speaker!

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Peter Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. He lives in Denver. Heller’s debut novel, The Dog Stars, was published by Knopf in August, 2012. It was the Apple iBooks Novel of the Year, Hudson Booksellers top fiction pick of the Year, and an Atlantic Monthly and San Francisco Examiner Best Book of the Year. It was critically celebrated and a breakout bestseller, and has been published in eighteen languages.

His second novel, The Painter, (Knopf, 2014). Publishers Weekly, in its Starred review, called it “masterful.” It won the Colorado Book Award and the prestigious Reading the West Book Award, shared in the past by western writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Terry Tempest Williams. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Hudson Books’ top fiction pick of the year, and an Amazon Top Twenty.

Celine, a novel, is out from Knopf in March, 2017. Prepublication, it is an Entertainment Weekly top ten most anticipated book of 2017, and a Library Journal editor’s pick.

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We are also excited to welcome Jim Davidson as our closing keynote! Jim is a nonfiction writer who co-authored the NYT bestselling memoir The Ledge – An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival with investigative journalist Kevin Vaughan. The Ledge won the National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature, and was picked one of the Best Books of the Year by Amazon.

As a high-altitude climber and expedition co-leader, Jim has scaled lofty peaks around the world, including Mt. Everest in 2017. He and his teammates have been commended twice by the US National Park Service for volunteering on successful remote mountain rescues. Jim was previously an environmental geologist and science writer with 40 publication credits. He now shares resilience lessons for life and career through his professional speaking.


Meet the agents and editors!

Christa Heschke

Christa Heschke

Stacy Testa

Stacy Testa


Angie Hodapp

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Patricia Nelson

Bruce Bortz

Bruce Bortz


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Becky LeJeune


Kristen Moeller

Kristen Moeller


The NCW Conference Includes:

  • Opportunity to get your work seen by literary agents and industry professionals
  • One pitch to a literary agent or editor with option to add more pitches (sign up early)!
  • Over 32 workshops to choose from including a Critique Session with an agent or editor
  • A spiral bound program with class handouts and other great resources
  • Opportunity to add on a 2-hour Master Class taught by Angie HodappTeresa Funke or Brian Kaufman
  • Opportunity to add an Agent-Editor Panel Luncheon
  • Banquet Dinner on Friday featuring the keynote speech from best selling author, Peter Heller
  • Networking lunch on Saturday
  • Dessert and closing keynote on Saturday with Jim Davidson
  • Opportunity to sign up for a 30-minute, one-on-one consult with author and nationwide writer's coach Teresa Funke 
  • Opportunity to sign up for a 30-minute, one-on-one consult with writing consultant, publisher, and author, Kerrie Flanagan
  • Access to the Conference Bookstore
  • Access to cocktail and networking hours
  • Access to the private 2018 NCW Conference Facebook page
  • Chances to win door prizes and giveaways
  • Have questions? Check out our FAQ page.

Learn about a scholarship opportunity by visiting the Jerry Eckert Scholarship page.



What it's all about!

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.

Chuck and JamieIn 2018, now under the direction of April Moore since January 2016, the conference is celebrating 13 great years. The NCWC is one few writers' conferences that caters to a variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Because our conference tends to be smaller than most (around 150 participants), we are able to provide a more personal and intimate experience that many larger conferences lack. Our two-day event offers around 30 sessions, opportunities to get your work in front of literary agents and editors, and a 90-page program featuring session handouts. A banquet dinner and afternoon lunch are also included. Our passion and attention to detail separates the NCWC from many other conferences, and brings back attendees year after year. We strive to offer a fun, high-quality experience for attendees and presenters because we know your time and budget is important (plus, we love a good time)!

Over the past 12 years, the conference has brought in a variety of industry professionals including...

Authors: 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, and Andrew McCarthy.

Literary Agents and Editors: 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, 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. The 2018 conference, to be held at the Fort Collins Marriott, marks the 13th year of the event that caters to writers of all levels and genres.


Would you like to present at our 2019 conference?

See our Proposals page for all the information.