Past Highlights

2018 Conference - Much Ado About Writing

2018poster8.5x11Though 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 brought back some local favorites such as Todd Mitchell, Trai Cartwright, and Kerrie Flanagan, as well as welcomed several new-to-NCW presenters such as Windy Lynn Harris, Stacy Testa, and Christa Heschke. We're also thrilled that NYT bestseller (and Colorado favorite), Peter Heller was our opening keynote speaker! 

2017 Conference - Imagination: The Alchemy of Writing

2017 NCWC Poster picOur 12th annual conference on May 5 & 6, 2017, took attendees on a magical journey through time and space. The early science of alchemy, the concept of starting with a single element, an ingredient, that when combined with other elements, create a symphony of possibilities, all capable of transmuting one to a new realm, is not unlike writing. We start with a cacophony of bottles, all filled with chemicals of varying colors and textures, swirled together in our brain—a fragile glass beaker—to conjure up worlds filled with unique perceptions, images, and understandings.Imagination. It’s that mysterious and magical alchemy of bringing together these captivating, yet often elusive elements, to summon a bit of literary enchantment with the ability to cast a spell over readers, and transport them to worlds within the pages of our imaginations.

The 2017 Northern Colorado Writers Conference brought back some local favorites such as Laura PritchettTrai Cartwright, and Kerrie Flanagan, as well as welcomed several new-to-NCW presenters such as Bob MayerJessica Strawser, and Whitney Davis, not to mention, several new agents. Chuck Wendig, #1 NYT Bestselling author author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and the Heartland YA series, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more, was our opening keynote speaker. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog,, and his books about writing.  (Check out our Conference Creative Team's short video, Mad Science Writing.)

2016 Conference - Writing the Range

2016 NCWC posterThe 11th Annual NCW Conference visited the Old West where attendees were inspired by the vast, wide open possibilities of the publishing world with the hopes of riding off into the sunset with enthusiasm and drive to take their writing to the next level. NYT best-selling author, Grant Blackwood gave a fantastic and inspiring keynote and became one our top-rated speakers! This was our first year at the Fort Collins Marriott after being at the Hilton for 10 years.

The Creative Conference Team's annual short film, Write-out at the NCW Corral is another winner!

2015 Conference - DECADEnce: Ten Years of Writing with Abandon

PosterNCW celebrated 10 years of conferences in 2015 and went all out with an extravagant affair worthy of an F. Scott Fitzgerald party. Author and member of the National Speakers Association's Speaker Hall of Fame, LeAnn Thieman gave an amazing keynote filled with passion, humor, and inspiration that left the audience on their feet. We welcomed local favorites Todd Mitchell, Trai Cartwright, Carrie Visintainer, and Jeff Finlin, along with industry professionals from around the country. 

Never ones to disappoint, the Conference Creative Team visited a local speakeasy to bring you The Bookleggers.

2014 Conference - Writing Odyssey: To Publishing & Beyond



The 9th Annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference went to new realms this year, taking writers on a journey through the vast universe of writing and publishing! Chuck Sambuchino, editor for Writer's Digest Books, and author of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, gave a humorour and inspiring keynote. 

Word Artist and author of Advice from a Tree, Ilan Shamir, entertained attendees with poetry set to drums and Colorado Poetry Outloud Champion, Alic Kilduff gave an amazing rendition of her winning poem.

Check out the Conference Creative Team's short film, A Writing Odyssey

2013 Conference - The Art of Writing


 The 8th Annual Northern Colorado Conference was a huge success. It featured actor, director and travel writer, Andrew McCarthy who gave a funny and inspiring keynote that earned him a standing ovation. We were also treated to a recitation by high school senior and Colorado's Poetry Outloud winner, Alice K.

The conference centered around the idea that all good writing emerges from those writers who have the heart of an artist. Over the course of the two-day event, writers were educated, inspired, entertained, motivated and encouraged to continue on their writing journey. 

The NCW Creative Team outdid itself this year with its original movie, The Artist and the Writer. 


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2012 Conference - Take the Road Less Traveled


 The 2012 Northern Colorado Writers Conference focused on Taking The Road Less Traveled. Keynote Speaker Jim Davidson shared his harrowing account of a mountain climbing accident that took the life of his climbing partner and forced him to dig deep into himself to find the strength to climb out of the 80 foot crevasse they had plunged into. Over the course of the 2-day event attendees soaked in information from industry professionals, met with agents and editors and were inspired to continue on their writing journeys. 

Check out the Conference Creative Team's short film, Writers in the Wild.

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2011 Conference - Passport to Writing


2011 took the 120 participants on a Passport to Writing. The conference began with a variety of sessions taught by agents, editors, authors and other industry professionals. After enjoying some networking time during the Sky Club Cocktail hour, everyone boarded NCW Air where the flight attendants gave the safety briefing. Dom Testa's keynote address both entertained and motivated everyone. Saturday was packed with sessions, agent/editor pitch sessions and the popular slush-pile reading. Watch the Conference Creative Team conduct a "safety briefing."


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