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    • September 11, 2021
    • October 02, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • 1
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    Stephen King is a master storyteller. His book, On Writing—part memoir and part resourceshould be a mainstay in every writer's personal library. Join Kerrie Flanagan and NCW in an intensive four-week workshop to help you delve deeper into your own writing by exploring King's timeless advice. By using On Writing  as the primary resource, participating in discussions, doing exercises, and examining your own work in progress, you will better understand your own writing and how to make it stronger.

    This class is for writers who are serious about making their writing the best it can be and who are willing to put in the work to do so. There will be required reading and assignments before each session. The class is designed for those working on fiction (novels, novellas, short stories) and creative nonfiction (memoir and essay) in any genre.

    Topics to be covered:

    • Writing tools (word choice, structure, etc...)
    • Dialogue
    • Description
    • Backstory
    • Productivity
    • Approaches towards writing
    • Good writing/bad writing

    Class Requirements:

    • At least one work in progress
    • A copy of On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft (ISBN-13 : 978-1982159375)
    • Commitment to attend all classes, complete all assignments, and be an active participant during class
    • Willingness to work hard and have fun

    Dates:

    September 11, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    September 18, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    September 25, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    October 02, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    NCW Members:$120  General Admission:$160

    All classes will be held in the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce
    225 S Meldrum St, Fort Collins, CO 80521


    Kerrie Flanagan is an author, writing consultant, instructor with Stanford Continuing Studies, and freelance writer with over 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry. She is the author of The Writer's Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing and creator of the Magazine Writing Blueprint.  In addition, she has published sixteen other books, including three series with a co-author under the pen names, C.K. Wiles and C.G. Harris. Her work has appeared in publications including Writer's Digest, Alaska Magazine, The Writer, and six Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She was the founder of Northern Colorado Writers and led the group for ten years. 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.

    • September 24, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Digital Village

    Free Write with Michelle Bowdler

    The Personal is Political -- Social Justice Essays, Memoir, and the Connecting of the Two

    Author Michelle Bowdler will lead a conversation on hybrid memoir and essay writing that include social justice themes and the ways in which careful sharing of personal material can enhance one’s work. The course will include several free writing exercises, sharing one’s work if one chooses, and lively conversation.

    For further information and to register go to the following link: https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4470741

    • October 01, 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 236 Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
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    The Save the Cat! methodology for screenwriting describes ten basic story genres (Monster in the House; Dude with a Problem; Golden Fleece; etc.) Each can be broken down into 15 plot points or "beat" that define their genre.

    In this workshop we will help you determine which genre best fits your story and how to outline your manuscript using the 15 beats. We're using this workshop mainly to gear up for National Novel Writing Month (beginning November 1st), but it is open to anyone wanting to do some serious outlining.

    Come prepared to workshop your story ideas!

    This event will be in person at the Happy Lucky's Tea House in Fort Collins. We ask that all attendees wear a mask regardless of vaccination status to help everyone stay safe and healthy. 

    Please RSVP!

    • October 02, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Join the CSU Art Department and Creative Writing Program for SEE-THROUGH, an afternoon of books, art, coffee, beer, and community at the Wolverine Publick House, 316 Willow Street, in Old Town. This event is free and open to the public, and will showcase world-class artists living right here in Fort Collins. Books and art for sale. Saturday, Oct. 2, 3:00-7:00pm.

    Learn more here:

    https://www.wolverinefarm.org/event/see-through-a-celebration-of-literature-and-ar

    • October 03, 2021
    • 4:00 PM
    • October 06, 2021
    • 10:00 AM
    • YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park
    • 2
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    Every fall, NCW members have an opportunity to escape into Rocky Mountain National Park and spend three nights and nearly three days of quiet writing time. What better place to write than in a beautiful setting without any distractions? No classes or talks, just lots of writing time. 

    COVID restrictions and social distancing may apply. 

    • October 08, 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 236 Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
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    This is a series of three collaborative sessions designed to help writers who plan to do NaNoWriMo in November. We will be outlining and planning our manuscripts using Save The Cat as a guidepost. This is a collaborative workshop without instruction - just a way for writers to informally bounce ideas off each other to create a plan for the big event in November. Bring your book and preferred writing materials.

    Cost is free, open to the public. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Location is Happy Lucky’s Tea House, 236 Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524 from 3:30-5:30 on October 1st, 8th, and 15th. Masks are required when not eating or drinking. Social distancing and vaccinations are recommended.

    Please RSVP!

    We are giving the option to Zoom in if you prefer:

    Topic: Save the Cat Prepares for NaNoWriMo

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    • October 15, 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 236 Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
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    This is a series of three collaborative sessions designed to help writers who plan to do NaNoWriMo in November. We will be outlining and planning our manuscripts using Save The Cat as a guidepost. This is a collaborative workshop without instruction - just a way for writers to informally bounce ideas off each other to create a plan for the big event in November. Bring your book and preferred writing materials.

    Cost is free, open to the public. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Location is Happy Lucky’s Tea House, 236 Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524 from 3:30-5:30 on October 1st, 8th, and 15th. Masks are required when not eating or drinking. Social distancing and vaccinations are recommended.

    Please RSVP!

    We are giving the option to Zoom in if you prefer:

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    • October 16, 2021
    • November 13, 2021
    • 5 sessions
    • Zoom
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    Northern Colorado Writers is excited to offer our second annual webinar series. Join us each Saturday as a variety of instructors teach a variety of topics covering marketing, outlining and so much more. Here is a list of the instructors and the sessions they will teach:

    • October 16th – Science Writing That Doesn't Hurt Your Reader
    • October 23rd – Exploring Nonfiction in the children's publishing industry
    • October 20th – Outlining using sequences
    • November 6th – Where Do You Hang Your Hammock? Peace of Mind for Writers
    • November 13th – Personal Branding and the Three Pillars of Successful Book Marketing


Past events

September 13, 2021 AM Global Poetry Event
September 11, 2021 2021 Virtual Columbine Poets Fest
September 07, 2021 Marketing Your Book with Book Brush
September 04, 2021 NCW in the Park
September 02, 2021 Ziggies Poetry Reading & Open Mic
August 25, 2021 Professional Author Headshots
August 21, 2021 Poetry on the Patio
August 21, 2021 As We Carry On: Using Words to Explore Your Grief with a Compassionate Lens
August 15, 2021 Poetry and Classical Music
August 07, 2021 How to Create an Effective Digital Footprint to Market Your Book
August 07, 2021 Poetry in The Gardens: Poetry of Place
August 07, 2021 Poetry Writing Workshop - Live at the Loveland Public Library
August 06, 2021 Poetry Reading - Live at the Loveland Public Library
July 31, 2021 Creative Awakenings Half-day Workshop
July 24, 2021 Poetry: Memory and Childhood Workshop
July 12, 2021 A Night with Neruda
July 10, 2021 Youth Writing Series
June 28, 2021 Carrie Vaughn and Marjorie Liu in Conversation! Old Firehouse Books
June 27, 2021 Story Cruise at the Muse
June 19, 2021 Researching Your Next Book and How to Use Your Discoveries to Your Best Advantage in Fiction and Nonfiction
May 22, 2021 Character Development in Fiction
April 30, 2021 NCW Conference Keynotes (Keynote Access ONLY)
April 27, 2021 2021 Northern Colorado Writers Conference
April 03, 2021 NCW Conference Info Session
March 31, 2021 NCW Conference Info Session
March 28, 2021 Story Cruise at the Muse
March 20, 2021 The Perennial Prose Poem
March 19, 2021 NCW Conference Info Session
March 13, 2021 NCW Conference Info Session
February 20, 2021 POV: Who Shot the Sheriff?
January 16, 2021 Goal Setting Workshop
December 16, 2020 Gulo Gulo Poetry Open Mic
December 09, 2020 DimeStories (3 Min Story Open Mic)
December 08, 2020 What's Your Business Plan?
November 30, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 27, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 25, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 24, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 23, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 20, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 19, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 18, 2020 Gulo Gulo Poetry Open Mic
November 18, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 17, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
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November 13, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 12, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 11, 2020 DimeStories (3 Min Story Open Mic)
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November 10, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 09, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 06, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
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November 04, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
November 03, 2020 NaNoWriMo Write-In
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October 21, 2020 Gulo Gulo Poetry Open Mic
October 17, 2020 Writing to Heal
October 16, 2020 Beyond Grammar - Finding your Unique Writing Voice
October 14, 2020 DimeStories (3 Min Story Open Mic)
October 10, 2020 All About the Middle: Writing for the Middle Grade Audience
October 09, 2020 Kid in a Candy Store: Finding Your Sweet Spot in Children's Books
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September 16, 2020 Gulo Gulo Poetry Open Mic
September 09, 2020 DimeStories (3 Min Story Open Mic)
September 08, 2020 The Three Step Formula for Building an Author Platform
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September 01, 2020 2020 Colorado Writers Collaborative Conference
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July 22, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
July 20, 2020 NoCo Writers Read
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July 17, 2020 NCW Anthology Brainstorm & Critique Workshop
July 16, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
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July 15, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
July 14, 2020 Writing 101 with Grant Blackwood
July 13, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
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July 08, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
July 08, 2020 DimeStories (3 Min Story Open Mic)
July 08, 2020 How to Build and Maintain Your Author Website: No Coding Required!
July 06, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
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June 29, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
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June 25, 2020 Online Event: Shut Up & Write!
June 23, 2020 Book Brush Demonstration - Free!
April 26, 2020 Landscape and Life: Poetry Workshop
April 25, 2020 Sacred Spaces: Poetry Workshop
April 24, 2020 The Idea of Home: Poetry Workshop
April 22, 2020 Poetry of Place: Workshop
April 15, 2020 Gulo Gulo Poetry Open Mic
April 07, 2020 NCW Webinar Series
April 07, 2020 Individual Webinar Registration
April 04, 2020 You Want to Self-Publish, Now What?
April 04, 2020 Poetry of Witness and Response: Workshop
April 03, 2020 Poetry of Witness and Response: Reading by Evan Oakley
April 01, 2020 Side Porch Stories
March 31, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
March 31, 2020 Wolverine Book Club
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!
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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 Susan B. Anthony’s Dream: If Thee Must, Thee Must
March 12, 2020 Networking Night Out (CANCELLED)
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 UNC Writers’ Conference Reading: Veronica Patterson
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March 03, 2020 UNC Writers' Conference Reading: Camille T. Dungy
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February 28, 2020 Bees, the Universe, & Aspects of Love: poetry reading
February 27, 2020 Poemfest: A Gathering of Poets from Colorado and New Mexico
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February 21, 2020 Chrysta Bairre's Beautiful Badass book launch
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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!
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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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