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    • February 24, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • February 25, 2020
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • February 26, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • February 27, 2020
    • March 01, 2020
    • Crestone, CO

    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.

    • February 28, 2020
    • 7:30 PM
    • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Ct

    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.

    Playing at The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (408 Mason Ct) February 28 – March 21. Tickets: $15-22 available at www.openstage.com/events/ or 970.221.6730

    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.


    • March 02, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 03, 2020
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 04, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 09, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 10, 2020
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 11, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 13, 2020
    • March 15, 2020
    • Sylvan Dale Ranch

    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

    • March 16, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 17, 2020
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 18, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 23, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 24, 2020
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 25, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 28, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Office Evolution, 2580 E Harmony Rd Suite 201, Fort Collins, CO 80528
    • 13
    Register

    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.

    • March 30, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • March 31, 2020
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Wolverine Farms Letterpress & Publick House

    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. 

    • April 01, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • The Art Lab, 239 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

    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.

    • April 04, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Office Evolution 2580 E Harmony Rd Suite 201, Fort Collins, CO 80528
    • 7
    Register

    We live in a time where writers have many publishing options. Gone are the days when the only feasible way to get your book into the hands of readers was to get it published through a traditional publisher. Now, with the rise of digital platforms, ebooks, and print on demand, those who are interested in self-publishing have many options. This class, taught by Kerrie Flanagan, is geared toward those who are leaning toward self publishing or those who have have already decided on this path but aren't sure the next steps to take. This class provides 17 steps to successful self-publishing and will explore the process of self-publishing, the different print on demand and ebook options, marketing tips, financial aspects, resources available, and pitfalls to avoid.  You will leave with the knowledge needed to move forward with self-publishing. 


    Kerrie Flanagan is an author, writing consultant, presenter, and freelance writer with over 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry. She’s the author of The Writer's Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing and creator of the Magazine Writing Blueprint. In addition, she has published twelve other books, including three series with a co-author, under the pen names C.K. Wiles and C.G. Harris, under their label Hot Chocolate Press, LLC . Her articles and essays have appeared in publications and anthologies including Writer's Digest, Alaska Magazine, The Writer, FamilyFun, and six Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She was the founder of Northern Colorado Writers and led the group for ten years, along with organizing the annual writing conference and retreat. 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.



    • April 30, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Fort Collins Marriott
    • 99
    Register

    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

    • May 01, 2020
    • May 02, 2020
    • Fort Collins Marriott
    Register

    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.

    • May 01, 2020
    • May 02, 2020
    • Fort Collins Marriott
    Register

    1-hour critique roundtables

    Each roundtable will be limited to 10 participants. 

    • May 01, 2020
    • May 02, 2020
    • Fort Collins Marriott
    Register

    30-minute consultations with a writing or editing expert

    Writing Consultations with Rey Frey and Teresa Funke

    Editing Consultations with Rachel Weaver

    • May 01, 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • May 02, 2020
    • 5:30 PM
    • Fort Collins Marriott
    • 139
    Register

    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: 

    • Four optional 4-hour Master Classes for intensive work on the craft and business of writing (April 30)
    • 30+ 1- and 2-hour sessions and workshops full of great information and hands-on exercises (May 1-2)
    • The popular agent/editor panel & luncheon with the opportunity to ask questions directly of our visiting agents and editors
    • A genre cocktail hour to help you get to know the people who are writing what you write
    • A banquet dinner featuring a keynote address on Agatha, Poirot and Me by international bestselling author Sophie Hannah
    • An inspiring address on Embracing Your Bursts of Brilliance by Teresa Funke during our day two lunch
    • Writing consultations with Teresa Funke and/or Rea Frey will be available for an additional fee. Rachel Weever will provide editing consultations for an additional fee
    • Agent consults & roundtables will be available for an additional fee
    • Our conference bookstore featuring books by our faculty and attendees (look for information about consignment later this year)
    • A vendor fair featuring writing related organizations and professionals who can help you on your journey

Past events

February 21, 2020 Chrysta Bairre's Beautiful Badass book launch
February 19, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 18, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
February 17, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
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!
February 04, 2020 Shut Up & Write!
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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