For your writing pleasure, here’s a listing of a few of the upcoming events for writers taking place around Colorado. As always, if you have any submissions that I’m not aware of, mention them in the comments section so they can be added to the list:
- Throughout January and February, Lighthouse Adult Writer’s Workshops:
1/27/10, Wednesdays, Novel Master Class
2/8/10, Mondays 6:30-8:30pm, 4-week: Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere
2/8/10, Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm, 4-week: Reading as a Writer: The Lush Novel
2/10/10, Wednesdays, 4-6pm, 4-week: Fiction Toolbox 1
2/10/10, Wednesdays, 4-6pm, 4-week: Rewriting the Short Story
- 1/23/10, 2:00PM @ Lakewood Library, 10200 W. 20th Ave, Lakewood, CO
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers – From A(ngst) to Z(eal): The Rich and Varied World of Young Adult Lit
(Quoted from website) Join award-winning young adult author Denise Vega as she gives her completely subjective view on the totally cool world of books for teens. What are some of the great books for teens? What are the various genres in teen lit? Which writers of adult novels are writing for young adults and why? What’s a young adult “crossover” book and what does that mean for writers of other genres? Come find out if writing for teens might be for you and how you might get started.
Denise Vega has published three novels for tweens/teens, two of which have won the Colorado Book Award for Young Adult Literature and other accolades. In addition to winning the 2005 Colorado Book Award, her first novel, Click Here (to find out how i survived seventh grade), was also a best-selling title for the Scholastic Book Fair and Clubs, was a finalist for the Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Award, and highlighted in Girl’s Life magazine. Her teen novel Fact of Life #31 not only won the 2008 Colorado Book Award for YA lit, but also tied for the Colorado Top Hand Award for YA lit, given out by the Colorado Author’s League. The sequel to Click Here – Access Denied (and other eighth grade error messages) – was released in July 2009. All of her books will be available for sale at the workshop. For more about Denise visit www.denisevega.com
- 2/18/10 – 2/21/10 @ The Grand Hyatt, Denver
Writing for the Soul Writer’s ConferenceThis Christian writer’s conference will be offering a wide array of speakers and classes ranging from “Writing Books that Change Lives” to “Writing for Youth”. Visit their website for more information.
- 2/20/10, 1:00PM @ Bel Mar Library, 555 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, CO
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers – When the ‘Tale’ Wags the Dog / From Old Yeller to Moby Dick: Developing Animals as Key Characters
(Quoted from website) Where would Melville be without Moby Dick? Or Jack London without White Fang? Even Hemingway couldn’t have written “The Cat in the Rain” without the cat. And of course, there’s Black Beauty, and Flicka, and Sea Biscuit. The list goes on and on. But it’s not all pretty. What about Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven or Alfred Hitchcock’s film of Daphne du Maurier’s novella The Birds? What is it about animals as characters that both charms us and repels us when they rear their lovely and sometimes frightening heads in the stories we love to read and write? Come to this two-hour workshop with award-winning author Page Lambert and learn how animals can be a storyteller’s best friend.
Page Lambert writes from the mountains west of Denver, where she shares the landscape with elk, deer, coyote, fox, and the occasional gnarly mountain lion and scrounging bear. Reader’s Digest was so enthralled with the Black lab Hondo in her bestselling memoir In Search of Kinship, that they paid her $3000 to expand his story. If you’ve read her novel, Shifting Stars (finalist for the Mountains and Plains Book Award), you might notice that Turtle Women’s red roan mare bears a striking resemblance to her half-Arab mare Romie, and to the Denver carriage horse in All the Water Yet to Come. Facilitator of over 150 workshops and retreats, Lambert’s work is featured in dozens of collections, including Chicken Soup for the Dog and Cat Lover’s Soul. A recipient of two Wyoming Arts Council Literary Fellowships, her “River Writing Journeys for Women” were hailed by Oprah’s O Magazine in 2006 as “One of six great all-girl getaways of the year.” To learn about her editing, coaching, and consulting work, go to www.pagelambert.com. Read her latest blogs about animals (including vultures) at www.pagelambert.blogspot.com, Connecting People with Nature, and Writer’s with Words.
- 2/28/10, Registration Ends for The Association of Writers and Writing Program’s Annual Conference
The conference takes place April 7-10th at the Hyatt Regency Denver and Colorado Convention Center. For full information visit their website.