Events & Classes


 

 Upcoming Events

  Meet and mingle with writers and readers at
Western Colorado Writers’ Forum’s SECOND event of 2014!

Put this date in your phone/calendar!

APRIL 11th, 2014

 

Are you interested in Self-Publishing?

This WCWF event is for you!

 

We are proud to present: 

Laurena Mayne-Davis, author, columnist, and head of the Daily Sentinel’s Book Publishing Division, will share the latest publishing news from the 2014 National Conference for Independent Book Publishers.

 

 6 - 7 p.m., Friday, April 11th, at our new location,

740 Gunnison Avenue.

Laurena will be discussing one of the biggest questions new authors have today, "Should I self-publish? Is it worth it? What are the pros and cons and ... what about eBooks?"

Her thoughts and knowledge, your questions and possibly new directions! 

AND THEN? DON'T LEAVE!

Immediately following Laurena? From 7 until 9 we will all ... 

Open Mic! Then we'll Meet, Mingle and Network!  Great local authors and members of Western Colorado Writers Forum!

Light Horsd'oeuvres & Drinks

   

Cost is just $10 for non-members:

AND  

NO Charge for Members AND you can even join at the door! 

 


 

Any Questions? Call us, Email us or just how UP and sign up! 

  Remeber we are at our NEW offices at 740 Gunnison Avenue (Center for Independence), just off 7th St. Here in Grand Junction. ( park on the side and come on in! ) 

 

Email:  wcwritersforum@gmail.com

 

~~Previous Events~~

First "Junction Slam”

SE TH, from Denver, one of the best-known performance poets in Colorado, also beloved teacher, director and producer

Download the free flier here: PDF 

Performance workshop will be at Colorado Mesa University in HOU 110 4-6:30 Thursday 4/18.  It's free and open to all student and adult writers who'd like to learn how to perform poetry or short flash fiction pieces under 3 minutes long.  Come and bring a piece of your own or another writers!  We'll have a signup sheet for the Grand Junction Slam at the workshop.

The Junction Slam will start at 8:30 p.m. Friday 4/19 at the Grand Junction Art Center 1803 N. 7’th St (corner of Orchard Ave. & 7th St).  Come to read or just hear the writers and SE TH's band, Art Compost and the Word Mechanics.  SE TH will perform first with his band, and the musicians will be available to back up all other slam readers.  Expect the band to also break into rounds of dance music during slam breaks, so bring your dancing shoes.

$10 adults/$5 high school and college students. For information or to sign up to read, email WCWF intern Vanessa Nielson, blueisgood@gmail.com.

   Symbol of Place:  Rafting the San Juan with Pam Houston

 

WCWF Raft Trip, May 31 -June 3

Heading Out

Download free flier here: pdf

 Come join us with author Pam Houston on a 4-day, 3-night adventure down a beloved section of the San Juan River, Mexican Hat to Clay Hills, known as "The Little Grand Canyon" for its sandstone colors.   It's a place of surreal beauty and warm water, with petroglyphs, old villages, and cave dwellings in a labyrinth of canyons, including the Moki Stairs, the Tabernacle and Second Narrows, Cedar Mesa, Cowboy Hat and Eagle Rock, and the Goosenecks of the San Juan, which zigzag over seven miles. Waterfalls and natural plunge pools to swim in, and beach camping under the desert stars. Daily writing sessions with Pam Houson at lunch, with group readings, questions and discussions around the campfire at night.  Paint wildflowers and canyons if you like, kayak or row or float through it all, striped with sun and shade, with stops to explore and to hike up enticing side canyons.

 Cost: $775 all inclusive (to hold a place, payments of $250 can each be made in February, March and April). For more information, email WCWF intern, Vanessa, at blueisgood@gmail.com to register, and mail registration form (available for download here) with deposit to WCWF. 

 

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  “The Language of the Fantastic,” second biennial WCWF Writers’ Conference

Thurs. –Sat., Oct. 10-13

 

CMU Student Center & 800 ColoradoFunded by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts & Culture!

Put this on your calendar; it will be another extraordinary conference.  Thursday and Friday night readings; Friday/Saturday workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and memoir with acclaimed authors at CMU student center; Saturday night community banquet at CMU ballroom with readings and music.  WCWF member discount.  Watch for upcoming news of visiting authors!

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 Readings

Poets & Writers of Colorado Mesa University

 

Reading Series 2012-2013

 This month Poets and Writers of Colorado Mesa University will occur on April 18’th at 7pm and we are having an open reading. So come to Planet Earth on 524 Colorado Avenue, Grand Junction, join us and feel free to bring something to read! Call 970-256-9630 for further information.

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Publication Opportunities

Sixfold

Sixfold is a collaborative, democratic, completely writer-voted journal. Upload your own fiction or poetry PDF manuscript for a $6 entry fee by April 23, 2013. Then, vote within your genre to select the three prize-winning manuscripts of $1000, $200, and $100, and all the manuscripts published in each issue of Sixfold. Full details available at http://www.sixfold.org/

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 Workshops

 Revision for Children’s Writers Workshop

 The West Slope, Rocky Mountain Chapter,  Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators presents a Revision for Children’s Writers Workshop on Saturday, April 13th at 10 am in the  Grand Junction Visitors Center, Conference Room at 740 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction.  Nonmembers are welcome and nonmember registration opens March 4th.  The cost is $15 paid in advance for non-members, $25 space available at the door.  This event is free to current members of SCBWI.  The space is limited and you must register: email dkhower(at)gmail.com or call: 970-773-7971 with your name, address, email, phone, membership, and genre for afternoon session.  We are delighted to have our keynote speaker, award winning author and publisher, Sneed B. Collard III joins us from Montana.  The keynote will be followed by a general session on self-editing, lunch on your own, and a fun filled afternoon work session based on your genre (picture book or chapter book through YA Novel). All presentations will be presented by SCBWI PAL (published and listed) children's authors who will help you get your work out of the slush pile and into an agent or editors hand.

Fliers for this event can be downloaded here: doc format, pdf format

 A Gesture in the Making: The Art of the Small and Humble

WCWF Workshop, downtown G.J., 11-3 p.m. June 22

 In this four-hour class, poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and poet/artist Wendy Videlock will guide you through an experiment that combines the writing of poetry with Alcohol Ink painting. No experience in writing or painting is necessary, just a willingness to be led by the blank page, the pen as it glides, the paint as it moves. You’ll come away with some small poems and small paintings, and perhaps a growing notion of what happens when we let the world move us. Cost includes all art supplies:  $60 (WCWF members).  For information, contact sandydorr@bresnan.net; to register, email WCWF intern Vanessa Nielson, blueisgood@gmail.com. 

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 Contests and Competitions

The Blue Light Poetry Prize

Blue Light Press is holding a chapbook competition for poets! Chapbook submissions will be accepted Feb. 1 through June 15.  Guidelines for the Bluelight Press chapbook competition (The Blue Light Poetry Prize) can be found at   http://bluelightpress.com/contests.php.  

 The American Library in Paris

 The American Library in Paris is pleased to announce a new annual book award to recognize the best book in English about France or the French-American encounter. The winning author receives a $5,000 prize, accommodations and travel to Paris to attend the award ceremony in October 2013, and the opportunity to read at an appearance or writing workshop for members at the American Library in Paris. The jury for this book award will be selected from the American Library's Writers Council. This year's jury will be announced in January 2013.The deadline for book award nominations is June 1, 2013. Complete eligibility and nomination guidelines are available here:

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?TheAmericanLibraryin/d61f437a17/442161a6e2/354adfc8=26 .

 For media inquiries, contact Charles Trueheart, Director of the

American Library in Paris, at trueheart@americanlibraryinparis.org