Upcoming Events and Classes


Food for Thought:   Hark, the dogs do bark - the beggars are coming to town!

Wednesday, November 19,  Mt. Garfield Middle School  5:30 – 7:15 pm

This free event featuring the all-stars below is open to Forum members and their families as well as the public and people connected with Mt. Garfield, but only with prior reservation! 

The  following workshops are offered along with pizza:

-WHO WANTS NORMAL? Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer -Come be playful with word and song. Rosemerry’s class will intertwine poetry, rhythm and movement, play and performance.

-RHYME: CRIME OR SUBLIME? David J. Rothman - Rhyme has been given a bad rap over the last several decades, but just as pianists practice their scales, so should poets know how to work with rhyme. Think of it as the ball in your game, toss it around, pitch it, pass it, dribble down the page. Play.

-THE ROOTS OF RHYTHM AND THE ORAL NATURE OF POETRY: Art Goodtimes with Ellen Metrick - Take a step back in time to storytelling, chanting, and rhythmic drums. Art and Ellen will team up to share with you some of the basic elements of humanity’s earliest communication. Poetry and drums.

- GOOD VIBRATIONS: Wendy Videlock - Vibrant is the word for alcohol inks, one of Wendy’s favorite media. Come  discover how poetry and visual art can play together. She’ll have you dabbling in both.

- DOODLE HAIKU: TURN RANDOM SCRIBBLES INTO MASTERPIECES: Nathan Carson - Drawing can seem intimidating, but with a few compositional tricks, even the silliest stick figures can become something worth looking at. Join Nathan for an evening of lighthearted fun as we combine the artistic power of the doodle with the simplicity of haiku.

You must make a reservation.  Please call 254-4720 X-37116 with your class choice

This event is supported by MGMS 21st Century Grant and the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum

The same amazing talents will be featured the following evening,November 20,  at Colorado Canyons Gallery and Gifts:  623 Main St., Grand Junction

at 6 pm in a gathering entitled "An Evening of Gratitude."



November 21, Friday:  7-9:00 PM  740 Gunnison:  Meet the Authors

The Forum and Out West Books are teaming up to feature some local authors and their latest works!  Headliners are: 

Rick Kempa, editor of On Foot: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories along with local contributor to that book, adventurer, Nic Korte.

Jessica McClelland, a local writer and Forum member, will talk about her newest intriguing mystery set in Montana, North of the Crazies. She is now working on her sixth mystery.

We will also be selling the newly published, beautifully illustrated children’s book, The Night the Stars Fell, by Forum Board member, Sally Crum, archaeologist, and author of two additional historical fictions for youth about the Paleo-Indians in the Southwest. Sally will be represented by Aline LaForge, Wise Bird Books publisher.

The authors will read from their work, comment on their creations, and be available to sign their books.

No Cost to Attend


December 5, Friday:  7-9 PM -  740 Gunnison: WCWF's Gift to the Community:  "A Literary Christmas" 

with Cookie Somerville. Come and hear a professionally rendered version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" along with readings from favorites, Rosemerry Wahtola-Trommer and Frank Coons.  Also featured will be members of Cookie's writing group from the Grand Valley Soup Kitchen reading some of their thought-provoking work and the choir from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Incredible cookies will be offered to eat while you listen. 

The event is free, but a plate will be passed.


January 24, Saturday:  2-5:  740 Gunnison:  Arn McConnell, Presenter


With the rise of the eBook, the landscape of self-publishing has changed dramatically.  Once the domain of predatory vanity publishers, self-publishing has become a world in which authors can thrive like never before.  But as the terrain has transformed, so have the rules for success. This presentation will offer a road map to help you navigate the new world of the self-published author.  This presentation will answer the following questions — and more:

How has the economics of publishing been revolutionized in just seven years?

How much money can an author make by self-publishing vs. going the traditional publishing route?

How do I format my manuscript for eBook publication?

How do I come up with a cover?

What are the publishing platforms available to me? What are the pros and cons of the various programs?  How do I work with Amazon?  If I self-publish, can my books still be available in print editions?

How can I create a social media platform that will build a following for my books?

 This presentation will offer the tools to self-publish with confidence and to glean the greatest returns from what every author knows is hard, hard effort.  It’s a golden age for writing — if you know the new lay of the land! 

Arn McConnell (aka Craven Lovelace) , among many other amazing  adventures, has been a writer, director, television producer, actor, news reporter, courtroom artist, editor for MTV’s Beavis and Butthead and an award-winning animator. He is a winner of a Colorado Broadcasters Award and multiple Colorado Press Association Awards. He currently resides in Grand Junction, Colorado.

This event is free to members...$20 for non-members (you may join at the door). 

Reservations need to be made by e-mailing your name and phone number to wcwritersforum@gmail.com or at www.westerncoloradowriters.org



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Western Colorado Writers' Forum

 POETRY WORKSHOP - With Colorado Poet Laureate Finalist:


Wendy Videlock


Saturday, October 18, 2014

2:00-5:00 pm

Center for Independence

740 Gunnison Ave. Grand Junction, CO  81501


Impeccability, Fierceness, and the Word



In this class, Wendy will discuss the works of William Butler Yeats, John Keats, and Louise Bogan in considering the poetic impulse and how it manifests, the subtle implications of meter, and the natural cultivation of the unique voice.  She will explore, as John Ciardi would say, how a poem means.  Bring a pen, notebook, and a favorite poem which you have written.  Wendy will offer critique and feedback of your own work during this interactive, dynamic class.  You are also welcome to just come and listen.  This program is sponsored, in part, by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture.


Videlock’s work has appeared in such publications as The Hudson Review, The New York Times, Poetry, Hampden-Sydney Review, New Criterion, and Rattle.  She is the author of Nevertheless and Dark Gnu.   Her newest book, Only an Echo, will be released in the fall of 2014.  A comprehensive selection of her work at the following link:  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/wendy-videlock

Wendy is also a visual artist, and her paintings are currently on display at The Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade, Colorado Canyons in downtown Grand Junction, and The Working Artist’s Gallery, also in downtown Grand Junction.  To view her visual work, please visit:   http://nutshell-wendy.blogspot.com/  


If you wish to participate, please register by calling 970-256-4662 and leaving your name and phone number or by e-mailing us at wcwritersforum@gmail.com


Free to WCWF members - $20 for non-members for the workshop (you can join at the door or at this web site).  



Making it Real:  Marrying Historical Research with Fiction

 a workshop with authors Sally Crum and Sandy Dorr

Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Avenue, Grand Junction

Sandy Dorr's writing has taken her from small coastal towns to Indian graveyards to research a contemporary novel. Archaeologist Sally Crum integrates personal knowledge and research into fiction and nonfiction to make prehistory "come alive." This workshop addresses meaningful incorporation of historical material into a story, so that characters, landscape and narrative seem real, natural, and of the period. For a writing exercise, please bring a half-page of research on a new or ongoing project.


            Poetry Workshop with Mr. David Rothman

Saturday, August 16th, 2014, 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Mesa County Central Library

David Rothman is a finalist for the Colorado Poet Laureate and creative writing professor at Western State Colorado University.  He currently serves as Poet-in-Residence of Colorado Public Radio and lives in Crested Butte.

This seminar will introduce participants to the fundamental ways in which poets organize language into lines, and then look at the way English poets first did it. That English tradition is very much alive in modern poets as diverse as W. H. Auden and Robinson Jeffers, and in contemporary writers such as Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Wilbur. Join us and learn the ins and outs of stress, along with how great Beowulf can actually be (along with Caedmon, the Pearl Poet, Langland, Chaucer, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and many others).  



Special Delivery: A Vocal Workshop for Writers

Presented by Lynn Skinner

Saturday, June 21st, 2014, 2:30 - 5:00 pm


 Lynn Skinner is a Denver-based vocal performing artist, voice coach, and writer. She has presented concerts and voice workshops in the US and Europe since the mid ‘70s, inspiring audiences worldwide.

Her 90-minute participatory workshop invites writers and storytellers of all levels to explore their spoken delivery through breathing, articulation, inflection, projection, pacing and rhythm. 


APRIL 11th, 2014

 Are you interested in Self-Publishing?

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! 




March 14, 2014

Author and all around neat person, Lyn Fraser lent her voice and story of a dream to write a novel and be published to a 'pens ready' group on Friday night! Lyn's journey all started when she was just 7 years-old! The Message? ... "You've got to want it,"  when it comes to getting that novel published. And a big Thank you to Frank Coons who was our Master of Ceremonies ... guiding new voices to the mic to be heard ... done with Frank's unique style of being in the 'moment'. Much was learned, food was eaten and we welcomed NEW members!




 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!



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.


Publication Opportunities


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/



 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. 


 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