Events & Classes
"The Language of the Fantastic" Literary Festival October 2013
Come listen to another group of award-winning, acclaimed writers from the West this fall, including:
Rick Bass, Montana writer of 20+ books and environmental activist
Melissa Pritchard, Arizona novelist, head of ASU's MFA Creative Writing program and an Afghanistan Women's Voice project
David Rothman, poet, founder of the MFA program in poetry at Western State College and Conundrum Press
Daniel Abraham, prolific Albuquerque author of science fiction/fantasy/horror/comedy novels in quartets & other forms, and a graphic novel version of Game of Thrones
Bella Clara Ventura, internationally-known poet, novelist & screenwriter, from Columbia, South America
and five accliamed writers from Colorado
Put it on your calendar! WCWF member discount.
Look forward to:
Fiction and nonfiction workshops with Rick Bass and Melissa Pritchard
Science fiction and fantasy workshops with Daniel Abraham and Jim Van Pelt
Poetry workshops, fantastic and mythical, with David Rothman, Janice Gould, Luis Lopez, and in Spanish, Bella Clara Ventura
Four "Conversation with Writers" in panel format: "The MFA and Other Paths," "The Third Mind," "Building an Audience: the Whys, Hows & Whens of Submissions & Online Promotion," and "The Language of the Fantastic"
Friday night reading, Saturday night banquet and Sunday breakfest with writers, among other offerings.
Come join us!
***Online registration goes live on AUGUST WEDNESDAY 21***
Funded by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture
Grand Junction, Colorado
Drawing on Trees: An inspired class of drawing and writing
Grand Junction Art Center, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Go out on a creative limb with artist Meredith Nemirov and poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. In this six-hour class, we’ll let the trees lead us to art and poetry, conversing across centuries and cultures with other lovers of trees. Students from other “blended” classes led by the same instructors have said,
“I loved the different approach. Very fun.”
“Both instructors were highly knowledgeable and complemented each other. The
workshop was a good merging of art and poetry.”
“Wonderful experience melding the word and the line. Loved it!”
Consider the day a gift to your muse. Students of all levels welcome. All materials supplied. For more information and to register, contact Charles Wallis, email@example.com.
Writing the Path: A Writing Retreat Where Nature Meets Human Nature
Ah Haa School, Stone Building, Friday 7-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Our idea of poetic exercise? Wander through wildflower meadows and alpine rock basins before you sit down to write. Jog your imagination with works by other fabulous writers. Volley ideas, flex your senses, and stretch your sense of the sacred.
For one evening and two days, we’ll follow both literal and metaphorical paths, exploring the life of the mountains and the landscapes of the heart. Whether you write only to-do lists or craft best selling novels, this workshop (better labeled a playshop) will revive the deep pleasures of reading and writing poetry and help you fall more deeply in love with the word and the world. For more information, contact Jess at 970-728-3886 or visithttp://www.ahhaa.org.
Contests & Competitions
Western State Colorado University is pleased to announce that all three Summer Intensive classes in its low-residency MFA Poetry Concentration will be open to the public this year. Courses meet three hours each day for eight days in the second half of July, weekdays. The courses are "Meter in English," taught by Poetry Concentration Director David J. Rothman, which introduces students to all basic meters in English, including forms of free verse; "Public Performance of Poetry," taught by acclaimed poet and former Equity actor David Yezzi, which teaches speaking and performance skills to writers; and "Poetry and Music," taught by acclaimed poet and librettist Ernest Hilbert. The entire faculty in the WSCU program has published new books just this year. Cost of attending the MFA Poetry Summer Intensive is $295, with both credit and non-credit options available.
For more information or to register please contact Extended University Studies, at 970-943-2885, or online atwww.western.edu/extendedstudies. You may also contact Poetry Concentration Director David J. Rothman, firstname.lastname@example.org, or MFA Director Mark Todd at email@example.com.
First "Junction Slam”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Symbol of Place: Rafting the San Juan with Pam Houston
WCWF Raft Trip, May 31 -June 3
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 email@example.com to register, and mail registration form (available for download here) with deposit to WCWF.
“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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; to register, email WCWF intern Vanessa Nielson, email@example.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:
For media inquiries, contact Charles Trueheart, Director of the
American Library in Paris, at firstname.lastname@example.org