Friday, September 3, 2010

What's Good for Writers in Colorado This Month?

Colorado is a great place for writers, and September in Colorado a wonderful month. The weather turns cooler, the aspen trees began to show as gold patches among the green pines, and I find a renewed energy for writing. Fall is my favorite time of year. Here are a few opportunities for writers to get motivated (especially if you're thinking of doing NaNoWriMo this November).

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference

That's where I'll be next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (September 10-12). Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers puts on a great conference. I've only missed one since 2004. If you're a fiction writer, and you live within commuting distance of Denver, Colorado, you'll definitely want to check it out.

Membership in RMFW is reasonable, the conference and hotel are more affordable than most, there's an annual writing contest associated with the conference, and editors and agents take pitches most of the day Saturday. The list of workshop offerings is amazing.

I didn't sign up to do any presentations this year, but I am working registration on Friday, participating in the book sale/signing Friday night, and pitching my novel to an agent on Saturday. The rest of the time, I'll be attending workshops, connecting with old friends, and meeting new folks (especially the ones I know from the Internet but have not met in real life).

Northern Colorado Writers Mini-Con

Scheduled for Saturday, September 18th, at the Northern Colorado Writers Studio in Fort Collins, Mini-Con will feature two tracks of writing-related classes covering a variety of topics. I'm looking forward to sitting in on a few of the sessions, at least when I'm not teaching my two classes.

SCBWI Rocky Mountain Chapter Fall Conference

The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators will hold their Rocky Mountain Chapter Fall Conference September 18-19 at the Sheraton Denver West in Lakewood, Colorado.

Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Trade Show

The annual event will be held September 23-25 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center in Denver. There will be a one-day conference, Writers and the Independent Marketplace, at the same location on Saturday, the 25th. I wish I could go to this, but my 50th high school class reunion falls on this weekend. No way I'm missing that.


Jenny said...

Pat, good luck at RMFW! That is a great conference. Maybe I'll see you at Mini-Con.

Ann Best said...

I may look into Mini-Con also.

I've been twice in Colorado, in Denver. I love the Rocky Mountains, and the West in general.

Autumn is my favorite season also.

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like fun ... just a little far away :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wrong part of the country for those I'm afraid.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Good luck at the RMFW Patricia. halfway through the book and am enjoying it.


Margot Kinberg said...

Patricia - Thanks for sharing this info! Makes me wish I were a Colorado-based writer... : )

Jan Morrison said...

I love your support of your association. Our similar event - Word on the Street - is coming up and I can't wait! Jan Morrison

Kay Theodoratus said...

Ditto Jan's comments.

Lisa_Gibson said...

One of these days, I'm going to save up enough pennies to go to one of these fabulous conferences, right here in my home territory. :)
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Clarissa Draper said...

Great conference new. Don't think I can join most but thanks for the updates.

Clarissa Draper from Listen To The Voices

Kerrie said...

Thanks for the Mini-Con mention Pat. I am going to be a moderator for a panel at the Mountain & Plains Booksellers event. I am looking forward to that.