​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Weekly Meet and Write at the Library 

Where: Louisville Public Library, in the conference room at the top of the stairs

When: Every Monday, 10am-noon

Cost: Free

Click here to RSVP


This will be an ongoing weekly event facilitated by Dani Coleman in which writers can gather and write separately but together. A great way to build a solid writing practice, not feel so isolated and get a lot of work done. 


NEW Saturday Quiet Writing Meetups at Alfalfa's
Where: Alfalfa's Community Room, 785 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
When: One Saturday a month, upcoming dates are as follows: 

     July 29th, August 19th, September 23, 9:30am-noon


Cost: Free
Click here to RSVP


These new, free Saturday quiet writing sessions in which writers can gather and write separately, but together, will be facilitated by Janine Fugere & Paul Teixeira. This is a great way to build a solid writing practice, not feel so isolated, and get a lot of work done. ​

Time is scheduled from 9:30-10am at the beginning of each session for getting beverages and food downstairs in the cafe, since Alfalfa's doesn't allow food or drinks in the Community Room. The writing session will be upstairs in the Community Room from 10am - 12pm. 


Happy Hour at Empire

When: Friday August 25th 5:30-7:30
Where: Empire Lounge and Restaurant, 814 Main St, Louisville
Cost: Free

Let’s hang out! Join us at the Empire for a fun beverage as we kick off all the awesome CWS events of the fall. If you’ve recently joined, or haven’t met too many of us yet, this is a great way to introduce yourself to the fantastic community of writers around here. I’ll see you there!

August Mini Boot Camp with Rachel Weaver
When: August 26-30
Where: from the comfort of your own home
Cost: $45

Member Discount Program Price: $40

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes) 

Need a little jump start on that writing project? Join us for this generative boot camp in which you will write 500 words a day (that’s two pages) for five days. That’s 2500 words – a full chapter or a short story. This is a great way to get yourself going again on a project you maybe set aside for the summer because, well, hanging out at the pool is awesome. Also a great way to continue to make solid forward progress on a project already underway, or to generate shorter work that you can use to build a publication list before shopping a novel or memoir to agents or to help raise sales once your book is out.

Here’s how it works: 5 days, August 26-30, 500 words a day emailed to me by midnight. Comprehensive editing feedback from me on your 2500 words no later than September 15th.

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads and recently won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked as a biologist for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is the director of the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program.

One on One Coaching with Rachel Weaver
When: Monthly, beginning Sept 1, Oct 1, Nov 1, Dec 1
Where: We’ll communicate online throughout the month and then we’ll meet at Office Evolution for two hours the third or fourth Saturday of the month from 10-noon
Cost: $45/month or $160 for all four months

Sept coaching:                            Oct coaching:                


Nov coaching:                            Dec coaching:


All four months: 

Member Discount Program Price: $40/month or $145 for all four months

Sept coaching:                             Oct coaching: 


Nov coaching:                              Dec coaching: 


​All four months: 

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)

One on one coaching with Rachel Weaver is a great way to test the waters of writing or to iron out some of the issues with a manuscript in progress. You are welcome to come and go from month to month or to hang out all fall.  Participants will email Rachel five pages of double spaced work on the first of the month. You will receive direct feedback on those pages: what’s working well, how to strengthen those pages in particular and some suggestions on how to improve your overall craft by the 15th of the month. On the third or fourth Saturday of the month, Rachel and all participants in the coaching program will meet for two hours for a lively discussion and further instruction on the crafting issues that showed up in everyone’s work that month or any other pertinent writing topics. This will also be a time for participants to ask any crafting or process questions that might be coming up for them. The discussion will be tailored to meet the participants where they are and help them continue to move along toward improving their craft and making solid progress on their books.

The two-hour discussions will be held on the following dates: Saturdays, Sept 23rd, Oct 28th, Nov 18th and Dec 16th 10am-noon at Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville.

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads and recently won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is the director of the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program.

Getting Started: Writing Fundamentals (a 4 part series that you can pick and choose from)
When: Tuesdays Aug 29, Sept 5, 12, 19
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville
Cost: $60 per class or $170 for all four classes (sign up below)

Member Discount Program Price: $50 per class or $160 for all four classes (sign up below)

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)

In this series of two-hour classes that can be taken individually or as a whole, Rachel Weaver will cover a wide array of tools a writer needs in his or her toolbox. We will discuss and practice building a strong foundation from which to start a book, how to effectively use setting and dialogue, how to build and maintain tension, and the craft of plotting. This is a series of classes to introduce beginning writers to various aspects of craft or to help intermediate writers brush up on a topic they are struggling with in their manuscript. You are welcome to pick and choose the classes you most need or to sign up for all four weeks. Individual classes are listed below:
 
Writing Fundamentals: Building the Foundation of a Memoir or Novel
When: Tuesday August 29th, 6:30-8:30
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville
Cost: $60                           or $170 for all four Fundamentals classes: 

Member Discount Program Price: $50                  

            or $160 for all four Fundamentals classes:

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)

Without a strong foundation, your book will run into a ton of problems down the road. In this class, we will discuss the ways to create or shore up a foundation on which to build a story that doesn’t leak or sway with the wind. We will discuss what makes a compelling character, how to effectively set character motivations, what sorts of obstacles create tension and how to set the stakes for your character, such that a reader will be pulled in most effectively.

Writing Fundamentals: Dialogue and Setting
When: Tuesday September 5, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville
Cost: $60                        or $170 for all four Fundamentals classes

Member Discount Program Price: $50 

                              or $160 for all four Fundamentals classes

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)

Dialogue is to stories what your spice rack is to your pot roast.  Through dialogue you can do a lot to make your story much more interesting.  It is a place to ramp up the tension, a place to change directions, to surprise the reader, to speed up the story.  It’s easy to fall into bland dialogue (the malady of almost every first draft) and it’s also easy to go back through and really spice it up. Creating a strong setting is a way to more fully pull your reader into the story by creating a clear picture in their mind. In this class, we will discuss and practice ways to improve both dialogue and setting to bring both our characters and story to life for the reader.

Writing Fundamentals: Tension and Conflict: How to Keep Your Reader on the Edge of His or Her Seat

When: Tuesday September 12, 6:30-8:30
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville
Cost: $60                            or $170 for all four Fundamentals classes

Member Discount Price: $50

                                     or $160 for all four Fundamentals classes

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)

High tension is probably the number one reason readers keep reading.  If you can keep your reader on the edge of his or her seat by creating tension throughout scene after scene, that reader will stay up way too late reading your book and tell all his friends to go out and buy it. In this class, we'll delve into the interplay of all the elements that raise tension and create conflict and explore how to craft your story to capitalize on each within scenes as well as across your entire plot line.

Writing Fundamentals: Outlining and Plotting
When: Tuesday September 19, 6:30-8:30
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville
Cost: $60                              or $170 for all four Fundamentals classes

Member Discount Program Price: $50

                             or $160 for all four Fundamentals classes

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)

Writing a book can feel like wandering around in a thick fog. In this class, we will discuss some concrete ways to lift that fog. We will examine your book (or book idea) from both the macro and the micro vantage point and help you boil down what you are trying to do. We will discuss plot structures and begin to overlay your stories onto those plot structures so that your novel or memoir can begin to take solid shape.


Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads and recently won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is the director of the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program.

4 Week Advanced Plotting Workshop
When: Wednesdays Oct 11, 18, 25 and Nov 1, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville
Cost: $170

Member Discount Program Price: $160 

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)

Do you have the feeling that something might be wrong with your plot but you’re not sure what? Are you approaching the final drafting stages and wondering what else needs to be fixed? In this four-week workshop we will spend the first class running our plots through an exercise to find holes and then for the final three weeks, we will spend an hour analyzing and critiquing each participant’s plot, looking for problems and suggesting ways to fix them. This is a class for writers with a complete manuscript.

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads and recently won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is the director of the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program.

October Mini Boot Camp with Rachel Weaver
When: Oct 11-15
Where: from the comfort of your own home
Cost: $45

Member Discount Program Price: $40

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)

Need a little jump start on that writing project? Join us for this generative boot camp in which you will write 500 words a day (that’s two pages) for five days. That’s 2500 words – a full chapter, a short story or a personal essay. This is a great way to get yourself going again on a project set aside, to continue to make solid forward progress on a project already underway, or to generate shorter work that you can use to build a publication list before shopping a novel or memoir to agents or to help raise sales once your book is out.

Here’s how it works: 5 days, Oct 11-15, 500 words a day emailed to me by midnight. Comprehensive editing feedback from me on your 2500 words no later than Nov 1st.

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads and recently won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked as a biologist for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is the director of the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program.

October Boot Camp with Rachel Weaver
When: Oct 11-20th
Where: from the comfort of your own home
Cost: $125

Member Discount Program Cost: $120

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)

Wouldn’t it be great to be 10,000 words farther along in your novel or memoir than you are right now? That’s somewhere around forty pages. Join us for this generative boot camp and your writerly muscles will be bulging at the end of ten days. 

Here’s how it works: 10 days, October 11-20th, 1000 words a day emailed to me by midnight. Comprehensive editing feedback from me on your 10,000 words no later than November 1st.

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads and recently won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked as a biologist for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is the director of the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program.

Full Manuscript Critique Group with Rachel Weaver
When: November 1st  2017 -  April 30th 2018 We’ll meet once a month in the final week of the month for a two hour class (on a day everyone can make it) starting at the end of November (we’ll schedule around everyone's Thanksgiving travel). To participate in the class, you must RSVP by November 1st. 
Cost: $800                         (this can be broken up into smaller payments across several months, just send me an email at coloradowritingschool@gmail.com and we'll work it out)
Member Discount Program Price: $775 

Open to both Memoir and Fiction Writers (any genre) 
Limit: 90,000 words

Limited to 6 students

This is a unique opportunity to have a full manuscript work-shopped. I’ve never actually seen it offered anywhere else, but I ran this class last spring and it was awesome, so we’re going to do it again. 

We will read one full manuscript a month (sent to the group on the first of each month) and will end the month with a two-hour class in which we will discuss the ways in which the book is working and how to make it stronger in order to move it closer to a final draft. We will examine how effectively the story hooks the reader in the beginning, how the scenes work together as a whole, whether or not tension is maintained throughout, overall structure and flow, character arc and plot arc. While clearly the class in which we discuss your book will be the most relevant, critically examining the working drafts of others can be equally or even more instructional in the process of learning how to best craft books.

What past participants had to say about the Full Manuscript Critique Group:

“Participating in the Full Manuscript Critique Group facilitated by Rachel Weaver was the most motivating, supportive, and eye-opening experiences I have had on this writing journey. I came away with very clear ideas about what is working and ideas for improvement at a big picture level.” – Janelle Stanton

"The Full Manuscript Critique Group gave me the macro analytical perspective I'd been missing on my current novel. I was stuck with a slow middle, and didn't understand why, or have any real way out. This group gave me the insight I'd been missing to fix the issues." – Margot Koschier

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads and recently won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked as a biologist for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is the director of the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program.

November Mini Boot Camp with Rachel Weaver
When: Nov 1st-5th
Where: from the comfort of your own home
Cost: $45

Member Discount Program Price: $40

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)


Need a little jump start on that writing project? Join us for this generative boot camp in which you will write 500 words a day (that’s two pages) for five days. That’s 2500 words – a full chapter, a short story or a personal essay. This is a great way to get yourself going again on a project set aside, to continue to make solid forward progress on a project already underway, or to generate shorter work that you can use to build a publication list before shopping a novel or memoir to agents or to help raise sales once your book is out.

Here’s how it works: 5 days, Nov 1st-5th, 500 words a day emailed to me by midnight. Comprehensive editing feedback from me on your 2500 words no later than Nov 20th.

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads and recently won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked as a biologist for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is the director of the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program.

November Boot Camp with Rachel Weaver
When: November 1-10
Where: from the comfort of your own home
Cost: $125

Member Discount Program Price: $120

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)

Wouldn’t it be great to be 10,000 words farther along in your novel or memoir than you are right now? That’s somewhere around forty pages. Join us for this generative boot camp and your writerly muscles will be bulging at the end of ten days. 

Here’s how it works: 10 days, November 1-10th, 1000 words a day emailed to me by midnight. Comprehensive editing feedback from me on your 10,000 words no later than November 20th.

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads and recently won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked as a biologist for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is the director of the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program.

December Mini Boot Camp with Rachel Weaver
When: December 1-5th
Where: from the comfort of your own home
Cost: $45 

Member Discount Program Price: $40

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)

Need a little jump start on that writing project? Join us for this generative boot camp in which you will write 500 words a day (that’s two pages) for five days. That’s 2500 words – a full chapter, a short story or a personal essay. This is a great way to get yourself going again on a project set aside, to continue to make solid forward progress on a project already underway, or to generate shorter work that you can use to build a publication list before shopping a novel or memoir to agents or to help raise sales once your book is out.

Here’s how it works: 5 days, Dec 1-5, 500 words a day emailed to me by midnight. Comprehensive editing feedback from me on your 2500 words no later than Dec 15th.

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads and recently won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked as a biologist for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is the director of the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program.

December Boot Camp with Rachel Weaver
When: December 1-10th
Where: from the comfort of your own home
Cost: $125

Member Discount Program Price: $120

Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)

Wouldn’t it be great to be 10,000 words farther along in your novel or memoir than you are right now? That’s somewhere around forty pages. Join us for this generative boot camp and your writerly muscles will be bulging at the end of ten days. 

Here’s how it works: 10 days, December 1-10th, 1000 words a day emailed to me by midnight. Comprehensive editing feedback from me on your 10,000 words no later than December 15th.

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads and recently won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked as a biologist for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is the director of the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program.


Cancellation Policy:

​​If you need to cancel a workshop for any reason, the following refund schedule applies: 

  • More than three weeks before start date: A cancellation fee of 10% of the total workshop cost applies.
  • Less than three weeks before start date: 15% cancellation fee applies
  • Less than one week before start date: 25% cancellation fee applies
  • 48 hours or less before class start: No refund is available.


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