Colorado Writing School

 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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

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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
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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. 


One on One Coaching with Rachel Weaver
When: Monthly, beginning 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    Oct:                          Nov:                            Dec: 

Member Discount Price: $40/month   Oct:                       Nov:                    Dec: 

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, 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.

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                           

Member Discount Price: $50

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, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville
Cost: $60                              

Member Discount Program Price: $50

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.


The Importance of Being Structured with Brad Wetzler
When: Saturday Oct 21st, 2-4:30pm
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville
Cost: $65

Member Discount Price: $55 

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

RSVP by clicking here 

Writing is a messy process. Without a reliable structure the article, essay, or book you're writing has a good chance of becoming chaotic--which can cause you to feel confused. In this class, we will discuss strategies and tactics for creating a solid structure for your writing project. We will review types of structure, including their strengths and weaknesses. We will also look at the perils of not having a reliable structure, i.e. what can happen when a writer grants too much status to "the creative process." Students will learn that a solid structure is one of the few things that a writer can rely on to keep the writing process sane. And when a writer lives within a solid structure, that structure can even inspire more creativity. ***This class is geared toward memoir and nonfiction writers.

Free Class for Poets and the Poetically Minded with Regis MFA student Nawal Nader-French
When: Monday Oct 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville
Cost: Free (limit 10 students)       RSVP by clicking here

Come engage in simple and easy experimental writing techniques through hands on practice that will help you unlock your writer’s block, give your writing a boost, or help move your writing in unexpected exciting new directions. While, this class is geared towards poets, any writer looking to add creative writing approaches to their writer’s tool box is welcome to join.

Nawal Nader-French  is an MFA candidate in her final semester at Regis University in Denver. She holds a BA in English and Secondary Education, as well as an MA in Curriculum and Instruction. After ten years of teaching English, developing curriculum, coordinating blended learning in school districts and other educational institutions, Nawal stopped working in education to pursue writing full-time. Her work has appeared in By&By Poetry, Progenitor Art and Literary Journal, Rogue Agent, AMP: Hofstra University's Diglit Magazine, Bayou Magazine through the University of New Orleans and is forth coming in The Elephants, and Grist Journal through the University of Tennessee. 

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 

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

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.

November Flash Fiction Workshop with Robert McBrearty
When: Tuesdays November 7, 14, 28, and Dec 5
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville
Cost: $170

Member Discount Price: $160

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

Flash fiction, stories under 750 words, have become widely popular so they provide a great opportunity to break into literary journals. These stories come in all types, from the realistic to the surreal, so they’re wonderful for trying out different techniques and styles, which can often be related to longer stories as well. Robert will provide examples and friendly advice throughout the course and students will submit their own work for group critique and discussion. In the first class, Robert will explain the dynamics of flash fiction and the subsequent classes will focus primarily on the student stories, with accompanying notes and suggestions. As a former editor at several literary magazines, Robert will also give advice about submitting for publication.

Robert has a flash fiction scheduled to appear in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and others have recently been published in Posit, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Eclectica, flashfiction.net, The Café Irreal, Lowestoft Chronicle, Literary Juice, and Big Muddy, where his story won the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Award. His longer stories have been published in the Pushcart Prize, Missouri Review, Narrative, North American Review, New England Review and in many other literary journals. His three collections of short stories and one novella were all critically acclaimed for their combination of humor and pathos. He’s won the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Prize, a New Mexico State Arts Grant, and fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His stories have often been performed by professional actors at Stories on Stage and at the Dallas Museum of Art. An MFA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has been teaching writing courses for over thirty years. He lives in Louisville with his wife and their 11.8 pound pom-poo dog, and his adult children are off on satellite missions, though he encourages them to float home as often as possible. 

To provide the best workshop experience, the class will be limited to eight students. 


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.


Spring classes will be posted in November - check back!

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