​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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

Cost: Free
Click here to see upcoming dates and to RSVP


These 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. 


​How To Handle Beginnings, Middles and Endings with Regis MFA student Monterey Buchanan
When: Monday March 12, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: 357 S. McCaslin Blvd in Louisville
Cost: Free, Limit 12 students

RSVP here, seats go fast in the free classes 

Writing a novel can be thrilling and rewarding, but also presents challenges at every stage. Some writers struggle to write a beginning that will hook the reader, or even how to start writing at all. Others grapple with writing a compelling middle to keep readers interested. Still others are searching for the perfect end to their novel that ties it all together. This class will examine beginnings, middles, and endings by looking at successful excerpts from a variety of authors, and exercises designed to help you think about the crucial parts of beginnings, middles, and ends in new ways. There will be plenty of time for class discussion with fellow students as well. You can expect to leave this class with a better understanding of beginnings, middles, and endings, and the knowledge to improve or continue your own piece. 

Monterey Buchanan has always loved good stories, and has been reading and writing with gusto since childhood. She’s had several pieces published in The Crucible, the literary magazine at Earlham College, and spent one of her semesters in New York City where she wrote several short pieces for websites and got to see amazing theater.  More recently, Monterey wrote an award-winning sermon for EqUUal Access, a Unitarian Universalist group promoting equality for people with disabilities. Monterey has also been tutoring at the Community College of Denver and looks forward to bringing those skills to her first class at Colorado Writing School. Monterey is entering her second year at the Mile High MFA program at Regis University, where she is currently working on her first young adult novel.​


March Mini Boot Camp
When: March 15-19
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 jumpstart 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, March 15th-19th, 500 words a day emailed to me by midnight. Comprehensive editing feedback from me on your 2500 words no later than March 31st.

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.

March Boot Camp
When: March 15th-24th
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, March 15th-24th, 1000 words a day emailed to me by midnight. Comprehensive editing feedback from me on your 10,000 words no later than April 10th.

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.

April One on One Coaching with Rachel Weaver
When: April 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

Member Discount Program Price: $40

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.  Participants will email Rachel five pages of double spaced work on the 5th 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 discussion will be held April 21st 10-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.


Short Story Mentorship
Where: Individual one on one meetings will take place at a coffee shop in Louisville
When: April 2-June 30, 2018
Cost: $375
Member Discount Price: $360
Click here to join the Member Discount Program ($30 for 6 months of discounted classes)
Limit 6 students

Robert Garner McBrearty is offering a three-month (April through June) individual mentoring class in writing short stories. During this time, students will write two stories and receive one on one in-person consultations on the stories as well as detailed written critiques. Subsequent rewrites will also be discussed. Robert will offer three in-person consultations – a half-hour preliminary meeting and two one-hour meetings, as well as ample opportunity for email and phone contact. By offering advice on style, structure, and story development, Robert’s goal is to help students take their class stories and future stories to the next level.

For several years, Robert has taught short story courses for Colorado Writing School and has also taught at various writing conferences, workshops, and retreats. As well, he also taught for over twenty years at the University of Colorado. Robert’s past experience as an editor at Narrative Magazine and other literary magazines, along with being a contributing editor for the Pushcart Prize, helps inform his teaching. He knows the writing world from the editorial standpoint, and will help students learn more about the publishing process and will provide advice about submitting stories for publication.

Robert’s short stories have been widely published in premier literary venues including the Pushcart Prize, Narrative Magazine, Missouri Review, North American Review, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Story Quarterly, and New England Review. As well, he’s published three collections of short stories and one novella.  His stories have been read at Stories on Stage in Denver and at the Dallas Museum of Art and have been cited in articles in The Writer Magazine, Novel and Short Story Writers Market, and elsewhere. An adaptation of his story “The Dishwasher” won the one-act Maine Drama Festival.

His writing awards include the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award and fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


​How To Hook Readers and Keep Them Reading, with Robert McBrearty
When: Tuesday, April 10th, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S McCaslin, Suite 200
Cost: $60

Member Discount Price: $50

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

In this class, we will discuss how to use different types of openings to engage readers quickly and then to hold their interest through character development and story tension. Consider the stories and novels that you have loved. What was it about them that engaged you and kept you reading, not only patiently but eagerly? Can we create that magic ourselves? What makes readers want to read page two after reading page one? How do titles work to pull us into a story? As a former editor of literary magazines, I will provide some insight and suggestions for those interested in publishing their work.

Robert Garner McBrearty has taught at Colorado Writing School for several years. He has recent short stories in The Missouri Review and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and he has published widely in leading literary venues: the Pushcart Prize, North American Review, Narrative, New England Review, and many other places. His writing awards include the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award and fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. His stories have frequently been performed by professional actors including several readings at Stories on Stage in Denver, and an adaptation of one of his stories won first place at the Maine Drama Festival. He taught for many years at the University of Colorado and holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  


Creating a Writing Life with Regis MFA student Mary Kurtz
When: April 19th, 6:30-8:30
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin Blvd in Louisville
Cost: $20

Are you having difficulty staying connected to your writing process? Do you have a half-written novel, essay, memoir or article laying around? If so, this class is designed for you. We will focus on the tools that help establish and support a commitment to one’s writing life. Students will be guided to an understanding of what supports their efforts and their goals, including an assessment of their writing practice habits, the creation of a motivating writing environment, and locating appropriate support from peer writers.

Mary and her husband, Pete, raise quarter horses, cattle, and hay on their ranch in the Elk River Valley in northwestern Colorado. She and Pete have two adult children and two devoted canine companions, Emma and Griz. Her first collection of essays, At Home in the Elk River Valley: Reflections on Family, Place and the West, was recognized as a 2012 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist in Regional Non-Fiction; and received the 2012 EVVY Bronze Award for Non-Fiction/Experience. In June of 2014, Mary’s essays, “Bugsy” and “Daddy’s Girl” were published in Ankle High and Knee Deep: Women Reflect on Western Rural Living, an anthology edited by Gail Jenner, published by Two Dot, an imprint of Globe Pequot. Mary previously taught special education and practiced psychotherapy. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Regis University.

****Rachel here. This class is a result of the partnership between Regis University Mile-High MFA Program and the CWS, designed to give MFA students an opportunity to gain teaching experience and to offer low cost programming to the CWS. Students spend a semester developing a class on a topic of their choice with me, and then are given the opportunity to give it a trial run to the members of the CWS at little or no cost to the community. I have assured all these students that the CWS is a welcoming, safe community in which to give teaching a whirl. I trust that you all will not turn me into a big fat liar. There will be two free classes offered to the CWS community per semester, and the rest (depending on how many students sign up for the mentorship) will be offered at a significantly reduced rate. 


WRITE WHAT YOU (don’t) KNOW
When: Monday April 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: 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)

People say, “Write what you know.” But what about Watership Down? Or The Life of Pi? Sometimes you HAVE to write about things you don’t know. But how? 

Whether you’re writing a novel, a nonfiction book; whether you need your character to do something you’ve never done or want to place your book in a time or place you’ve never experienced—research is the answer. There are billions of resources at your disposal for this, from Wikipedia to the county courthouse to the National Archives. But how to begin?
This course will follow the same path your research should: from the macro to the micro. Using examples from my own experience as the author of four heavily researched books (fiction and non-fiction) and the experience of other writers, you’ll learn how to approach your subject from the broadest perspective and then find your way to the small details that bring your imagination and book to life. 

Don’t let all the things you don’t (yet) know stop you from writing about something that fascinates you. 

Buzzy Jackson holds a Ph.D. in History from UC Berkeley and is a Research Affiliate at the Center of the American West at CU Boulder. The author of three nonfiction books (A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them, Shaking the Family Tree, and The Inspirational Atheist), she is currently researching and writing a historical novel. Buzzy is a veteran of the New York City publishing world and in 2018 will be an Edith Wharton Writer in Residence at The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts.


Plundering From Movies to Make Your Fiction Stronger
When: Tuesday May 8th, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: 357 S McCaslin in Louisville
Cost: $60
Member Discount Program Cost: $50

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


It’s no secret that Hollywood has cracked the story structure code, or that they’ve refined some of the most elegant and efficient character-building tools in the storytelling business.  What you may not know is that all of these tricks can be (and often are) utilized to conquer fiction writing, too. This workshop presents the Top Ten Master Movie Storytelling Devices via referencing a number of great modern films and shows you how to capitalize on them for your own writing!  Taught by a Hollywood pro who routinely poaches from great films to better her fiction writing.

TRAI CARTWRIGHT, MFA, is a 25-year entertainment industry veteran and creative writing specialist. She teaches, produces, and writes screenplays and novels, and can be found at www.craftwrite.com. While in Los Angeles, she was a screenwriter, independent film producer, and story consultant and development executive for HBO, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, New Lines Cinema, and 20th Century Fox. Trai currently teaches creative writing, screenwriting, and producing for the Colorado Film School and two online master’s programs, writers groups, conferences and cons, and one-on-one as a development and story editor. She is the screenwriter for Secret Ellington, and producer of docu-series Hidden Tigers.


Writing Great Dialogue with Regis MFA student Lynnette Horner
When: Tuesday May 15th 6:30-8:30
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S McCaslin, Suite 200
Cost: $20

Dialogue looks so easy—We all know how to talk, right? But fictional speech is not realistic; it is invented, and it pushes your story and characters forward. If your dialogue passages feel wooden or lifeless, you may need to find ways for dialogue to amp up tension, deepen your characters, and build readers’ curiosity. In this class we will examine the hallmarks of good dialogue and the pitfalls that frustrate readers. We will examine and discuss examples of dialogue from a variety of genres and help you sharpen your characters’ conversations and confrontations.


Lynnette recently completed her MFA in fiction at Regis University and is currently seeking an agent to represent her contemporary cozy mystery. She is a freelance copy editor, proofreader, and developmental editor and has been honing her fiction skills through numerous writers’ conferences, workshops, intensive clinics, and critique groups, as well as past membership in the Historical Novel Society and American Christian Fiction Writers. In 2013 two of her historical novels were finalists in the Tuscany Prize competition from Tuscany Press, and in 2010 she won the Genesis award for contemporary fiction from ACFW. The historicals are still sitting in a virtual drawer on her computer, waiting for her to revise them.

****Rachel here. This class is a result of the partnership between Regis University Mile-High MFA Program and the CWS, designed to give MFA students an opportunity to gain teaching experience and to offer low cost programming to the CWS. Students spend a semester developing a class on a topic of their choice with me, and then are given the opportunity to give it a trial run to the members of the CWS at little or no cost to the community. I have assured all these students that the CWS is a welcoming, safe community in which to give teaching a whirl. I trust that you all will not turn me into a big fat liar. There will be two free classes offered to the CWS community per semester, and the rest (depending on how many students sign up for the mentorship) will be offered at a significantly reduced rate. 


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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