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 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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. 


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
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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. 


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.


4 Week Poetry Class with Elizabeth Robinson

What is this strange thing called poetry? Have you secretly wanted to explore the world of “image,” “metaphor,” and “prosody”? (Do you at least want to know what those words mean?) In this workshop, we will use lively and accessible poems as jumping-off points for our own writing experiments. This is an ideal way to learn the fundamentals of poetry in an environment that permits—and encourages—play and discovery. We welcome all who are curious!


Where: Office Evolution, 357 S McCaslin in Louisville
When: Tuesdays in July: July 3, 10, 17 and 24 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: $235 (non-member) $205 (member)
Your seat won't be held until you pay, which you can do by clicking here

Please note that our 4-week workshops do not include formal critiques, though there may be opportunities for informal sharing. If you’d like your work critiqued in depth, please see the 8-week workshop listings.

Elizabeth Robinson is the author of over a dozen volumes of poetry. Her most recent books are Three Novels (Omnidawn), Counterpart (Ahsahta), and Blue Heron (Center for Literary Publishing). Robinson’s mixed genre meditation, On Ghosts (Solid Objects), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times book award. In addition, she has been a winner of the National Poetry Series, the Fence Modern Poets Prize, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. She is a 2016 recipient of a Dora Maar/Brown Foundation Fellowship to France. Robinson has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the University of Montana, and the University of Colorado Boulder.


4 Week Plot Fitness with Victoria Hanley

If you struggle with plot, you are not alone. Many writers get inspired to begin a book, only to get lost in the middle or find themselves wrestling with an ending. This course will cover the elements that go into a compelling plot, from premise to denouement. Exercises will help determine which parts of your plot are strong, and which parts could use a fitness program. Course work is designed for those who have an outline in mind or have finished a draft of a novel, with weekly homework assignments as well as some small-group breakout sessions.


Where: Office Evolution, 357 S McCaslin in Louisville
When: Thursdays in July: July 5, 12, 19 and 26 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: $235 (non-member) $205 (member)
Your seat won't be held until you pay, which you can do by clicking here

This is not a traditional workshop with formal critiques, though there may be opportunities for informal sharing. If you’d like your work critiqued in depth, please see the 8-week workshop listings.

Victoria Hanley finds joy in nurturing emerging writers. She is the award-winning author of the bestselling book, Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write. Her fantasy novels for YA and MG readers have been published in thirteen languages and have received awards and honors in the U.S.and abroad, including the Colorado Book Award, the Kallbacher-Klapperschlange, the International Reading Association Young Adults Choices list, the Colorado Authors League Top Hand Award, Publishers West Silver Award, and New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Her books have also been placed on state award lists in Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, and Colorado, and she is the 2016 Lighthouse Beacon Award recipient. For more information, visit www.victoriahanley.com.


How To Write Stronger Scenes with Rachel Weaver

Scene work is the backbone of any story. When your scene work is strong, your reader is pulled into the story such that he/she forgets everything else. In this class, you’ll bring in one of your scenes and will reshape it according to a check list of what makes great scene work, including, but not limited to: effective control over the point of view, ways to open and close scenes smoothly, walking the tightrope between telling and showing, tying one scene to another to create a watertight plot, and what to do with that back story.

Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville
When: Wednesday July 11, 6-8:30pm
Cost: $65 (member) $75 (non-member)
Your seat cannot be guaranteed until you pay, which you can do by clicking here

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine described as a “strikingly vivid debut novel.” In his review on NPR’s All Things Considered, Alan Cheuse described the novel as one that “pulls you in.” 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, and by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads. 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 has been teaching fiction since 2004 and currently serves on the fiction faculty in Regis University's low residency MFA program. She has recently been awarded the Robert and Daryl Davis Fellowship in Fiction at Seaside Conference and a residency at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.