​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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: 

     January 27th 12-3:30pm (note the afternoon hours for this one!!)

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. 


January Mini Boot Camp
When: Jan 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 jump start on that writing project in the new year? 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, Jan 15-19, 500 words a day emailed to me by midnight. Comprehensive editing feedback from me on your 2500 words no later than January 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.

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

2017 Hecla Award Celebration
When: Saturday February 3rd, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Sweet Spot Cafe, 585 W Dillon Road in Louisville
Cost: Free

Join us for drinks and food and the announcement of the 2017 Hecla Award winners.


One on One Coaching with Rachel Weaver
When: Monthly, beginning Feb 1, March 1, 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 per month

Member Discount Price: $40 per month

Or $125 for all three months

Member Discount Price: $115 for all three 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.  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. You are welcome to participate in a single month or to hang out for all three months.

The two-hour discussions will be held on the following dates: Saturdays, Feb 17th, March 24th, 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.

Fifty Page Critique Group with Rachel Weaver
When: Thursdays, February 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 8 and 15 6:30-8pm
Where: Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin in Louisville
Cost: $220 

Member Discount Program Price: $200

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

Limit: 6 students

In this six-week long class, led by Rachel Weaver, we will meet once a week to critique 50 pages of work from each participant. This will allow us to discuss how scenes are working together, how the plot and characters are developing, whether or not the tension is being maintained, etc. In other words, aspects of writing a book that are not possible to comment on when only ten pages at a time are being critiqued. This is a great way to move your book out of those early drafting stages into the final drafting stages. Class size is limited to six people. Participants will be expected to have read the 50 pages that will be discussed that week prior to coming to class. While the day we discuss your book will clearly be beneficial, you can often learn as much or more by participating in the discussion of other people's work.

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.

February Mini Boot Camp
When: Feb 15th-19th
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, Feb 15th-19th, 500 words a day emailed to me by midnight. Comprehensive editing feedback from me on your 2500 words no later than February 28th.

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.

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


Reading Your Work To An Audience with Regis MFA student Allissa Woodson
When: Wednesday, February 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: 357 S. McCaslin Blvd in Louisville
Cost: Free

Click here to register now, seats go fast in the free classes

This course is designed to address preparing for and reading to an audience. It will touch on the benefits of treating your work as though you are preparing for a performance. These tips on how to practice your work prior to a reading can help you deal with pre-performance jitters. We will also discuss how you can prepare for success on the day of the reading. A large portion of the class will be devoted to rehearsal of work that you bring in. This will involve group and individual practice in front of and with your peers. These practices will focus on pacing, projection and posture. Come with a short piece and be ready to read for the class.

Allissa Woodson is a second-year Creative Writing MFA student at Regis University. She received a BFA in Creative Writing and BA in Speech-Theater from Arkansas Tech University. She was the Fall 2013 Editor of Nebo: A Literary Magazine. Her works appear in Progenitor, Literary Review-East, Caffein8ed Review, and Black Couch Literary Magazine.


Acts of Courage: Writing and Publishing Memoir with memoirist Janet Buttenwiser
When: Monday February 26th 6:30-8:30
Where: 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)

Join memoirist Janet Buttenwieser for a class about the process of writing and publishing memoir. How do we dig into the painful parts of our lives and craft them into memoir? What does it feel like to sit down to Sunday dinner with our loved ones after having written about them all week? And how do we cope with the anxiety that comes from having our personal stories published? We will answer these questions and more of your own about writing and publishing in the most personal of genres. We will look at a published brief memoir and do some writing of our own. Janet will share her stories of publishing personal essays as well as her unique path to publication for her newly published memoir, GUTS.

Janet Buttenwieser’s memoir, GUTS, was a finalist for the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize and will be published by Vine Leaves Press in February 2018. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Under the Sun, Potomac Review, The Pinch, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. Visit her at janetbuttenwieser.com

March One on One Coaching with Rachel Weaver
When: March 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 on  March 24th at 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.


Creatively Cleaning Up Your Scenes: Using Poetic Devices to Help Build Better Prose with Regis MFA students Blaine Heydt and John Johnson
When: Monday, March 5th, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: 357 S. McCaslin Blvd in Louisville
Cost: $20

Click here to RSVP, seats tend to go fast

Unnecessary language and unintentional phrasing and structure may hinder a scene’s potential and performance. In this class, we will explore how to use poetic devices to sharpen a scene’s focus and to develop and elevate the tension, mood, and setting. All levels of prose writers are welcome to attend. Please bring a scene or two of your own to work with.

Blaine Heydt received a BA in English from Colorado State University and is currently pursing an MFA in poetry at Regis University. She is the Chief Operating Officer of the Heart & Hand Center, a nonprofit that provides after school programming and resources to families in Northeast Denver. She loves rock climbing, snowboarding and traveling.

John Johnson is currently in his last semester of a MFA program in literary fiction at Regis University. While not writing, he is in his twelfth year of teaching English at Regis Jesuit High School. When he does have time, he enjoys the Colorado lifestyle along with his laptop and a good book.

****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. 

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.

Short Story Mentorship

When: March-May, 3 one on one meetings
Price: $375

Member Discount Price: $360

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

Limit 4 students

Robert Garner McBrearty is once-again offering a three-month (March through May) individual mentoring class in writing short stories. During this time, students will write two stories and receive 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.

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 discussions 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.


Creating a Writing Life with Regis MFA student Mary Kurtz
When: April 19th 6:30-8:30
Where: 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. 



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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