What could be a more appealing way to start a new year for area writers than a free weekend workshop with accomplished professionals, who aim to inspire the next story, memoir, article, novel — or …
What could be a more appealing way to start a new year for area writers than a free weekend workshop with accomplished professionals, who aim to inspire the next story, memoir, article, novel — or whatever else is circling at the back of your mind, seeking a way out?
The Writer’s Retreat will take place on Jan. 13 (10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and Jan. 14 (1:30 to 4:30 p.m.) at the Englewood Public Library in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway.
This workshop presents seven experienced writers to discuss concerns from “Getting Into Gear,” with facilitator/Colorado Book Award Winner Warren Hammond to “Publishing Your Work,” with publisher, author and Hugo-winning editor Jason Heller.
Registration in advance is required, with a simple phone call to 303-762-2555, during normal business hours, or register online: englewoodco.gov/government/city-departments/library/writersretreat/agenda.
The precise online agenda says: “Each one-hour track will comprise an opening mini-lecture of 15 minutes; guided, interactive exercises and/or Q&A for 40 minutes; and a closing statement for five minutes.”
(Save long-winded discourse for another day!)
● Jan. 13 sessions, starting at 10:30 a.m.:
1. “Kick Your writing Into Gear” with facilitator Warren Hammond: Starting is never easy ... ways to spark your project and keep momentum going. Hammond authored science fiction novels, short stories and will release a graphic novel, co-written with Joshua Viola, in 2018.
2. “Writing about Your Life” with Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, author of “Fig.” The challenge and rewards of writing about your life — and the different forms it can take, from fiction to memoir. Schantz’ first novel, “Fig,” was selected by NPR as a 2015 Best Read of the Year and won the Colorado Book Award in 2016. She has published short stories and essays and teaches at Front Range Community College.
3. “Making Characters Come Alive” with Mario Acevedo, Colorado Book Award-winning author. Dialogue, description and point of view and other methods can help you create characters that pop off the page. Acevedo is author of the best-selling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series.
4. “Writing About Your Favorite Thing” with Colorado Book Award winner Erin Blakemore. Turn your passion for everything — music, food, books, sports, science, etc. — into exciting writing. Blakemore is a Boulder-based journalist and professional bookworm, with work published in Time, The Atlantic, the Washington Post and more, as well as “The Heroine’s Bookshelf” (Harper 2010).
● January 14 sessions, starting at 1:30 p.m.:
5. “Writing Comics and Graphic Novels” with R. Alan Brooks, author of “The Burning Metronome.” Creating comics and graphic novels presents unique challenges and rewards to writers. Brooks is a writer, musician and hosts a popular comics podcast. He writes educational children’s comics and is creator of “The Burning Metronome,” a supernatural murder mystery graphic novel.
6. “Balancing Life and Writing” with Molly Tanzer, World Fantasy Award-nominated author. Finding time and motivation to write isn’t easy when you have a busy life, but it’s both possible and energizing. Tanzer is the author of “Creatures of Will and Temper” and two forthcoming titles plus others novels and short fiction.
7. “Publishing Your Work” with journalist, author and Hugo-winning editor Jason Heller. It’s never too early to start thinking about where, when, why and how your writing might be published. Heller is a former nonfiction editor of “Clarkesworld,” novelist, and author of nonfiction articles. A nonfiction book is due in 2018.
If you go
The Englewood Public Library is in the Englewood Civic Center (first floor) at 1000 Englewood Parkway. There is free parking in a public garage and elevated lot just south of the building; check the signs for parking time limits in various areas. The Writer’s Retreat is free, but registration in advance is required: 303-762-2555 during normal operating hours. Or register online at englewoodco.gov/government/city-departments/library/writersretreat.