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Member Spotlight: Gary McBride Talks About Travel, His Writing Process and Winning a Zebulon Award

By Dawn Virnig Gary McBride, the 2015 President of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop, has deep roots in Colorado. But that hasn’t stopped him from exploring over a third of the world’s countries—so far. He’s also an accomplished essayist and playwright, and is expanding his boundaries to other literary genres—he’s currently working on a thriller, The Wildcat, which won second place in the 2015 Zebulon Contest.  For more information about Gary, please visit him at  www.garyalanmcbride.com.   Gary, you’re a third-generation Coloradan, but you’ve been to more than 70 different countries around the world, and counting. What was your favorite country? My favorite country is this one, right here. It took me living abroad for over a decade to realize that I’m helplessly, hopelessly American, through and through. We Americans have a unique way of looking at the world, of looking at our lives, that I’ve never found anywhere else. We believe that our options, our possibilities, are limitless, and as easily interchangeable as McDonalds. Change religion? No problem. Move to a new city, make new friends, re-invent yourself? Done, done, and done. You want fries with that? If you don’t get the chance to travel, to live abroad, then you won’t realize that in other countries, it’s just not possible to act like that. An anthropologist friend once called it having a “limited repertoire of options,” and that’s an accurate description for every culture I’ve seen. Of course, it’s true for us, too, but most of us don’t realize it. And that’s what I love about America: our glorious naïveté. We think we’re gonna change the world. I love...

Karen Douglass Will Be Reading From Her Debut Novel Accidental Child

BWW member Karen Douglass will read from her recently released debut novel, Accidental Child, at 2:00 p.m., March 22, 2015 at BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver CO, 80212.  A futuristic, dystopian novel in the tradition of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time, Accidental Child is set in a time when survivors of disastrous climate change have created a community in an old shopping mall, where clan hierarchy determines work, allocates food and controls the right to bear children. Rose Donahue falls through time into this arid future and must adapt or risk death trying to return to her former life where she had a lover, a young daughter and a beagle named Otis. Karen Douglass, a Colorado writer, has published short fiction, many individual poems and five books of poetry. She has a BS (Chapman College), an MA (Georgia Southern) and an MFA (Vermont College). She is a co-host for an ongoing poetry reading in Lafayette CO, a member of Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop, Colorado Independent Publishers Association (board member), and Boulder Writers’ Workshop. You can find her full bio and publication list at www.KVDbooks.com...

Highlights from the March Literary Salon: Gary McBride “Foreshadowing in the First Person Present”

By Michael Carson, BWW Vice President A former keyboardist who made his living playing music - no simple feat - Gary McBride understands how the intro affects the rest of a song. It can draw you in, or drive you away. It can set the tone, or make you tune out. It can let you know that you’re in for a good listen - just as the introduction to a book can tell you you’re in for a good read. Gary hosted the Boulder Writers' Workshop March Literary Salon and read from novel-in-progress, The Wildcat, which was a second-place winner in the 2015 Zebulon Contest hosted by Pikes Peak Writers.  The Literary Salons held by the BWW are patterned after the traditional salons of Paris and feature a member reading from his or her work, followed by a discussion of all things publishing and writing. In his salon, Gary guided the topic toward “Foreshadowing in the First Person Present,” and used examples from the first chapter of his new novel to highlight some foreshadowing techniques you can use when writing in first person, present tense. While foreshadowing doesn’t have to be part of your introduction, and in fact can appear in a variety of places in your book, a good writer sets our expectations by skillfully foreshadowing major plot developments in the introduction or first chapter. She whets our appetite keeps us turning the page to see how things will turn out, just as we keep listening to a song after a good intro section makes us want to hear more. Foreshadowing in any tense sets up expectations, and gets the...

Highlights from the February Literary Salon: Ava Klinger Talks About Knowing Your Characters and Choosing Tense

By Alicia Benjamin, Contributing Editor On Febuary 8, 2015, Ava Klinger, Young Adult fiction author and Boulder Writer’s Workshop professional member, read from her first novel, The Rebel’s Cresset, and spoke to the Boulders Writer’s Workshop about key elements of fiction writing: including tense, pacing, and plot and character development. Since Ava’s novel is set in first person present, she admitted that the tense of her novel has made her more aware of possible disconnects when world building, since the surroundings are observed by the main character … and not an omniscient being.   Others in attendance at the Literary Salon agreed that first person present can be a challenging tense to choose but it’s a terrific tense for building tension and immediacy. Those two things lend itself to great pacing in a story, since the action is unfolding as you read.   On the other hand, first person present can make it difficult for the author to aptly focus on character development, since what you see is what you get. Meaning, first person present limits a reader to seeing and knowing only what the main Point of View character sees and knows. When they discover something big, so does the reader. There’s big pay off in that, but it can also be quite challenging to orchestrate. In many ways, first person present requires a deft hand to build the character in advantageous and believable ways. Ideas shared among the group included showing the flaws and faults of the character (is she impulsive?), adding in color through dialogue or action (does she mutter under her breath or rush into burning...

Welcome Professional Member Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

Sarah Elizabeth Schantz is a fiction writer living on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado, with her family in an old farmhouse surrounded by century-old cottonwoods, open sky, and coyote. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice and have won a few other literary awards from journals like Third Coast and organizations such as A Room of Her Own. Her debut novel, Fig, debuts from McElderry (a division at Simon & Schuster) on April 7, 2015. Visit her website at www.sarahelizabethschantz.org.   BWW: What kinds of writing projects are you working on? SES: Aside from promoting the release of my debut novel, Fig, from Simon & Schuster, I am working on my second book which is tentatively titled, Roadside Altars. I thought I had this whole book writing business figured out seeing that I actually wrote and sold one, but I’m learning that every book is its own beast, and makes its own demands. I actually finished the first draft of Roadside Altars in 2014 but it just never felt right. I’ve decided to switch it from third person to first, which really means I’m writing another book. Roadside Altars is about a teenage girl named Krystal Rassat, who like her mother and grandmother, was born with the gift of sight. However, Krystal begins to question this when she discovers that the lump on her left shoulder—what she’s always been told was her “mark,” is actually the remains of a twin sister she absorbed in utero—a syndrome known as Vanishing Twin. Essentially, Krystal embarks upon a road trip/journey to find out who she is and each chapter follows the twenty-two major arcana cards...

Welcome New Officers

The Boulder Writers’ Workshop has a top-notch vrew of fresh officers who are eager to make the organization the best that it can be in 2015. Taking over the role of president is Gary Alan McBride. Gary is a writer and musician out of Denver, Colorado, and is committed to helping the Boulder Writers’ Workshop thrive. He says, “Storytelling defines our very culture. Crafting a story, be it fiction, memoir, or non-fiction, requires many ingredients. In addition to the years of effort, the monster toolbox of skills, and the modicum of talent, for that story to reach another person – every writer’s goal – requires other people: writers, readers, editors, agents, publishers, coaches, mentors, all of whom provide essential feedback, insight, moral support, and connections. I see the positive influences of our vibrant Boulder Writer’s Workshop community in my own writing every day. I am looking forward to 2015 as president, to doing what I can to assist others, humbled by the array of talent all around me, and proud to be a member of this tribe.” Learn more about Gary by visiting his website at www.garyalanmcbride.com. Michael Carson will be returning to the vice presidency. He has a long history as copywriter and creative director in advertising and design, and is a contributing editor to The Insider. He says, “The first thing I hope to bring to the BWW is really good scones, the kind that are crunchy with crystallized sugar on the outside and chewy on the inside. Once we’ve had a couple of those, I’ll be ready to work with Lori DeBoer and Gary McBride on key events,...

Welcome Professional Member Sheila Paxton

Sheila Paxton is an award-winning relationship coach. She is an expert in helping singles overcome the barriers that keep them from connecting with the love of their life. Sheila knows first-hand about the sorrow and guilt that accompany poor relationship decisions. She divorced twice before she married the love her life, Orley Paxton, to whom she now has been married for twenty-five years. Her first book, Getting Past Jaded, combines relationship wisdom with a bit of magic to guide people through the ups and downs of love. Before getting certified as a relationship coach, Sheila was an award-winning and prolific entrepreneur. She has launched three successful companies and led operations at seven other firms. She was recognized as an influential “training renegade” by Working Woman magazine and is still a respected speaker on business trends as well as the best practices for conferences and executive briefings worldwide. Boulder Writers' Workshop: What kinds of projects are you working on? Sheila Paxton: I’m currently in the brainstorming phase for a sequel to Getting Past Jaded. As part of my business coaching practices, I have just finished the development of a virtual training program that helps other coaches develop certification programs from their intellectual property. BW: What do you like about being a writer in Colorado? SP: There are tremendous resources for writers in Colorado. Even after living here for 17 years, I am still awed and inspired by its beauty. Colorado’s weather is also conducive to getting outdoors and meeting people, which stimulates my writer’s mind. BWW: Who or what are you reading right now? SP: I’m reading Anne Lamott’s work now, and...

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

Love and sacrifice intertwine in this brilliant and provocative debut of rare beauty about a girl dealing with her mother's schizophrenia and her own mental illness. Fig's world lies somewhere between reality and fantasy. But as she watches Mama slowly come undone, it becomes hard to tell what is real and that is not, what is fun and what is frightening. To save Mama, Fig begins a fierce battle bring her back. She knows that her daily sacrifices, like not touching metal one day or avoiding water the next, are the only way to cure her mother. The problem is that in the process of a daily sacrifice, Fig begins to lose herself as well, increasingly isolating herself from her classmates and engaging in self-destructive behavior that only further sets her apart. Spanning the course of Fig's childhood from age six to nineteen, this deeply provocative novel is more than a portrait of a mother, a daughter, and the struggle that comes with all-consuming love. It is an acutely honest and often painful portrayal of life with mental illness and the lengths to which a young woman must go to handle the ordeals--real or imaginary--thrown her way. Sarah has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice and has won a few other literary awards from journals like Third Coast and organizations such as A Room of Her Own. Her debut novel, Fig, debuts from McElderry (a division at Simon & Schuster) on April 7th, 2015. Please visit the author's website for more information: sarahelizabethschantz ....

Getting Past Jaded by Sheila Paxton

Acclaimed author Sheila Paxton’s newest book, Getting Past Jaded is a parable with a powerful, healing message. Audra, the main character of Sheila Paxton’s modern day dating fable, Getting Past Jaded, has struggled with finding lasting love. One day, she gets so sick of dating she decides it’s time to do something for herself—get a tattoo that declares her freedom and independence. But Audra's not prepared for what happens next—she meets tattoo artist, Lily, who turns out to be a wise mentor to help Audra rethink her ideas about dating, relationships, and even who she is. Join Audra and Lily on this surprising and inspiring journey of opening oneself to love. If you’re currently feeling jaded, you’ll discover how to: Understand your past relationships Accept yourself Discover your strengths Be intentional and in the present moment Uncover your values Develop new relationship skills Screen dates based on your values Whether you’re male or female, young or old, after reading Getting Past Jaded, dating will never be the same for you. In fact, you’ll never be the same. Sheila Paxton is a professional dating coach and award winning entrepreneur. visit her website at www.sheilapaxton.com. Find Getting Past Jaded...

Small Change, Big Gains by Thomas H. Stoner Jr.

If the world was applying for a job, how could we build it a stronger, more sustainable energy portfolio?  In Small Change, Big Gains: Reflections of an Energy Entrepreneur, author and veteran energy executive Thomas Stoner answers these questions by taking an unique look at our global energy supply as if it were a portfolio of assets. This innovative approach turns the way we usually look at energy on its head. Stoner takes a hopeful and proactive perspective and addresses how we can transform our current social, economic, and political structures to build a more sustainable energy future. Thomas H. Stoner Jr. writes from the perspective of an energy executive with 30 years of experience in the C-Suite, in the boardroom, and as an investor in renewable energy assets. He has a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.S. from the London School of Economics. He has spent over thirty years in leading companies in clean technology space. Tom served as CEO of two publicly traded companies: Econergy International PLC, a renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) traded on the London AIM market; and Evergreen Energy, a clean coal technology company traded on the NYSE Arca...

2015 Ink Award Winners

By Lori DeBoer, Director Congratulations to the 2015 winners of The Ink Awards.  This is the first year that the Boulder Writers’ Workshop has given these awards, which were nominated by and voted on by our Standard and Professional Members. The awards were given out at our Member Showcase and Recognition Reception, which was held Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Boulder. We had more than 40 members in attendance and our keynote speaker was Gail Storey, author of several books, including the award-winning memoir I Promise not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Coast Trail. In addition to The Ink Awards, members also voted on “Writer of the Year,” which was given to the member who most exemplifies the Boulder Writers’ Workshop by their participation in our literary community and their professional achievements.   Judith Robbins Rose, author of the forthcoming middle-grade novel, Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco, was the winner. Anna Schmidt was recognized as our Volunteer of the Year for all of her hard work and contributions to our organization.                   The Ink Award Winners for 2015 were:   Best Poetry In the Herbary: Herbal Poetry, Tips and Tricks by Teresa Louis   Best Blogger “Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride” by Susie Lindau   Best Screenwriter Break the Stage by Erik V. Wolter   Best Magazine Writer Ellen Nordberg   Best Literary Fiction  TIE Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors The Beginning of Us by Sarah Brooks   Best Genre Fiction TIE The Vampire Shrink  by Lynda Hillburn The Accidental Child by...

Requiem Dawn by J.L. Forest

Five thousand years ago, the Atreianii transcended humankind, reducing men and women to slaves and pets. These post-human demigods reigned for centuries across their world and throughout the solar system, and for a time they created their paradise. Yet it could not last; they warred amongst themselves, reduced the globe to dust and ash, and fled beneath the ground, awaiting better days. An E’cwn huntress, Nyahri, has awakened one such demigod, one still determined to destroy her own kind, to right old wrongs, and to avenge a long-dead beloved. Dormant powers, older than Nyahri can imagine, draw her from her tribal life into the service of a goddess— Whose heart beats like anyone’s, longing for her lost companion, a love who may one day live again through Nyahri herself. As a professional member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, J.L. Forrest’s stories also appear in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Crossed Genres’ Fierce Family, Robot Cowgirl’s Alien Abduction, and elsewhere. Eleven of his short stories appear in the collection Delicate Ministrations. To learn more about the author and books, visit jlforest.com....

Delicate Ministrations by J.L. Forest

Delicate Ministrations is a collection of literary delectations, loving ministrations, and fabulous words, being stories science fictional, literary, fantastical, and fay. These eleven short tales by author J.L. Forrest introduce us to alienated world travelers, estranged families, deep-space explorers, broken hearts, murderers, damaged detectives, ministerial agents, humanity after humanity, a fivesome of fancy foxes, a robot named Franklin, a crime-stopping cat, and wonders from beyond. Honest Indie reviews says, "As speculative fiction is meant to do, Forrest's stories put Faulkner's 'eternal verities' of love, honor, courage and compassion on bold display, gems in ring settings of the bizarre, dramatic and even frightening. These are great stories from a writer who knows the techniques of good writing and infuses them with heart, soul, insight and a fearful imagination." As a professional member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, J.L. Forrest’s stories also appear in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Crossed Genres’ Fierce Family, Robot Cowgirl’s Alien Abduction, and elsewhere. He is the author of multiple novels, including A Requiem Dawn. To learn more about J.L. Forest and his books, visit his website...

Vote for Best Books in All Categories

The Boulder Writers' Workshop is presenting awards to the best  member books in various categories.  The books can be published at any time and are all books by BWW Professional Members in good standing. Only BWW Standard and Professional Members in good standing are welcome to vote.  Please vote for one book in each category.  Voting closes Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at midnight. The awards will be announced and presented at the Member Showcase and Recognition Reception on Wednesday, January 28.   Advanced Poll Best Poetry Two-Gun Lil by Karen Douglass In the Herbary: Herbal Poetry, Recipes and Tips by Teresa Louis The Great Hunger by Karen Douglass Voting is over! Advanced Poll Best Memoir I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Coast Trail by Gail Storey Teaching the Cat to Sit by Michelle Theall He Loves Me Knot by Susu Vieira Breaking Faith: A Journey Through Infertility and a High-Risk Pregnancy by Lori Stott Green Rider, Thinking Horse by Karen Douglass Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature by Priscilla Stuckey One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter by Julene Bair Power in the Blood by Linda Tate Step Up, Step Out: Be an Agent for Change by Carolyn Rose Hart The Ogallala Road:A Memoir of Love and Reckoning by Julene Bair Voting is over! Advanced Poll Best Nonfiction Cervantes, The Novel, and The New World by Diana de Armas Wilson Madman of LaMancha by Diane de Armas Wilson Allegories of Love by Diane de Armas Wilson Loyalty on Trial: One American's Battle with the FBI by Erik V. Wolter...

Vote for Best Blogger and Best Magazine Writer

Vote for the Book Awards for the Boulder Writers' Workshop.  Limit one vote per category!  Only BWW Standard and Professional Members are invited and allowed to vote.  Thanks! The nominees for the writing awards for journalism and blogging are listed separately. All nominees are Boulder Writers' Workshop Professional Members with dues in good standing. Nominations for the 2016 awards will open October 15 and close December 15, 2015, at midnight.   Best Blogger Christina Antus for "Christina Antus, Writer & Mediocre Housewife," featuring her humorous take on motherhood, domesticity and all the fun that comes with being a grownup.  www.christinaantus.com     Susie Lindau for "Susie Lindau's Wild Ride," featuring her fun and personal adventures at www.susielindau.com     Amanda McCracken for "Shelf Life: Musings on Waiting" that runs the gamut from profound to funny.  shelflifemccracken.wordpress.com     Connie Meyer whose musings at "Urban Overalls" celebrate the urban homestead. www.urbanoveralls.net     Ellen Nordberg for "Treading the Twin Tsunami: Funny Tales of a Twin Mom Water Aerobics Instructor,"  features her unique brand of humor to twin parenting and fitness instruction. www.ellennordberg.com     Susan Osborn for "Empowered for Life," which features her thoughtful insights and meditations on growth as a personal lifestyle, including learning and living through unexpected change and loss. www.empoweredforlife.net     Lara Riscol for "Evokes: Grown Up Conversations on Sex and Life," which covers the intersection  of sex and society. www.evokes.com     Susu Vieira for "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not," a blog that supports her book and riffs on dating.  www.helovesmehelovesmeknot.com Advanced Poll Best Blogger (Voting Reserved for BWW Standard and Professional Members) Christina...

[ Events ]

March 27, 2015 – Critique Group

Get your writing in shape for submission with this intensive critique group. Under the guidance of professional coach and published author Lori DeBoer, you’ll learn how to troubleshoot and strengthen your stories. Through critiquing other people’s pieces and having your own critiqued, you’ll gain a greater understanding of what makes a story work. Weekly writing exercises, spot-training and on-the-fly instruction will aid you in getting into peak writing performance so you can reach your publication goals. The Boulder Writers’ Workshop Critique Group will meet at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street. FOR STANDARD AND PROFESSIONAL BWW MEMBERS WHOSE DUES ARE CURRENT. NO EXCEPTIONS.  You must be logged in your Boulder Writers’ Workshop GroupSpaces account at to reserve your spot, purchase a ticket, load your piece to be read or read submitted pieces. Get your writing in shape for submission with this intensive critique group. Under the guidance of professional coach and published author Lori DeBoer, you’ll learn how to troubleshoot and strengthen your stories. Through critiquing other people’s pieces and having your own critiqued, you’ll gain a greater understanding of what makes a story work. Weekly writing exercises, spot-training and on-the-fly instruction will aid you in getting into peak writing performance so you can reach your publication goals. Attendees must agree to read and critique other’s work for the evening. We will spend 45 minutes discussing each writers’ submissions (for a total of 90 minutes); the rest of the time will be spent on activities designed to increase your knowledge and skill base, including lectures on topics pertinent to the week’s pieces, in-class...

March 29, 2015 – Writing Workshop: Casting an Emotional Net with Lori DeBoer

A good story draws readers in by making them become emotionally involved with the characters. Learn to be an astute writer by getting an emotional read on your characters, including their backstories, desires, fears and motivations. We'll discuss how feelings and response are an integral part of a successful scene and how a writer's own emotions figure into writing. The workshop will be led by author and Writing Coach Lori DeBoer, who has an MFA in creative writing. She has helped hundreds of clients and students achieve their writing and publication goals.  Her clients have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, been a finalist for the Flannery O’ Connor Award for Short Fiction, won a Tin House Literary Award and won or placed in both the Zebulon Awards and the Colorado Gold Awards.   They have been published by Yotzeret Publishing, Melange, Greenleaf and Candlewick Press. See LoriDeBoer.net, for more details. The event will be held on Sunday, March 29th, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Please note: You must preregister for this event at Boulder Writers' Workshop Registration. This members-only educational event is free.  Professional Membership is $99 per year, and Standard Membership is only $49 per year. Invest in your future as a writer. Become a Member today!...

April 10, 2015 – Member Mixer

Join us at the Boulder Writers' Workshop Member Mixer, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday,  April 10, 2015, if you want to be around other writers who “get” what you are doing! We are meeting at the Trident Booksellers and Cafe on the back patio at 940 Pearl St, in Boulder.   This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you help our host by buying something to drink or eat. Register for this free event at our new Boulder Writers' Workshop GroupSpaces site. Thanks! Lori DeBoer, BWW Founder & Director...

April 12, 2015 – Literary Salon Hosted by Sheila Paxton

The Literary Salon is fashioned after the great salons of Paris in the Eighteenth Century, and is free and open to the public. Members talk about their writing successes and challenges, solicit advice, share their experiences and keep each other up-to-date on trends. Our topics range widely–covering the art, psychology, spirituality, business and craft of writing and publishing. All genres and experience levels are welcome.  The event is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. Please register for this event at: Boulder Writers' Workshop at GroupSpaces.com Sheila Paxton is an award-winning relationship coach. She is an expert in helping singles push through the barriers that keep them from connecting with the love of their life. Sheila knows first-hand about the sorrow and guilt that accompany poor relationship decisions. After two divorces, she married the love her life, Orley Paxton, to whom she now has been married for twenty-five years. Her first book, Getting Past Jaded, marries relationship wisdom with a bit of magic to guide people to find the love of their lives. Before getting certified as a couple and singles relationship coach, Sheila was an award-winning entrepreneur. Sheila was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug early in her career. Sheila has launched three successful companies and led operations at seven other firms. She was recognized as an influential “training renegade” by Working Woman magazine and is still a sought-after speaker on business trends and best practices for conferences and executive briefings worldwide. Visit her website at www.sheilapaxton.com. Her acclaimed book Getting Passed Jaded is about healing and becoming open to love. Buy it on Amazon...

April 15, 2015 – Writing Book Club

This bookclub is kicked up a notch to help writers understand what comprises a best seller by looking at the story elements and how they are put together.  We'll try to figure out what the author did that made the book so engaging and what techniques and strategies we can use in our own writing. Lori DeBoer will be leading the discussion, drawing on her skills as a writing coach and editor to help you figure  out what works, what doesn't and what resonates with you. Lori has an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in United States History.  She has practical experience helping writers bring their writing into the world. Her clients have been nominated for a several awards including the Pushcart Prize, a Glyph, a CIPA EVVY, a Tin House Literary Pick and have placed for the past several years in both the Colorado Gold and Zebulon Contests, among other honors.   The Writing Book Club is sponsored by the Boulder Book Store but to receive handouts I ask that you register for the class at Boulder Writers' Workshop Registration. Thanks and see you there! Lori DeBoer, BWW Founder & Director...

May 3, 2015 – Literary Salon hosted by J.L. Forrest and Karen Douglass

The Literary Salon is fashioned after the great salons of Paris in the Eighteenth Century, and is free and open to the public. Members talk about their writing successes and challenges, solicit advice, share their experiences and keep each other up-to-date on trends. Our topics range widely–covering the art, psychology, spirituality, business and craft of writing and publishing. All genres and experience levels are welcome. This Literary Salon will have two headliners this time around, members J.L. Forrest and Karen Douglass will be hosting and reading from their novels for the discussion.  The event is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. Please register for this event at: Boulder Writers’ Workshop at GroupSpaces.com Event will take place Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 3-5PM at Arapahoe Conference Room at Boulder Public Library   --- J.L. Forrest lives in Boulder, Colorado with the actor and stage artist Shana Cordon and two enormously spoiled cats. He teaches and writes in Boulder, but migrates regularly to Seattle, Washington and Roma, Italia. Most of his work fits neatly within the science-fiction rubric, but every few stories he tries something different. A new anthology of his short stories will be available later this year. You can reach him at http://www.jlforrest.com or on Twitter @WordForrest.   Karen Douglass, a Colorado writer, has published short fiction, many individual poems and five books of poetry. She has a BS (Chapman College), an MA (Georgia Southern) and an MFA (Vermont College). She is a co-host for an ongoing poetry reading in Lafayette CO, a member of Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop, Colorado Independent Publishers Association (board member), and Boulder Writers’ Workshop....

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