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.

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President Gary McBride and Karen Douglass


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President Gary McBride and Erik V. Wolter


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President Gary McBride & Best Blogger Susie Lindau

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President Gary McBride and Judith Robbins Rose








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 Karen Douglass


Best Nonfiction Book TIE

Loyalty on Trial: One American’s Battle with the FBI  by Erik V. Wolter

Contemplative Hiking Along the Front Range  by Margaret Emerson


Best Memoir

I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Coast Trail  by Gail Storey


Boulder Writers' Workshop 2015 Member Showcase

Gail Storey, Ava Klinger and Ginnie Duran

2015 BWW Member Showcase

Sarah Brooks reads her award-winning essay

2015 BWW Member Showcase

Writers Lara Riscol, Sarah Brooks, Gail Storey, Sue Wang and John Mattson

2015 BWW Member Showcase

BWW Vice President Mike Carson, BWW Board Member Ellen Nordberg, Ellen's mother and Outgoing President Michael Renier

2015 BWW Member Showcase

Lori Stott and Amanda McCracken


2015 BWW Member Showcase

Outgoing BWW President Michael Renier and Writer of the Year Winner Judith Robbins Rose

BWW 2015 Member Showcase

Listening to readings