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 writing exercises and group coaching.

About the Facilitator:
Author and Writing Coach Lori DeBoer, who has an MFA in creative writing, 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 www.lorideboer.net, for more details.

The Details:

Attendees may submit in any narrative genre—essays, straight nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, genre fiction, literary novels, short stories, magazine articles and screenplays—except poetry, picture books and journals. You may submit any draft, but we prefer pages to be proofread.

  • $75 for critique of any number of pieces up to a total of 5,000 words.
  • Limit 12 participants, first come-first served
  • Registration REQUIRED. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • We will critique the work of two writers per session.
    • If we do not have two writers to critique, we will shorten the duration of the class by 45 minutes.
    • In the interest of fairness, members are limited to one submission per quarter, or four per year. (That number will increase if there is enough interest to meet more frequently.)
    • Authors must sign up for a spot and submit their pages two weeks ahead of time.
    • Attendees must agree to read the pages and make comments for that week, as well as read our critique guidelines.

You must purchase your tickets and load your piece up two weeks before our meeting date (in this case, February 13).  We will be using the BWW private GroupSpaces site–forum, ticketing venue and file space–to manage this group.

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:

• Manuscript should adhere to standard formats, as a MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENT (otherwise you will not receive comments from the facilitator).  The piece will distributed as PDF to others.
• Include author name, title, word count, e-mail and genre information at the top of each manuscript being submitted
• Double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman with at least one-inch margins to allow for notes
• Pages should be numbered
• Please do not include photos or other formatting irregularities
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes the Boulder Writers’ Workshop critique group different from other, free critique groups?

The Boulder Writers’ Workshop critique group is run with the same quality as a graduate-level workshop that you would find at an MFA program. Because the workshop is professionally facilitated, the author who has their manuscript critiqued by the group comes away with a clearer view of the challenges and strengths of each piece on a professional level, as well as marketability. A professional facilitator is also able to teach participants how an editor or agent assesses work and how to go about submitting for publication.

Why are you charging for the opportunity to be critiqued?

The cost of submitting a piece helps defray the time spent organizing the meeting, reading manuscripts and facilitating the group, which will require about seven hours. It will also help offset administrative costs and overhead. You are also getting the services of a well-established professional writing coach, whose clients have won national awards and been widely published.

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

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

www.lorideboer.net

April 12, 2015 – Literary Salon Hosted by Sheila Paxton

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 at www.amazon.com.

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April 15, 2015 – Writing Book Club

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

www.lorideboer.net

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

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

 

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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. You can find her full bio and publication list at www.KVDbooks.com