About The Boulder Writers’ Workshop

About The Boulder Writers’ Workshop

Thank you for your interest in the Boulder Writers' Workshop. My name is Lori DeBoer and I founded this private literary center in 2008 as part of my professional coaching practice, and am gratified that we have grown to more than 800 writers and publishing professionals in Boulder and throughout Colorado.  We serve writers of all genres and abilities with high-quality, structured networking, marketing and learning opportunities.  The Boulder Writers' Workshop was named a Colorado literary hot spot by Poets & Writers' Magazine. It also was featured in The Daily Camera and CBS Denver.

Writers and authors in Colorado are privileged to have access to so many excellent writing organizations, including  the Lighthouse Writers' Workshop, Pike's Peak Writers, the Colorado Author's League, Boulder Media Women, The Boulder Writers' Alliance, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and more.  The Boulder Writers' Workshop joins these great institutions, carving out a spot for ourselves through our dedication for showcasing our professional member' books, publications and accomplishments, putting our members in the spotlight as much as possible.   Because the Boulder Writers' Workshop is my independent entrepreneurial endeavor, our focus is also not on raising money or writing grants, but on providing excellent programming and platform-building opportunities for writers and authors wanting to produce great work and reach readers.

Finally, we take great pride in our diverse membership and our ability to provide an umbrella organization for writers of different genres and experience levels to join in a genuine spirit of community.  We are continually evolving in our goal of creating a sense of community among Colorado writers, authors and others in our industry.  To accomplish that mission, we are in the process of launching and growing two publications, The Writing Colorado Newsletter, Colorado's only comprehensive writing and publishing industry news source,  and The Flatirons Literary Review, a purveyor of locally grown prose.

In July of 2013, we will be celebrating our five-year anniversary as a private literary center and writing school.  If you look at our lists of instructors, staff and volunteers, you'll see that many established and up-and-coming Colorado writers have come on board to help us accomplish the Boulder Writers' Workshop mission. There's room for more; I hope you'll join us.

I love going to the Boulder Writers' Workshop meetings. This group helps me stay focused and connected to my personal goals. I consistently get up early on Saturdays and drive an hour each way to attend. Since I hate getting up in the morning, and I hate to drive, I can’t give the group any higher praise! ” — Judith Robbins Rose, Author of Miss


What We Offer

Monthly Newsletter -- The BWW monthly newsletter delivers news writers and authors can use, including a director's column, news about and interviews with our Professional and Affiliate Members, a service directory of our Affiliate Members, writing and publishing opportunities, inspiration and advice and a full listing of our events and activities. FREE

Monthly Literary Salons--We feature one to two free Literary Salons in which members come together to discuss writing.  The salons are hosted by our Professional Members or visiting guest authors, who read an excerpt from a published work or work in progress and lead the discussion. Hosts have included Lori DeBoer, Peter Eichstaedt, j.a. kazimer, Buzzy Jackson and Susan Cushman.  Our main Literary Salon is held the second Saturday of every month, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Villas at the Atrium in Boulder.  On occasion, we hold a second Literary Salon one evening a month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Westminster.  Please check our calendar for the full details; preregistration is required.  FREE

Monthly Online Conversations-- Our Online Conversations series is produced exclusively for our Professional Members. We invite authors, editors, literary agents and other publishing professionals to participate in a cloud-based interview. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions via chat and see and hear the guest address their questions.  Most of the Online Conversations are recorded and will be available to Professional Members on our website in early 2013.  Our guests have included comedy writer Gene Perret, urban fantasy author Kevin Hearne, noir author and writing teacher Les Edgerton, flash fiction writer and Brevity editor Dinty Moore, memoirist and freelance writer Jennifer Wilson and others.  Please check our calendar for the full details; preregistration is required.  PROFESSIONAL & AFFILIATE MEMBERS ONLY

Writing & Publishing Workshops--The Boulder Writers' Workshop has delivered more than a hundred workshops from qualified instructors in the state and from across the country.  Our instructors have included: Catherine Brady, recipient of the Flannery O'Connor award for short fiction and a faculty member at the University of Los Angeles; Steve Friedman, a former Esquire editor whose books have been New York Times bestsellers; Sara Megibow, an agent with the Nelson Literary Agency; Doug Looney, a former Sports Illustrated editor; and more. OPEN TO ALL; DISCOUNTS FOR PROFESSIONAL & AFFILIATE MEMBERS ONLY

Writing Classes--Our classes offer a high value to writers who are interested in learning from professionals who have made it in the industry. We offer classes in all genres to all abilities.  Most recently, we have offered a class on magazine writing from Tracy Ross, a magazine writer and author of the memoir The Source of all Things, and a class on writing the novel from John Shors, whose five books  have been translated into twenty-five languages and are bestsellers.  OPEN TO ALL; DISCOUNTS FOR PROFESSIONAL & AFFILIATE MEMBERS ONLY

Searchable Member Directory & Bio Page--Whether you are building you platform to help you submit your book or looking to increase your book  or writing sales, a publicly listed bio with a professional organization can help your credibility and online presence.  All Professional Members receive a completely customizable page with their membership fee, that can be updated at any time.  As an added bonus, we list your book for sale right on your bio page with our affiliate membership through the Boulder Book Store.  PROFESSIONAL AND AFFILIATE MEMBERS ONLY

Member Bookstore -- We showcase books published by our Professional and Affiliate Members in several ways on our website, including a searchable bookstore with the option to order through the Boulder Book Store right from our site.  We also publish individual pages for each and every book published by our professional and affiliate members, which shows in a visible news feed on our home page.  We also keep up-to-date on rating our member's books through Goodreads, and proudly display a widget of our member book covers on our home page.  In November, we send out a gift catalog listing all the books published by our Professional and Affiliate Members to our 800-person mailing list. PROFESSIONAL AND AFFILIATE MEMBERS ONLY

Freelance Writer Directory--Our Professional Members who work as freelance writers for magazines, advertising agencies, book publishers, corporations, small businesses and so on can now opt to be listed in the Freelance Writer Directory.  You'll be able to provide copy that specifically promotes your area of writing expertise--including searchable key words.  Please note that this option is only available to our freelance writers.  Other service providers--such as coaches, editors, designers, publicists and those in similar professions--should sign up as an Affiliate Member.   If you join as an affiliate member, you may have also have a listing in this directory, but it should only include your writing services.  PROFESSIONAL AND AFFILIATE MEMBERS ONLY

Writing Colorado Newsletter--The WCN is the industry newsletter covering all of Colorado publishing and writing news, published exclusively for paying members of the Boulder Writer’s Workshop.  PROFESSIONAL,  AFFILIATE & SPONSORING MEMBERS ONLY

  • Recent releases by Colorado authors
  • Q & As with Colorado authors, editors, publishers, agents and more
  • Information about state & regional paying markets for freelancers
  • Colorado writing and publishing news
  • A calendar of Colorado writing events, including conferences and readings
  • Colorado job announcements
  • Colorado writing grants and contests
  • Writing and publishing tips and strategies from Colorado-based experts
  • And  much more

Interested in submitting information or an article?  Please see our submission guidelines.

The Flatirons Literary Review --The Flatirons Literary Review is a Boulder, Colorado, purveyor of perfectly ripened, fresh-picked writing. We select the finest local authors in many genres, to ensure a varied literary diet rich with regional flavors. Our sustainable practices provide a place where new writers can flourish alongside established varieties.  We are dedicated to expanding our heirloom selections. Our first issue will be coming out in Fall 2012. Please join the Boulder Writers’ Workshop as a Professional Member if you’d like to be a part of our project as a volunteer staffer or editor. Interested in submitting your work?: Please see our submission guidelines. SUBMISSIONS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; EDITOR'S POSITIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS ONLY

And More -- We also offer exclusive networking, marketing and platform-building opportunities for our Professional and Affiliate Members including: volunteer and leadership opportunities; announcements of member news; listings of member readings and book signings; member mixers; a holiday party; readings; group outings to local literary events and much more.

"If you enjoy writing, this is an excellent group for learning, sharing and networking." --Yvette Francino, Author of The Laptop Diaries


Membership Levels

The Boulder Writers' Workshop is a labor of love for me and helps support my coaching business. We rely on membership dues and the fees from workshops and classes for our continued existence.  We are dedicated to continuing to offer free memberships, but I hope you'll consider signing up for a Professional or Affiliate Membership to help us ensure our great programming efforts and get the full BWW experience and benefits.

General Members-Receive invitations to free events, including the monthly Literary Salon, and a free monthly newsletter by signing up on our website or by joining our group on Facebook or Meetup.  Free

Professional Members--We support serious and/or published authors and writers through quality programming.  Our professional members support our continued presence in the community and receive all the bells and whistles that comes with membership, including members-only events, inclusion in the member directory, the opportunity to showcase their work, a subscription to The Writing Colorado Newsletter, discounts on classes and workshops, and much more. $75 a year

Affiliate Members--Interested in promoting your author service to our organization, such as coaching, editing, marketing, or printing?  Then consider joining as an Affiliate Member.  You will have the opportunity to showcase your services and business with a listing in our monthly newsletter and on our website in the Affiliate Services Directory.  $225 a year

Sponsoring Members--Interested in co-organizing an event with the Boulder Writers' Workshop or advertising your event, business or conference with a listing in the monthly BWW event's calendar or an advertisement on our website?  Please contact me directly to learn more about becoming a sponsoring a member.

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