Castle Rock Writers

Monthly Workshops: One Monday a Month!

Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox Street, Castle Rock 80104

Meeting time:  always 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Next meeting:  Monday, May 16, 2016!

Suggested donation for each meeting is $5 or whatever you can afford. This helps CRW cover expenses for the workshops.

From the CRW Authors’ Celebration!

CRW heard from five writers and how they made their publishing dreams come true at the CRW Monthly Workshop at the April workshop meeting. CRW celebrates Jean Jacobsen (Highland Ranch), Sandy Whelchel (Parker), C.S. and Peter Boddie (Littleton), Maggie Podunovich (Colorado Springs), and Chris Richards (Castle Rock). Read more about them below. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING YOUR FELLOW CASTLE ROCK WRITERS! WE’RE A COMMUNITY…A TRIBE!

Jean Jacobsen:  Jean recently published her romance novel The Reluctant Debutante. The book features a carefree heroine who has big decisions to make when her parents die suddenly. Set in New York’s Hudson River Valley, the book brings main character Clarissa together with Nicholas, a dance instructor with his own problems to solve. Jean is active in Castle Rock Writers and Colorado Romance Writers—same initials for both groups! She is founding president of the reorganized (2012) Castle Rock Writers organization. 

Sandy Whelchel: Sandy is the author of four published novels and eight non-fiction books. In 2013, she won the Colorado Authors League Award for Genre Fiction. Her most recent book is Images of America: Parker published by Arcadia Publishing. It is an historical overview in photos and text of Parker, Colorado’s development. Sandy is the founder of the National Writers Association, and she is a former faculty member of the Castle Rock Writers Conference.

Caryn & Peter Boddie: Peter and Caryn published two books (2014 and 2015), Lost Ski Areas of Colorado’s Central and Southern Mountains and Lost Ski Areas of Colorado’ s Front Range and Northern Mountains. The books take the readers on a tour of the lost hills of Colorado where people enjoyed skiing and ski jumping before the big resorts developed. The Boddies are also authors of hiking books covering Colorado, published by Falcon Press. They have sold over 100,000 copies. 

Maggie Podunovich: Maggie is a former flight attendant, who was medically retired after 17 years due to back surgery.  In her 30s, she learned of letters her father had written about his life. Since he died when Maggie was six, she and her sister Mary found them fascinating. They believed his beautiful, but painful story should be told. Now it has been, in Maggie’s new book I’ve Been Only a Shadow: Letters from My Father.  Maggie is one of the original Castle Rock Writers who banded together in 1999 at the Philip S. Miller Library to learn writing skills and support each other.

J. Chris Richards: Chris is the founder of WAY—Words and Youth, conferences for teenage writers. She is a member of Toastmasters International, Words for the Journey Christian Writers Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and a former faculty member for CRW conferences. In her debut novel Shattered Trust, she uses her knowledge as a police wife to create a suspenseful story about a police officer looking for redemption at work and with family.

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Nancy Stohlman, flash fiction goddess, led a workshop at CRW Conference 2015!

Terry Whalin, acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing, took pitches.

Thank you to all the dynamic workshop leaders at CRW 2015 at the PACE Center.  The Novelistas kept us laughing during lunchtime. Lunch was catered by Tony Rosacci’s Catering!  And thank you to our sponsors listed below:


Highlands Ranch, CO