Next meeting:  Monday, July 18, 2016

“Plotting: Beyond Freytag”

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Philip S. Miller Library

Castle Rock Writers will host Rick Gustafson who will present “Plotting: Beyond Freytag” on Monday, July 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Philip S. Miller Library. This program is open to anyone interested in learning more about how novels are structured.  

“Writing teacher and author John Gardner described plotting as the most difficult task a writer can face,” said Gustafson.  “Plotting: Beyond Freytag” explores classic theory of plotting developed by Aristotle, through and beyond Gustav Freytag’s classic plot diagram. In this 90-minute class, we will explore traditional plots and the rule breakers that have resulted in some of the most inspirational and cutting edge fiction.”

Rick Gustafson holds an MLS from the University of Denver and has won several writing awards for fiction including the E.M Koeppel Short Fiction prize in 2014. He is a weekly contributor to Colorado Community Media and works fulltime as a writer.

RSVP appreciated at castlerockwriters@gmail.com">castlerockwriters@gmail.com See www.castlerockwriters.com or phone Alice Aldridge-Dennis at 303-521-8615.

Mark your Calendars:  

Monday, August 22, 2016:  Deb McLeod, novelist and writing coach on “Beats.”

Monday, July 25, 2016, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Next CRW Conference & Events Team meets in the Castle Pines area.  RSVP to Alice Aldridge-Dennis at 303-521-8615 if you would like to attend and see what CRW is all about.

Looking Back: Workshop Facilitator: Laurie Marr Wasmund, BA, MA “Don’t Get Lost on the Net: Tips for Historical Research.”

In June, Castle Rock Writers welcomed Laurie Marr Wasmund, editor & book doctor at Lost Ranch Books Editing. adjunct faculty at Arapahoe Community College (English Composition I and II) and former instructor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She shared the importance of primary resources and secondary resources, illustrating her talk with examples of how she does the research for her own fiction. The participants found her advice helpful and inspiring!

Looking Back: Making a Living as a Freelance Writer”

Castle Rock Writers hosted Kevin Corbley of Corbley Communications, Inc., Castle Rock, on Monday, May 16th, 6:30 p.m. at the Philip S. Miller Library. The presentation was “Making a Great Living as a Freelance Writer.”

Corbley is a public relations specialist who holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Notre Dame. Right out of college, Corbley worked as a journalist on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., covering the oil/gas business. Then he worked in the public relations office of an aerospace company. He started his freelance business in 1993, 23 years ago!

The speaker shared the story of how he went from geology major to freelance writer and why he thinks freelancing is great lifestyle.

“Most freelancers–whether writers, web designers, or plumbers—fail to understand their success will depend more on their business skills than anything else,” said Corbley.

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A M A Z I N G   C O N F E R E N C E  I N  N O V E M B E R  O F  2 0 1 5 !


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:


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