Next meeting:  Monday, June 20, 2016

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

Workshop Facilitator: Laurie Marr Wasmund, BA, MA

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.


You are invited to celebrate fellow Castle Rock Writer SHARLENE NUSSER at the release of her second novel at


this Sunday (tomorrow), May 22nd, 5-7 pm. Cake and snacks will be served, and drinks may be purchased separately.

MISSING INNOCENCE is the long-awaited sequel to BURN VALLEY VENGEANCE. The new release finds our heroine, Carrie Reynolds, thrust into a web of betrayal, deceit and murder. Our characters struggle with the kidnapping of a child, the murder of her mother and the realization of why a crime of unspeakable horrors would happen in their small town. Behind the façade of a happy relationship, underlying emotions and feelings are bubbling away, eventually erupting in a Titanic-fated love affair that only escalates the conflicts already existing in their lives. MISSING INNOCENCE takes the reader to the brink of a heart breaking, unspoken love, the precipice of a violent crime and finally topples them off the edge as the hidden truth is revealed to them.



“Making a Great 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.

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

Coming this summer…

Ultimate Pitchfest—1st EVER! June 11, 2016 Littleton, CO www.ultimatepitchfest.com  Run by good friends of Castle Rock Writers, Link Miller (Parker Writers president)  and Trai Cartwright! One day…30 agents…multiple genres…300 video chat pitch opportunities to sell your novel!

Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp—Middle School Fiction (M-Th, June 20-23), High School Fiction (M-Th, June 27-30), and Screenwriting for ages 13-18 (M-Th., July 4-7)  Tuition $297.  Instructor: Trai Cartwright. www.exploratiteens.com  Scholarships available.  Please tell the teen writers in your lives!

From the CRW Authors’ Celebration in April!

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