An unincorporated version of Castle Rock Writers originated in 1999, under the sponsorship of the Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock, Colorado. The group met monthly, hosting national and regional writers as speakers.
In 2004, eight of the Castle Rock Writers researched and wrote a book on the history of the county. In 2005, the Douglas County Libraries Foundation published the book, Douglas County, Colorado: A Photographic Journey. Elizabeth Wallace, founder of the Castle Rock Writers group, was the project manager. The eight writers were Laura Adema, Alice Aldridge-Dennis, Derald Hoffman, Sue Koller, Kathy McCoy, Marjorie Meyerle, Susie Trumble, and Elizabeth Wallace. The writers volunteered their time with the understanding that DC Libraries Foundation would use profits to promote projects of interest to writers, including a writers’ conference.
Using the proceeds, the DC Foundation and the writers group partnered to sponsor annual writers’ conferences, 2007 to 2010. The first two years the conference was called the Castle Rock Writers Conference, and the Philip S. Miller Library was the venue. The second two years, the conference was named the Douglas County Writers Conference, and these two conferences were held at Castle View High School.
In 2011, the Foundation restructured its way of supporting writers and released the conference to the Castle Rock Writers. This group and other volunteers continued their support of area writers. They formally organized as Castle Rock Writers, a Colorado non-profit corporation, sponsoring successful writers’ conferences each fall, 2012-2015.
The founding board of the Castle Rock Writers includes the following individuals: Jean Jacobsen, president; Alice Aldridge-Dennis, vice-president; Tania Urenda, secretary; Susan Rocco-McKeel, development officer; Mark A. Cohen, vice-treasurer; and John Longman, treasurer.
In 2014, the board members, conference photographer Derald Hoffman, and freelance writer Kimberlee Gard wrote a second book entitled The Chronicles of Douglas County, Colorado, published by The History Press.
Castle Rock Writers continues the legacy of the original writers’ group in providing opportunities and support for writers. Castle Rock Writers interfaces with other writers’ organizations, libraries, historical societies and local businesses throughout the county and along the Front Range.