Monthly Workshops

“ONE MONDAY A MONTH” 2017 Workshops & CRW Events

Training, support, and friendship for all writers!

“One Monday per Month”

CRW Workshop: Monday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. at the Philip S. Miller Library featuring Kevin Corbley! Open to all writers!

Writing as a Day Job: The Feature Article

Kevin 2014Whether you’re a full- or part-time freelancer, there is good money to be made writing feature articles for business clients. Kevin Corbley, an independent business communications professional for 24 years, walks you through the process of writing a commissioned story and getting it published in an industry trade magazine.

“One Monday per Month” (mostly 2nd Mondays)
Philip S. Miller Library CR Bank Room East 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

January 9, 2017–Grant McKenzie, the kilted writer, “Brain,Brawn, & Bravado”

February 13, 2017–Sara Megibow, kt Literary Agency, “How to Pitch”

March 13, 2017–Deb McLeod, “Learning to Use Scrivener”

April 10, 2017–Kevin Corbley, “Writing as a Day Job: the Feature Article”

May 8, 2017–Mary Taylor Young, “Coming Soon to YouTube! Producing
Your Own Book Trailer”

June 12, 2017–Laurie Marr Wasmund, “Don’t Forget the Craft: Revising a First Chapter or a Short Story (bring a manuscript).

July 10, 2017–Anne Randolph, “Write Hot: Write from Your Core!”

August 14, 2017–Lija Fisher, “The Business of Getting Published”

September 11, 2017–Rebecca Green Gaspar, “Dealing with Tough Issues in Fiction”

October 16, 2017(3rd Monday)–Rick Gustafson, “Understanding Point of View”

November 13, 2017–NaNo Wri Mo “Write Out” at PSM Library

December 11, 2017–Holiday Dinner at local restaurant

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Looking Back:

March 2017 Speaker

Monday, March 13, 2017 Speaker: Deb McLeod  “Learning to Use Scrivener”Deb-right-200x200  Scrivener is the best writing program on the market. Bring your laptop and join novelist and writing coach, Deb McLeod, for an introduction to how she and her clients use Scrivener. PC and Mac versions will be covered.

February 2017 Speaker

Sara Megibow, literary agent with kt literary agent, spoke on “How to SaraMegibow_byKateTestermanPitch with Sara Megibow” at the February 2017 workshop.”We will focus on learning to think/talk about a novel concisely. This skill helps writers in pitching, and it also helps writers in identifying the core of their story, a surprisingly important thing to know in the writing AND the selling of a novel,” said Sara.

Looking back: January’s Speaker

Topic: “Brains, Brawn, and Bravado: Mind, Body, and Spirit Symbolism in Character Development”     Speaker: Grant McKenzie  9u4w4vUz

Bio: Grant McKenzie, the “Kilted Writer,” spends his time studying and analyzing story and character development. Using that knowledge and experience, he works with writers—especially novice writers–coaching and mentoring them so they can up their game in story creation. McKenzie writes fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. He is a past presenter at Castle Rock Writers Conference, Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group, and Parker Writers. He has worked as a developmental editor for three years.


Monday, November 14, 2016-“NanoWriMo” Write Out,” Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock Bank Room East, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is open to any writer, whether you are registered for National Novel Writing Month or not! Bring your laptop or a notebook and write for two hours, either for NaNoWriMo or on your own project. CRW will provide the snacks!


September 2016 Meeting: “The Importance of the Pitch” by W. Terry Whalin, acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing, 

Castle Rock Writers group hosted W. Terry Whalin, acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing, who talked on “The Importance of the Pitch.” This workshop covered pitching your ideas or manuscripts for non-fiction, fiction, Christian fiction, and children’s work to literary agents at writers conferences.


August 2016 Meeting: “Character Transformation by the Beat”
by Deb McLeod, author and writing coach

Castle Rock Writers group was proud to present author and creative writing coach Deb McLeod, BA, MFA, at its next workshop, Monday, August 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock. The topic is “Character Transformation by the Beat,” which will help with genre fiction, literary fiction, and memoir.

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July 2016 meeting: “Plotting: Beyond Freytag” by Rick Gustafson

Castle Rock Writers hosted Rick Gustafson who  presented “Plotting: Beyond Freytag” on Monday, July 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Philip S. Miller Library.

“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.

Laurie Marr WasmundLaurie'sNewbookJune 2016 Meeting: “Research for Fiction and Non-Fiction Writers,” Laurie Marr Wasmund, BA, MA

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!

May 2016 Meeting: “Making a Great Living as a Freelance Writer,” Kevin Corbley

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 is “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.

April 2016 Meeting: Author Celebration!

CRW heard how other writers made their publishing dreams come true at the April CRW Monthly Workshop. Five authors working in various genres shared how they did it. CRW celebrates Jean Jacobsen (Highland Ranch), Sandy Whelchel (Parker), C.S. and Peter Boddie (Littleton), Maggie Podunovich (Colorado Springs), and Chris Richards (Castle Rock). See their photos and more information below. THANKS FOR SUPPORTING YOUR FELLOW CASTLE ROCK WRITERS!

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


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.

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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’ 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 author 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 suspenseful story about police officer looking for redemption at work and with family.


February and March 2016 Meetings: “Goal, Motivation and Conflict,” Pam McCutcheon


Pam McCutcheon, novelist and non-fiction writer, spoke to CRW on Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. Pam McCutcheon returned in March to speak on Brainstorming for your Work-in-Progress using the basics from the book Goal, Motivation, and Conflict.

January 2016 Meeting: “Living the Writer’s Life,” by Mary Taylor Young

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Mary Taylor Young spoke on “Living the Writer’s Life,” with suggestions for getting organized and setting goals as a writer.

Looking Back at 2015 Workshop Leaders!

January 5, 2015—Anita Mumm, editor with Mumm’s the Word Editing Services, “Recognizing & Fixing Common Writing Mistakes.”


February 2, 2015—Nancy Stohlman, ACC faculty, “Writing Powerful Flash Fiction.”


March 2, 2015—Cherri LaMarr, Red Rocks Community College faculty, “Top 10 Ways to Work with a Book Designer on your Way to Publication.”

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April 6, 2015—Tayve Neese, poet and instructor, “Bringing Poetic Techniques into your Prose Writing.”

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May 4, 2015—Kate Chenery Tweedy, author of Secretariat’s Meadow and other works, “Research Do’s and Don’t’s.”

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June 1, 2015—Annie Dawid, fiction writer and essayist, and Kathryn Winograd, poet and essayist, both ACC faculty, “Instagraph: Flash Prose Reading and Workshop.” 

NO JULY WORSHOP:  Happy 4th of July!

August 3, 2015—Terry Whalin, acquisitions editor, “Twelve Ways to Jumpstart Your Publishing.”


NO SEPTEMBER WORKSHOP: Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend

October 5, 2015—Chris Mandeville, “How to Write a Novel in 30 Days!” National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an international phenomenon during which writers attempt to finish a novel in 30 days.


November 2, 2015—“Castle Rock Writers WRITE OUT” Here is a chance for NaNoWriMo novelists, along with other writers, to bring ideas, fully-charged laptops, or notebooks to get some writing time.

December 7, 2015—CRW Holiday Dinner:  Blue Nectar Restaurant, Castle Rock, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. RSVP to or by Saturday, December 5.