Opportunities For Writers

The CR Writers board will list information for writers, as that information comes in to us. Please send any information about writing groups, contests, and conferences to us at castlerockwriters@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 26: Re-dedication of the 100-year-old Louviers Clubhouse, 10 a.m. to noon. Louviers Clubhouse has been closed for renovations. The Clubhouse and the refurbished Louviers Library will be celebrated in this community event. CRW will be selling their latest published book that day, “Images of America: Douglas County,” published by Arcadia Publishing.

Saturday, September 16, Hilltop School Open House, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Past Legend High School, east on Hilltop Round to Flintwood Road; at the corner of Flintwood and Democrats Roads. Hilltop School is owned by the Douglas County School District, but maintained by the Hilltop Social Club, a group of local women dedicated to preserving the local history of Hilltop School and the school itself.

Local Author Showcase

Castle Rock Writer Jean Jacobsen will be part of a Local Author Showcase, one of 12 featured authors, at the Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock. The date is Sunday, August 20, 2 p.m. Each author will speak a few minutes about their published work and will be available for book signing. Jean’s novel is entitled The Reluctant Debutant. Her book is available through Amazon or at the event.

 Poetry Society of Colorado

The next meeting of the Poetry Society of Colorado is August 19, 2017, at 10 a.m. Visiting takes place earlier, and the meeting convenes at 10 a.m. sharp. The meeting place is Peebles, 909 Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80214, 2nd floor.          Curtis Pierce will facilitate on the topic: Getting Unstuck: A Revision Workshop.” PSC Members and Guests,

“Revision can be an extremely generative experience and a way to break new poetic ground. Please bring one or two short pieces that you would like to revise.  In this workshop we will attempt to disassemble, disrupt and re-imagine your poems via a series of exercises. See your poem in a new light.  Find the treasures that lie within,” said Pierce.

The August 19 workshop is open with a line limit of 40 lines. The theme is “war,” where the poet deals with a perspective on past, present, or future war.

All submissions for this Open Contest must be postmarked by 8-19-17 or turned in at our meeting that day. Address for submissions:  Cheryl Wilkie; 8930 West 57th Avenue; Arvada, CO 80002

Open Contest Submissions:

  • One person may enter up to three original poems in any contest. No previously published work, either in print or online, will be accepted for contests.
  • The entry fee for each poem submitted is $5.
  • No person can win more than two prizes in any contest.
  • If a pen name or pseudonym is used, the author must also submit his/her legal or alternate name or the entry will be disqualified.
  • No age restrictions for any contest.
  • Prizes for contests will be a minimum of

       First, $25.00; Second, $15.00; and Third, $10.00.

  • Independent judges will provide written critiques on ALL poems submitted and give a list of winners to the contest director.
  • A contest will be canceled if fewer than ten poems are entered.
  • Submission of entries presumes permission for the name of the winner to be posted on the Poetry Society of Colorado website and for entries to be anthologized in the yearlyPoets’ Showcase unless the contest director is notified otherwise in writing.

Submission Information

  • Submit two copies of each poem on 8½ x 11-inch paper.
  • A 1-inch margin on all sides is required for each submission, including artwork.
  • Type two copies. On the left side of one copy type: Poetry Society of Colorado on the first line, the name of the contest and the contest date on the second line, and on the third line, the theme and form–no name or address should appear on this copy. On the second copy, on the left side of one copy type: Poetry Society of Colorado on the first line, the name of the contest and the contest date on the second line, and on the third line, the theme and form. On the right side of this second page, also add your name and complete address in the upper right-hand corner. 
  • Enclose a check for the entry fee of $5.00 for each poem entered made payable to: Poetry Society of Colorado.
  • Send two copies of all entries to the contest director. (See above).
  • Entries must be postmarked or submitted at a Poetry Society meeting by the deadline date.
  • Winning entries, including honorable mentions, will be returned at a meeting or mailed to the winners. Non-winning entries will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient first-class postage.

Highlands Ranch Historical Society

On Monday, August 21, 7-8:30 p.m., HRHS will present “Writing for Pleasure, Writing for Profit,” at the Highlands Ranch Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, upstairs auditorium. A panel of Historical Society members, who are experienced and local writers, will reveal their methods and inspirations for writing, along with their secrets to success. Each brings a unique perspective to the common topic of writing. Panelists include William Kerr, mystery novelist; Judy Winnick, scholar and historical performer; Lee Whiteley, traveler and travel writer; and Alex DeWine, community editor of the Highlands Ranch Herald. Free for members, and $2 suggested donation for non-members.

AuthorU Extravanza September 7-9, 2017

Three jammed-packed days that includes learning and working with the leading book market strategists, how to market with minimal moneys, SEO experts and special sales specialists.

You will have the guidance of writing and editing pros and next generation bloggers and be able to identify ways to monetize and repurpose what you already have. By the end of the third day, you will embrace eBook tactics that will have you head spinning; get updates in digital publishing; learn how to create content-delivery in written and oral form; and know how to create a step-by-step publicity campaign together without raiding Fort Knox. Three extraordinary days in Denver, Colorado at Radisson Denver South (Aurora). See AuthorUextravaganza.org for pricing information.

The Writing Realtor by Kerrie Flanagan

See more about this prolific magazine article writer and former director of Northern Colorado Writers.

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