Non-Fiction Track

PRE-ASSIGNMENT FOR SESSION #2: Write 200 to 300 words about yourself—an introduction or a brief bio—and bring two copies to the class. You also need to bring two pens or pencils, one in a color, preferably red.  Manuscripts are usually written double-spaced, 1″ margins, Times New Roman, and 12 pt. font.

Session #1 Facilitated by Denny Dressman

Title: Getting to 30

Description:This session will take writers from start to finish of a project. Segments, are titled: Finding Time to Write, Choosing Your Subject, Preparing for the Journey, When You Write, and The Finished Product. At the conclusions, the class will learn the origin and meaning of -30- and # as symbols of THE END.

Session #2  Facilitated by Denny Dressman

Title: The Self-Editing Lab

Description: The idea of this session is to provide each attendee with some tools to improve their writing through self-editing. Each person who attends this session should arrive with a 200-300-word bio. They’ll participate in a self-editing exercise utilizing what they’ve written and in the process learn how they can tighten and improve their work before an editor ever sees it.

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Bio: Denny Dressman concluded a 44-year newspaper career in June 2007, retiring from the Rocky Mountain News in Denver after 25 years. From 1992 to 2001 he was vice president for labor and human resources at the News. He was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame in 2008. He served as president of the Colorado Authors’ League, the state’s oldest professional writers organization, ending his term this June. Author of one book in Cincinnati in 1981, he resumed writing books in 2005, and his ninth book, Beyond The Camps – From Japanese-American Internment Nightmare to ‘American Dream’ was published in April 2018. He is now working on his 10th book, a biography of horse trainer John Parisella.

Dressman has edited other books, written for magazines, taught writing and editing in the University of Denver’s University College, and won several writing awards. He is a past president of the Colorado Press Association. His past non-fiction books include EDDIE ROBINSON about the iconic Grambling football coach; Sterling Heroes of World War II; HEARD but not SEEN; Richard Nixon, Frank Robinson and The All-Star Game’s Most Debated Play; and The Idea Within: David Griggs and his Quest for Meaning in Public Art.

Session #3  Facilitated by Mary Taylor Young

Title: The Glint of Light On Broken Glass: Building Imagery In Your Writing

Description: Vivid imagery creates a strong sense of place and draws readers into the world of your writing, helping them engage with the emotions of the characters. We’ll study specific tools and practice building powerful images that will enliven your writing and engage your reader.

Bio: Award-winning author Mary Taylor Young has been writing on the landscapeMaryTaylorYoung and heritage of Colorado and the West for more than 30 years. Her 17 books include Land of Grass and Sky: A Naturalist’s Prairie Journey and Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years. Mary was named the 2018 Frank Waters Award honoree for exemplary literary achievement and a canon of writing that communicates a deep understanding of the West. Past winners include Barbara Kingsolver, Tony Hillerman and CJ Box. Her Words On Birds column appeared in the Rocky Mountain News for 16 years.