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Panel Helps Prepare Authors for CAL Writing Contest

Freelance  Workshop 9-13-2014 003As you consider entering the 2016 Colorado Authors’ League writing awards competition or reflect on past awards, have you ever wondered:

• What a contest judge is looking for when he or she reads your work and decides whether or not it’s prize-worthy?
• What distinguishes a winner from other finalists?
• If judges read your entire book or piece of writing?
• If different criteria apply to different genres?

And have you ever wondered:

• What makes a good contest entry?
• How to decide which category is best suited for the work you want to enter?

These are the kinds of questions the Colorado Authors’ League’s first program of the 2015-16 season will address on September 12. Read More

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Welcome New CAL Member John Turley

John-TurleyAfter a challenging technical career, John Turley converted his keyboard from engineering, geology, and drilling wells to people, emotions, and dialog. ​For ten years, ​he wrote fiction about tough guys, smart women, and the demise of the deserving. In 2010, the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico allowed him to combine his two careers, and his research about the cause of disaster led to his facts-based novel The Simple Truth: BP’s Macondo Blowout. Turley is now a professional, passionate speaker on the topic, with almost 50 presentations behind him and more than two dozen scheduled in the months to come. In the meantime, he is giving a number of his completed novels the ​editorial ​attention they deserve.

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Writing Well for Business Success, by Sandra E. Lamb

Writing-Well-for-Business-SuccessWriting Well for Business Success, by Sandra E. Lamb, says Timothy Harper, writing coach, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, editor and publisher, CUNY Journalism Press, is “. . . an important resource for anyone interested in clear, concise communications in the business world.” Published by St. Martin’s Press, the book will be released September 1. In this light and entertaining volume, Lamb has written a text that will benefit graduate students in business communication, and will serve as a desktop reference for anyone who writes in the workplace. In addition to covering the whats, whys, and wherefores of the elements of style, grammar, and usage, Lamb instructs in the benefits of distilling communications into well-targeted “message statements,” and paring communications down to their essential best. She includes practical guidelines for writing resumes, reports, emails, proposals, business plans, letters, and presentations. Read More

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Welcome New CAL Member Dale Lovin

Dale-LovinThe history, culture and physical beauty of the West shaped the life of Dale Lovin who was born and raised in Northern New Mexico. Dale spent twenty-five years as an Agent with the FBI and concluded his law enforcement career by helping to establish the Federal Air Marshal Service. He then turned his energy to writing. While living all over the nation, the Southwest and Rocky Mountains remained an alluring and powerful influence that is now reflected in his writing. Read More

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Short Story by Sharon Cairns Mann in New Anthology

RozlynSharon Cairns Mann’s short story, “Knife River Flint,” appears in the anthology Rozlyn: Short Fiction by Women Writers, out August 4, 2015, “a collection like no other on the shelf.” Sharon’s story, set in southern Colorado, is the poignant tale of a misfit orphan coming to terms with her losses and the unwelcome-but-longed-for grace that settles over her life. Sharon won the 2015 CAL award for short fiction. Available for purchase at rozlynpress.com or visit the author’s website.

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Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop with Joseph Hutchison

hutchison josephOn Friday, August 21st Joseph Hutchison will be giving a free reading at the Loveland Public Library at 7 p.m. The next morning, from 10-Noon, he will conduct a free poetry writing workshop under the title “Live in the Layers.” The workshop is free as well but folks will need to register at (970) 962-2407. On Saturday, September 12th Hutchison will be giving a free writing workshop in Greeley for the High Plains Library District in connection with their annual ReadCON celebration. The workshop will happen from 4-5 p.m. at Zoe’s Café, 715 10th Street, Greeley CO 80631. Contact David Sharp at dsharp@highplains.us for information.

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The Satire Lounge, by Joseph Hutchison

Satire-LoungeThe Satire Lounge (satirical/humorous poems), a new chapbook by Joseph Hutchison, is forthcoming August 21 from Folded Word Press, and the same publisher is bringing out Ephemeral, his translations of flash fictions by Mexico City writer Miguel Lupián, on September 5. Regarding the first title, the publisher writes: “The Satire Lounge is a guide to the underbelly of the writing world, lit by a lone Œlaptop’s “screen light glint” and fed by “Mike’s Fine Sardines.” Here, “Thought Police” patrol “high-speed poetry,” while cowpies take over haiku. A “PhD Candidate Contemplates His Future” in a world where only old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons can remind us of Š what was it? Oh yes, those open “miles and miles / of miles and miles” we used to call poetry.”

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Letters from Heaven Wins Book Award

Letters from HeavenLydia Gil’s middle-grade novel, Letters from Heaven, won a 2015 International Latino Book Award for “Best Youth Latino Focused Chapter Book.”

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Kill Your Darlings…Or Feed Your Dreams?

dwpc logoAnnouncing Denver Woman’s Press Club Fall Seminar, Saturday, October 10, 9am-12pm. In this interactive workshop, you’ll gain valuable insight on this most monumental of choices through professional writers’ reflections on their most treasured ideas…and how they launched them or buried them.  The phrase “kill your darlings” has been attributed to at least half a dozen literary giants. It reminds writers to be wary of self-indulgence for the greater good of our work. However, we’re often exhorted to write what we know, write from the heart, and draw on our individual emotional landscapes. Where’s the happy medium?  In this workshop, you’ll hear how seasoned writers navigated this process and made tough decisions on whether to nurture or nuke the ideas closest to their hearts. A moderator for each section will lead the group members in discussing how (or if) the anecdotes strike chords in their own creative processes.  Moderated by Linda Berry, Faith Gregor, and CAL Member Page Lambert.  More info: http://dwpconline.org/.

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Meg and the Mysterious Voices, by D.B. Humel (Sue Viders)

meg-and-the-mysterious-voicesHer favorite art professor murdered on campus. Unwanted radio voices sounding in her ears. And drug runners circling closer and closer. Meg Jamison, a widow in her mid-fifties, a bit overweight and trying to paint colorful images for an upcoming art show, is terribly frustrated with her new hearing aid earrings. They just won’t work right. But when her youngest motorcycling son gets pulled into running drugs and all she has are broken frames for her artwork, the darn hearing aid turns out to be a lifesaver. Tracking down a killer, while fending off pesky calls from an overbearing sister-in-law and learning how to deal with a younger would-be lover, Meg manages to balance all the bouncing balls and help everyone, including herself, in this lighthearted cozy mystery. Released on 7 – 19 – 2015 on Amazon as an e-book, the print version will be released in December.

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