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Writing Events with Jerry Fabyanic

Jerry Fabyanic will be co-presenting The Road More Traveled: Self-Publishing Workshop for Aspiring Writers and Curious Readers in tandem with the Colorado Independent Publishers Association at the Georgetown Heritage Center on June 3, 2017. Jerry’s session, The Writer’s Path: The Adventure Begins, will focus on moving past the speed bumps that prevent writers from getting to the task at hand. For more, visit http://www.georgetowntrust.org/classes—events.htm. Fabyanic will also participate in Frisco’s Summer Walk with a display of his novel, Sisyphus Wins, at the next Page Books and Nosh on June 9 from 5:00-8:00, and will read in the Local Authors event at the Boulder Book Store on June 12 from 7:00-8:30.

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Recognition for Space Boy and the Space Pirate

Dian Curtis Regan’s picture book, Space Boy and the Space Pirate, published by Boyds Mills Press, received a Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  The book won in the SW division, which includes seven states.  The award will be presented to Dian at the Rocky Mountain SCBWI fall conference in Denver on October 7th. For info visit  http://spaceboybooks.com/ or http://www.diancurtisregan.com.

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Ramos to Deliver Keynote at Confluencia Conference

June 16:  Manuel Ramos will deliver the keynote address for the 32nd annual Confluencia Conference held on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, sponsored by the graduate program of the Department of Hispanic Studies.  Manuel also will conduct a workshop with students (future teachers) on Teaching Chicano Noir Fiction and will participate in a round table discussion on Chicana/o Literature: Past, Present, and Future with the esteemed poet, novelist and professor, Margarita Cota-Cárdenas

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Barbara Nickless Wins Colorado Book Award for Debut Novel

It was a big month for Barbara Nickless and her debut novel, Blood on the Tracks, about a former-Marine-turned-railroad-cop, won both the Colorado Authors’ League Writing Award for genre fiction, in addition, the novel won the Colorado Book Award in the mystery category. Read more about Nickless here.

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Welcome New CAL Member Jerry Fabyanic

Jerry Fabyanic is the award-winning author of Sisyphus Wins, a novel about self-acceptance, forgiveness, and triumph. He retired from his previous incarnation as an English and social studies at Summit High School. Jerry is currently the long-running columnist of the Clear Creek Courant and hosts the Rabbit Hole on KYGT-FM during which he interviews authors about their works and themselves.

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AYUMI’S VIOLIN Featured Deal on BookBub

AYUMI’S VIOLIN, by Mariko Tatsumoto, has been selected to be a FEATURED DEAL on BookBub on June 10th. For four days, AYUMI’S VIOLIN ebook will be FREE. Anyone can sign up at http://landers.bookbub.com/covers/?source=cs

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Laurie Marr Wasmund At Castle Rock Writers

Laurie Marr Wasmund will be leading a workshop entitled, “Don’t Forget the Craft: Revising a First Chapter or a Short Story” at Castle Rock Writers on June 12. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 at Philip S. Miller Library CR Bank Room East in Castle Rock. Participants are encouraged to bring a draft of a work in progress to revise in “real time.” Laurie Marr Wasmund is the author of the novels My Heart Lies Here, Clean Cut, White Winter: To Do Justice, and multiple short stories and articles. She has taught writing on the community college level and presented workshops at writing conferences throughout the nation.

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“Taming Traumatic Memories,” a Writing Workshop with Nan Phifer

“Taming Traumatic Memories,” a writing workshop series for veterans, will be launched on June 6, at Naropa University in Boulder. Nan Phifer, author of Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide, had been asked by veterans to create a writing-to-heal series for them. She responded, “I know how to evoke deep writing, but I don’t know anything about PTSD. I’ll have to research it.” Phifer now has written a guide for veterans. Participants will re-view disturbing experiences from the point of view of a sympathetic, understanding, outside observer. An experienced writing workshop leader, she’ll enable both beginning and experienced writers to ease into spontaneous writing, and veterans who would like to share their stories may do so in small groups. The only requirement is that listeners must remain nonjudgmental and empathetic. Phifer will be supported by Naropa Community Counseling Center therapists.

As the veterans become comfortable with the writing process, they may gain further control of traumatic memories by fictionalizing them.  “Writing is a tool that is both powerful and gentle as a way of transforming painful memories to sustaining ones. Any and all memories and veterans are welcomed to this group,” says Phifer.

To learn more, call Naropa’s Community Counseling Center at 303-546-3570. Phifer’s website is: www.memoirworkshops.com.

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Praise for The Stone of Mercy

Margi Evans’ award-winning book, The Stone of Mercy-Book 2 of the Centaur Chronicles, was given the Seal of Approval by the Children’s’ Literary Classics awards. This middle-grade fantasy is the first of a four-book series and was released in October of 2016. The second book of the series, The Stone of Courage was released in April of 2017. She is currently writing the third book of the series titled The Stone of Integrity.

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Book Events with Sandra Windsor

On Saturday, June 3, from 2-4 Sandra Windsor, a recent CAL award winner for her memoir, The FBI Wife, will host a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Grand Junction, CO. A sixteen year resident of the western slope, she recently facilitated a conversation about her memoir with members of the Leisure Ladies Book Club and the Battlement Mesa Book Club. On June 21, Sandra will be the guest speaker at the Snohomish Book Club in the northern Seattle area.

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