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Clive Cussler to Accept the CAL Lifetime Achievement Award

Clive-CusslerAuthor Clive Cussler, whose adventure novels have landed on the New York Times bestseller list more than 20 times, and who made Dirk Pitt a thriller series legend, will accept the Colorado Authors’ League Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual awards banquet on Friday, May 8. Winners in 10 writing categories will be named in CAL’s 67th contest climax. Guest speaker for the gala at the Courtyard Marriott-Denver Cherry Creek will be Sandra Dallas, author , storyteller, and one of Colorado’s literary treasures. Read More

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Genre Fest, Featuring David Morrell, Now Open for Registration

GENRE FEST (a joint workshop of Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, Colorado Authors’ League and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers) takes place on Saturday, April 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Front Range Community College, 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, CO 80031.

Inspector of the deadDavid Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art and the creator of Rambo for the big screen, will be the featured speaker at the day-long GENRE FEST on April 11. Dubbed “the father of the modern action novel,” David Morrell’s “How to Write Best Selling Fiction” workshop will be followed by break-out master classes in mystery, romance, science-fiction, short stories, young adult and children’s books. Every attendee receives a copy of Morrell’s latest release, Inspector of the Dead.  Read More

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Write and Retreat, with Susan J. Tweit

Write and RetreatGive yourself the gift of time away in September to deepen your writing, recharge your creative spirit, and enrich your life with Susan J. Tweit at her weeklong, small-group workshop, Write & Retreat: Yellowstone Country. Tweit says, “we’ll do writing exercises, participate in constructive workshopping, learn how to “listen” to our words and those of favorite writers and use that knowledge to enrich our own work; we’ll discuss the how and why of writing, both the business and the life. And we’ll take time for field trips, as well as time to simply relax and retreat, walking the labyrinth, reading or simply sitting quietly to listen to the ravens and smell the sagebrush.” September 13-18, 2015 For more information, visit or email

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Meet Your CAL Board – Cheryl Carpinello

Carpinello CherylCAL board secretary Cheryl Carpinello is definitely a hands-on personality, right down to continuing her habit of writing out first drafts of her Arthurian children’s fiction in long-hand. Right now she’s toiling over her third Arthurian manuscript. To help her capture the look and feel of the old realm, Cheryl combined a vacation with a trip to Wales last year, where she was invited to speak at Manorbier Castle. Read More

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Helen Raleigh in the News

colorado biz logoHelen Raleigh has published a column with Colorado Biz online: Personal finance lessons from “Downton Abbey” – you can read the full article here. Helen will also will have a book talk about her autobiography Confucius Never Said on March 11th from 11:30-1:00 pm for Chevron Retirees Association, Denver Chapter, at the Pinehurst Country Club. 6255 West Quincy Ave, Denver, CO 80235.

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Welcome New CAL Member Michael Davison

Michael DavisonMichael H. Davison is a freelance writer and a retired engineer. He is very concerned about our current political animosity and alarmed that our great nation is drifting in the wrong direction, and has published two books.

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Welcome New CAL Member Jerry Mitchell

JM MitchellJerry Mitchell writes mystery novels set in national parks and the west. Over the years he has developed scientific/technical training, including e-learning, for biologists and natural resource professionals, and written numerous scientific / technical pieces, most recently an article on scientific credibility in The George Wright Forum. Over the years Jerry has written numerous articles for magazines, typically about national and state parks (an article in World Heritage Magazine about Yosemite; another in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine about Caprock Canyons State Park; others about conservation issues).

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An Odyssey of Your Own, a two-day workshop on “possibility” with Thordis Niela Simonsen

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28 March 2015, 9:00 am–4:00 pm (lunch not included)
29 March 2015, 9:00 am-1:00pm
Denver Woman’s Press Club
1325 Logan Street [free parking in lot north of Club]
$130 (by 18 March), $150 (after 18 March) check payable to astragreece inc.
303-321-5403 or
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Building on Memory, a one-woman multimedia performance by Thordis Niela Simonsen

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copyright © Thordis Simonsen 2013
27 March 2015, 7:00-8:30 pm
Denver Woman’s Press Club
1325 Logan Street [free parking in lot north of Club]
$15 advance purchase or at the door, cash or check
reservation appreciated, but not required
303-321-5403 or Read More

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Nancy Peterson Book Events

Not To Be ForgivenNancy M. Peterson will be speaking about her book, Not to be Forgiven, at the Windsor Gardens Friday Book Club at noon on March 6. Not to be Forgiven will be the subject of Nancy’s presentation at the Longmont Public Library on Thursday, May 7, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. She will talk about why she wrote and how she researched the book, and display her collection of World War II artifacts.

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