Award-winning author B.K. Loren and former Rocky Mountain News “man-about-town” columnist Norm Clarke are among six expert presenters who headline the first all-day Colorado Authors’ League Craft Fair on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Arapahoe Community College. As we all know, the “craft” is all about the writing. The six presenters will lead separate breakout sessions, which will be scheduled so that all registrants will be able to attend three sessions of their choice. CAL is partnering with ACC’s Writer’s Studio to stage the event.
Signups in advance at (click here to register) are $30 for CAL members, $40 for non-members through Wed., Feb. 11. Fees at the door will be $10 additional for both. Students can register for $10. Registrants are asked to choose their preference of breakout session in advance (click here for the breakout registration form), as well as an option for lunch.
The six writing disciplines to be covered and speakers are:
Fine-tuning Your Writing, by BK Loren, award-winning novelist, writing teacher and acclaimed speaker at writing conferences and workshops.
Productive Interviewing, by Norm Clarke, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist and 2015 Damon Runyon Award recipient.
Elements of Good Editing, by Diane Hartman, former Auburn University instructor and long-time editor.
Basics of Screenwriting, by Bruce Leaf, award-winning screenwriter.
Successful Research, by Pamela Hallaren, Arapahoe Library District research librarian.
Improved Story Organization and Structure, by Terry Frei, author of eight fiction and non-fiction books
About BK Loren
Loren is the winner of numerous national awards and fellowships for both fiction and non-fiction, and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. She has been called an “inspiration” to her students.
“Fresh, innovative, edgy, BK makes a workshop crackle. She wakes up your brain,” proclaims Judy Deck. “She shakes out all your oh-so-certainties, then hits your rethink button.”
Loren is a regular presenter at The Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Chatham University and the Taos Summer Writing Conference. In her remarkable debut novel, Theft, her lyrical prose gives voice to the wildlife and land surrounding her beautifully flawed characters, breathing life into the southwestern terrain. Theft is a story about family, about loss, and about a search for answers. It has been optioned for film.
About Norm Clarke
Clarke will receive the Denver Press Club’s Damon Runyon Award in April, joining such luminaries as the late David Halberstam, Mike Royko and Tim Russert; Jimmy Breslin,Tom Brokaw, George Will, Bob Costas, Rick Reilly, Anna Quindlen, Frank Deford and Katie Couric.
A journalist for more than 40 years and author of three books, he is renowned for his ability as an interviewer. He’ll share tips, advice and insights into the art and skill of interviewing that will help writers in the audience obtain better quotes from subjects and gather better information.
About Pamela Hallaren
Hallaren is Arapahoe County Librarian and has spoken to CAL audiences in the past. She has become a go-to resource for CAL authors working on continuing research. Participants in her workshop will be introduced to various resources accessible by anyone. Using actual questions from the audience, she’ll work through the process to find sources and answers.