Free Writing Class on Fiction Fundamentals

CAL member Sharon Cairns Mann will be teaching “The Writer’s Toolkit: Essential Tools for the Fiction Writer,” at the monthly meeting of Writers on the Rock: East Denver Creatives at the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being, 3401 Eudora Street, Denver, CO on Saturday, August 19, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. This group was originally formed by CAL member Patricia Raybon to serve Christian writers, and continues to grow in new and exciting ways. The meetings are free and open to the public, although we appreciate an RSVP ( so we can arrange for enough chairs. If you are interested, there is more information about the class content and a homework assignment (reading) for the meeting at this link. We would love to have you join us.

Children’s Picture Book Classes with Denise Vega

Intro to the Children’s Picture Book
When: Saturday, August 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where:  Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race Street, Denver, CO 80206
Cost: $65.00 members / $75.00 non-members


This course is for anyone interested in learning about picture books and their unique aspects. We’ll review structure, language usage, and character development, as well as de-construct current best-selling and popular picture books to understand what makes them work. Then you’ll apply what you’ve learned to books and manuscripts provided by the instructor so you can begin to approach your own manuscripts with a new eye. Bring a favorite picture book (or one you can’t believe got published) to share! This class is a prerequisite for the 8-Week: Writing the Children’s Picture Book workshop.

8 Week Course: Wrting Children’s Picture Book
When: Wednesday, August 16, 6:30pm- 8:30pm (Starts 8/16/17, Ends 10/4/17)
Where:  Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race Street, Denver, CO 80206
Cost: $310.00 members / $340.00 non-members


In this hands-on workshop with children’s book author Denise Vega, you do not need to have a story already written. We¹ll use the first two weeks to develop and complete a story through brainstorming and writing prompts. In the remaining six weeks, we’ll explore various aspects of writing the picture book through workshopping and discussing the stories written in the first two weeks (or a different story if you have one‹your choice). During the workshop sessions, we¹ll look at a variety of picture book aspects.

Prerequisite: Intro to the Children’s Picture Book, previous children’s book workshop, or permission from the instructor.

Ginny Purvis-Smith to Speak at Tattered Cover

Tattered Cover Book Store’s August 13, 2:00 p.m. Author Event features V.L. (Ginny) Purvis-Smith and a discussion of her historical novel, Greenwood Riven. Check out the website, and you’ll be ready to pepper her with questions and insights into Colorado’s role in the World War II incarceration of 120,000 men, women, and children based solely on their race as persons of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of whom were American citizens. Camp Amache, located in Southeastern Colorado, was one of the incarceration sites and became the tenth largest city in the state in the space of several months.

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

“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:

Conquer Your Audiobook!

Learn How-To’s From Audible® Pro Richard Rieman
Get the inside scoop on AudioBook production at the next free CAL Marketing Roundtable on May 16th featuring CAL member Richard Rieman, an Audible® Approved audiobook narrator, award-winning storyteller and author of “The Author’s Guide to Audio Book Creation.” With audio books now the fastest growing publishing format, Richard will tell us how we can join the audiobook revolution and get our share of a $2 billion dollar industry.

Join the fun and learn:

* How to determine if an audiobook version of your book will work.

* The essential steps to create your audiobook.

* How to uncover your costs in making an audiobook.

* How to promote and market your audiobook

We will also talk about additional marketing resources.

A Little More About Richard

With smiling Irish eyes and a rich, warm voice to match, Richard Rieman (Ree’man) is an Audible Approved Audiobook narrator, audiobook producer, professionally trained Voice Actor, and author of “The Author’s Guide to AudioBook Creation.”

Audible Approved producers are the best audiobook producers in the business. Most have narrated and/or produced 25 audiobooks that are available on and have a verifiable record of achievement in the audiobook industry.

Meeting Location and Details

DATE: Tuesday, May 16th

TIME: 6-8 p.m.

COST: Free to all CAL members

PLACE: Ross-University Hills Branch Library (second floor), 4310 E. Amherst Ave., Denver, CO 80222

Peru, Weaving Words & Women Retreat with Page Lambert

PERU, WEAVING WORDS & WOMEN RETREAT –  REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  April 21-May 2, 2018.  A 12-day immersion into the culture of Peru led by Page Lambert and True Nature Journeys.  Visit the Sacred Valley, including Pisac, Ollaytantambo, and Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World.  Tour the Incan City of Cusco. Spend time with the women weavers of Patacancha and the young Quechua weavers at the Chinchero Center for Traditional Textiles.  Experience a traditional Incan “despacho” ceremony of intention and letting go. Ride horses up to the ancient Incan ruin of Pumamarca (optional). $3920 includes all meals, lodging, ground transportation, local guides, park passes, creative facilitation, and more.  $500 deposit due with application.  Watch the nimble fingers of the women weavers with their vibrant strands of wool. Open the pages of your journal and weave your own tapestry with words.”  More information:   Start saving now for this bucket-list adventure! Questions?  Call Page at 303.842.7360, or email

Creating a Sense of Place in Your Writing, with Mary Taylor Young

Mary Taylor Young will offer a workshop on Creating A Sense Of Place In Your Writing at Arapahoe Community College’s annual Writers Studio Literary Festival, April 8, 8:30 – 3:30 pm. Cost is $25 for one workshop, $45 for two. Includes lunch, faculty readings, networking. Other workshops include poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and publishing. Details can be found here.

2017 CAL Co-Op Booth at the Colorado Christmas Gift Show

CAL is pleased to return to the Colorado Christmas gift show with a booth for CAL authors to sell their books. This will be the fifth CAL Co-Op Book Booth and will be held at the Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart on November 3, 4, and 5 2017. The booth fee is $50 plus 10% of sales over $50. If you’d like to participate in the booth:

1. Complete the registration form below and click submit.
2. Select the right PayPal button below (regular or discounted if you are using a referral discount code) to pay the booth fee and then press Buy Now.

Please select:
Enter referral discount code:

Note: Referral discounts are earned by referring members to CAL. When you qualify, you will receive a code from the CAL Membership Chair. Only one code may be used for each event, and codes may only be used once.

The Enraptured Reader: Writing to Stir the Emotions

A One-Day Luncheon Seminar
with Page Lambert

Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:30 – 4:00

SANSKRIT LITERATURE seeks to evoke intense, visceral, and emotional responses in the reader, much like someone experiences when mesmerized by a work of art, or spellbound by a performance. Known as the Rasa Theory, this phenomenon “can also help artists and writers effectively represent and harness emotions, creating suspense and surprise in their art.” (Rita Banerjee, “Emotion and Suspense: The Essence of the Rasa Theory,” Poets & Writers, Jan/Feb 2017).

During this one-day luncheon seminar, we will explore the realm of emotion (in our own work and in published examples, and we’ll study the writing tools available to us to evoke emotions in our readers. Registration Details:

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:30 to 4:00
WHERE: Mount Vernon Country Club, Golden, Colorado (25 minutes from downtown Denver).
COST: $105 (register before Monday, 4/10/17); $120 (Monday, 4/10/17 or later)
INCLUDES: Morning coffee, tea, pastries and fruit; catered luncheon and afternoon beverages. Appropriate for all genres.
Questions? 303.842.7360 or