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The Bookfest Grows Again
The second Colorado Book Festival, co-sponsored by the Colorado Authors’ League and the Denver Public Library, took another big step toward its new era when the Denver Post Foundation signed on as a sponsor of the March 3, 2018 event. The Post will be supporting and helping to build attendance for the day-long festivities. Reader-oriented programs, tours and chances to talk to participating authors – among many other events and happenings – will occupy several floors at the main Denver Public Library on Civic Center Park.
CAL and the library quickly put together its first festival effort in 2016. With more time, study of other cities’ festivals and wide community and sponsor support, the next festival is shaping up as a bigger, more-populous celebration of reading, all kinds of writing, and literacy. Author sign-ups will start this fall, with CAL members getting both priority and a discount. CBF Director Rachel Kodanaz expects the Program Committee will be announcing programs – many of them featuring celebrity authors, media personalities and topic experts – later in the fall.
Kris Walker is already pulling in sponsorships from other media outlets, foundations, supporters of the arts, publishers and others. She can be reached Kris@coloradoauthors.org. For more info: Rachel Kodanaz is at Rachel@coloradoauthors.org
Sunday Brunch Writing Seminar
SAVE THE DATE! Page Lambert will be hosting a Sunday Brunch Writing Seminar at Mount Vernon Canyon Club, October 1, 2017, 8:30 to 4:00 pm. Click here for more details.
Book Signing with Barbara Sparks
Noted photographer Barbara Sparks will be signing for her new coffee table photography book, FOR PURPLE MOUNTAINS; Colorado, a Journey of the Senses, at Hooked on Books, 12 East Bijou, Colorado Springs, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 16. The book features 70 duotone prints and an introduction by Governor John Hickenlooper and Peter Dea.
Lake of Fire Selected as “Village Read” in Greenwood Village
This summer the Greenwood Village Cultural Arts Program partnered with Arapahoe Libraries to present the first ever “Village Read” and the group chose Lake of Fire by Mark Stevens as this year’s selection. Many activities are planned in August around the themes from the book. Join Mark for the Closing Celebration:
Thursday, August 31 | 6 p.m.
Curtis Center for the Arts
Enjoy music from Let Them Roar (hailing from the Flat Tops Wilderness) and The Cody Sisters. Free ice cream, tequila tasting and party in the park.
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 (email@example.com) 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
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 oneyour 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.