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2017 CAL Academy Schedule

Great presenters. Timely topics. Convenient webinars.

April 11 – noon
Poetry: The Art, The Craft, The Business

Presenter: Art Elser
How do you create poetry as Art? How do you invite the poetic muse to visit? Learn how to get the muse safely aboard, then discover techniques of the Craft of poetry. Finally, learn about the Business of poetry: is there a market, how to submit to anthologies and journals, what is a chap book, how to track submissions, where to find publishing outlets looking for poetry.

Art Elser’s poetry has been published in journals and anthologies, including Blood, Water, Wind, and StoneOwen Wister Review, High Plains Register, The Human Touch, Science Poetry, The Avocet, Vietnam War Poetry, and A Bird in the Hand: Risk and Flight. His chapbook, We Leave the Safety of the Sea, received the Colorado Authors’ League Poetry award for 2014. Retired  after 20 years as an Air Force pilot and 30 as a technical writer, Art has a PhD in English and taught writing for over 30 years.


CAL Academy “Poetry”
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May – No Program – Annual Banquet

Jun, July, Aug – No Programs – Summer Break

September 12 – noon
Building Tension in Your MG/YA Novel

Presenter: Denise Vega
We’ll explore the difference between conflict and tension as well as the connection between emotion and tension before looking at some strategies for increasing the tension in your novel.

Denise Vega is the award-winning author of four books for middle school and young adult readers, including her blog books: Click Here (to find out how i survived seventh grade) a Scholastic Book Club/Fair bestselling title and a Colorado Book Award winner – and Access Denied (and other eighth grade error messages). Vega has taught writing classes and workshops for a variety of organizations, community education and enrichment programs, and has spoken and presented at a number of conferences. She is on faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver as well as a Young Adult Fiction faculty mentor for the Regis University MFA in Creative Writing.


CAL Academy “Tension in MG/YA Novel”
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October 10 – noon
Master the Memoir: 7 Writing Steps to Success

Presenter: Patricia Raybon
What’s the difference between autobiography and memoir? Between meaningful self-reflection and revengeful or aimless rambling? Join award-winning author Patricia Raybon for a writer’s exploration of the first-person journey called the memoir. Journey is, in fact, a key concept here. Meaningful memoirs go places—from struggle and insight to surprise and resolution. But what steps help writers advance the journey? Join Patricia as she examines best-selling and beloved memoirs to unpack seven techniques and tools for turning a life dilemma or story into a high adventure to write and a sublime delight to read.

A former Denver Post magazine editor and Rocky Mountain News feature writer, Patricia Raybon is the award-winning author of My First White Friend (which won the Christopher Award), I Told the Mountain to Move (which was a 2006 Book of the Year Finalist in Christianity Today Magazine’s annual book awards competition), The One Year® God’s Great Blessings Devotional, Bound for Glory and co-author of Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace. Her personal essays on family, race and faith have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, Country Living Magazine, Guideposts and other periodicals, and have aired on National Public Radio.


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Nov 14 – No Program

Dec – No Program – Holiday Party

Past Programs

Jan. 10 – Rachel Kodanaz presenting At the Podium: Capture the Audience, Create a Connection, Do It With Confidence
Feb 14 – Barb Lundy – CAL Marketing Roundtable: Super Selling Tips From Fellow Writers
Mar 14 – Terry Whalin – Five Ways Goodreads Can Make A Difference For Authors

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