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Genre Fest

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. 

Registration costs are $70 for members and $80 for non-members through March 31st. Cost for members and non-members increases to $90 on April 1st. Deadline to register is April 8th. Reservations must be made in advance by clicking hereRefund Policy: A $10 cancellation fee applies through March 31st. No refunds after the cancellation deadline. Please direct questions about the refund policy to the event planners.

David-MorrellDavid Morrell is the critically acclaimed author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the only television mini-series to premier after a Super Bowl), The Fraternity of the Stone, and The League of Night and Fog. An EdgarÒ, Anthony and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker awards from the Horror Writers Association as well as the prestigious lifetime Thriller Master Award from the International Thriller Writer’ organization. His writing book, The Successful Novelist, discusses what he has learned in his four decades as an author. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His latest book, Inspector of the Dead, is the second in a series of novels set in 1854 England. The first book in the series, Murder as a Fine Art, won the 2014 Macavity award, the Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award.

GENRE FEST presenters include:

Daniel Levine teaching Mystery/Crime. Levine studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Brown University and received his MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Florida. He has taught composition and creative writing at high schools and universities, including the University of Florida, Montclair State University, and Metropolitan State College of Denver. His first novel, Hyde is a New York Times Editor’s Choice and was selected by the Washington Post as one of the “5 Best Thrillers of 2014.” Originally from New Jersey, he now lives in Colorado.

Kay Bergstrom (aka Cassie Miles) teaching Romance. Bergstrom has published over 80 novels of romance and suspense, primarily for Harlequin Intrigue. A USA TODAY Best-Seller, she’s been RMFW Writer of the Year twice. Her teaching experience ranges from college to fourth graders.

Warren Hammond teaching Sci Fi/Fantasy. Hammond received a teaching degree from the University at Albany, then moved to Colorado where he can often be found typing away at one of the local coffee shops. Known for his gritty, futuristic KOP series, Hammond has taken best of classic detective noir and reinvented it on a destitute colony world. His novel, KOP Killer, won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for best mystery. His latest independent novel, Tides of Maritinia, December 2014 is a spy novel set in a science fictional world.

Denise Vega teaching Young Adult. Vega is the award-winning author of six books from toddler to teen. Her middle grade and young adult novels include her “blog” books: Click Here (to find out how i survived seventh grade), a Scholastic Book Fair bestselling title, Girls Life magazine Top 10, New York Public Library Book for the Teenage; and Access Denied (and other eighth grade error messages); as well as YA novels Fact of Life #31 (Colorado Book Award) and Rock On. She currently teaches workshops on writing children’s picture books, middle grade and young adult novels. She is a Colorado Authors’ League Award winner.

R.T. Lawton teaching Short Stories. Lawton is a retired federal agent and past member of the Mystery Writers of America Board of Directors. He has over 80 published short stories of which almost one third of these have been published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Other stories have appeared in the 2013 Mystery Writers of America anthology, the West Coast Crime Wave e-anthology, Easyriders magazine, Outlaw Biker Magazine, plus 10 mini-mysteries in Woman’s World magazine.

Phyllis Perry teaching Children’s Books. Perry is a Colorado author who has written more than 80 books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for children and adults. She has a doctorate from the University of Colorado, Boulder and worked in the school system in various capacities until she retired to write fulltime. She has won the Colorado Authors’ League Award in various categories eight times and the Mother’s Choice Award twice.


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