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Attention Book Illustrators and Cover Designers!

Colorado Authors League has long been about the business of storytelling, and now we’re opening our membership to include those who tell stories through art!

Book Illustrators and Cover designers, we invite you to apply for membership and take advantage of the rich benefits that CAL provides its members from friendship to promotion

to a chance to win your very own CAL award for Illustration or Cover Design!

We want to promote your work, click HERE to see just one of the ways.


Dec. 3-4, 10-11 Bighorn Book Nook at the Georgetown Christmas Market

Dec. 18, 2-4 p.m. CAL Holiday Party at The Hub at Lone Tree

CAL members RSVP to

June 11, 2023 CAL Awards at the Washington Park Boathouse

Colorado Conference Calendar 2023

April 28-30 Pikes Peak Writers

May 25-27 Northern Colorado Writers

Sept 8-10 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

CAL Awards

Submissions for the 2023 Awards are now open!

Interested in being a CAL Awards judge? Send your qualifications to colorado.authors.league

(CAL members are ineligible)

Submission period: Nov 1-Jan 31

Eligibility: You must be a CAL member to enter (See Membership tab above)

Categories: Multiple writing categories are judged from essays, articles, and poetry to full-length novels.

Categories also include illustration, cover design, and graphic novels.

2023 Awards announcements: May

Awards ceremony: June

Awards Info

Bruce Most

recipient of the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

Watch Bruce's Interview Video

Watch past Award Ceremonies

79th Annual CAL Awards Video

hosted by Kevin and Jodi Bowersox

80th Annual CAL Awards Video

hosted by Jody Pritzl

81st Annual CAL Awards Video

hosted by Jodi Bowersox, Laurie Marr Wasmund, and Claire L. Fishback

In the spotlight: Laurie Weiss


My career as an author is inextricably combined with my 50-year career as psychotherapist, management consultant and coach. My portfolio includes 13 self-help books, several ebooks and numerous professional and public articles. My focus is to make complex information accessible to anyone. My work has been translated into German, Chinese, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic and Italian.

I have been published by traditional publishers, co-operative publishers and independently. Currently, I publish under my own imprint, Empowerment Systems Books. I know of over 62,000 sales but stopped counting some time ago.

These facts astonish me as does most of the trajectory of my life. Starting out with an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry and English literature, I expected to work for a few years and settle down and raise children. It did not work out that way. I have been blessed with and taken advantage of extraordinary opportunities.

I have studied with masters of psychotherapy, spirituality, consulting, marketing, copywriting, and pretty much anything else that caught my interest. Along the way I earned an MA in Psychology and a PhD in Health and Human Services. I have traveled extensively and taught professionals in 13 countries. And I didn’t plan any of it very much in advance of it happening.

I do have a wonderful husband (62 years), children and grandchildren.

My unexpected writing career started because I was invited to share some of the exciting things I was learning and teaching. I wrote short articles, published in organization newsletters and journals. I also wrote a chapter in another professional’s book.

I did learn to write clearly in High School and won a state essay contest as well, but I certainly had no illusions that I was or would become an author. I asked one of my favorite authors and teachers to write a book expanding her work and she told me “You write it.” I didn’t.

Writing was still difficult and painful. Then, in an amazing 3-hour workshop, I learned to discard most of the rules I had ever learned about writing and write to find out what I was thinking. Wow! The search for a publisher of my first book resulted in a 2-inch-thick file of rejection letters.

One of my trainees, an aspiring psychotherapist who worked as an editor, proposed that we exchange my training for her reviewing the manuscript with me. I owe the skill she helped me develop to the huge success of

my first published book, Recovery from CoDependency: It’s Never Too Late to Reclaim Your Childhood. The book we edited together was published next as I Don’t Need therapy, but Where Do I Turn for Answers?

12 years ago I intended to retire but was sidetracked into learning, teaching and ultimately writing about an exciting new European process for rapidly releasing stress, anxiety and other barriers to enjoying life. I am still involved.

Did you miss our CAL Co-op Booths?

You can still get great books by CAL authors in time for Christmas!
Check out our Genre Pages for ideas and contact an author for a direct purchase of an autographed copy. What could be a more unique Christmas gift?

The BigHorn Book Nook is Back!

As part of the Georgetown Christmas Market 2022

When: Two Weekends in December: Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12

Time: Open 9 am-4pm

Where: The Community Center, Georgetown CO


Reserve your spot now as a book vendor.

Contact Jerry Fabyanic: for details


Get thee to Georgetown in December and buy books for all the readers on your Christmas list!

CAL Racks in Colorado Springs and Lakewood

Support these businesses that support CAL

5670 N. Academy Blvd

Colorado Springs


Located in the

Colorado Mills Mall

14500 W. Colfax Avenue

Lakewood, CO

A New Rack Location

Coming Soon!

Third Space Rack
Perfect Gift book rack
Acme Bar & Grill rack

Nowhere near our book racks?

You can still find great books by CAL authors. Check out our Genre Pages.

Autographed books make a great gift year-round. Contact authors directly to get signed copies.

CAL Authors Release New Books!

No Time For Murder

Death wasn't on the calendar.

Find it on Amazon

Cold Star

The first of twelve sci fi shorts

Check them out on Amazon

Redemption will come as a song

A unique book of poetry and prose.

Buy yours today!

Food for Thought: Essays on Mind and Spirit, Volume II

A salad of essays

for a healthy mind and spirit.

Check it out on Amazon

Azelom: The Breath of the World

Dovith has fallen.

The Accord is shattered.

Find it on Amazon

The Pain Bearer

Some treasures are better left buried.

Buy yours today!


Fiercely introspective.

Check it out on Amazon

Chaos Song

Everything Alex has struggled to create

is about to come unraveled...

Find it on Amazon

 Beyond the Door

Voices silenced for generations

 will be heard. 

Buy it on Amazon

Break Heart Canyon

An easy money plan takes a turn.

Check it out on Amazon

Into the Background

A true crime memoir

Buy it on Amazon

for where you go I will go

One family's journey to America

Check it out on Amazon

Into the Background

Enjoy the hunt!

Buy yours today!

Meringue Snowflake Magic

What's Christmas without a bit of magic?

Find it on Amazon

Dark of Night

A sacred lost treasure and poisonous retribution.

Check it out on Amazon

And Publish Plays, Essays, Articles, and Poems!

Kathryn Winograd's essay,

Folding Cranes in the Golden Hour

was published at

Poetry Society of Colorado

Cristina A. Bejan's poem was selected for the Poetry Society of Colorado Centennial Anthology.

Crisosto Apache has had two poem published in Thin Air Magazine: "Calm" and "Creating Golden Heliotropes in His Hands."

Carol Ann Wilson's essay "Live Oaks" was published by The Wrath-Bearing Tree, a literary journal founded by combat veterans and dedicated to issues of social justice and human resilience. 

Robert V. Dodge published an article in the Journal of Indigenous Research: "Indigenous Americans Became Red: Racism as Justification for Exploitation of Native Americans."

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Dec. 3-4, 10-11 Bighorn Book Nook at the Georgetown Christmas Market

Dec. 18, 2-4 p.m. CAL Holiday Party at The Hub at Lone Tree

CAL members RSVP to

June 11, 2023 CAL Awards at the Washington Park Boathouse

Helping Students

In 2020, CAL members joined together to create a book of writing prompts for students of all ages.

Paperback and Kindle versions available on Amazon

Download Options in English and Spanish

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Helping the Community

CAL authors often contribute to Little Free Libraries!

Little Library 2021

Where can I find CAL books?

CAL books are on GoodReads!

Click to find them all in one place!


Booths are now full for the 2022 Colorado Country Christmas Gift Shows in November.

The Colorado Springs booth will be held Nov. 4-6 at the Event Center.

The Denver booth will be held Nov. 11-13 at the Convention Center.

Read all about it and how you can participate next year:

Christmas Booth

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