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2016 Writer of the Year and Independent Writer of the Year

Join all six finalists as well as our 2015 Writer of the Year, Susan Spann at Tattered Cover Colfax on Thursday, August 18th at 7:00 PM as we discuss all manner of writerly things.

Mark Stevens
Writer of the Year

The son of two librarians, Mark Stevens was raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He is the author of the Allison Coil Mystery Series. Trapline won the 2015 Colorado Book Award for best mystery and the 2015 Colorado Authors League award for best genre fiction. Lake of Fire is a finalist for the 2016 Colorado Book Award in the mystery category. Mark is a past president and past monthly workshop coordinator for RMFW. He currently hosts the Rocky Mountain Writer podcast. More About Mark

Lisa Manifold
Independent Writer of the Year

Lisa published four books in 2015. While in the midst of querying, Lisa discovered that mysterious animal in the publishing world called self-publishing. To her great surprise, she found the idea very attractive. Once Thea’s Tale was finished and edited, she decided to self-publish rather than looking for representation. That was all it took. Lisa joined RMFW in 2013 as the Hospitality Chair, one week prior to the Gold Conference. She is currently the Newsletter Editor and IPAL Liaison. More About Lisa

Calendar of Events

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IPAL NovelRama: Join IPAL for 4 days of writing 25,000 words on the project of your choice. Start planning your project now! Your goal starts Friday, July 29th and end Monday, August 1st at 11:59 PM.

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Denver

WordPress for Authors: You hear more and more about author platforms and how critical they are to writers. Don’t be caught without the all-important website for your writing. Join us, and get your website on!

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Western Slope

Taking Control of Your Career: From social media to websites to finding the right way to publish, Lisa and Nathan will offer guidance on what to do and how to do it. When you leave, you’ll have the information to make informed decisions based on your needs in order to take control of your career.

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Facebook

IPAL Author Takeover: Join IPAL online on August 18, 2016 from 10AM to 1PM for the summer RMFW IPAL Takeover! Meet authors, learn about their work, and win eBooks! Can't make it at that time? Stop by the Facebook event page at any time on August 18th to comment on author posts and enter contests!

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WOTY & IWOTY Discussion Panel: Join all six finalists as well as our 2015 Writer of the Year, Susan Spann at Tattered Cover Colfax at 7:00 PM as we discuss all manner of writerly things.

IPAL Presents NovelRama

2016Llamav5_IPAL NovelRamaAre you plotting and planning a new novel? Working on finishing one? Then this is for YOU!

July 29 – August 1, 2016
4 DAYS TO 25K!
Online and In-person Events
Join us in the members-only forum at rmfw.net.

Four days – Friday through Monday – of nothing but novels. Get one going. Finish the one you’re working on. Twenty-five thousand words in four days. IPAL will be sponsoring events during the four days to help you stay motivated, or just allow you to meet with other writers as you work your way to 25K!


Colorado Gold Conference

Every year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is pleased to present the Colorado Gold Conference, where hundreds of writers from all over the US and beyond gather for a full weekend of writerly camaraderie, exciting programming, and opportunities to pitch projects to the industry's top agents and editors.

When & Where
September 9-11, 2016
Renaissance Hotel
Denver, Colorado

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2016 Keynote Speakers
Robert J. Sawyer & Ann Hood


Join us online on August 18, 2016 from 10AM to 1PM for the summer RMFW IPAL Takeover!
Meet authors, learn about their work, and win eBooks! Can't make it at that time?
Stop by the Facebook event page at any time on August 18th to comment on author posts and enter contests!

Featured Authors: Bernadette Marie, Julie Cameron, Marla Newbrough Bell, and more...
We look forward to seeing you there!

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast – Episode #50
Laurence MacNaughton & It Happened One Doomsday

Interview with Laurence MacNaughton, author of It Happened One Doomsday, debuting later this month and already being showered with praise from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal and many others. Barnes & Noble has committed to MacNaughton's latest with a major national campaign.

For suggestions about content or to comment on the show, email host Mark Stevens at podcast @rmfw.org. Also feel free to leave a comment about the podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.

CLICK HERE to listen to previous podcasts.


2016 Honored Guiding Members

Each year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers recognizes members who have significantly contributed to the success of our organization over the years. These individuals are honored for their talent and abilities, as well as the leadership they've shown.

Christine T. Jorgensen is author of seven mystery novels, her latest is Missing, is a local best seller featuring Detective Casey Jansen. First in a planned series, Missing is a suspense thriller set in Colorado and written under the name, C.T. Jorgensen, separating it from her previous humorous amateur sleuths. Next in the series, Disappeared, will be out in 2016. Jorgensen, a confirmed critiquer, is a former Writer of the Year, a long time member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Colorado Gold Contest judge and member of Mystery Writers of America. Her second novel, You Bet Your Life, was a finalist in the Colorado Book Award.

Sharon Mignerey remembers vividly getting that first library card, and from then until now she’s always read as much as she could. All that reading, in turn, fueled her passion for writing. Though the path to becoming published was a longer one than she’d ever anticipated, she never gave up on her dream to be a published author. After she graduated from college, she became a technical writer, and for many years wrote software documentation for computer systems. User’s guides and system analysis weren’t quite what she had in mind, though, and she always wrote fiction on the side. During the years she kept polishing her stories and submitting them for publication.

Robin D. Owens has been writing longer than she cares to recall and has published twenty seven books, five novellas, and two short stories. She is profoundly thankful to be a recipient of the 2002 Romance Writers of America RITA® Award (like the Oscar in her field) for HeartMate, various other awards throughout the years, and has been named the Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers twice. She has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Colorado Romance Writers. Her fantasy/futuristic romances found a home at Berkley with the issuance of HeartMate in December 2001. She credits the "telepathic cat with attitude" in selling that book.