Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers seeking publication in commercial fiction.
|Free Program (Denver): Getting the Most out of Your Critique Group with Shawn Harper, Sheri Duff, Anne Marie, and Emily Bybee. If you've never participated in a critique group, how do you find (or start) one that's right for you?|
|Online Class: Writers Write! Practical Tips to Stay Motivated with Robin D. Owens. Get valuable coaching on finding your writer's identity, setting goals, fighting negative distractions (like your inner critic), and breaking through writer's block.|
|Free Program (Western Slope): How to Know When You're Really Ready to Submit with Bernadette Marie. Get tons of info on genre, word counts, beta readers, revisions, synopses, query letters, and more.|
|Online Class: Stepping Back: A Look into Today's Historical Fiction with Pamela Nowak. Think you want to write historical fiction? The genre is not what it used to be. Today’s historical fiction is a complex collection of genres and sub-genres with a variety of popular styles.|
|Online Class: Write an Amazing Short Story in Two Weeks with Saytchyn Maddux-Creech. Are you ready to write a short story? Do you want to write one that editors will fight other editors to publish? Learn what it takes to write short stories that will linger in your reader’s hearts and minds.|
2017 RMFW Board Election Nominations
The RMFW Election Committee is now accepting nominations for RMFW President and for RMFW Secretary. Both positions are two-year terms.
Basic Presidential qualifications:
1. Must have at least 1 year Board experience
2. Provides an agenda for all regular meetings
3. Responsible for correspondence
4. Act as mediator
5. Be bondable
6. Attend RMFW events
Basic Secretary qualifications:
1. Take minutes at Board meetings
2. Provide copy of prior Board meetings
3. Assist the President as needed
4. Be bondable
If you are nominating another individual, please insure that person is willing to run and serve on the RMFW Board prior to nomination.
Nominations will open on October 15, 2017 and close on November 12, 2017.
Congratulations to our 2017 Writers of the Year!
Shannon Baker, Writer of the Year
Shannon Baker is the author of the Kate Fox mystery series (Tor/Forge). Set in the isolated cattle country of the Nebraska Sandhills, Kirkus says, “Baker serves up a ballsy heroine, a colorful backdrop, and a surprising ending.” She also writes the Nora Abbott mystery series (Midnight Ink), featuring Hopi Indian mysticism and environmental issues. Shannon makes her home in Tucson where she enjoys cocktails by the pool, breathtaking sunsets, a crazy Weimeraner, and killing people (in the pages of her books).
Wendy Terrien, Independent Writer of the Year
Wendy Terrien received her first library card at age two, and a few years later started writing her own stories. Her debut novel, The Rampart Guards (February 2016), earned a Kirkus starred review and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016. The novel is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist, a Next Generation Indies Award Finalist, and the first in her intriguing urban fantasy series. The next two books in the series, The League of Governors and The Clan Calling, will be released summer 2017.
2016 Anthology: Found
Winner of the Colorado Book Award for Best Anthology
Sometimes things are better off lost. And sometimes they were never meant to disappear. Either way, when they’re found, everything changes. Explore illuminating tales of short fiction that reveal the consequences of finding something once lost or better off forgotten. These stories will draw you in and show you the profound changes that happen when something is found. From Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers comes this collection of inspired works from both award-winning and talented new writers to include Mark Stevens, Dean Wyant, J.A. Kazimer, Joshua Viola, Diana Holguin-Balogh, Terry Kroenung, Natasha Watts, and more. More Info
RMFW U Online Classes
The Art and Craft of Building Great Conflict
Presented by Sharon Mignerey
Sept 17 - Oct 7
Members $35 | Non-Members $40
Nothing in fiction moves forward without conflict. As writers, we all know this, and we generally know what conflict is—the two dogs, one bone thing. Still, the rejections may come with notes to the effect of “the conflict between the characters just isn’t strong enough” or “the characters don’t struggle enough” or “the conflict isn’t believable.” Learn more.
Stepping Back—A Look into Today’s Historical Fiction
Presented by Pamela Nowak
November 5 – 18
Members $30 | Non-Members $35
Think you want to write historical fiction? The genre is not what it used to be. Today’s historical fiction is a complex collection of genres and sub-genres with a variety of popular styles. Learn to identify where your material best fits, the basic common elements, variations in approach and style, research expectations, and complications you may encounter. Learn more.
A chat with Jennifer Kincheloe, recorded in Toronto last week. Jennifer's novel The Woman in The Camphor Trunk debuts in mid-November. It's the follow-up to the highly successful The Secret Life of Anna Blanc. (It's book two in the series!)
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.
Masks. Everybody wears them. Perhaps they are literal masks worn by surgeons, superheroes, bank robbers, trick-or-treaters, or thespians. Perhaps they are metaphorical masks, shaped by the stories we tell each other and lies we tell ourselves. Whether for a single moment or for the span of an entire life, we’ve all been drawn to the idea of masquerading as something we are not.
Submissions closed. Authors of accepted stories will be notified October 1.
Contact editors Warren Hammond and Angie Hodapp at email@example.com.
2017 Honored Guiding Member
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. Our 2017 Honored Guiding Member is...
Alice Kober has been a member of RMFW for over 20 years. She has volunteered for numerous jobs, including Conference Chair and RMFW President, and was given the Jasmine Award in 2005 to honor the long-term service of individuals to the organization.
After writing for business for many years, she changed careers and became a librarian 15 years ago. She’s currently the Adult Fiction Collection Librarian for Arapahoe Libraries and buys both print and e-book fiction.
She especially loves buying books by Colorado authors.
Be sure to check out Alice's class at 2017 Colorado Gold Conference where she talks about the importance of book covers and the role they play in genre. From a librarian who chooses the books that sit on the shelves in Arapahoe County libraries, it's definitely a must-attend. Read more from Alice in an interview she did for the RMFW Blog!