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Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers seeking publication in commercial fiction.

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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 the way good novels do, even though your story might have taken only minutes to read.


 Holiday Party (members and guests only): Saturday, December 16 

2017 RMFW Board Election 

Voting has closed. If you have questions, please contact election@rmfw.org.

Congratulations to our 2017 Writers of the Year!
Shannon Baker, Writer of the Year

Shannon BakerShannon 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 TerrienWendy 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

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What is a Plot Device, and Do I Need One?

Presented by Karen Duvall
January 14 - 27
Members $35 | Non-Members $40

A plot device is a tool that—when used wisely—can and will enhance a story. However, if not used the right way, it can damage a story. For a plot device to work well, you must answer yes to the following three questions: Is it logical? Reasonable? Meaningful? A plot device can be a person, place, object, technique or situation that impacts the plot and moves it forward. Just by definition you realize why a plot device is necessary. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of plot devices and identify the ones that can lift your story to new heights, and avoid those that will do you more harm than good. Learn more and register today.

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast – Episode #108


Pat Stoltey talks about getting it right with her fourth novel, Wishing Caswell Dead.

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.

2018 Anthology

False Faces: Tales of Fakes, Frauds, and Facades

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 are now closed. Publication anticipated September, 2018.

Contact editors Warren Hammond and Angie Hodapp at anthology@rmfw.org.

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

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!