Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers seeking publication in commercial fiction.
|Writer of the Year Panel, 7pm, Tattered Cover Colfax. Join this year's winners, Shannon Baker (WOTY) and Wendy Terrien (I-WOTY), and nominees Colleen Oakes, Bernadette Marie, and Stephanie Reisner for a night of fun and prizes.|
|Annual Author Signing and Book Sale, free and open to the public. Featuring Outlander author Diana Gabaldon, bestselling authors Sherry Thomas and Lori Rader-Day, and dozens more. Friday, Sept. 8, 8pm-10pm, Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel.|
|Colorado Gold Conference. Registration is sold out, but you can still get your name on the waitlist!|
|Online Class: The Art and Craft of Building Great Conflict with Sharon Mignerey. Sign up for this three-week online workshop and find out what it takes to write strong, believable conflict that supports your novel's internal and external story arcs.|
|Special Event: Bone Stories: Forensic Anthropology for Mystery Writers with George Gill and Jeffrey Lockwood, cohosted by RMFW and the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA).|
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
Character Building with Tony and Phil
Presented by Jax Bubis
Members $30 | Non-Members $35
In order to create believable characters, an author needs to know what his characters believe. Often, in the midst of plotting, we find ourselves asking this question: What would this character have to believe to make him do that? In this course, we will look at characters beliefs through the tools given us by coaches Tony Robbins and Dr. Phil. Learn more.
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.
A chat with Alice Kober, 2017 Honored Guiding Member. Alice talks about her Colorado Gold workshop about book covers (she should know what works!) and the early days of RMFW.
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!