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Retreat Registration Begins October 1st

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Calendar of Events

OCT
1

Writers Retreat Registration Opens: You're sure to find inspiration in the natural beauty that will surround you at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Come write with us!

OCT
8
Western Slope

Anatomy of An Edit – From 1st Draft to Submission: This presentation is a 10-step road map any writer can follow from their novel’s first draft (their first or their twenty-first project!) to submission to agents or editors.

OCT
8

4th Quarter Board Meeting: Join the RMFW board members at the Sam Garry Library for the last board meeting of 2016.

OCT
15
Denver

Writing Authentic African-American Characters Our stories should reflect the diversity in our culture. African-Americans have been part of the fabric of America since the beginning. Yet how do we craft characters that are complex, compelling and authentic to the black experience? Come to this workshop and discover how!

2016 Anthology: Found

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. More Info

Writer of the Year and Independent Writer of the Year

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. More About Mark

Lisa Manifold
Independent
Writer of the Year

Lisa published four books in 2015. Once Thea’s Tale was finished and edited, she decided to self-publish rather than looking for representation. Lisa joined RMFW in 2013 as the Hospitality Chair. She is currently the Newsletter Editor and IPAL Liaison. More About Lisa


2017 RMFW Writers Retreat

RMFW is thrilled to announce our annual writers retreat! Our 2017 location, the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a peaceful, breathtaking setting in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. You're sure to find inspiration in the natural beauty that will surround you. Come write with us!

April 6-9, 2017 – Registration Opens October 1st
Special Guests Susan Spann, Anita Mumm and Susan Brooks
MORE INFO

The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration were founded in Olpe, Germany, in 1863, by Mother Theresia Bonzel, who was recently beatified by Pope Francis. In 1954 the sisters moved to Colorado Springs and named their campus Mount St. Francis. The Mount is “home” to all of the Sisters of St. Francis, and particularly to the sisters who live and minister.

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Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast – Episode #57

Claire L. Fishback & "Remembra"

The first in an occasional series of podcasts featuring writers who were included in RMFW's new short story anthology, Found. First up is Claire L. Fishback.

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 Colorado Gold Writing Contest Results

Action/Thriller
1ST Day of the Watchers by Charles Kowalski
2ND Hard Dog to Kill by Craig Holt
3RD The Blue Fox by Kevin Deighton
Odd Man Out by Val Moses
Shot Caller by Gilbert Roman
The Foreboding by Susie Lindau

Mainstream/Other
1ST Whisper of Other Voices by Sandy Fails
2ND The Chinese Ghost by Andrew Beasley
3RD Solotramp by Eleanor Binnings
Lost in Hotness by Mindy McIntyre
The Edge of Endings by Karin Belz

Mystery/Suspense
1ST Coded for Murder by Ritu Sethi
2ND Doppel by Val Moses
3RD Cut. Print. Kill by Robert Kidera
Deadly Prose by Jedeane MacDonald
Questions for the Dead by Matthew Porter

Romance
1ST Until Death by Tracy Brisendine
2ND A Knight’s Ransom by Edwina Moore
3RD Atlas by Megan Stirler
Intaglio by Steven Moores
Saint or Sinner by Terri Benson

Speculative Fiction
1ST ACHE by Levi Jacobs
2ND My Planet by Nicole Lawrence
3RD The Fourth Dimension by Rebecca Dickson
Griffin and the Spurious Correlations by Krista Wallace
Soul Affinity by Alice Yu

Young Adult /Middle Grade
1ST Kinetic by Amy Kolquist
2ND Nightshade by Emily Bybee
3RD Merlin's Children by Becky Rawnsley
The Installation by Angela Penland
Wild Magic by Rachel Craft


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.