Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

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

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the Colorado Gold Contest until June 1st.
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2016 Genre Con
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Table Mountain Inn, 1310 Washington Avenue, Golden, CO 80401

Join us for the 1st Annual Genre Con, an all day educational event that includes a specialized workshop in the morning and breakout, master classes related to genre specific training in the afternoon.

The Right Stuff: Opening Pages That Lead to Yes!
Presented by Kristin Nelson and Angie Hodapp from The Nelson Literary Agency

Many aspiring writers are shocked to learn that agents make judgement calls about manuscripts after reading only a few pages—sometimes only a few paragraphs. What are agents looking for? How can you get them hooked so they’ll finish reading your sample pages and request your full manuscript?

In this workshop, Kristin and Angie will discuss the importance of starting your story in the right place—of finding the right entry point relative to the story's overall pacing and structure. They’ll also talk about the inciting incident, or plot catalyst, and where it should be relative to page one, as well as reader expectations about openings based on various genres. Finally, they’ll divulge some surprising slush-pile secrets: What story openings have become cliche, and what are some red flags that will make them stop reading?

They’ll wrap up with a live “Agent Reads the Slush Pile” session, during which Kristin will read aloud anonymous submissions from the audience and provide on-the-spot feedback. If you would like to submit to the slush pile, please bring four (4) copies of your first three pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, each copy stapled. Kristin will read as many submissions as possible in the time allowed.


Early Bird Registration: through 4/16/16
Members $70.00, Non-Members $80.00

Standard Registration: 4/17/16 through 5/10/16
Members $80.00, Non-Members 90.00

This year's breakout masters classes include mystery/crime, romance, sci-fi/fantasy/horror, young adult and historical fiction.

Rocky Mountain Writer Podcast – Episode #41
Aimie K. Runyan

An interview with debut novelist Aimie K. Runyan. Her historical fiction, Promised to the Crown, launches this week.

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

CLICK HERE to listen to previous podcasts.

Free Educational Programs

April Program in Denver: Flammable Characters

Presented by Eleanor Brown
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Columbine Library
Do your stories lose steam as they go? Maybe the problem isn’t your plot—maybe it’s your characters. In order to get them to a happy ending, something must go desperately wrong first. You must light your characters on fire. Let’s talk about how to find your characters’ flaws, how to make them lovable despite their worst qualities, and how to exploit their vulnerabilities to escalate and sustain tension. Focus on how to attend to both the positive and negative traits of a character in order to provide the most opportunities for story. MORE INFO

RMFW offers free programs to both members and
non-members. These programs are presented in the
Denver area and on the Western Slope. They are typically on a Saturday morning or afternoon. Topics vary.

Need more info about free programs?
Email Sheri Duff-Merz at
about Denver programs or Terri Benson at about Western Slope programs.

2016 Keynote Speakers
Robert J. Sawyer & Ann Hood

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2016 Colorado Gold Conference
September 9-11, 2016
Renaissance Hotel
Denver, Colorado

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