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2015 Colorado Gold Recap

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Conference Cost

The base cost of registration for the 2015 Colorado Gold Conference:

  • Early Bird (May 1st through May 31st) Members $319, Non-Members $364
  • Regular (June 1st through June 30th) Members $339, Non-Members $384
  • Summer (July 1st through July 31st) Members $359, Non-Members $404
  • Late (August 1st through August 31st) Members $379, Non-Members $424
  • Last Minute (September 1st through September 5th) Members $399, Non-Members $444
  • At the Door (September 11th only) Members $425, Non-Members $470

Refund Policy: Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers will gladly refund your conference registration fees, less a $50.00 processing fee. You must notify the conference chair to cancel your conference registration 31 or more days before the conference date. Please contact, to cancel. RMFW is unable to refund any conference registration fees 30 days or fewer before the conference date.

Registration fee includes:

  • A free pitch appointment with one of your top-choice agents, editors or publishers
  • A free author reading of your work in progress to an audience of supportive peers (sign-up space is limited to 30 readers)
  • Entry to the Friday-night book sale and
  • author-signing extravaganza
  • Access to all open programming
  • Access to hotel amenities, including business center, wireless Internet in hotel lobby and bar, restaurant, lounge, coffee shop, and gift shop (WiFi is not available in the classrooms)
  • Tote bag containing conference literature and small gifts
  • Friday-night South of the Border buffet
  • Saturday and Sunday continental breakfast
  • Saturday-night awards and recognition banquet
  • Sunday-afternoon luncheon

Optional special sessions and add-ons include:

  • $60 for a 4-hour Master Class. Choose 1 of 5 offered this year. Space is limited.
  • $40 for a 15-minute one-on-one pitch coaching session with Susan Spann or Heather Webb. Space is limited.
  • $40 for a 15-minute one-on-one critique of 15 pages with guest author Jeffery Deaver. Space is limited.
  • $40 for a 15-minute one-on-one critique of 15 pages with guest author Desiree Holt. Space is limited.
  • $40 to participate in a 4-hour Friday-morning or Friday-afternoon critique workshop with a small group moderated by an attending agent or editor. Space is limited.
  • $15 to audit a 4-hour Friday-morning or Friday-afternoon critique workshop with a small group moderated by an attending agent or editor. Auditors attend but do not submit pages for critique. Space is limited.
  • $30 Professional Headshot photography appointment. Space is limited.
  • $50 to add a guest to the Friday-night dinner. (Limit: 3 guests)
  • $70 to add a guest to the Saturday-night banquet. (Limit: 3 guests)
  • $50 to add a guest to the Sunday luncheon. (Limit: 3 guests)

2016 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Colorado Gold Conference

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

To purchase recordings of 2015 conference sessions
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Book Sale 5--Cindy Myers and Yvonne Montgomery Ewegan
Kirk DouPonce
Book Cover Design
IPAL First Sale Panel
Monica Poole, Stephen Merlino, Corinne O'Flynn, Shawn McGuire
Deni Dietz
Synopses and Queries and Formatting, Oh My!
Book Sale
Because reading books (especially ones written by people you know) is almost as much fun as writing them.
Kara Seal
Demonstrates how to tell "Is Your Novel MG, YA or Divergent?"
Susan Brooks
Our 2015 Conference Chair enjoys the Friday night banquet.
Heather Webb and Kerry Schafer
No Feet of Clay--Molding Characters that Move the Reader
Johnny Worthen
Symbolism Theory--Connection and Reference
Shannon Baker
RMFW's 2014 Writer of the Year introduces our 2015 Writer of the Year, Susan Spann.
Book Sale 2
Carol Caverly
Brainstorming Yourself! Finding Ideas in Strange Places
Agent-Editor Panel III
Agent-Editor Critique Sessions
Trish Hermanson gives comments at the table led by Danielle Burby from Hannigan, Salky, Getzler Agency.
Cindi Myers
The Juggling Act--Writing for More Than One Publisher
There are always smiling faces at the registration, info table.
The Big World of Small Publishing 2
Linda Joffe Hull Susan Brooks
The Big World of Small Publishing
Ben LeRoy Linda Joffe Hull
Anita Mumm
A Layered Approach to Worldbuilding.
Emily Singer
Writing the Basics of Queer Characters
Aaron Michael Ritchey, Warren Hammond and Brenna Yovanoff
Editors Read the Slush Pile
Writing Across Genre--How Genre Conventions Shape Your Story
With Grayson Towler and Rebecca Bates. Moderated by Angela Lavoie.
Cath Launa
Writing the Basics of Queer Characters
Failure and Self-Doubt--The Silent Battle
Jeff Seymour, Bonnie Ramthun, Mary Gilgannon, Shannon Baker, Julie Kazimer
Mario Acevedo and Warren Hammond
The Better Half--Sidekicks in Fiction
Editor-Agent Panel
Enes Smith
Teaching "The One Minute Lie-Detector: Creating Believable Lies."
Sandra Bond and Susan Spann
RMFW's 2015 Writer of the Year, Susan Spann poses with her agent, Sandra Bond.
Kay Bergstrom
Amnesia Again?
Editor-Agent Panel
Tracy Thornton Brisendine
Talking on "Homicide for Writers Not Criminals"
Tactics and Techniques for Keeping a Series Fresh
Jeanne Stein, Robin D. Owens, Carol Caverly, Cindi Myers
Angie Hodapp
Teaching a Friday morning Master class--"Thinking in Scenes: Projecting Your Fiction on Your Reader's Mental Movie Screen."
Carol Berg
Taught a Friday morning Master Class--"Vivid Writing" AND a Friday afternoon workshop--"The Joys, Pitfalls and Techniques of Revision."
Chris Mandeville
Teaching a Friday Morning Master Class--"Everything You Need to Know to Write a Novel"
Book Sale 3-Gary Reilly
Enjoying a Workshop
Mario Acevedo and Aaron Michael Ritchey
Resistance--What's Keeping You from Writing?
Charlie Yoite
Writing the Basics of Queer Characters
Pamela Nowak
RMFW's current president at the Friday evening banquet.
Karen Lin
Keir Graff
Letting us know how to "Invite Yourself to the Social Media Party."
Jeffery Deaver teaches a packed workshop
Bree Ervin
Putting Curiosity in the Driver's Seat
Leah Parker
More demonstration for "Is Your Novel MG, YA, or Divergent?"
Book Sale 4-Judith Robbins Rose
The Writing Biz: Truth and Lies with Money
Taught by Kay Bergstrom, Robin Owens and Cindi Myers. Karen Lin moderates.
Agent-Editor Panel

About Colorado Gold Conference

Every year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is pleased to present the Colorado Gold Conference, where hundreds of writers from all over the US and beyond gather for a full weekend of writerly camaraderie, exciting programming, and opportunities to pitch projects to the industry's top agents and editors. Programming focuses on the following key areas:

  • Craft improvement
  • Genre knowledge
  • Career management
  • Industry savvy
  • Continuing education and professional development for published authors

Whether you're new to the idea of becoming a writer or you're a veteran published author, whether you hope to pursue a traditional publishing contract with a big New York publishing house or launch a self-publishing venture, you're sure to find the skills, knowledge, inspiration, motivation, and support you need at Colorado Gold.

Notice of photography, audio and video recording: 

When you attend the Colorado Gold Conference, you enter an area where photography, audio and video recording may and will occur. By entering the Conference premises, you consent to such photography and recording and to its release, publication, exhibition, reproduction, distribution, and use for news, sale, educational, promotional, advertising, and sale purposes and to its inclusion on and distribution through websites and in hard copy formats (collectively, “Uses”). By entering the Colorado Gold Conference, you also consent to use of your image and voice, to the extent they appear in audio and/or video recordings and photographs. You waive all rights you may have to any claims in connection with All Uses of recordings and photographs, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such uses. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with the conference organizers.