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Monthly Programs: Denver

Denver-area monthly programs are free to both members and non-members. They are typically two hours long on a Saturday morning or afternoon. Topics vary. Check our website for up-to-date information. Email questions to

October Workshop

How To Write a Series That Will Sell—Endlessly
Presented by Joan Johnston
Saturday, October 18, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Southglenn Library
6972 S. Vine Street, Centennial, CO

Thirty-eight of Joan Johnston’s 56 published novels—set in the American west, Regency England, and modern day—are connected! Come learn how to create excitement and build anticipation for the next book in your series by developing characters, setting, and plot. Joan will show you ways to connect books from different time periods through family and subject matter.

Joan Johnston is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 50 novels and novellas, with more than ten-million copies of her books in print. Her love of travel and her upbringing—she’s one of seven kids—gave her the material to become the writer she is today.

Joan holds both a BA and an MA in Theater, as well as a JD with honors. She has also raised two really great kids. She is currently under a three-book contract with Random House (Ballantine Bantam Dell).

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Packed house at Sam Gary Branch Library in Denver

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Bi-Monthly Programs: Western Slope

Western Slope Monthly Programs are free to both members and non-members. They are three to four hours long on a Saturday morning. Topics vary. Check the event for registration requirements. Questions? Contact

September Workshop

How To Plot Without Plotting
Presented by: Mark Stevens
Saturday, September 20, 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Grand Junction Business Incubator Center
2591 Legacy Way
Grand Junction
Breakfast at 9:00 & Workshop 9:15am-Noon Please RSVP to Vicki Law at For more information call Vicki at 970-497-6452.

Do you need to plot out every scene before you can write the first sentence of the first chapter? Forget about it.

Are you a confirmed “plotter” who fills a wall with three-by-five cards that detail every key moment in your novel before you start putting words on page? There is another way.

Learn how to write as you go—and explore your work-in-progress using the organic approach: starting with a blank page.

It’s the “seat of the pants” approach. And it’s not as scary as it sounds.

You’re not flying blind—not really. You need a few things ready. Learn what you need to know about your characters. Find out how much research is enough. Explore new ways of thinking about your setting. Think of new ways to develop and enhance

It’s possible to start writing without knowing every scene that lies ahead. Warning: there will be surprises along the way.

Mark Stevens was raised in Massachusetts. He’s been a Coloradoan since 1980. He’s a former print reporter, national news television producer and school district communicator. He’s now working as a communications consultant in the new economy, listed under “s” for self-employed. Stevens has published two Colorado-based mysteries, Antler Dust (2007) and Buried by the Roan (2011). Buried by the Roan was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in 2012. The third book in the Allison Coil Mystery Series, Trapline, will be published November 2014 by Midnight Ink. All three novels are set on the Western Slope of Colorado including Glenwood Springs, The Flat Tops Wilderness, Meeker, and The Roan Plateau.