Free 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

March Free Program
Writing Reset: Setting Achievable Goals
with Alissa Johnson

Saturday, March 17th
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Sam Gary Library l 2961 Roslyn St. Denver, CO 80238

Ever wish you could hit the reset button for your writing? Perhaps return to the energy and enthusiasm you felt at the start of the year or create a fresh start? You can. In this workshop, award winning writer and WritingStrides coach Alissa Johnson will help you find renewed direction and focus for your writing. She’ll cover how to set goals (including the mistakes most writers make when setting them), plus the key insights you need to understand in order to follow through on those goals. Writers will leave with a better understanding of how to prioritize writing and work toward the outcomes they want to see. Includes lecture, discussion and writing.

Alissa Johnson is a nationally published and award winning writer whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Masters Review, Wilderness News, and Dirt Rag Magazine among other publications. She was associate editor at the Crested Butte News until 2017, and her writing has won awards from the Colorado Press Association and FundsforWriters. She holds an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing from Western Connecticut State University.




April Free Program
Best Practices - Submitting to The Colorado Gold Writing Contest
with Pam Nowak

Saturday, April 14th
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Sam Gary Library l 2961 Roslyn St. Denver, CO 80238

Are you thinking of entering the Colorado Gold Writing Contest? This is a fantastic opportunity for unpublished writers to gain valuable feedback from knowledgeable judges. Finalists are judged by publishing professionals prowling for fresh talent. To improve your chances of making the finals in this prestigious contest, plan to attend a free workshop with award-winning author and longtime RMFW veteran, Pam Nowak. Learn what makes a good entry great, what catches a judge’s eye, and how to avoid common mistakes. Bring the first page of your entry and hear how judges react to your work.

Pamela Nowak has been an RMFW member since 1993. She’s served in multiple board positions and volunteer roles including president, conference chair, and contest chair. As a writer, she is passionate about the American West, those who lived there, relationships, and the interweaving of fact and fiction. A former RMFW Writer of the Year, her western novels have won the WILLA Finalist Award, the Colorado Book Award, the HOLT Medallion, and HOLT Awards of Merit. She is currently working on a women’s historical fiction novel.