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

Past Events

October Free Program
Getting the Most Out of Your Critique Group
Shawn Harper, Sheri Duff, Anne Marie, Emily Bybee

Saturday, October 7 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Koelbel Library, Meeting Room A, Centennial, CO

Conference is over and you’ve finished the first draft of your story. What’s next? Sending out queries? Wait. Stop. Have you considered joining or starting a critique group?

If you’ve never participated in a critique group before, it can be a bit like a blind date from an internet dating service. So how do you know if the group is right for you? Join RMFW’s Critique Chair, Shawn Harper, along with Emily Bybee, Anne Marie, and Sheri Duff to discuss what makes a great critique group. Whether you’re just starting your search or forming your own critique group, you’ll find guidelines to help you get the most out of any group you’re part of. Attendees will have the opportunity to read for two minutes, so they should be prepared with a well-rehearsed selection of their work as time dictates.

Shawn Harper has been the Hospitality Chair for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers for the past three years. 2017 also marks his first year as Critique Chair. His novel Matryoshka Blues, the first in the Average Joe Mysteries, will be released in January 2018. His novel The Chameleon, featuring the debut of Denver’s newest superhero, arrives Summer 2018. His hobbies include hiking, camping, road trips, and amateur photography. Shawn has proudly called Denver, Colorado, home since the early nineties. Follow him on social media at sharperwiter.

Sheri Duff lives in Colorado with her amazingly supportive husband, her favorite son (she only has one son), and three adopted dogs. Her favorite human is her granddaughter. Sheri still loves her daughter even though the daughter keeps the grandbaby in Oregon. Sheri has run RMFW Denver Programs for three years and will be stepping down to start a Teen Track for RMFW (anyone interested in running programs should email her at She is also RMFW’s Vice President. Sheri writes contemporary YA and runs a weekly critique group at her house. She would be lost without this group. “They push me to be a better writer.”

Anne Marie grew up in Aurora, Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado for a BA in English Literature. In college, she fell in love with folklore and myths from around the world. She adores languages, great white sharks, and the impossible. Her work usually includes two of those three things. She edits for Swoon Romance, Month9Books (YA), and Tantrum Books (MG). Follow her on Twitter @annemariewrites.

Emily Bybee grew up in a family that valued reading and books. While other kids were out and about she loved hanging out at the library. She began writing at the age of twelve after a series of extremely vivid dreams that begged to be made onto a story. In high school and college, she focused on science and graduated with a degree in environmental biology. After college, she began writing again but quickly realized she had failed to take a single writing or grammar class. Luckily, she’s a quick learner. She now enjoys making up stories and can’t seem to leave out the paranormal elements because they are just too much fun. She has placed in the RMFW Colorado Gold contest for the last two years. She loves connecting with other writers and being a part of her critique group.