Free 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 Terri Benson at

December Free Western Slope Program

Take Your Characters from 2D to 3D
with Mark Stevens

Saturday, December 2 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Business Incubator Center
2591 Legacy Way, Grand Junction, CO 81503 (Map)

All are welcome to attend. A light breakfast will be included. Please email to RSVP.

What gives a character life on the page? How do you avoid that paint-by-numbers flavor? How do you put the reader inside your character’s world and deliver the sensation to readers that the story is grounded in a real world with richness and complexity? A good plot is great, but your story is fueled by the essence of character. This workshop is a character-based approach to exploring your work in progress. How was your character fashioned? What is your character’s goal for now, for today, for tomorrow, for the next few decades? Who are they when they’re alone? It’s time to dig deep and think about the essential elements of how your character is shaped. It’s time to put meat on the bones of your character and to understand why they “do” anything, let alone tackle the challenges you are planning to throw their way.

Mark Stevens is the son of two librarians. By law, he was required to grow up loving books. And writing. He was the 2016 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year. He writes the Allison Coil Mystery Series—Antler Dust, Buried by the Roan, Trapline, and Lake of Fire. The last three books were all finalists for the Colorado Book Award. Trapline won (2015). Stevens is president of the Rocky Mountain chapter for Mystery Writers of America and serves on the national board. He also hosts a regular podcast for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Kirkus Reviews called Lake of Fire “irresistible” and Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire novels, said, “Mark Stevens writes like wildfire.”