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

March Workshops


7 Building Blocks of Bestselling Fiction
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Grand Junction Business Incubator Center , 2591 Legacy Way, Grand Junction, CO 81503

Members & non-members welcome. Please RSVP to Terri Benson at A light breakfast is available from 9:00-9:30; workshop begins at 9:15.

Whether you’re just starting to write your first novel or you’ve already got several books in print and you’re looking to boost your bestseller potential, this workshop is for you. It’s time to get back to basics! What do readers really want, and how can you make sure you’re delivering it? Angie Hodapp of Nelson Literary Agency will walk you through seven building blocks of bestselling fiction. In addition, she’ll share some insider intel regarding which building blocks are missing from 90% of submissions to literary agents. Finally, she’ll send you home to write with some helpful resources, a fresh perspective on your personal approach to your writing, and a positive outlook on today’s fiction industry.


Everything You Need to Know about the 2018 Anthology
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Grand Junction Business Incubator Center , 2591 Legacy Way, Grand Junction, CO 81503

Submissions for RMFW’s 2018 anthology, False Faces: Tales of Fakes, Frauds, and Facades, will be accepted March 1 through June 30. Editors Warren Hammond and Angie Hodapp are looking for short stories from new and seasoned writers alike and want to help you maximize your chances of getting an acceptance call. In this workshop, Angie will discuss:

  • Theme. How do you develop a story idea that’s on-theme without being on-the-nose? How can the theme be interpreted across various genres?
  • Short-Fiction Basics. How are short stories different from novels? What will the editors be looking for in terms of craft and content? How can you maximize your chances of getting your story selected for publication?
  • Guidelines and Formatting. What do you need to know before you submit, and how should you prepare your document? Process and Timeline. How will stories be selected, and what happens between now and publication?

Angie Hodapp holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She has worked in publishing and professional writing, in one form or another, for sixteen years and currently works as the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency. She loves helping authors hone their craft and learn about the ever-changing business of publishing.