Preparing Your Colorado Gold Workshop Proposal

Thinking of submitting a workshop proposal for the Colorado Gold conference? Here are a few vital tips that might help.

  • While you don’t have to have your whole workshop prepared to build your proposal, you should have enough of it envisioned to be able to convey it in outline form. The selection committee needs to know that the workshop will have substance beyond a general descriptive paragraph.
  • The committee looks for fresh topics or fresh approaches on familiar topics, so be original.
  • The amount of content should fit neatly into the length of time proposed.
  • Credentials are important, so be sure to indicate if you have special expertise. The committee looks for good, knowledgeable speakers who involve their audiences.
  • If you don’t need a projector, you can increase your odds by using a whiteboard and handouts instead (only a limited number of slots are available with data projection).
  • The committee also seeks a balance of levels, lengths, topics, genres, and presentation styles.

Proposals can be submitted online here from now until March 31st. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee, with each member scoring them based on originality, detail, content, knowledge of presenter, presentation skills, variety of style in presentation, and length/content/target level match. Conference co-chairs will then select a balance of workshops from among the highest-scoring ones.

So start brainstorming those workshops. We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Conference Chair
Susan Brooks holds a master’s degree in publishing from George Washington University and is editor-in-chief at Literary Wanderlust, a small traditional press located in Denver. She is the co-chairperson for RMFW’s annual Colorado Gold conference, which is three days in September of intensive fiction workshops for writers of all levels, and she has been an RMFW board member since 2009. Her paranormal romance, A Trick of the Light, is scheduled for publication on July 1, 2018.
Pamela Nowak is passionate about the American West, those who lived there, relationships, and the interweaving of fact and fiction. She's a former RMFW Writer of the Year, and her western romance 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 historical women’s fiction project. Pam has served on the RMFW board in several capacities and chaired the Colorado Gold conference three times prior to her 2018 conference co-chair role. In addition, she works with two publishing houses providing manuscript reviews and editorial services.