Exciting Events Ahead from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Attend the 2nd Annual RMFW Writers Retreat

With Special Guest, Agent Kate Schafer Testerman
Organized by Angie Hodapp
March 16-21, 2014
Table Mountain Inn,
Golden, CO

The 2013 writers retreat was a smashing success! It's back in March of 2014 and will become an annual spring event. How much does it cost to attend the retreat? We are pleased to introduce flexible registration options. Attend for two days (minimum), three days, or all four days, and pay only for the days you attend. How do I register? Go to the RETREAT EVENT PAGE for more information and the link to register.


Attend an Online Class

Heroes, Henchmen, and Sidekicks:
The Characters-First Approach to Plot
Presented by Angie Hodapp
2 Week Course
Start Date: Monday January 6
End Date: Sunday, January 19
$25 Members - $30 Non-Members

Editing and Revision
for Fiction Writers
Presented by Cindi Myers
3 Week Course
Start Date: Monday February 3
End Date: Sunday, February 23
$35 Members - $40 Non-Members


Attend a Free Program in January

Short Story Breakdown:
Prepping for Anthology 2014 Crossing Colfax
Presented by Nikki Baird
Saturday, January 25
1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Bel Mar Public Library
555 S. Allison Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80226

Western Slope
Writing the First Pages of Your Novel
Presented by Shannon Baker
Saturday, January 11
8:45 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Grand Junction Business Incubator
2591 Legacy Way
Grand Junction, CO
Please RSVP to Vicki Law at vruchhoeft@gmail.com


New events and other announcements are available on the Home Page of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers website.

Heroes, Henchmen, and Sidekicks — An Online Class From Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Heroes, Henchmen,and Sidekicks:
The Characters-First Approach to Plot

Presented by Angie Hodapp

2 Week Course
Start Date: Monday, January 6
End Date: Sunday, January 19
$25 Members – $30 Non-Member

AngieHodapp“Character drives plot.” You’ve heard it before. But what if it’s true? Is it really possible to start a novel with nothing more than a cast of characters milling around on a stage, waiting for you to tell them what to do and say?

Yes! Not only is it possible, but it’s actually a lot of fun! Inspired by David Farland’s Million Dollar Outlines, this workshop will take you from zero (no idea for a novel, no notions about a situation, premise, or plot) to ten (a ten-page outline, synopsis, or treatment of a novel) in two weeks. We’ll discuss all the major and minor roles you might want to cast in your novel (even though you don’t yet know what it’s about). Then we’ll set up some conflict between characters and listen to them as they tell us their stories. We’ll wrap up by discussing story structure and plot devices (things like crucibles, time bombs, and try/fail cycles), and you’ll finish by writing your novel’s ten-page (give or take) outline or synopsis.

Whether you’re laboring on a story that just isn’t working, taking a break between projects, or just looking for a fun exercise to get some new ideas flowing, the workshop is for you!

Angie Hodapp holds an MA in English and is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute. A 2011 winner of the Colorado Gold Contest and a 2012 semifinalist in the Writers of the Future Contest, she has taught workshops and developed curricula for Writer’s Digest University. She currently works at Nelson Literary Agency in Denver, Colorado.