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 us your questions!


July Free Program
Word Economy 101
with Rachel Craft 

Saturday, July 27, 2019
3:00-5:00 pm | Belmar Library, 555 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood CO 80226

Contrary to popular belief, word economy isn’t about cutting. It’s about crystallizing your vision for your story, then making sure every single element builds toward that vision. This two-hour class will give you the tools to apply this mentality to characters, subplots, scenes, dialogue, exposition, and individual words. You’ll learn how to give purpose to everyone in your cast, from your protagonist to her great aunt Florence. You’ll learn how to identify the goal of each scene and make sure it advances the plot. Then we’ll get into the nuts and bolts of your prose: polishing individual sentences, avoiding common dialogue traps, and finding your personal weasel words. You’ll leave with everything you need to streamline and strengthen your work-in-progress, whether it’s short or long, fiction or nonfiction.

Rachel Craft writes speculative fiction for children and teens. Her short fiction has appeared in CricketCast of WondersYoung Explorer’s Adventure Guide, and RMFW’s award-winning anthology Found. She edits the RMFW blog and is excited to serve as co-editor for the upcoming 2020 anthology. When she isn’t writing, Rachel enjoys yoga, gardening, and playing with her dog. She can be found on Twitter @RDCwrites and on her website.