Special Announcement About Our Writing Conference

Watch for a special announcement regarding the Pueblo West Writer’s Conference. Check back September 1.

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August Meeting With Kevin Ikenberry

Our August meeting will feature guest speaker, Kevin Ikenberry. He will present the workshop:

Finding The Perfect Story Structure (or How I Learned To Love Outlining)
Writing a novel can be difficult work, especially without a plan.  There are many structures to follow, but do they all provide what you need them to do?  In this two-hour presentation, we’ll discuss the importance of character development to story structure and explore traditional structures (Hero’s Journey and Seven Point Story Structure) as well as the Hollywood Formula.

Kevin Ikenberry: kevinikenberry.com
August 2nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Pueblo West Library

Kevin’s books will be available for purchase and signing. He is able to accept cash or card (via Paypal reader.)

Cash donations for our speaker’s gas would be appreciated but not required.

Kevin Ikenberry’s head has been in the clouds since he was old enough to read. Ask him and he’ll tell you that he still wants to be an astronaut. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program in Huntsville, Alabama and a former executive of two Challenger Learning Centers, Kevin continues to work with space every day. A retired Army officer, Kevin lives in Colorado with his family.

Kevin is the author of Sleeper Protocol, which Publisher’s Weekly called “an emotionally powerful debut,” and the military science fiction novel Runs In The Family. His short fiction has appeared internationally across various publications and anthologies. Kevin is an Active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and is a member of both Fiction Foundry and Pikes Peak Writers. He is an alumnus and staff member of the Superstars Writing Seminars.

He can be found online at www.kevinikenberry.com.

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A Tale of Two Writers

Here’s an interesting article on writing.

Adam and Brent (who go by A and B, respectively here in analogy-land). Both have a novel in their heads. Both have big dreams for their books. Both can write sentences that would make the ghosts of Hemingway and John Updike exchange high fives.

Which is why they became writers in the first place.  The reason many of us took up that sword. Learn more.


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Magic and Writing?

Magic and writing? How do the two relate?

My father once took me to a show in Hollywood called IT’S MAGIC.

There were about twenty magicians on the bill, one after another showing us their biggest and best tricks, sawing women in half, floating balls in the air and, yes, pulling rabbits out of hats.

I loved the show, and after it was over, my father took me to Bert Wheeler’s Magic Shop, where I picked up a trick called multiplying billiard balls. (To find out what magic has to do with writing, click here!)

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Amity Green Workshop

We will be having a special workshop on July 23, with guest speaker Amity Green will be speaking on short stories, pitching to publishers, branding, and how to catch the attention of agents and editors.

Bring your computer or something to take notes with. There will be a Q & A after her sessions.

Amity will have some of her fiction books available for purchase and signing.

Cash donations for our speaker’s gas would be appreciated but not required.

Amity Green: amitygreen.net
July 23rd, 10am-12pm
Pueblo West Library Jerry King Meeting Room B


Amity Green was born in a small town in Colorado in the spring of 1971. She graduated high school in Kingman, Arizona in 1989. She started taking college courses in the fall of 1992 while working as a raft guide on the Arkansas River. Amity won her first writing award as an essayist in the fall of 1998 and continued college part time while raising her children and working as a haul truck driver in the mining industry. In the summer of 2006, she went to Austin, Texas to continue her education. She has studied Creative Writing and British Literature, including a stint in London during the summer of 2010, where she toured and studied theater and the history of English Literature. Amity returned to Colorado in late 2010, where she began her first novel, “Scales” which she outlined in Stratford Upon Avon while touring bookstores and playhouses. Since then, many of her short stories have appeared in numerous published anthologies and continue to appear in new publications. In 2014 she moved to Manitou Springs, Colorado, where she currently resides and continues to produce works of Urban Fantasy and Horror. Amity is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association and keeps steady attendance at local writers groups. A lover of animals, Amity is an advocate against animal abuse and assists with lost pets in her community.

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It is a wonderful thing to write a novel. That moment you type the last sentence is an incredible, exhilarating feeling. You should be proud. Many want to write a book, but not all follow through. Far fewer see that dream to completion. If you have started a novel, I applaud you. If you have finished, give yourself a hand.

So what next? Learn more.

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Writing Dialogue

Most of us have heard the typical advice about writing dialogue—make sure your characters don’t all sound the same, include only what’s essential, opt for the word said over other dialogue tags, and so on.

While these blanket suggestions can get you headed in the right direction, they don’t take into account the subtleties of subtext, characterization, digressions, placement of speaker attributions, and the potentially detrimental effect of “proper” punctuation. Learn more.

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