Welcome to

The Chaffee County Writers Exchange!

Chris Enss Luncheon:
June 11th, 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m.,
The Twin Lakes Inn, Twin Lakes, CO

. Chris Enss is a New York Times best-selling author who has been writing about women of the old west for more than twenty years. She has penned more than forty published books on the subject.

Luncheon Topic: “Creative Marketing with Nothing But A Dream and A Good Book.” Chris Enss talk will be focused on marketing techniques for writers to use with their existing or yet-to-be-published books.

Tickets for the luncheon are $30 each, Registration Here.


CCWE Members receive these extras

for only $20 per year ...

​>  Workshop discounts​

>  Monthly Critique sessions

>  November NaNoWriMo Mentoring

​>  WE Write sessions

​>  Links to your website​​

​>  End of year Book Exchange

>  Members only year-end writing session

Membership form HERE!

Based in Central Colorado since 1995, the Chaffee County Writers Exchange fosters writing and encourages publication through the sharing of resources critique sessions, and information. (more)

Just visiting? Come join us for a monthly morning of writing or sign up for one of our workshops!

We are on Zoom!

Join us for our free and open to the public WE Write Sessions!

These morning writing sessions usually meet on Monday on the Zoom platform. Each session has time allotted at start for general discussion, writing updates, events. We start at 9 a.m. (MT) and are always done by 12 noon. We ask for a 15 minute "head start" for technical set-up! For a 9 a.m. WE Write session, Technical Head Start is 8:45 a.m.

The opportunity to read your writing is encouraged with no critique! (more) See our Event Calendar for dates, times. Zoom connection information is sent day before the session. Be sure to RSVP!

Join WE Write Zoom Session Here!

Contact Laurel McHargue to volunteer for a session facilitator! Memberchair@CCWritersExchange.org

Subscribe to CCWE to stay current with our schedule of events!

Writing Critique Sessions

New this year!

Want feedback on your writing from other authors? Having trouble finding beta readers? Want to learn about writing craft by reviewing other authors’ work?

Join the FREE CCWE Critique Group – for CCWE members only.

This on-line group meets twice per month on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to about 8:00 (see the CCWE calendar for dates). By Sunday prior to the meeting, post your submission (3,000 words maximum) to Google Docs. You have three days to review/provide written feedback on three submissions and, in return, you will receive three reviews on your work. At Wednesday’s on-line meeting, you will give/receive additional feedback.

If you’re not a Google Docs user – NO WORRIES! Our facilitators will walk you through how to upload and download documents like a pro.

If you want to find out more about joining this group, please contact Author and CCWE Board Member, Linda Ditchkus. Contact Linda Ditchkus HERE! or call her at 720-985-8450.

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Join our email list to receive updates and notifications about upcoming writing sessions, workshops, twice monthly critique sessions, November NaNoWriMo mentoring, Members' new book releases, Salida Art Walk community event participation, links from our website to your published book(s).

Contact us anytime!

NaNoWriMo Mentoring

National Novel Writing Month, is “a website, a community, a wildly ambitious writing event — and so much more!” NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a novel in November. Your work does not get shared and you get no feedback on what you’ve done, but you have a global community of participants who have taken on this challenge for personal accountability and as inspiration to knock out a huge chunk of work.

Laurel McHargue, will provide mentorship throughout the month of November for those wanting to participate whether you already have a work in progress or are playing with a seed of an idea.

Go to https://nanowrimo.org/ to set up your profile anytime throughout the year and to explore the other writing “camps” they offer. It’s all FREE!

Laurel is an award-winning multi-genre Salida author who also raises ducks for eggs and entertainment.