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

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

Our next session is our annual in-person potluck on 15 August 2022 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. See details here.


These WW sessions usually meet on the Zoom platform. Each session has time allotted at start for general discussion, writing updates, events. We start the WW sessions at 6 p.m. (MT) and are always done by 8 p.m..


Plan for a 15 minute "head start" for technical set-up before the start time.

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 (WW) Zoom Session Here!

Contact Laurel McHargue to volunteer for a session facilitator!

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

One Workshop You Can't Miss!

Award-winning author Thomas K. Carpenter and marketing director Rachel J. Carpenter present “Marketing in the Digital Age,” a workshop on how to navigate the dynamic digital marketing environment.

Join us on October 8 (9:00 - 3:00) at the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association in Buena Vista (The Salida Regional Library is our backup location.) Cost is $30 for CCWE members and $45 for non-members. 


This workshop is an in-person, educational event designed to give participants an overview of basic marketing principles for indie publishing.  The instructors will go over various concepts listed in the deliverable section and include some hands-on work.  Participants should leave the workshop with an improved understanding of the marketing environment in indie publishing and new tools they can use immediately to improve their book sales. 


After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Make informed decisions about good cover design and how to work with a designer on meeting the needs of your book

  • Understand the basics of covers, blurbs, series, and other factors important for book marketing

  • Confidently decide if you should be Amazon Exclusive or Wide (All retailers)

  • Identify and select effective low-cost methods of marketing (newsletter builders, promotions, etc.)

  • Choose among promotional sites to increase sales (and know the ones to avoid)

  • Effectively use your newsletter to grow your sales long-term

  • Understand the basics of the higher-end tools of marketing like FB Ads, Direct Sales, Kickstarter, etc.


Thomas K. Carpenter is a full-time writer living in Buena Vista, CO.  He has an MBA from Lindenwood University.   He's published over fifty novels; sold dozens of short stories to professional markets like EQMM, Galaxy's Edge, and Audible Originals; produced anthologies; and written tie-in fiction for gaming companies.  He's been independent publishing since 2010 and sold over 250,000 copies of his books through various markets. 

Rachel J. Carpenter is the marketing director for Black Moon Books (the publisher of Thomas K. Carpenter's books).  She has effectively run multiple newsletters and has many years of experience in graphic design, website design, online and print ad creation, author branding, and content editing.

Again, cost for members is $30 (non-members pay $45) and you can pay online through the PayPal button below.

If you would like to pay with a check, please send the appropriate amount to: 

CCWE (Marketing Workshop)

PO Box 245

Buena Vista, CO 81211 

Please pay in advance as we will not accept payments at the door.

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Art Walk Recap
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CCWE Authors on the strip: Pam Carothers, Cary Unkelbach, Laurel McHargue, Thomas K. Carpenter, Linda Taylor, and Bill Hatcher

CCWE Writers In the News
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Despite the chilly/windy weather, and the lower-than-normal crowds, the CCWE-sponsored Art Walk events proved a super opportunity for our authors to showcase their books and meet fellow authors.


A huge thank you to Linda Ditchkus for her continued leadership and efforts to coordinate our participation in this event. Also thanks are due to Laurel McHargue for organizing the 'on the ground' activities at the Book Haven on Friday and Saturday.


The Art Walk organizers were particularly pleased with our two new events at the library: the Friday Youth Writing/Editing Workshop and the Saturday author readings). These were first-time activities and we’ll be “hotwashing” our efforts to see how we might increase participation next year.

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Congratulations to CCWE author, John Digirolamo!


His latest book, It’s Not About the Sex just released on June 13th, and features true stories of human trafficking.  The book profiles different perspectives:  an advocate, a law enforcement officer, a survivor and a brothel madam.  John says, "the stories are not salacious or graphic but they do accurately describe the horrors of human trafficking...the book reads like a fast-paced fiction novel."


The book is available in paperback, hard cover and Kindle.  An audiobook is coming in late August.

Signed copies are available here or you can get one in person from 2-4 at The Brown Dog on 7 July. He will also sign copies after he speaks at the Chaffee County Patriots at 6:30pm on 8 July at 118 Gunnison in Buena Vista.

John's first book, It's Not About the Badge, profiled the law enforcement career through the lives of Chaffee County police officers and continues to garner 5-star reviews on Amazon. Learn more about John and his body of work at

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More CCWE Authors on the strip: Laurel McHargue, Kathy Taylor, Pam Carothers, Diane R. Kiss, and The Book Haven owner, John Cameron 





CCWE Members receive these extras

for only $15 this 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

Join now on our Membership Page!

Contact Membership Chair Laurel McHargue with questions

CC Writers Exchange Membership
Writing Critique Sessions

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? Please contact Author and CCWE Board Member, Linda Ditchkus. Contact Linda Ditchkus HERE! or call her at 720-985-8450.

Workshop "2-fer"!