WE Write Archive

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WE Write Archive
2019 - 2020


  March 14, 2020: The Writin o' the Green.  Facilitated by Robin Hall was CANCELLED due to community health concerns.


  January 13, 2020: Jean Gabardi, CCWE Vice President and Webmaster, fun writer, retired corporate trainer, and consultant. She is also a contributor with a CCWE short story, Mysteries From the Museum fund-raiser for the National Mining Museum. Jean used a topic of "Roaring The '20s" while providing writing prompts for this first WE Write of the new decade using writing prompts around the 5 main types of writing: Narrative, Expository, Descriptive, Persuasive, and Creative. There was an added element to group writing with an interactive persuasive exchange. Fun writing for the new decade.


  December 3, 2019: 5th Annual Cocoa-Loco WE Write session was hosted by President Jennifer Sweete and Membership Chair, Maria Weber. This annual event is the only Members Only event each year. The theme for this WE Write: "Winter Wonderland." We drank hot cocoa, wrote, shared our potluck supper, wrote more, and read our musings while enjoying the warmth of the glowing fire and lots of laughter as we penned our way through the last vestiges of 2019.


  November 9, 2019: Judy Butler led us on a writing adventure. She is also a contributor with a CCWE short story in the Mysteries at the Museum fund-raiser for the National Mining Museum. Judy is a Writer Extraordinaire and CCWE Member who led us with "The Word Button - Push It!" Using a variety of writing prompts, writer Judy Butler led us in creative writing fun with words. Judy lives in Buena Vista. She brought her Florida writing group's technique to the Arkansas Valley CCWE. This was fun, fun, fun creative writing!

  September 16, 2019: Laurel McHargue facilitated a special WE Write introducing flash fiction. Laurel is a Writer Extraordinaire, blogger, Pod-caster, professional flasher, award-winning author of Miss and the Waterwight series, and many fun reads. Laurel led us with "Fun with Flash Fiction: Flashing into Fall" with prompts to inspire writing. Flash fiction is fictional work of extreme brevity that still offers character and plot development. Under Laurel's tutelage, we wrote a level of "master at flash fiction in...wait for it...flash!"


  August 17th, 2019: Robin Hall facilitated a special  WE Write at the National Mining Museum in Leadville, CO. Robin is a Writer Extraordinaire, CCWE Treasurer, history buff, and the writer who pokes into Colorado and western history, and genealogy. What better topic than "Mysteries at the Museum" at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and focused on mysteries? Robin led us into our sleuthing skills researching in the museum! The group designed several short stories used by the museum for a fundraiser book to sell in their gift shop, Mysteries From the Museum.

  July 22, 2019: Jennifer Sweete, CCWE President, Award-winning Blogger, Editor, and Indie Author facilitated with a morning of "The Rest of the Story." We wrote short stories using prompts that spun off the intros to real life stories. Taking from the intros, everyone wrote what they could foresee happening on to its conclusion – including the Where, When, Who, What, and How. Jennifer helped us experiment with Person and Tense to twist the plot!

  May 13, 2019, Jan Ohmstede traded technical writing for creative writer upon retirement. She is the CCWE Secretary and a member of Shavano and Columbine Poets. Jan gives back to the community as a board member and volunteer for several local nonprofit organizations. Jan led us with a topic of "Spring Forward" and launched writing into spring with fresh ideas, perspectives, and inspiration for renewed energy and new “starts” to set our spring and summer writing into motion. 

  March 9, 2019, Don Owens, Writer, Blogger, Construction Project Manager & Estimator, and CCWE Member: "BYOB - Bring You Own Book." We played a writing game using random books, announcing a variety of writing prompts to use these books, and writing mini-chapters. Each prompt triggered a book exchange for a creative, interactive, startled laughter: Great way to start a weekend!

  February 2, 2019, Cancelled due to weather NOT cooperating! Many thanks to Stephanie for her hard work to prep for this event! Stephanie Frykholm has been writing with the Writers Exchange community for two decades.

   January 14, 2019, Maria Weber, past president of CCWE, creative writer, and author of her memoir, "I'll Be There To Write the Story: A Mother -Daughter Journey Beyond Death." Maria set up "Writing By Design!" using geometrical shapes to affect us psychologically and influence our creative writing. We used ourselves as guinea pigs for writing within the shapes of Triangles, Squares, Circles and Spirals.

The Chaffee County Writers Exchange
WE Write Archive


December 4, 2018, Annual Cocoa-Loco Holiday Writing: "T'is the Season Yule Be Writing." Hosted by the President, Jennifer Sweete and Membership Chair, Maria Weber. 

September 17, 2018, Jennifer Sweete, CCWE President, Indie Author, editor, and Award-winning Blogger. "A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the WE Write!" exploring humor in any genre of writing.

August 13, 2018, Laurel McHargue, Writer Extraordinaire, blogger, podcaster, and published author. "Keep the Change" to see every day presents an opportunity for change: Imposed or desired.

July 28, 2018, Robin Hall, CCWE Treasurer, history buff, and western history, and genealogy. Robin guided us into "Emotion in Writing" for the bond between character-reader.

May 19, 2018, Jennifer Sweete, Indie author, editor, award-winning blogger, and CCWE President and also CMT, Reiki Master. "Time Traveling Visionaries" to traverse time and space using some of Knatia Parson's Time Traveling writing prompts.

April 16, 2018, Don Owens, Writer, Blogger, Twitter, LEED AP,  Reiki Master, semi-retired construction Project Manager. "Fiction - Short Story Smorgasbord" to write beyond what was started.

March 12, 2018, Marge Dorfmeister, author, humorist, CMC teacher, musician, playwright, poet, watercolorist, and founding member of The Writers Exchange. "Test Your Powers of Observation."

January 8, 2018, Jean Gabardi, retired telecom, corporate consultant, training specialist, and PM advisor: "Welcome 2018!" with a deep breath and fun writing prompts for 2018. 

 August 14, 2017, Laurel McHargue, author of many wonderful books and an awesome e-newsletter, led us in a smorgasbord of writing. We will cherish our spatulas forever thanks to Laurel and attendee Jean Gabardi!

July 15, 2017, Jan Ohmstede, a former ECE Special Ed. teacher, speech pathologist, technical and grant writer and since 2013, creative writer, led us in the topic "Go with the Flow."

June 12, 2017, Cary Unkelbach, a life-long dog lover, lawyer, blogger, and past CCWE President, led us in the topic of "The Meaning of Summer." 

April 17, 2017, Jennifer Sweete, Indie Author, Award-Winning Blogger, and CCWE President, led us in the topic of "Memory Lane" -

March 20, 2017, Judy Hiatt, former travel writer and author of Cabbage: Cures to Cuisine, AND CCWE Vice President (pro temore) led us in the topic of "Recipes for Writing." 

February 11, 2017, Barbara Ford, prolific writer and poet who hosts a weekly poetry show on KHEN 106.9 FM, Poets and Minstrels Barbara led us in the topic of "The Love of Writing about Love."

January 14th, 2017, Stephanie Frykholm, Life-long writer in love with words and the creative writing process led us in the topic: "New Year's Muse: What's Incubating in Your Writer's Mind?" 

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