Workshops Archive

The Chaffee County Writers Exchange
Workshops Archive
2019 - 2020


    February 1, 2020: Novel Novel: Workshop with Laurel McHargue: Award-winning author and 1983 graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point, raised in Massachusetts, creator of the Waterwight, and several other publications. Laurel writes in many genres and hosts the podcast Alligator Preserves. She also has been known to act.

Laurel guided participants through every aspect of creating a publishable novel/novella—from the initial generation of a fertile idea to the nitty-gritty details of populating the metadata.

After this full-day workshop, attendees know how to:

  • Generate ideas for your book

  • Understand novel length and genre specification

  • Organize chapters

  • Develop story arcs (in chapters and overall)

  • Develop the characters

  • Research methods for characters and plot

  • Select Metadata and acquire ISBNs and PCNs


    October 3, 2019: "Birthing Your Book: Publishing and Marketing Your Book in Two Worlds" Workshop with Jennifer Sweete: Indie Author, Editor, Award-winning Blogger, and CCWE President.  We compared Traditional publishing and Self-publishing and everything in between. We also talked about Marketing online and "boots-on-the-ground" offline, as well as "how-to's" for distributing your book(s), Jennifer outlined the basics. 

To cap off the day, a Round-table open discussion on these topics with published authors, Jennifer Sweete, CCWE President, and Jerry Fabyanic, Membership Director for the Colorado Authors League. 

The Chaffee County Writers Exchange
Workshops Archive
2001 - 2018

    2018: Workshop with Carol Samson, Ph. D, Professor Emerita DU. "Small Wonder: Object Lessons for the Genre of Small Fictions." 

    2018:  Workshop with Jeffrey Runyon, CMC, Leadville. "The Conscious Crafter & the Elements of Fiction." 

    2017: Workshop with Alissa Johnson: "Journey of the Short Story." 

    2017: Workshop with David Hicks: "Character Development." 

    2016: Workshop with Lisa Jones: "Suspense through the Senses!"

    2016: Workshop, "The Fabric of Descriptive Prose and Poetry," with Joseph Hutchison, Colorado's Poet Laureate.

    2016: Workshop, "Your Story Matters - Writing A Memoir," with Colorado author Bar Scott.
    2015: Workshop: "Character Development." with Colorado author Laurel McHargue.
    2014: Workshop, "Write from the Start: Word, Line, Voice, and Structure" with Colorado author BK Loren. 
    2013: Workshop with Amy Frykholm, "Exploration  of Writing."  
    2013: Workshop with local writer Laura Hendrie, "Going small: The Secret of Finding Your Best Story."

    2012: Workshop with Beth Groundwater, "Engineering a Mystery and the Art of Writing Dialogue."
    2011: Workshop: "Word Yoga" with writer and teacher BK Loren.
    2011: Workshop, "Writing for magazines" with magazine editor and book author Amy Frykholm from Leadville.
    2010: Workshop , "Social Media for Writers" with Salida author Susan Tweit.
    2010: Workshop , "Marrying Your Muse" with Cotopaxi author Nancy Oswald.
   2009: Workshop , "Translate Your Life Into Story" with writing coach, Jerry Waxler.
    2009: Workshop “How to Think a Story” with author Elaine Long.
    2008: Workshop “ABCs of Character and Plot” with Leadville playwright, Craig Sodaro.
    2007: Workshop “Writing Your Roots/Routes” workshop with Aaron Abeyta from Adams State College.
    2006: Workshop with Katie Redding.
    2005: Workshop with Amy Frykholm and Stephanie Frykholm: "Overcoming Writing Blocks."
    2004:Workshop by Camilla Beck from Longmont, humanistic gerontologist and small press publisher.
    2004: Workshop by Pamela Robinson from Fort Collins, musician, poet, and teacher.
    2003: Two-day workshop by Amy Frykholm, Instructor in English and Religious Studies, Colorado Mountain College, Leadville.
    2002: Two-day novel workshop by John Dunning, nationally acclaimed mystery writer from Denver.
    2001: Poetry workshop by Rita Kiefer, poet and writing instructor.    |    © 1995 - 2020 CCWE    |    Web Design by Jennifer Sweete

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