Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dear Writers' Forum members & followers,
Come visit our new website, below:, where you can learn about the upcoming fall conference, "The Language of This Land,"
our downtown reading, "Voices of the Grand Valley" on Sept. 2,
the new benefits of membership,
and much more.
See you there. Call us with any questions (970) 256-4662.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

IRISH POET'S NIGHT Thursday, May 19th

Naggy McGee’s, downtown G.J.

6:30 p.m. until the wee hours

Free entry WCWF benefit

Come join us at our beautiful new Irish pub downtown to hear the best of ancient and modern Irish voices read aloud, together with singers and musicians playing Celtic music. Join us with your own poems that have an Irish bent! Your dinner or drinks will contribute to all of Grand Junction’s writers: a percentage of the evening will be donated by Naggy McGee’s to the Writers’ Forum. For information, call WCWF at 256-4662.

Thursday, April 7, 2011



aWriters’ Forum/MCPL event

Friday, April 15

Come join us for a free afternoon workshop with G.J. author Leigh Fortson, cosponsored by the Western Colorado Writers' Forum and Mesa County Public Libraries. NOTE: Due to family concerns, Leigh cannot join us for the evening, and we have CANCELLED the evening reading.

Fortson will teach "How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal" 2-4 p.m. at the downtown library, 10th & Grand, G.J. The workshop will cover how many publishing houses (large or small) do not accept finished nonfiction manuscripts, and instead require a comprehensive book proposal that includes a convincing overview with a fresh "hook," detailed and "formula" descriptions of each chapter, research on the need for your book, a marketing and PR plan, a thorough list of both complimentary and competitve books, and sample chapters.

Workshop participants will learn how to compile this information efficiently and walk away with confidence and the necessary tools to craft a marketable proposal.

To register, call MCPL at 243-4442, or stop by at any library branch, as soon as you can! Maximum 30.

Leigh Fortson, author of many award-winning plays, has written and ghostwritten several nonfiction mass market books, including her new book: Embrace, Release, Heal: An Empowering Guide to Talking About,

Thinking About and Treating Cancer (Sounds True Publishing, May, 2011).

Saturday, March 5, 2011


PLANETARIUM TALK & RECEPTION Friday evening, March 18, 2011

800 Colorado, downtown G.J.

Sponsored by Serra Construction, 626 on Rood, and Two Rivers Winery

Join Danny Rosen and Luis Lopez in the Western Sky Planetarium for a three-hour evening of stars, planets, poems, stories, and grand visitations. Enlarge your world by feeling small, and become more familiar with many constellations in the night sky, hear some of their mythological stories, and feel a little more at home in the big world.

This is an inflatable, honest to goodness real planetarium, and a magical space. It shows the Northern and Southern hemisphere, anywhere on Earth, any date, any time of the night.

15 adults per session $25/ticket WCWF Fundraiser

Choose a session:

Session One: 5-7 p.m.

RECEPTION: 7-8 p.m. Fine wines. Stellar small foods designed by 626 on Rood

Session Two: 8-10 p.m.

Danny Rosen runs the Western Sky Planetarium, and works with pencils, wood, grass, and mud.

Mesa State professor Luis Lopez teaches a week-long star mythology class at the Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

For tickets, act quickly! Contact WCWF at 256-4662, or , and mail us a $25 check to WCWF, Box 3261, G.J. 81502, or use PayPal, below. Doorprizes for ticketholders!

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Trio of Novelists at the Writer's Forum Potluck, Friday, 2/18

Three Grand Valley novelists will read excerpts from forthcoming and in-progress books at our community potluck, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at 800 Colorado, downtown G.J.

Bring a dish to share and something to read for 5-10 minutes, or simply come to listen. The Forum’s Third Friday potlucks and salons are held in a beautiful old church for a growing community of writers and readers. Feb. food offerings: Last name A-F, main dish; G-O, dessert; P-Z, salad. Coffee & tea offered. Open to all, with contribution requested.

Readings begin at 7:15 p.m., followed by special guest writers. Kate Thorne will read from Captain Rogers & the Jewish Queen of the Nile, a “true-life” story based on research and fictionalization of the real life of a Palestinian woman and a British police officer – once residents of G.J. – who worked together in MI6, British espionage, during World War II.

Jan Weeks will read from Season of Evil, Season of Dreams, forthcoming from Five Star Mysteries in March. Police chief Ben Logan, who uncovers nine children’s skulls in the Black Hills, winds up leaving the force and following his nightly dreams to unravel the mystery of their deaths and the disappearance of two more teens.

Sandra Dorr will read from Girl in the Sea, a novel set in the mythical town of Neawaka on the Oregon coast. Two parallel stories converge of a woman and daughter on the run from an abusive partner, and a group of women writers on retreat in Neawaka who discover a girl’s body in the sea.

For information, call 256-4662 or 433-6800.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011


An evening of ecstatic domestic poetry and song

with poet & singer Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

5:30-8 p.m. Wine & superb finger foods

Tickets $20 in advance/$25 at the door

Come join us for WCWF’s first fundraiser! featuring Telluride’s beloved poet & singer Rosemerry Wahtola-Trommer.

The author of numerous books, whose work appears in O Magazine, Prairie Home Companion and other media, will recite many poets, sing, read from her own work and invite response.

“The new year can be a time of nesting—putting our houses in order and redefining who we want to be,” she says. “Though the mind is good for practical goal setting, the work of the heart is better served by poetry...In every moment, whether we’re folding clothes, putting the kids to bed or renovating the house, the sacred meets the mundane with infinite chances to open, grow and re-see the world.”

For tickets, email us at or call us ahead at (970)256-4662; we'll have you on a will-call list, and with that, you can pay $20 cash or check at the door. Call us with any questions. Leave your name and number very clearly (we've had trouble with one or two messages). Thanks.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Spring Writing Workshops
January 17- April 14 2011

Come write in a downtown Grand Junction community of working authors, all gifted teachers, well-published with regional and national awards. Three twelve-week workshops will be held at 800 Colorado, a beautiful, comfortable performance & gathering space. Classes held 6:30-9 p.m.

“Poetry and its Uses”
Luis Lopez

The class will be divided into ten uses as described by Agnes Stein in The Uses of Poetry: To Sing or Cry with Emotion, To Tell a Story, To Play, To Protest, To Shape a Language, To Engage Nature, To Intuit Reality, To Make Magic, To Mythify the Past, and To Unify Experience. We will spend half of the class reading poets from each of these areas and then practice writing such poems. Text is not required.

The Lives of the Self: Poetry, Memoir & Personal Essay
Sandra Dorr

How do we find the form that holds our most meaningful experiences? Come explore your voice in prose and poetry to have what poet David Whyte calls “a courageous conversation with the self.” In this workshop, we’ll write fixed form, free verse and prose poems, as well as stories in the shape of memoir, short personal essays, and hybrid fictions. Stylistic exercises to strengthen each line, each sentence, of drafts you choose to revise.

Writing the Short Play
Leigh Fortson

Every significant change happens through a series of moments. Short
plays capture the moment where light turns dark, or burdens free
themselves into liberation. Learn how to build a scene, turn it, and
transform characters or conditions in a matter of moments. We'll study
the nature of dramatic writing and how it can be condensed to be
structually powerful in short pieces.


Luis Lopez
Author of three award-winning books of poetry, including the American Book Award, Luis Lopez holds a Ph.D. in Medieval English from U.N.M. and has taught Latin, Ancient Greek, and mythology at several colleges and universities, including his current position at Mesa State College. He also teaches a crowded “second Wednesday” poetry gathering every month at Mesa County Central Library.

Sandra Dorr
Sandra Dorr worked as an editor and journalist in Paris and New York for nine years before she saw the light and moved West. Her three books, and poems and short stories have won several awards, including the American Fiction Award and two state literature prizes; she has taught at nine universities in the West, and is currently at work on a novel.

Leigh Fortson
Leigh Fortson has been writing plays for more than 20 years. Her work
has been staged in New York, Los Angeles and many points in between.
She was a runner up in the Kenney Center/American College Theatre
Festival, and won first place for her one act, OPEN SPACES, in the 2008
Rocky Mountain Theatre Festival. Locallly, her work was seen at the Two
Chairs and Greenshoe Theatres. She recently finished a non-fiction
book published by Sounds True that will be released in May, 2011.

To register, fill out the following registration form (simply copy it to your computer) & mail it with a $150 deposit, made out to WCWF, to: WCWF, P.O. Box 3261, Grand Junction, CO 81502

TO USE PAYPAL, go to bottom of this page and click on "Older Posts" where if you scroll briefly you'll find a button for both deposits & full fees. Thanks.

To apply for a financial aid scholarship, half the course fee, $162.50, please do the above step of registration form & deposit; also, email us a paragraph, up to 250 words, describing your specific situation, by Jan. 9. We will contact all applicants by Jan. 11. Thanks, and good luck.

Questions? Contact us at or 970.256-4662 or Sandy Dorr, WCWF director, at 970.433-6800.

Registration Form




City______________State_______________Zip Code______


Scholarship applicant?________________________________

We request a $150 deposit for each semester-length class fee of $325. If you need to make a payment plan with us, please call or email so we can work with you.

Mesa State College Credit? ($45/credit hour) Please check:

Yes No

School District 51 Renewal Credit? (no charge) Please check:

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Deposit enclosed: $_____
Balance (due first day of class) $_____

Cancellation policy:
Workshop fees are refundable, less $50, up to 10 days before the start of the session; after 10 days, they are not refundable.

Thank you!


And More Upcoming Spring Events…
WCWF will host a monthly writer event, generally the second Friday of the month, in response to a swell of writers’ requests for community gatherings.