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:

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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.

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