Writers Studio Literary Festival

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,
Half Moon ACC Main Building

Workshops. Readings. Award Presentations. Lunch. In our ongoing quest to provide students and community southwest of downtown Denver access to the best writers in Colorado through literary events and readings, Writers Studio is happy to announce its annual Spring Literary Festival. Workshop participants will be able to choose morning and afternoon workshops in nonfiction, poetry, and fiction taught by nationally published, award-winning writers highly experienced in teaching new and established writers.

Join us for the 12th Annual Writers Studio Literary Festival

8:15 a.m. Registration Half Moon M1800

9:15 a.m. Festival Opening

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Morning Workshops

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch and Readings by Workshop Faculty. Books will be available for Sale. Half Moon M1800

1:30 - 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Workshops

Morning Workshops (9:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

“Lyric-Narrative: Putting the hyphen between Lyric and Narrative” 

with Andrew McFadyn-Ketchum

In this workshop, we will open by writing a poem from scratch, followed by an examination of lyric-narrative and narrative-lyrics—poems that exemplify both poetic forms at once, thus creating a new form: the lyric-narrative. We will then return to our drafts from the class’s opening exercise and determine via workshop how we might apply more/less lyric and/or more/less narrative to compose a poem that tells a story and sings or that sings while utilizing essential elements of narrative. We will then workshop the results!

Andrew McFadyen KetchumAbout Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum is an award-winning freelance editor, writing coach, and Lecturer of Creative Writing and English at the University of Colorado. He is also Acquisitions Editor for Upper Rubber Boot Books, Founder and Editor of PoemoftheWeek.org, Founder and Editor of The Floodgate Poetry Series, Founder of the Little Grassy Literary Festival, contributing-editor for The Southern Indiana Review, and editor of two anthologies. His first book of poems, Ghost Gear (University of Arkansas Press, 2014), was a finalist for the Miller Williams Prize, the Colorado Book Award, and an INDIEFAB.

His poems, reviews, interviews, articles, and podcasts have appeared in periodicals such as The Writer's Chronicle, Poets & Writers, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Glimmer Train, American Literary Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, storySouth, Blackbird, InsideHigherEd.com, and Hayden's Ferry Review among others.

Andrew holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Creating A Sense Of Place In Your Writing

with Mary Taylor Young
Engage your readers and put them in your story—whether fiction or nonfiction—blog post or memoir by creating a vivid sense of the place of the writing. This is setting gone 3-D. Landscape is often a character in nature and environmental writing, and in western fiction. Think Desert Solitaire or Brokeback Mountain. But flat description will bore your readers. By creating a strong sense of the place of your writing, you help readers see, smell and feel the scene. You make them feel they are there.
Using artifacts from The Bone Box, we’ll hone observation and reporting skills, then work on crafting prose that captures not just the physical place but emotional reactions and multi-dimensional elements.   

About Mary Taylor Young

Mary Taylor YoungAward-winning writer and naturalist Mary Taylor Young has written about the landscape and heritage of Colorado and the American West for 30 years. Her writing brings western landscapes to life with vivid portrayals, at times touching or humorous but always compelling, of the wildlife, places and  people that define the West.

Mary’s 15 traditionally-published books include Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years, the Park’s centennial history; Land of Grass and Sky: A Naturalist’s Prairie Journey and The Colorado Wildlife Viewing Guide. Many readers know her “Words On Birds” column, which ran in the Rocky Mountain News for 16 years. She has written extensively for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Mary has taught writing to adults and young people at a variety of venues for 25 years and worked with more than 4500 K-12 students as an artist-in-residence. In 2012, she was awarded a residency in creative writing by the National Park Service and was an Artist in Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park. Mary lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Afternoon Workshops (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)

Write What You Know

with Erik Storey

In this workshop we will explore this oft given, controversial, and usually misunderstood piece of writing advice. For many writers, hearing this advice fills them with dread and can often cause them to delay writing until they have accumulated whatever they think is enough experience. This should never be the case. Everything that we’ve ever done, witnessed, heard, or seen can be put into fiction, even if we are writing about life on the moon or a serial killer living in the sixteenth century. As Flannery O’Connor said, “The fact is that anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.” This workshop will build on O’Connor’s famous words and address the differences between internal, external, and universal experience and how each can be used to create realistic scenes and settings in fiction. We will discuss examples from literature, and will use our own personal experiences and ‘expertise’ to write from a timed prompt and then share for positive constructive feedback.

Erik StoreyAbout Erik Storey

Erik Storey is a former ranch hand, wilderness guide, dogsled musher, and hunter. He spent his childhood summers on his great-grandfather’s homestead or in a remote cabin in Colorado’s Flat Tops wilderness. He has earned a number of sharpshooter and marksman qualifications. Nothing Short of Dying is his first novel. He and his family live in Grand Junction, Colorado.


Flash Forms: Maximizing Miniatures

with Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

An exercise-driven intensive workshop exploring short-form literature such as sudden fiction, flash nonfiction and prose poetry. Through readings, in-class prompts and discussion, we will study and practice strategies for transforming the particular into the universal. Think zoom lens over wide angle, snapshot over group portrait. Bring an adventurous spirit and something to write with.

Harrison Candelaria FletcherAbout Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher is the author of Presentimiento: A Life In Dreams, winner of the 2015 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize and Autobiography Finalist in the 2016 International Latino Book Awards. His first book, Descanso For My Father: Fragments Of A Life, won the Colorado Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and the International Book Award for Best New Nonfiction.

His work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including New Letters, Fourth Genre, Puerto del Sol, Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction and The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction, which selected his essay, "Beautiful City of Tirzah," as among 50 outstanding works since 1970. His honors include the New Letters Literary Award, High Desert Journal Obsidian Prize, Sonora Review Essay Award, Pushcart Prize Special Mention and fellowships from the Arizona Poetry Center and Vermont Studio Center.

A former columnist and feature writer, he teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and the MA in Creative Nonfiction Program at Colorado State University. He is a native New Mexican and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife and two children.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Top Ten Tools for Publishing Your Work

with Juliet Hubbell - To sign up, bring cash donation towards Writers Studio Student Scholarship

Do you have a submissions tracker? Do you submit pieces from your “inventory” at least once a week? How about a query letter? If you’ve been wondering how to get organized and get your work out there for editors to read, love and publish, then this fast-paced, information packed, 50 minute workshop is a must. You’ll walk away with a submissions tracker, names of databases of journals and magazines to submit to, a template query letter, an author bio and more.

Juliet HubbellAbout Juliet Hubbell

Juliet Hubbell has taught “Publishing Your Work”, a semester long course on establishing a powerful and steady body of published work, at Arapahoe Community College for the past three years. Her short story “The Owl” won the 2015 Montana State Fiction Award and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. Rick Bass called the story “mysterious and powerful”. Her work has appeared before in Hektoen International: Journal of Medical Humanities. Workers Write, JAMA: Journal of American Medical Association, ACM: Another Chicago Magazine, Progenitor, Midwest Quarterly, Fiction Southeast, 50 Word Stories and Pure Slush. Her rendition of a medieval Black Forest fairy tale, “Saarbrucken Witch”, won the 2013 British Fantasy Society’s Short Story Contest. She is an active member of both the Lighthouse Writers and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and attends writing and publishing conferences annually, including the Association of Writing Professionals conference.


Reservations and Fees

Advanced reservations will be required, as each workshop will be capped at 20.

Fee: $45 for non-ACC students for two workshops 

$25 for non-ACC students for one workshop 

$20 for ACC students 

Lunch is included for all reservations

To make reservations, please RSVP to andrea.mason [at] arapahoe.edu and send your check or money order by the April 6 midnight to:

ACC Writers Studio Literary Festival
c/o Andrea Mason – Campus Box 32
5900 S. Santa Fe Drive
P.O. Box 9002
Littleton, CO 80160-9002

*Be sure to include the workshops you wish to take.

**No refunds after April 6; note that you will not receive a lunch if you do not pay for the event by April 6.

For more information or accommodations, please contact Andrea Mason at 303.797.5857 or andrea.mason [at] arapahoe.edu.